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5 Interesting Facts I Learned From The Times‘ Graphs On Birth Control Effectiveness

The New York Times compiled data about birth control effectiveness for 15 different methods, over time, with perfect use and with typical use, and sorted them into handy-dandy interactive graphs. Birth control is sort of nightmarish for me because the least effective methods are non-invasive and non-hormonal, but those are the methods I have to use because I have horror story periods and react badly to hormonal medications. And also I do not want to get pregnant.

Anyway, here are some interesting facts I gleaned from the charts: Keep reading »

The Vatican Is Easing Up On The Vitriol About Gays Without Changing Church Doctrine

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  • The Vatican is changing its tone in the way it talk about gay people, if not its actual attitude toward them. [The Daily Beast]
  • A law against revenge porn with a sentence of up to two years in prison has been proposed in the UK. [Marie Claire]
  • Even if two parents share domestic and professional work equally, that sense of equality might not rub off on their sons. [PsychCentral] Keep reading »

Occupy Modern Love

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Dozens of protesters gathered outside The New York Times building on Eighth Avenue last night to protest the no-comment policy of the newspaper’s weekly Modern Love column.

“The Times is suppressing free speech,” said Jax123, who, like many of the protesters, prefers to be called by his screen name. “And since we aren’t allowed to express ourselves in Modern Love, we’re here to make ourselves heard tonight.”

“It’s a monstrous policy,” said Titsrkul from Staten Island, who was holding a placard that read, ‘Stop Internet Abuse. Let Us Comment.’ “If it were another section of the Times that was off-limits, we wouldn’t be so offended. But this is Modern Love. Women are writing about heartbreak and loss, dating and divorce and sometimes even death. This is exactly when our comments are at their most vibrant.” Keep reading »

Recently Fired NY Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Speaks Of Resilience At Wake Forest Commencement

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Jill Abramson's Wake Forest Commencement Address

“It meant more to our father to deal with a setback and try to bounce back than to watch how we handled our successes. Show what you are made of, he would say. Graduating from Wake Forest means all of you have experienced success already. And some of you — and now I’m talking to anyone who’s been dumped, not gotten the job you really wanted, or received those horrible rejection letters from grad school — you know the sting of losing. Or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of.”

Not many could have their firing on the front page of newspapers and still show their face the next week to deliver a commencement address. So for that reason alone, I admire Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times, who was canned last week and spoke this morning at Wake Forest’s graduation. Regardless of what you think about Abramson’s firing and whose “side” you believe — Abramson was reportedly considered “pushy,” including about her pay and pension; the Times brass emailed staff saying she was was laid off because she wasn’t a good manager — the woman’s thoughts on resilience are worth listening to. [YouTube via Mashable]

Woody Allen May Respond To His Daughter’s Sexual Abuse Accusations In The New York Times

It’s not that I don’t think a human being who is accused of something does not have the right to respond or defend himself But the possibility that Woody Allen may use the New York Times op-ed page to respond to the sexual abuse allegations published on Sunday by his daughter Dylan Farrow is veering into “He Said/She Said” realm that should make us all feel uncomfortable. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Bernice Gordon, The First Centenarian To Publish A Crossword In The New York Times

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Kickass Woman Of The Day Bernice Gordon

This past Saturday, Bernice Gordon turned 100 years old, and to celebrate, she did what she does every day: she created a crossword puzzle. Gordon has been writing crosswords for nearly six decades, with her grids appearing regularly in The New York Times and other newspapers, magazines, and books since the 1950s. She’s something of a legend in the puzzle-making community, but today her status was cemented in the history books: with the publication of her most recent puzzle, she became the first and only centenarian to have a puzzle byline in the Times. Gordon doesn’t plan to retire from wordplay anytime soon. “[Crosswords] make my life,” she told the Portland Press Herald. “I couldn’t live without them.” [Huffington Post]

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