Women


According to British scientist Stephen Hawking, anyway. From Reuters: The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world’s best known scientists is — women. When New Scientist magazine asked “Brief…



yingThai lawmakers have voted in their first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, whose political career began just a few months ago. The Bangkok Post reports:

Pheu Thai Party list MP Yingluck Shinawatra was elected Thailand’s 28th prime minister by a majority vote in the House of Representatives on Friday morning.

A total of 296 MPs voted in support of Ms Yingluck, the country’s first female prime minister, while three Democrat MPs voted against her, with 197 abstentions – including Ms Yingluck, the new speaker and one of his deputies, and most members of the main opposition parties, the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties, and the four members of the Rak Thailand Party led by Chuvit Kamolvisit.

The three Democrat lawmakers who voted against Ms Yingluck were Boonyod Sukthinthai, Watchara Phetthong and Attaporn Ponlaboot.

The four MPs who did not attend the House meeting today were Ratchadaporn Kaewsanit, Khanchit Thapsuwan, Yukol Chanawatpanya and Sathit Pitutaecha, all Democrats.



Really?!? Meredith Melnick explains for TIME: Recently in the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch columnist David Weidner noted that women “do almost everything better” than men — from politics to corporate management to…


Kansas is apparently set to become conservative Christianity’s Mecca. Via Mother Jones: If new guidelines from the Kansas health department are enforced, the last three abortion clinics in the state could be…







Simpsons CuriesI wonder what the first person to win two Nobel prizes, Madame Curie, would make of this study. Oh, I know the answer from a classic Simpsons episode … Stephanie Pappas writes on LiveScience:

Getting the once-over from a man causes women to score lower on a math test, a new study finds.

Despite this drop in performance, women were more motivated to interact with men who ogled them, perhaps because they were trying to boost their sense of belonging, psychologists report in the February issue of the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly.

“It creates this vicious cycle for women in which they’re underperforming in math or work domains, but they’re continuing to want to interact with the person who is making them underperform in the first place,” study researcher Sarah Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, told LiveScience.





[disinformation ed.’s note: the contributor dug deep in the crates for this 2006 story] Giving birth was an orgasmic experience for one woman, says Anastasia Stephens, writing in the Times: For Katrina…


Not quite your average New York Times story: LENEXA, Kan. — It was the final session for the women at Westside Family Church’s Victory Over Porn Addiction group, and the youngest member,…



Are women really less happy now than they were 40 years ago? Naomi Wolf stirs up the debate, writing at More: In September 2009, Marcus Buckingham—a motivational speaker and trainer who now…