• A series of ads for Camel cigarettes launched in 2007 have proven themselves popular with an underage demographic: teen girls. Girls age 12-16 were twice as likely to list Camel as their favorite brand in 2008 than previous years.
Although tobacco companies have agreed not to market to children, the ads have been credited with influencing 174,000 girls to start smoking. The pink-and-girly No.9 ads were pulled in 2008. • Are Americans experiencing plastic surgery fatigue? For the sake of Heidi's face, we certainly hope so. Cosmetic surgeries have dropped drastically in the last couple of years, and doctors believe the recession could be to blame. • Quansa Thompson has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, a strip club called The House, which argues that she and her fellow dancers should be paid wages in addition to tips. She also reveals that on some nights she earned up to $1,200 dancing at the club, but under federal law House owners are still required to pay wages higher than their current $20 weekly base. In other news, I'm considering a career change. • Jene Newsome was issued an honorable discharge after police officers saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her South Dakota home. Newsome says she played along with the "don't ask, don't tell" rules, but she never expected to be outed in this way. Police were in Newsome's home with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted in Alaska. • The is a continuing problem with slave labor in the UK, according to the BBC. Many women are brought to Britain as brides, but they end up being forced into domestic servitude. Sadly, more than half of the South Asian brides who claim they've been victims of domestic abuse have been deported because they couldn't provide enough evidence. • A new study suggests that men may be bad investors, partially because they are overconfident. Women are more likely to admit it when they are confused or don't know something, which makes them better investors in a time of crisis. Women are also more risk-adverse than their male counterparts. • Last week, we reported on Natalie Randolph, who the Washington Post proclaimed was the first woman to coach high school football. However, Randolph was not actually the first - or the only - woman coaching: Debbie Vance is the head football coach at Lehman High in New York and there are multiple examples of women coaching boys' basketball teams. • "This is not your father's Harvard," says Martha Minow, dean of Harvard law school, referring to the recent changes made by president Drew Gilpin Faust. There are more women than ever before on the Harvard faculty, and women head up the engineering school, the law school, the education school, Harvard College and the Radcliffe Institute. Faust has also helped funnel funds into child care centers and family-oriented programs for the faculty. • File this under common sense: Doctors warn that women shouldn't be giving themselves at home, DIY pap smears. The tests frequently come back positive for HPV, which is "transient... it comes and goes," according to Dr Anne Szarewski. • After reading the headline "Why do sexually experienced girls resume sexual activity after abstinence?" I had one thought: Because it's fun. And as it turns out, I was right. A study found that girls are more likely to have sex if she felt good, her relationship with her partner was good, and she was interesting in having sex. • Autostraddle has created a gallery of queer prom photos as a response to the Mississippi high school that canceled prom rather than welcome a lesbian couple. They're still looking for photos, if you've got 'em, send 'em. • Several African American families in Michigan received an unwelcome surprise when they found eggs containing racist messages scattered on their yards. One little boy opened a plastic egg assuming it was from the Easter bunny, only to find a hateful message printed inside. Police are investigating the incident. • CNN's Christiane Amanpour has been offered a job hosting "This Week," a position formally held by George Stephanopoulos. She says there is a "50-50 chance" she'll accept the offer. • According to a new study, people who are true to themselves have better love lives than those who can't see themselves clearly. They found that the college students who knew themselves — and were accepting of their own flaws — were better at communicating with their partners and reported better personal well-being. • Gyms that suggest women shouldn't lift heavy weights may could be charged with "unlawful sex discrimination" under a new British bill. Also under fire: ladies' nights at bars. • Female prison guards are more often charged with sexual misconduct — including sex with inmates — than male guards, but some women say they fear refusing male inmates' advances. • Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a review of the case of sex offender John A. Gardner III, who was released from parole in 2008, despite violations, and went on to allegedly kill a 17-year-old girl. • A report released by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport reveals that there is a widening gap between graduation rates for white and black players on NCAA basketball teams. 45 teams graduated 70% or more of their white players, while only 20 teams graduated at least 70% of black players. • A Swaziland divorce settlement is allowing the man to keep the house, while the woman gets the roof. Not sure who's coming out on top here. • Katrina Hodge, a soldier and the 2009 winner of the Miss England competition, has succeeded in convincing the competition to do away with the swimsuit portion. Instead, they'll be introducing a sports component.
• Japan's rugby team for the 2016 Olympics may be composed of a good handful of martial-arts experts, handball players, and maybe an actress or two.