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Hello, Gentile friends! Have you decided what you are abstaining from for Lent yet? (Probably! It’s already Friday. Lent started Wednesday.) If you want to increase your chances of trampling temptation into the dirt for the next 38 days, a 2010 paper from the journal Psychological Science recommends you do the following once you’ve landed on a sacrifice: Tell no one.
Even before Lupita Nyong’o beat Jennifer Lawrence for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Sunday night, the Internet was coughing up articles about a JLaw backlash: “Is Jennifer Lawrence katnissing us?” asked Vulture, suddenly suspicious of her pizza-scarfing, photo-bombing, stair-tripping charm. Show More Summary
After months of hard campaigning, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand failed on Thursday to pass her legislation addressing sexual assault in the military, the Military Justice Improvement Act, through the Senate. The bill needed 60 votes to get past the filibuster, and fell short at only 55. Show More Summary
Creeps, rejoice! Taking pictures up a woman’s skirt when she doesn’t know it is perfectly legal, according to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled yesterday that the practice, called “upskirting,” is not covered under the state’s Peeping Tom laws. Show More Summary
In 1996, Iran officially banned the sale of Barbie dolls, citing her “destructive cultural and social consequences” on its nation’s girls. But the girls did not want to stop playing with Barbie. In 2002, the country started production...Show More Summary
In college, I knew girls who assigned themselves drunken alter egos based on Snow White’s seven dwarves: Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, etc. The idea was that alcohol could reveal and intensify a person’s true character—“Happy,” for instance,...Show More Summary
With “One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic"—a rousing meditation on the return of the fashion monocle—the New York Times Style section appears to have reached peak hipster trend story. “The one-lensed eyepiece, an item favored by 19th-century military men, robber barons and Mr. Show More Summary
It's a step forward in the necessary integration of abortion into other forms of ob-gyn care: Feministing reports that the nation's first ever birthing center/abortion clinic has opened in Buffalo, NY. The clinic, run by Dr. Katharine...Show More Summary
Last week, Alex Trebek appeared on Fox News to talk about latest Jeopardy! mastermind Arthur Chung, and to speculate as to why women are less likely to win at the game than men are. “Women contestants, when it comes to a Daily Double,...Show More Summary
Alabama is on the verge of eradicating most legal abortion in its state. Tuesday evening, the state House of Representatives passed four major abortion restrictions. The most provocative and most likely to be shut down in the courtsShow More Summary
My hero of the week is Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who made the period safe for the women of India. Muruganantham’s decade-long odyssey to create an affordable sanitary pad for village women is the subject of an incredible BBC Magazine story. Show More Summary
Americans have always struggled over the distinction between disapproving of a behavior because it's bad for people and disapproving of a behavior because it makes people feel good. Unsurprisingly, then, the advent of e-cigarettes—devices...Show More Summary
A revealing—and depressing—article in this month’s Harvard Business Review shows that no matter how much power female executives have accrued, or how much lip service male executives might publicly pay, family issues are still seen as a female problem.
When a female friend and I took a road trip through the American West last year, we did not deliberately chart a course through several states—Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah—that are known for their surplus of male residents. Show More Summary
Last week, the murder prosecution of Patricia Esparza took another step toward trial with a preliminary hearing that actually demonstrated how troubled and strange this case is. Not to mention how off it sounds when the police try to cast doubt on allegations of rape.
Lupita Nyong’o’s story is one of an elegance carefully cultivated. This is no sudden ascendancy to delicate silks and bold brocades, no tale of a girl plucked from obscurity or hardship, conferred the brass ring of Tinseltown by princely powers-that-be. Show More Summary
Marissa Alexander, the black woman who was sentenced in Florida to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at a husband who was allegedly abusing her, starts her retrial in July. Except now she may be facing up to 60 years in prison, if re-convicted. Show More Summary
While some false beliefs, such as astrology, are fairly harmless, parents who believe falsely that vaccination is dangerous or unnecessary for children present a real public health hazard. That's why researchers, publishing in Pediatrics,...Show More Summary
“I’m not saying movies are the most important thing in the world,” Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres said shortly after she took the stage at the Dolby Theatre last night. “I’m not saying that—because the most important thing in the world is youth.” It was a broad joke meant to implicate the values of the entire entertainment industry. Show More Summary
Reliable, female-controlled contraception, such as the birth control pill and IUDs, is easier than ever to get. Obamacare mandates that your insurance cover it without a copay, and over-the-counter access to emergency contraception has been steadily improving. Show More Summary