Tuesday Newsday [01]

by Erica

When I first started this blog, I originally had a vision that included highlighting and bringing attention to stories in the news that related to psychology, feminism & young adults in general. Obviously, that idea never quite came to surface. But now that I’m really getting the feel for this blogging thing, I thought it was due time to devote a weekly feature to exploring current events. I’m not a news junkie (er, at least I’m not as good about it as I used to be in high school), but I’m trying to get myself back in the loop. Every week, I’ll pick two-five stories that made my radar & that I think will be of interest to you lovelies. Enjoy the first installment!

You can donate your hair to the oil spill.

I didn’t read about this in the news, but when I was at a baby shower & reconnecting with some old friends over the weekend (What up, Ray Ray!), I was told that hair salons around the country are asking customers if they’d like to donate their clippings to the oil spill relief. If you’re interested in doing this, call & ask your hair stylist if their salon is participating before booking your appointment because participation is on a salon-by-salon basis. If you’re a hair stylist, your salon can get in on the action by signing up with Matter of Trust .

Teens are getting botox.

…And with those as young as 15 opting for the injection, some fear a “teen toxing trend.” Oy.
SOURCE(S): msnbc.com

The FDA approved the “Five-Morning-After-Pill.”

Despite the FDA’s recent decision not to approve the little pink pill (the “Female Viagra”), the panel gave the go ahead to a new med that reduces a woman’s chances of getting prego up to 5 days after conception. The current pill, Plan B, only works up to 3 days after sex. However, the FDA doesn’t always have to follow the panel’s direction, so whether the pill will make it to store aisles (er, behind store counters) is still in the air.
SOURCE(S): msnbc.com

College students are less empathetic now than in the past.

I read about this study awhile ago, but was reminded over at The Situationist. According to a study conducted at The University of Boston, college students today “have 40% less empathy” than students 20 or 30 years ago. Why? Researchers blame several things–including growing up with violence-filled video games and the Internet. I’m not surprised. I always commented on the fact that students seem far less involved in social activism today than they were in say, the 60’s and 70’s. This equally scares & pains me. Guess that means I haven’t become empathy-less, though!


xoxo erica lee

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