When Breasts Get in the Way; Should Women Keep Their Maiden Names?


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Breasts Are The Pits — For Female Athletes, Anyway (ESPN The Magazine)

Breasts are pretty darn heavy. Did you know that one A cup-sized breast weighs .43 pounds, while a B cup weighs roughly double that amount and a C cup triple? Accordingly, breasts can be a challenge for female athletes, including Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Roussey, who blamed losing a match earlier this year on her “girls.” She told ESPN Magazine, “I got kicked straight in the chest right as I was trying to adjust my bra.” She later added. “You don’t see big titties in the Olympics, and I think that’s for a reason.” Is it any wonder that that some female athletes opt to undergo breast reductions?

Why Should Marriage Mean Losing Your Surname? (The Telegraph)

A British study has found that a third of married women in their 20s keep their maiden names instead of taking on their husband’s. One such young woman, Louisa Peacock, says that she didn’t make this move because she’s a feminist but because she likes her surname and wants to see it live on, despite the teasing it elicits. “I feel that if I lose Peacock, I lose a little part of me, my childhood and who I am. … My sister and I have no brothers, so if we both got married and changed our surnames, there’d be no one around to carry on the Peacock line. And I’m proud to be a Peacock.”

Ex-Girlfriend of Gay Basketball Player Speaks Out (Cosmopolitan)

Two months ago Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins came out as gay, reportedly the first active NBA player to do so. While he received much applause for the move, even a phone call from President Obama, his ex-girlfriend Carolyn Moos recently told Cosmopolitan that she was hurt to discover that Collins ended their eight-year relationship (by calling off their wedding) because he was gay, something he’d never revealed to her. “When I couldn’t get answers from Jason on what had gone wrong, I questioned myself and what I could have done better or differently,” Moos recalled. “I should have been questioning him, but I didn’t think to do so at all. In the years that followed, I dated other men, I built up my business, I had a full life. But when it came to Jason, deep sadness and confusion remained.”

The Abortion Debate in Texas (The Associated Press)

Texas legislators could vote late Friday or early Saturday to pass House Bill 2, which “would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, allow abortions only in surgical centers, limit where and when women may take abortion-inducing pills and ban abortions after 20 weeks.” Because just five out of 42 abortion clinics meet these standards at present and those say they would be unable to make the necessary upgrades to meet the proposed requirements, abortion in Texas would be effectively over if House Bill 2 passes. House Bill 2 is similar to anti-abortion legislation passed in Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kansas, Wisconsin and Arizona.

Surviving Taliban Shooting Made Malala Stronger (NBC News)

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban because she fought for the education of girls, received a standing ovation at the United Nations on Friday after she delivered a speech about her ordeal, saying that the attempt on her life has strengthened her. “Dear friends, on the 9th of October, 2012, the Taliban shot me on the left side of my forehead. They shot my friends too,” she said. “They thought that the bullets would silence us, but they failed.” Malala said that she is the same, as are her ambitions and hopes. It was her 16th birthday and her first major public speech.

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