South Dakota is already one of the most difficult states for women to access abortions. (In fact, there is only one clinic and physicians must be flown in from Minnesota because local doctors fear fatal harm from anti-abortion extremists.) Now, a group called Vote Yes for Life is pushing to ban the right to choose altogether. Despite a 2006 vote against the policy, Measure 11 basically seeks to outlaw abortions in the state this fall.
Says Peter Rothberg from The Nation, "Not only would the statute intentionally deprive the state's women of a Constitutionally-protected right but the bill's complicated and vague language would threaten the health and well-being of women and families across South Dakota."
Check out this South Dakota Campaign for Healthy Families video, which illuminates just how dangerous this initiative would be, and if the whole situation makes you as incredibly concerned as it does me, you can sign their petition to commit to voting against it, or make a
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1. He/she isn't really single.
If someone gets in touch with you and their relationship status is ambiguous, this should be one giant indication that you shouldn't get involved. Period.
2. You receive a form letter.
It's sad but true. There are certain "speed daters" out there that craft one pat response and send it out to every single person they think looks hot. If
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"I am standing in a quiet London street, just off a busy market, and nobody is coming to help me. The personal attack alarm I have set off screeches away into a void of nothingness. Eventually, a man walks past on his mobile phone, glances in my direction and looks annoyed. A pigeon looks slightly alarmed. I could be dead by now, I
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Lately, the word "sexist" has been tossed around more than a squealing teenaged girl at cheerleading camp, and it seems everyone has a different definition of what it entails, (both in practice and philosophy). Is it envisioning a certain female political candidate in a star-spangled bikini, or deliberately refraining from asking her the "hard" questions because she's a girl? Is it standing up for stricter abortion laws because that's what some women believe in, or passionately fighting for the right to choose? These questions inevitably bring us to the underlying tension: What does feminism, in the western world at least, mean these days? And is it, as some would argue, propelling today's women backward?
Now that legal and institutional changes have been made, and the social liberation of the '60s and '70s is done with, what's left? Maybe women no longer feel crippled by the pressure to stay home and clean, but sexual objectification certainly hasn't gone out of style. However, to
There comes a point in your young life that you realize that your celebrity crush is never going to ask you out, so you gingerly take his or her poster off your wall, replace it with some art, and move on with your life. You grow up, get a job, maybe a real life romantic interest and the past is history. Still, you never quite forget that first love, even if the affair only existed between you and a pillow (ahem). That's why we decided to launch this round up of ex-poster boys (and girls!) in order to take a nostalgic little saunter back to the days when making out with Scott Baio was just a fantasy away. (Christ on a cracker what was I thinking?) Then you tell us: Who did you want to rip off your wall, and then like, rip off their clothes?Read More »from Who was your teen dream?
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Okay, file this under Captain Obvious celebrity gossip, but yes, Lindsay Lohan finally admits that she is dating her girlfriend.
"After months of open canoodling with celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan has stopped playing coy about whether the two of them are in a relationship, finally confirming the news on (of all places) last night's episode of the radio show Loveline. And she wasn't even prompted by the harsh interrogation techniques of Dr. Drew, either! No, Lohan--who had the phone passed to her after Ronson called in to discuss her hospitalized friend DJ AM--was caught flat-footed after an innocent question by Dr. Drew's cohost, Stryker."-Defamer
Now, I'm really glad that Lindsay is no longer living a lie and all, I truly am. And under normal circumstances, congratulations would be in order. But is it not upsetting that she was sneakily outed during a radio call that was supposed to be devoted to talking about the shocking and tragic plane crash that involved their
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Every generation of women since the 1970s has most likely read at least one of Judy Blume's classic coming of age tales, if not every single adorable, doe eye-opening one. There was Iggie's House (theme: racism), Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (periods), It's Not the End of the World (parents getting divorced), Blubber (mean girls), and that teenage sexuality tome, Forever. Oh and of course there were the little kid books: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Superfudge and Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great, all widely stocked in school libraries. But even though to date it's sold four million copies, a lot of people still draw a blank when it comes to her scandalous "dirty book," Wifey.
Many great writers published in the legendary Olympia Press wrote erotica in order to pay the bills while they waited for their proverbial literary ships to sail in. Judy Blume, on the other hand, was already a successful, best-selling young adult and children's author when she did a 180 and
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Apparently the big craze amongst 20- and 30-something Japanese women is Webkare (Japanese for "web boyfriend"), a website where you can "date" a virtual boyfriend. According to Tech Crunch, "the site attracted over 10,000 members just 5 days after its release on September 10, racking up 3.5 million page views in the same time frame," and with numbers like that, you can bet some American techie kid who lives
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We kind of love the idea of Jay Mohr's new show "Gary Unmarried," which chronicles a guy's side of the story when it comes to a fact of life so many of us can relate to, divorce. To celebrate its debut, we asked Jay to put together an exclusive, "servicey" video and dish advice about what to do, and more importantly, what NOT to do when it comes to divorce proceedings. Feel free to follow up with your own advice in the comments, and catch the show next Wednesday on CBS after "The New Adventures of Old Christine." Enjoy!