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Still no word about delaying those Prostate exams…

…but pap tests? Who needs ’em!

From the NYT: Guidelines Push Back Age for Cervical Cancer Tests

Arriving on the heels of hotly disputed guidelines calling for less use of mammography, the new recommendations might seem like part of a larger plan to slash cancer screening for women.

Gee, you think so?

The reason is that young women are especially prone to develop abnormalities in the cervix that appear to be precancerous, but that will go away if left alone.

Don’t worry, college Sophomore—that precancerous abnormality will go away eventually! *eyeroll*

The doctors’ group also felt it was safe to test women less often because cervical cancer grows slowly, so there is time to catch precancerous growths. Cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus, human papillomavirus, or HPV, that is practically ubiquitous.

So HPV, which causes cervical cancer, is everywhere, but it’s okay not to screen because cervical cancer grows slowly? Wait—what?

Maybe things have changed, but when I was in high school we were told that you should go to a gynecologist at age 18 or after becoming sexually active, whichever came first. As far as I know, nobody is saying that all young teens should be having these tests, so I don’t really see where Dr. Holcomb’s comment that “I know the chances of an adolescent getting cervical cancer are really low” really comes into play. Unless that adolescent is sexually active, she won’t be seeing a gynecologist.

We’re already seeing a recommended delays in mammograms and pap tests, so what’s next? No ultrasounds or checkups for pregnant women until the second trimester? Or maybe we can just go back to the days when all female medical problems were written off as hysteria and promptly ignored. That would be awesome.

The Sun: Megan Fox is Catwoman


I can’t even begin to describe what’s wrong with this. I can only hope that the Sun has no freaking clue what they’re talking about.

I guess first of all, Megan Fox doesn’t have the acting talent to fit in with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale. Part of that is because she’s an inexperienced, young actress, but most of that is because she’s best known for being the Mary Sue of Transformers. (Come on.. she’s hot, popular, AND a mechanic/juvenile delinquent? SUE.) And my friend Wes is right—Fox is too young to be Selina. She needs to be closer to Bruce’s age, and she needs to look older—and not in the “high school girl wearing too much make-up” kind of way, either.

Second, Selina Kyle has class and doesn’t look (and act) trashy. Fox has the stigma of being “OMG SO HAWWWT” and of being an arrogant, obnoxious bitch about it. (“I come across as confident and they assume that means that I think I’m hot s—. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me.” Um, no.) I don’t think that she’d play the role in a way that’s true to Selina, and her mere presence in the movie will overshadow everyone else because, OMG IT’S MEGAN FOX. And really, these movies are ensemble movies. Yeah, everything revolves around Bruce Wayne, but Alfred and Lucius Fox keep him grounded and equipped. I can’t see casting Fox as anything but a PR stunt, and these movies don’t need PR stunts—they’ve got Michael Cain, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman for crying out loud!

Third, casting Fox as Catwoman would be an insult to fans who sat through five hours of the Batman Boys’ Club and are eager to see some female villains. I was, quite honestly, glad to see Rachel go in The Dark Knight because that opened the door to possible female villians and new relationships… with Selina as being the perfect fit for both vacancies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Joker and the Scarecrow in the last two movies, but it’s frustrating to watch Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal struggle with Rachel when I know there are vivacious, interesting female Gotham characters who are being ignored. As I said above, I don’t think Megan Fox has what it takes to be Selina, and I don’t want to have to endure another crappy Catwoman. If she has no clue about Wonder Woman, how much do you think she knows about Catwoman beyond the sexy catsuit? It would be exciting (from a female geek perspective) to have a female Bat-villain, and I just feel like casting an actress who is known only for being attractive would say, “We had to put this chick in here cause Batman had become a sausage fest. But don’t worry guys, it’s a HOT CHICK!!! Ogle away!”

It’s definitely time for some female villain action in Nolan’s Batman movies, but dear God, why does it have to come from Megan Fox? And what on earth is that Sun reporter taking to think that she’d be a “brilliant” Selina? Hopefully this “news” is just a rumor a la the “Miley Cyrus as Batgirl” nonsense.

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