The Problem With Calling Women 'Females'

For as long as I can remember, I've been immediately skeptical of men who use the word "female" to describe women. Before I was able to put my finger on what exactly bothered me about their use of the word, I simply relied on historical record: The men I liked and respected weren't running around talking about females… » 2/05/15 2:40pm 2/05/15 2:40pm

Here's the Cra-Cra List of Words You and Bae are Now Banned From Using

Tired of people trying to make "fetch happen" or using "bae" in casual conversation like it's an actual word and not something that makes adults sound like they're desperately trying to maintain their "cool person" status? Well, Lake Superior University has published a list of words people MUST. STOP. USING. RTFN. » 1/01/15 1:30pm 1/01/15 1:30pm

Report: The NFL Can't Even Film a Breast Cancer PSA Right

Though the NFL like, totally cares about women and their issues, especially the cancer they get, it seems like that love only goes so far. According to a report from Page Six, the league totally bungled a shoot for a new breast cancer awareness ad, leaving a breast cancer survivor and a film crew waiting for NFL… » 9/25/14 10:40am 9/25/14 10:40am

Republican Ad Treats Obama Like an Abusive Boyfriend

"In 2oo8, I fell in love," says an attractive and concerned-looking 30-something lady on a clean white couch. "His online profile made him seem so perfect...I trusted him, but by 2012 our relationship was in trouble, but I stuck with him because he promised he'd be better." Step right up and place your bets: domestic… » 9/22/14 5:45pm 9/22/14 5:45pm

Jon Hamm, Questlove Star in New White House PSA Against Sex Assault

In May, as part of their campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses, the White House released a PSA starring Daniel Craig and others encouraging men to prevent sexual assault. They've now created a whole new website about the endeavor, as well as a new commercial starring Jon Hamm, Questlove, Kerry Washington… » 9/19/14 10:00am 9/19/14 10:00am

Woman Calls Emergency Services to Regulate Her Ice Cream Sprinkles

Sprinkles are serious business, and this police recording of a woman demanding that something be done about an ice cream vendor's generosity proves that you don't ever fuck with anyone's dessert toppings. (Please don't call the police for this. Please.) » 6/11/14 6:30pm 6/11/14 6:30pm

Hollywood's Leading Men Star in Powerful PSA About Sexual Assault

After a lengthy speech Tuesday by Vice President Joe Biden, the White House introduced their new PSA about sexual assault starring Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill, as well as the President and Vice President. » 4/29/14 3:35pm 4/29/14 3:35pm

Divynls' 'I Touch Myself' Becomes Breast Cancer Awareness Anthem

It's been one year since Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer of the Divinyls, died from breast cancer. But in this touching video, her hit song lives on — in a new way. » 4/15/14 4:15pm 4/15/14 4:15pm

Middle School Girls Create Award-Winning Film About Disordered Eating

The school assignment: Create a public service announcement on the subject of your choosing. Two 13-year-old 7th-grade girls chose to tackle eating disorders, and their short film ended up resonating — not just with their peers, but with their teacher. » 12/17/13 2:10pm 12/17/13 2:10pm

Watch a Penis Shrink and Fade in Finland's Anti-Smoking Campaign

The Cancer society of Finland has devised a fun slash sick way of showing the effects smoking has on the human body, using flaxen-haired models and a photo slider for "before" and "after" examples. » 10/22/13 6:00pm 10/22/13 6:00pm

Take a Gander at Saudi Arabia's First Ever Anti-Domestic Abuse Ad

While all Saudi women are still under the guardianship of a male family member — usually a husband or father — the first Saudi domestic violence ad marks progress for the Kingdom's women. » 4/27/13 1:00pm 4/27/13 1:00pm

Singapore Anti-Groping PSA Features Terrible Puns, Victim-Blaming ‘Tips’

Singapore, which might be one of the worst places in the world if you're looking to break the law, has apparently rolled out an anti-public-groping campaign, which would be very helpful and nice if its street-side ads didn't features incredibly creepy pictures supplemented with a litany of instructions about what… » 1/13/13 4:00pm 1/13/13 4:00pm

Cher Graciously Allows Multiple Cher Puns In Anti-Romney PSA

Sometimes, when the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, gay icons Cher and Kathy Griffin hang out. The two women have now combined forces on behalf of the activist website Actually.org (which has previously featured Obama supporters Sarah Silverman and Rosie Perez) in a PSA called "Don't Let… » 11/03/12 4:40pm 11/03/12 4:40pm

Tavi, Lena Dunham and Lesley Gore Come Together for Pro-Woman 'You…

The faboosh-lookin' Lesley Gore recently gathered a group of awesome women to help her to create a PSA in which everyone lip-syncs along to her 1963 power anthem "You Don't Own Me" in order to encourage other ladies to vote for Barack Obama in the November 6th election. The video boasts a pretty impressive and… » 10/23/12 4:40pm 10/23/12 4:40pm

New Ad Urges You to Use a Condom Since Someone Else Might Be Mayor of…

These new PSAs for the AIDS Council, put together by the McCann Worldgroup Helsinki ad agency, equate getting busy to checking in on Foursquare. A heterosexual couple touch each other and get undressed; right before he pulls off his skivvies, a map icon pops up with the info, "Cathy Mills and 34 others were here."… » 10/19/12 7:45pm 10/19/12 7:45pm

This Porn PSA Might Be the Least Sexy Thing You’ll See All Day

Measure B, a ballot initiative sponsored by the Aids Healthcare Foundation that would require all porn performers to use condoms for movies made in L.A., may initially seem pretty sensible, but it's been a fraught issue. Industry workers, citing test frequency and relatively low rate of HIV among porn performers,… » 10/14/12 4:30pm 10/14/12 4:30pm

Daily Show Co-Creator Lizz Winstead Brings the Election Directly Into…

As much as some would like to pretend otherwise, this war on women business is a legitimate thing that can only get worse if Mitt Romney gets elected. There are several ways of addressing the dangers of the war on women and the upcoming election — You could go the star-studded route, you could get serious or, if… » 10/10/12 6:45pm 10/10/12 6:45pm

Terrifying PSA Turns Drunk Parents Into Literal Monsters

If fear is a great motivator, then hopefully this PSA for children's charity Fragile Childhood will get its share of alcoholic parents to stop drinking. The ad, created by Finnish agency Euro RSCG Helsinki, asks "How do our childen see us when we've been drinking?" and shows several terrified children being haunted… » 9/14/12 3:40pm 9/14/12 3:40pm

Today in Touching PSAs: Amy Poehler for Domestic Workers

This year, the California State Senate will vote on the CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a bill that will provide previously unprotected domestic workers with overtime pay, an appropriate amount of breaks and safer living conditions (i.e. basic workers' rights). Among those voicing their support is actor,… » 8/24/12 5:00pm 8/24/12 5:00pm

YouTube Makeup Star Lauren Luke Covers Up Her Bruises in Powerful…

It can be so easy to get public service announcements wrong—to veer into the cheesy, trite, or overly terrifying. But this new PSA from a group called Refuge, which helps victims of domestic violence, is kind of genius. It uses YouTube makeup tutorial megastar Lauren Luke as its spokesperson, and in the video she's… » 7/02/12 9:15pm 7/02/12 9:15pm