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Stop frivolous lawsuits

  In light of a longstanding legal battle with employers making religious objections, the Obama administration recently announced new rules for the contraception coverage requirement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to clarify which employers are exempt from providing no-cost contraception for their employees.

Something’s (cat) fishy

When we were growing up, creepers online had it pretty easy. With a less sophisticated Internet, chat rooms were the main platform for “meeting” new people. The identities people presented were largely unverifiable. As a result, deceiving others was as easy as fabricating your age, sex and location information — but thanks to Chris Hansen, we all knew to be on the lookout for predators.

Come one, come all

  Like many young women, my adolescence was inspired by a hearty dose of magazines I stole from my older sister. I pored through sections with titles like “For His Thighs Only” and took mental notes about weird things I could do with ice. As a result, I developed a better knowledge of male sexuality than my own.

No gin, just juice

  The University of California-Los Angeles recently released this year’s results of the largest and longest-running survey of American college students — the Cooperative Institutional Research Program Freshman Survey. Congratulations, class of 2016 — you’re drinking at all-time low levels.

What’s in a name?

  “The drink is pure. It’s your mind that’s the problem.” Beyond this tagline, the marketers for the British energy drink called “Pussy” would also like you to know that the beverage is “cunningly delicious.” How discreet.

Cruel exploitation

In today’s digital world, we have become curiously tolerant of leading increasingly public lives. We “check in” to post our real-time locations, “friend” and communicate with people who are often only vaguely connected to us and publish photos and opinions for any inquiring mind to discover. We now embrace transparency in nearly every area of our lives.

Final(s) thoughts

Well, it’s that time of year. Finals week has snuck up behind us like the typical creeper at the bar, catching us off-guard and trying to force its way into our lives when we’re just trying to dance and have a good time.

What war on men?

This year, we’ve seen an abundance of anti-reproductive rights rhetoric, bizarre misunderstandings of the female body and lack of prioritization for preventing violence against women. The phrase “War on Women” has often been used to sum up this general spirit of ignorance and condemnation for females. Not wanting the year to end in a victory for the liberals who view this pattern as an actual issue, author Suzanne Venker decided to declare that a “War on Men” is what truly plagues society.

Preventing unintended pregnancies

Fifty percent of all pregnancies are unplanned, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reproductive health research.  The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes we need to address the high rate of unintended pregnancies — a number that hasn’t changed in 20 years and costs taxpayers an estimated $11.1 billion each year. Last week, the group announced that it recommends oral contraceptives, the most popular method of birth control for women, be available over the counter.

Feeling cheated

Just over a week ago, retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, citing an extramarital affair that had been revealed by an FBI investigation. He has been married for more than 37 years.