Tina Fey Sold Not One, but TWO Sitcoms This Week

Fans pining for the comedy stylings of Tina Fey were delighted this week to hear that Fey would be returning (probably not as an actor) to TV with a Cheers-like comedy set on Fire Island. That, as it turns out, is just Part One of the good news. Part Deux is that there’s a second Tina Fey project coming down the… » 8/18/13 1:00pm 8/18/13 1:00pm

Unclench, Folks: Today Didn't Suck. Actually, Today Was Pretty Great.

When you're a pro-lady consumer of news who's attempting to process the world's crappiness on a daily basis, it's easy to find yourself oscillate between feeling like an invertebrate puddle of exhaustion and despair. But today? Not only did today's news not suck, it epically didn't suck. So take a deep breath and… » 6/26/13 5:00pm 6/26/13 5:00pm

Holy Crap, Is Feminism Actually Working and Changing the World?!

Isn't it bizarre that not particularly long ago a whole bunch of women just assumed they'd grow up to be housewives? Wives! Just in a house! Wifing around! ALL THE TIME. This isn't news, I know, it's just what women of a certain class did. For years and years and years and years and years and years, the expectation… » 1/29/13 1:30pm 1/29/13 1:30pm

'Show Your Boss Your Whore Pills' Bill Killed by Arizona Senate

Arizona's dumb bill that would have given employers the right to peek into their female employees' medical records to make sure a strumpet wasn't using contraception in a way contrary to her boss's moral beliefs is dead after being voted down in the state Senate. But now's not the time for opponents of the bill to… » 3/28/12 4:09pm 3/28/12 4:09pm

Woman Trapped In Lawn Chair Saved By Paper Boy

A freak accident that left a 75-year-old woman trapped outside in a canvas chair overnight has a happy ending thanks to the newspaper carrier). Last month Evelyn Rogers of Liberty Hill, Texas pulled a piece of plastic on the chair she was sitting in on her patio and it collapsed, trapping her in the aluminum frame.… » 9/06/11 10:41pm 9/06/11 10:41pm

Lost Penguin Returns Home

Remember Happy Feet, the Emperor penguin who was found sick and lost after eating sand on a New Zealand beach? Good news: after surgery and rehabilitation, he's been released back into the wild and is headed home to Antarctica. Scientists don't know much about releasing Emperor penguins into the wild, but they do … » 9/05/11 12:30pm 9/05/11 12:30pm

Connecticut Gives Service Workers Paid Sick Leave

"Governor Malloy said, "This is good public policy and specifically, good public health." He added: "Why would you want to eat food from a sick restaurant cook? Or have your children taken care of by a sick day care worker? The simple answer is - you wouldn't. And now, you won't have to." » 6/04/11 6:30pm 6/04/11 6:30pm

Jezebel Design Updates Will Make Life A Little Easier

This morning Jezebel pushed live a little (but very hard-won) update to our code that most folks probably won't even notice. But for more dedicated readers and those with older web browsers, these changes should help to soothe at least some of the wounds inflicted by the redesign. » 5/05/11 12:05pm 5/05/11 12:05pm

Los Angeles Eliminates Its Rape Kit Backlog

Thanks to to activists, private donors, and public grants, the LAPD has tested all 6,132 unexamined rape kits in its storage freezers. So far, new identifications number in "the dozens"; some of the 1,000 matches were already convicted. » 4/28/11 11:30am 4/28/11 11:30am

Gabrielle Giffords Seen Walking To Airplane For Shuttle Launch

A Houston TV station purports to have footage of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords walking, with help, up the boarding stairs and into a waiting airplane so she can travel to Florida for her husband's launch. You can watch below, but be warned, it's a little difficult to make out anything. Nevertheless! » 4/27/11 1:17pm 4/27/11 1:17pm

Lesbian Teens Win Fight To Walk Together In Royalty Court

A Minneapolis school district tried to prevent two female students from walking hand in hand in a pep rally's royalty court — but then they changed their minds. Result: cheers and standing ovations for the pair. » 2/03/11 9:35am 2/03/11 9:35am

Woman Googles, Solves Own Kidnapping

Nedjra Nance always had doubts about the abusive, drug-addicted woman she knew as her mother, and she was right. It turns out the woman, dressed as a nurse in a hospital, had kidnapped her from her parents as an infant. » 1/20/11 3:12pm 1/20/11 3:12pm

Gabrielle Giffords Stands Up, May Leave Hospital Tomorrow

Gabrielle Giffords is expected to be released to a rehab in Texas tomorrow, just 13 days after being shot. She still isn't speaking, but she stood up yesterday and her husband Mark Kelly says she'll be walking in two weeks. » 1/20/11 9:23am 1/20/11 9:23am

What We Can Learn From Gay Parents In The South

The takeaway from the Times story on the prevalence of gay parenting in the South is not that a gay utopia blossoms south of the Mason-Dixon line. It's how important it is for people to create institutions that reflect them. » 1/19/11 3:25pm 1/19/11 3:25pm

Illinois Sensibly Headed Towards Civil Unions

Good news: Civil unions — including for same-sex couples — could be performed in Illinois as early as next summer, having cleared both the state's House and Senate as of yesterday despite fierce Catholic lobbying against it. » 12/02/10 1:04pm 12/02/10 1:04pm

Fox News Interviews 7-Year-Old Boy Who Met Jesus

This week Fox News' Gretchen Carlson broke the story that heaven definitely exists. Colton Burpo reports that there are no stinky old people in the hereafter, and Jesus has "sea-blue eyes, and a smile that lit up the heavens." » 11/18/10 5:32pm 11/18/10 5:32pm

Study: Not All Footballers Are Misogynistic, Homophobic Asshats

When it comes to stereotypical icons of sexism, football players are up there with frat boys and Christina Hoff Summers. But new research published in the Journal of Gender Studies suggests their womanizing, homophobic reputation may not be wholly deserved. » 10/13/10 4:52pm 10/13/10 4:52pm

Emma Stone Is Your New Mary Jane Watson

According to Deadline Hollywood, Emma Stone has locked down the coveted part of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The role of Gwen Stacy is still up for grabs. [Deadline via Movieline] » 10/02/10 1:30pm 10/02/10 1:30pm

Teen Sailor Abby Sunderland Found Alive In Indian Ocean

Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland, who lost contact with her family yesterday during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe, has been found alive and in her boat after a tense search effort during which some feared the worst. » 6/11/10 9:30am 6/11/10 9:30am