Today’s Lady News: Wikipedia Is A Dickipedia

  • Less than 15 percent of users who edit Wikipedia’s content are women, which means the encyclopedia’s entries are likely presenting a gender-skewed version of the facts. Get online and start editing, ladies! [New York Times]
  • One hundred mothers staged a “nurse-in” in a Montreal mall after a woman was kicked out of a children’s clothing store (a children’s clothing store!) for breastfeeding her five-month-old baby. [Yahoo Shine]
  • “Pariah,” a flick about a black teen lesbian, got picked up at Sundance. [After Ellen
  • Here's what you can do to stop the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act," a scary bill redefining rape that I wrote about this morning. [Feministing]

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Study: Women Who Are Ovulating Buy Sexier Clothing

Despite human evolution, our primal thoughts and instinctive behaviors are still — though subconsciously — with us.

New research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management found that when women are ovulating, they unknowingly buy and dress in more sexy clothing in a survival of the fittest tactic to beat out other women during this highly reproductive period.

Dr. Laura Corio, AOL women’s health expert, says that during ovulation several hormones are elevated in a woman’s body including estrogen, FSH, LH, as well as testosterone that increases libido. Read more… Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: 10 Pairs Of Look-At-Me Hoop Earrings

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Hoop earrings used to be my thing. I started wearing them freshman year of college, just before The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill came out. I remember that tiny detail because when the former Fugee’s album dropped and she suddenly was everywhere, I remember thinking, Hey. Lauryn Hill stole my look. Lauryn always had on a pair of sweet hoop earrings and, of course, she had been wearing them a lot longer than me. I started out smallish at first, with hoops that were under an inch in diameter. But like penis size, I began to believe, “The bigger the better.” By the time I graduated, my signature hoops were 3-inches across and I could fit my fist through them. They were hot.

I haven’t worn hoops with as much frequency in recent years, and I’m not sure why. On last night’s finale of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” NeNe Leakes was seen wearing a couple different pairs of awesome hoops and I realized that 2011 is the year I need to take the hoop earring back. Hoops, I have missed you. Let’s get back together. Here are 10 pairs of awesome hoops I found — feel free to join me in my reunion.

Behold: The Bacteria Living Inside Your Belly Button

We all get a little lint stuck in your belly buttons every now and again, but have you ever wondered if there was anything, uh, growing inside of it? Scientists at 2011 Science Online Conference took samples from the belly buttons of volunteers and displayed the bacteria growing inside them in these petri dishes. Interested in having your belly button bounty analyzed? They’re doing another sampling event February 12 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Dare I say belly button bacteria is … beautiful? [Boing Boing] Keep reading »

Style By Jury: What Do You Think Of Anne Hathaway’s Pattern-Mixing Marni Look?

What Do You Think Of Anne Hathaway's Pattern-Mixing Marni Look?

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Women Are More Effective Politicians, Study Says

Women politicians bring home the bacon more to their district, not to mention sponsor, co-sponsor and get enacted more bills than their male counterparts, according to a forthcoming study in the American Journal of Political Science. Univeristy of Chicago professor Christopher Berry and Stanford doctoral candidate Sarah Anzia compared male and female politicians to discover who is more effective. Not who is more popular or who gets more votes, but who can be the most effective lawmaker. Berry and Anzia concluded that because women are far less well-represented than men in all levels of government, perhaps it is only the best-of-the-best who make it and as a result, women get more done. Between 1984 and 2004, women brought an average of $49 million more back to their home districts than their male counterparts did, which held true regardless of geography. Women also sponsored an average of three more bills per Congress, co-sponsored an average of 26 more bills per Congress, and attracted more co-sponsors than their male colleagues. These findings don’t mean that women are better politicians, of course, but it appears to mean that when a woman finally gets elected, it is because she is really good at what she does. Hmph, I wonder if there’s some way this study could explain Sarah Palin? [Newsweek] Keep reading »

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