Anorexia caused by autism?

A Scottish professor says that severe cases of anorexia (are any cases mild?) in women may be caused by autism.
Autism, characterised by defects in communication and social interaction, also makes many anorexic patients unresponsive to traditional treatments and may be responsible for anorexia’s low recovery rates, according to Professor Christopher Gillberg, of the University of Strathclyde.
Although autism is thought to be a male problem, affecting up to four times more boys than girls, the disorder has been overlooked in women because their autistic traits present themselves differently, according to Prof Gillberg. An obsession with counting calories, for instance, may be an outward sign of autism.
“Our research has shown that a small but important minority of ...

A Scottish professor says that severe cases of anorexia (are any cases mild?) in women may be caused by autism.
Autism, characterised by defects in communication and social interaction, also makes many anorexic patients unresponsive ...

Porn Stars in Tube Socks


What do we think of the new American Apparel advertising campaign? Perverted pornography or a break from rigid “typical (read anorexic)” advertising? American Apparel is a t-shirt/other cotton goods company well known for its very fair labor practices. The owner Dov Charney seems to be a rather complicated character, well mainly he seems like a big pervert, but what do we make of this kinda contradictory politic? His recent hire for their ad campaign is porn star Lauren Pheonix. I was recently in the store and I couldn’t get a hold of how I felt about it either?
An SF Gate goes into why…
There is, for example, no silicone. There is no ...


What do we think of the new American Apparel advertising campaign? Perverted pornography or a break from rigid “typical (read anorexic)” advertising? American Apparel is a t-shirt/other cotton goods company well known for its ...

Alberto Gonzales: Attorney General, tit man


John Ashcroft, not so much.
So it looks like women’s breasts are no longer offensive. At least for now.
After more than a three year breast-ban, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has ruled that boobs are back in style:
The “Spirit of Justice” and the “Majesty of Justice,” which loom over the stage in the Great Hall, were blocked from view by curtains installed by the department in January 2002, when former Attorney General John Ashcroft was in office.
The curtains were quietly removed on Friday after a decision by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Justice Department spokesman Kevin Madden said.

In a more controversial decision, Gonzales announced that the Justice Department is starting production on ...


John Ashcroft, not so much.
So it looks like women’s breasts are no longer offensive. At least for now.
After more than a three year breast-ban, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has ruled ...

Supreme Court takes on another abortion case..sort of.

Nearly two months after the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving the ridiculous parental notification law in New Hampshire, it has recently rejoined the anti-choice protest debate.
Justices announced yesterday that they are going to consider whether an anti-choice group’s protest outside of a number of clinics 20 years ago may have violated federal racketeering and extortion laws, reports the Washington Post. The most recent ruling on this issue was in 2003, when Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist removed a nationwide ban on protests that intervene with abortion clinic business. Now the appeals court is questioning whether the ban should be renewed on other grounds.
The 1998 ban was passed due to the ...

Nearly two months after the Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal involving the ridiculous parental notification law in New Hampshire, it has recently rejoined the anti-choice protest debate.
Justices announced yesterday that they ...

Female troops dying on the front lines

More servicewomen have been killed in Iraq than in any other overseas action in the past 60 years. Good thing we’re keeping women soldiers safe and out of “combat positions,” eh?
Even though they are not assigned to ground combat units, 39 female soldiers have been killed in Iraq since March 2003. Four died and 11 were injured this weekend after an ambush in Fallujah. Military officials have said they believe the female troops may have been specifically targeted.
About 11,000 women are currently serving in Iraq. And even with the latest news that record numbers have given their lives in service to this country, some schmucks on the homefront are still ...

More servicewomen have been killed in Iraq than in any other overseas action in the past 60 years. Good thing we’re keeping women soldiers safe and out of “combat positions,” eh?

“Protective orders” don’t really protect women? Thanks, Scalia!

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case removed responsibility of local police departments to enforce restraining orders that protect domestic violence victims from their abusers.
The case centered on Jessica Gonzales, who had a protective order against her estranged husband. When he kidnapped her three daughters, Gonzales called police over and over and pleaded with them to enforce the order, which ostensibly protected her and her children. But officers wouldn’t follow up on her calls for help. In the end, her husband drove himself to the police station and was killed in a shootout with officers there. They found the bodies of Jessica Gonzales’ three daughters in the back of her husband’s ...

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in the Castle Rock v. Gonzales case removed responsibility of local police departments to enforce restraining orders that protect domestic violence victims from their abusers.
The case centered on ...

Let Me Play

Make sure to check out this Detroit Free Press column on Title IX, and new book on the law’s history.
Wall Street Journal editor and reporter Karen Blumenthal, author of Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, says that when she grew up in the early 70s, “boys were the crossing guards…they ran the movie projectors in class; they got the best playing fields. But with Title IX, all that began to change.”
I knew the “official” background on Title IX, but the real-life story behind the law was news to me:
According to Blumenthal’s book, Ann Arbor activist and mother Marcia Federbush was first to file a Title IX complaint. It was against the ...

Make sure to check out this Detroit Free Press column on Title IX, and new book on the law’s history.
Wall Street Journal editor and reporter Karen Blumenthal, author of Let Me Play: ...

i heart ashley


While it may piss me off that some celebrities have more political power than more intelligent and influential minds in this country, I must say that Ashley Judd kicks motherfuckin’ ass in the feminist activist department.
Judd testified at a recent Congressional hearing on the urgency to address gender equality in the battle against HIV/AIDS in developing nations. While the hearing was primarily directed towards developing a vaccine, Judd said:
“Having an AIDS vaccine would be of great benefit to women of all ages because it could reduce their chances of becoming infected…As there is not a vaccine to prevent abuse of women, however, there is nothing more important in the struggle against this disease than reversing ...

While it may piss me off that some celebrities have more political power than more intelligent and influential minds in this country, I must say that Ashley Judd kicks motherfuckin’ ass in the feminist ...
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