Slipped through the cracks

The stories we didn't get to cover: An all-female football league, 365 days of Cosmo, women in the church and a kerfuffle over potty parity.

Published July 11, 2008 10:05PM (EDT)

All bathrooms aren't created equal: Missouri has some toilet turmoil. One of the few states that insists on a 1-to-1 male-female toilet ratio, Missouri has ignored "potty parity" laws passed in most other states -- until now. St. Louis University has installed 120 toilets for women and 103 toilets and urinals for men at its new Chaifetz Arena. But it hasn't gone down so smoothly. The Uniform Building Code of Missouri has issued a violation.

Woman-on-woman action: You think soccer moms are ferocious off the field? The players in the Independent Women's Football League are ferocious on the field. More than 3,000 women are playing on 80 teams in 67 cities. They don't get paid (they pay to play), but these female athletes can't seem to get enough of the game and the pain that comes with it. "They're fundamentally much stronger than the guys are," said Jim Stahl, whose undefeated team, the Chicago Force, is one game away from winning the Superbowl.

Cosmos, on the rocks: "There's something great about giving over control, just letting magazines take over. It's sort of liberating," writes Cathy Alter, whose new book, "Up For Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over," chronicles her yearlong, lifesaving love affair with Cosmo, Glamour and In Style. Just reading this interview made me want 365 days of Cosmos. The liquid kind.

Burn notice: Tan at your own risk. A recent study from the Cancer Institute shows that the rate of new melanoma cases in women 15-39 has leapt 50 percent since 1980, while the same number for men 15-39 hasn't changed. According to the researchers, women are spending more time outdoors and more time in tanning salons, and even though women are more likely than men to use sunscreens, they still get more sun exposure.

Amen (and women too!): As male Anglican bishops convert to Roman Catholicism in protest of the decision to ordain female bishops, more and more American women are becoming Hindu priests. Some Hindu men are moving to more lucrative careers, opening the doors for women to take on priestly duties. Although women were never banned from the Hindu priesthood and ancient Hindu texts show evidence of female priests, it has been a predominantly male profession. Describing her mother's role as a priest, Renu Sharma said, "It's not a profession for her. She doesn't do this for money. It's part of who she is as a being."

By Logan Scherer

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