Thousands of Ethiopian women in Israel are reporting receiving shots of Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive, every three months in Israeli clinics without their knowledge or consent.  A documentary exposing this phenomenon was released this past December, prompting widespread shock and forcing the Israeli health ministry to investigate these claims.  What the documentary revealed was that women were started on these contraceptive “jabs” ... Read More
Flawless as always, 2007 Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is the new face of Chanel’s Pre-Fall Collection.  According to Karl Lagerfeld, Swinton “perfectly embodies the Paris Edimbourg collection.”  He further states, “she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance.” The collection, filled with kilts, tartan, and tweed, heavily channels Scottish themes and allows Swinton to return to her family’s Scottish ... Read More
In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired.  Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon ... Read More
And we think the SAT and ACT are hard.  They have nothing on China’s Gaokao exam.  Also known as the National Higher Education Entrance Examination (NCEE), the Gaokao is the sole determinant in university admission in China.  Approximately 9 million students take this test every June over the course of three days on subjects including Chinese, Mathematics, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.  As Los Angeles Times journalist ... Read More
Mississippi’s first same-sex wedding took place earlier this month in Jones County between Jessie Powell and Crystal Craven.  However, what should have been a momentous and celebratory occasion instead received backlash from the community after the local daily newspaper, The Laurel Leader-Call, published a story, titled “Historic Wedding: women wed in Laurel through smiles, tears.”  Written by a self-proclaimed conservative reporter, Cassidi Bush, ... Read More
In a progressive and unprecedented move, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has sworn 30 women into the Shura Council.  The Council, a previously all-male body, is in charge of advising the king on issues that affect Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah amended the council’s statute last month by requiring that 20 percent of the 150 members be women.  King Abdullah’s female appointments mark the first time in Saudi Arabia’s history that women ... Read More
After initially postponing her US tour, Lady Gaga has now canceled all future concert dates in the US, which includes 21 upcoming concerts.   After being left unable to walk following a concert in Montreal, Canada, Lady Gaga is currently preparing to undergo surgery repairing a labral tear in her hip, a surgery that calls for approximately six months of recovery A hip labral tear affects the ring of soft tissue, the labrum, which lines the outer rim of ... Read More
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