Today is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the ruling that established the right to obtain an abortion across the country. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of a woman's rights to choose, at least within the first three months after conception. However, with how much talk there was about abortion in the last election, it almost feels like this ruling is going through a mid-life crisis.
Instead of focusing on one issue, I thought I'd share a smattering of new issues that came up this week, and judge from afar (aka Canada - the land of legal abortions and same-sex marriage).
I take you to Los Angeles; where a state appeals court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was not married. According to some antiquated law in California, if a victim is tricked into having sex with someone that is impersonating their partner, it is only considered rape if the victim is married.
So how do you know what charities to support this year? Do your research. While most charities have good intentions, there are some that do a poor job of managing their finances or have high administrative costs. This means that less money is going to support the programs they advertise, and that are likely to draw you in.
Hey, people against marriage equality! Gay men and women have a new idea. Instead of fighting to be able to get married to the person they love and have the same rights as heterosexual couples, they're going to join you.
Nov 27, 2012
If walking through the mall tells you anything, it's that Christmas is on its way. For anyone with younger girls on their gift-list, they might have taken a wander through the all-pink-everything "Girls" toy section. Here you'll find baby-dolls to practice being a mom, toy kitchens or toy cleaning supplies and lots of princess gear.
Nov 20, 2012
There always seems to be a new study saying that there is something that people enjoy more than sex. We've heard that people would rather give up sex than their smartphones and that the desire to check social media is stronger than a desire to have sex. So naturally, a music psychologist wanted to determine what songs people enjoy more than sex.
Nov 13, 2012
Barack Obama wasn't the only big winner on election night. Women, people from the LGBTQ community and marijuana enthusiasts also finished ahead this election.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin found that though many opposite-sex friends believe that they can be just friends, it's not really the case.
New research from the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that, despite the pressure your Great Aunt Mildred may be putting on you to reproduce, if you decide you simply don't want kids you'll turn out just fine!
Access to free birth control leads to low teen birth and abortion rates. After letting 9,000 mostly poor and/or uninsured women in the city choose what type of contraception they'd use if it were free, researchers found that women that have access to free contraception don't get pregnant as often.
Traveling is expensive, and while students faced with unemployment and rising student debt are probably hesitant to book an airline ticket, visiting somewhere while in a university is an invaluable life experience. So why do I think that if you can, you should pinch pennies, skip the extra drink at the bar, and find a way to get across the Atlantic Ocean?
Most mainstream mental health associations oppose "gay-curing" therapy, including the World Health Organization, which says the practice "lacks medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being" of patients.
Back to school means lots of college sporting events to attend. Showing team spirit can be tough - licensed sporting gear can be on the pricy side, and there isn't always a lot of fashion-forward selection to choose from. Luckily there are lots of clothing stores that sell gear to deck you out for the next game. These may not be the real jersey deal, but they are budget friendly and cute!
Researchers from Princeton University and Brigham Young University found that women are less likely to speak up when outnumbered by men. They have found that women speak up to 75 percent less than their male counterparts. This is something that happens in collaborative group settings, when groups are working on a project and make a decision by majority rule.
If you've ever walked around a club fair at your campus, there's a good chance you felt a little overwhelmed. At many college campuses there truly is a group for everyone, making it difficult to narrow it down and pick a few extra-curricular activities. Whether you're looking for things to boost your resume, want to meet new people or genuinely enjoy getting involved, there's something out there for you. You just need to choose.
In order to get a women to be truly open-minded, you have to get her turned on. At least, this is what a Dutch study found that observed the psychology behind women engaging in sexual activities that many people might find to be off-putting.