Today’s Lady News: Woman Has Beef With Florida Hospital Over Court-Ordered Bed Rest

  • Samantha Burton, 26, of Florida, hired the ACLU to strike down a court order sought by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after she was confined to bed rest against her will during a difficult pregnancy. In March 2009, Burton began to go into premature labor during her 25th week of pregnancy and went to the hospital. But when they told her she may have to be on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, Burton said she had to take care of her two toddlers at home. The hospital then received a court order to force Burton on bed rest to “preserve the life and health of [her] unborn child.” Sadly, Burton eventually ended up miscarrying. But now the ACLU is on the case over the alleged violation of Burton’s right to make her own medical decisions and arguing the court-ordered bed rest set a dangerous precedent for other pregnant women who may engage in risky behaviors. [ABC News]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announced she will make reducing childhood obesity the “legacy” of her husband’s term. Oops, I thought her legacy was buff upper arms. [New York Times]
  • Mattel wants you to vote on Barbie’s career for 2010. The options are: environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor or computer engineer. Naturally, I voted “news anchor,” then realized this bitch is probably going to steal my job out from under me. [Barbie.com]

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Samantha Bee Does “Law & Order”

There was a time in my life—let’s call it “being unemployed”—where I watched a terrifying amount of “Law & Order.” It got to the point where I recognized the writers’ favorite tricks (The kids did it! They did it to save the state of Israel!), where the gong/gavel sound invaded my dreams, and where I’d know I’d already seen an episode but re-watched it anyway because I couldn’t quite remember how the story unfolded. Once I got a job, I swore off “Law & Order” and resisted its ripped-from-the-headlines temptations. But I will absolutely be watching tomorrow night. Why? Because Samantha Bee, aka the sugar in the coffee that is “The Daily Show,” will be starring in it as a talk show host who had an affair with a female staffer and opens her car door one morning to find a package from an extortionist. Yes, the story is an obvious play on the David Letterman scandal—only, in true “Law & Order” form, a body drops. In the episode, Samantha’s character even takes words directly out of Letterman’s mouth, saying, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been having a pretty lousy week.” [NY Daily News]
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Start The Decade Off Right With A Closet Purge

There’s something a little special about this new year. It’s not only a fresh start, but it’s also a brand-new decade. Many people are taking the opportunity to re-evaluate their lives, jobs, and current situations. Alicia Kan was one of the brave souls who quit her job in order to pursue her passions — and now her closet is taking a hit. Over the years, she’s accumulated designer pieces like Hermès scarves and Donna Karan dresses, but now it’s all for sale, as her dream for the years to come includes dressing “like Blondie in the ’80s.” Random? Yes, but there’s an interesting idea to take from her initiative. With the new decade, it’s time to release the ties that bind us to the past, and one way to do that is a closet purge.

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This One’s For The Boys

Among the plethora of relationship self help books that line an entire shelf of my best friend’s apartment, sits The Manual ($10.04 at Amazon). After scanning the table of contents and sifting through the pages, I came across one piece of advice that I had to take a second look at: Dress to men’s fantasies, and do it subtly. Could this be the reason I was still single? Because I didn’t look like a naughty librarian or a French maid when I went out? I decided to put this hypothesis to the test. I spent five nights in adult dress-up, playing to every guy’s porn-worthy pipe dreams. Keep reading »

Joe Biden Criticized For Overtly Sexual Hennessy Ads, Kinda


It truly hurts how painfully awesome The Onion continues to be, and their spoof videos are even better than their articles since they require the reporters to keep a straight face while delivering the news. In this week’s spoof, Vice President Joe Biden got a lot of crap for starring in sexy Hennessy ads. According to a faux Hennessy spokesman, “Biden’s sly trademark grin and international playboy status made him the perfect face for the luxury brand.” Word. I think it’s about time Joe “Silver Fox” Biden gets a little attention; Obama isn’t the only hottie in Washington D.C.! [The Onion]
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The Daily Ovulation: A Bunch Of Kiddies Do “Little Jersey Shore”


Who says “Jersey Shore” isn’t a show for children? It’s certainly a show for children to spoof! Lil’ Pauly D is so much more adorable than his grownup counterpart, but Snooki is hilarious and crazy at any age (and about the same height too). Keep reading »

Legs For Freakin’ Days

Nothing goes better with statuesque legs than a mini dress. And Lily Cole certainly worked hers at the Japanese premiere of “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” So jealous right now! [Tokyo, 1/14/10] Keep reading »

Guess Who’s Against Gay Marriage? The Ex-Wife Of NJ’s Famous Gay Governor

So, guess who praised New Jersey‘s recent decision not to legalize gay marriage? Why, Dina Matos, the scorned ex-wife of Jim McGreevey, New Jersey’s former governor who was caught having a homosexual affair and famously came out as a “gay American,” of course!

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Cheapskate: ASOS

U.K. retailer ASOS is a virtual bottomless pit of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle necessities. It features a comprehensive mixture of products that captures the styles of many chic celebrities and models. There’s basically something for everyone. You can find quirky designer pieces, but also trendy items with Forever 21-like prices. And the flat rate standard shipping of $6 gives you another excuse to go on a spree. Find our favorites after the jump. Keep reading »

Alexa Chung Spoofs Eating Disorder Rumors For Bing.com


Ever since she arrived on American shores to host the now-defunct “It’s On With Alexa” on MTV, peeps have been speculating that model/TV presenter Alexa Chung has got some sort of eating disorder. The stylish Brit is mighty slender, but that could certainly be genetics not anorexia. Chung seemingly decided to poke a little fun at the rumors in this Bing.com ad, in which she seems utterly clueless about eating. Funny, offensive, or neither? [ONTD] Keep reading »

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