Zimbabwe Hospital Charged Women $5 Per Scream During Childbirth

Zimbabwe's rampant corruption has penetrated virtually all levels of public services, and it's gotten so bad that delivering a baby has become unaffordable for most Zimbabwean women. One hospital has reportedly been charging $5 per scream during childbirth for "raising false alarm." False alarm for what? Birthing a tiny… » 7/12/13 3:00pm 7/12/13 3:00pm

Booze-Free After-Prom Parties Are Still Boring, Even with Bribes

It’s prom season, and for every parent with a teenager not self-assured enough to take itself out for an Evil Dead/The Big Wedding double-feature at the local cineplex instead of attending a chaperoned night of slow-jam hugging in a school multi-purpose room, that means lots of worrying about what sort of after-prom… » 5/19/13 11:30am 5/19/13 11:30am

Why You Shouldn't Vote For A Bad Guy With Good Positions

I was one of those voters who didn't really care who Bill Clinton was shtupping in the 90s. When he got caught with his cigar in Monica Lewinsky (possibly the best non-euphemism ever), I was nearly 21 and was really curious why, as a feminist, I was supposed to be all freaked about a woman my age having consensual… » 11/04/08 5:00pm 11/04/08 5:00pm

John Edwards, Ted Stevens And Everyone Else Are Hypocrites

If the National Enquirer » 7/30/08 11:00am 7/30/08 11:00am weren't relentless hyping its as-yet pictureless story about John Edwards' baby, we could just spend the whole morning talking about Republican hypocrisy, the new poster child for which is Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens. Good old Interwebs Ted was indicted on corruption charges, so we talk about…

Bribery Is The New Black

On the heels of the Marc Jacobs/KCD bribery scandal comes a report that a Prada's longtime casting director, Russell Marsh, accepted bribes from two modeling agencies to land their "girls" spots in Prada and Miu Miu castings. What's interesting is that many industry insiders have intimated that when Prada first started… » 3/28/08 4:20pm 3/28/08 4:20pm