Apple And Facebook Will Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

Some of the headlines you might have missed, neatly summarized.
Amanda Lauren
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Some of the headlines you might have missed, neatly summarized.

Happy Wednesday! I know some readers must wonder how I choose what to cover and why some super important stories get left out. My personal guideline is that if the media won’t shut up about a particular story, it makes the cut. If there is a story about women in particular, especially involving contraception (because it seems people are very interested in it), it gets covered. If there is a major change in something involving terrorism, I probably write about it. I also try to cover stories that I think are important, but not covered enough by the mainstream American media -- some I hear about by watching Dr. Drew on HLN (don’t hate me, I love this show), like the story from last week about the mother who is being investigated for giving her son marijuana. Sometimes, I simply choose to cover any story I find interesting that could be relevant to readers.

So, what doesn’t make the cut? Sometimes there’s just not enough space for me to cover every awful tragedy going on in the universe. But, most of the time, if a story doesn’t get covered, it's because it's still developing while I have a deadline looming. It’s not accurate to share incomplete information.

What do you want to receive more coverage? Chat in the comments or tweet me @AmandaLauren

Ebola Update

Nina Pham, 26, a nurse in Dallas who treated Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola, has been diagnosed with the same disease. It has been speculated that she contracted Ebola because the protocol guidelines provided by the CDC are both inadequate and confusing. However, her condition is improving and according to Tom Frieden, the director of the CDC, Pham is “clinically stable.”

Pham herself made an optimistic statement to the media:

I'm doing well and want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers. I am blessed by the support of family and friends and am blessed to be cared for by the best team of doctors and nurses in the world.

Pham’s beloved dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bentley, was taken from her home and is also being taken care of. Last week, a dog in Spain was killed after its owner contracted the disease, but so far, Bentley looks like he will not suffer the same fate.

Sears Realizes Anti-Semitism Is No Longer In Fashion

In addition to the website where they sell their own merchandise, Sears has a “Marketplace” where third parties can sell their goods, similar to Amazon’s. Yesterday, a company called CET Domain posted a men’s ring with a swastika on it for sale. If that doesn’t sound bad enough to you, the description will:

This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.

Sears became aware of this problem when their social media pages became flooded with comments from angry customers. The company responded saying:

The ring was not posted by Sears, but by independent third-party sellers on Sears Marketplace. All Marketplace Sellers must accept our seller agreement terms in order to sell their items on and part of that agreement includes an understanding that certain offensive items may not be listed. If a problem occurs, we take appropriate action. The ring has not been purchasable since this morning and we are in the process of completely removing the items from our site.

The Sears Marketplace has also come under fire for selling sex toys. In 2012, the retailer also got also into hot water for posting some very unsafe-for-work pictures of women in lingerie, multiple times.

Vatican Accepts Gays and Lesbians Into The Church, But Then Changes Its Mind

The Vatican released a report on Monday which essentially welcomed “gays and lesbians” (their terminology, not mine) into the Catholic Church.

Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony?

Pope Francis has even famously said in the past, “Who am I to judge?”

However, this report created a ton of backlash within the Catholic community and on Tuesday, the Vatican released a statement retracting what they said, claiming it was a “working document,” and while they wanted to welcome gays and lesbians into the church, they did not want to give the impression of a “positive evaluation” of people who had same-sex relationships or any un-married couples that lived together. However, last month the Pope married 20 couples that had been co-habituating or previously divorced.

Good News For Female Employees of Apple and Facebook

Starting in January 2015, Apple and Facebook will pay for female employees to have their eggs frozen. The procedure, which is called oocyte cryopreservation, costs approximately $10,000, plus costs up to an additional $1000 per year for storage. The companies will both offer $20,000 toward these services under their benefit programs for fertility and surrogacy.

In a statement, the Apple has said,

We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.

Emma Rosenblum, who wrote a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story about the benefits of oocyte cryopreservation earlier this year, explains why this is a positive step for women:

Imagine a world in which life isn’t dictated by a biological clock. If a 25-year-old banks her eggs and, at 35, is up for a huge promotion, she can go for it wholeheartedly without worrying about missing out on having a baby. She can also hold out for the man or woman of her dreams.

However, not everyone is buying it. Kellye Sheehan of Women in Technology thinks otherwise:

This a nice perk but of course it's a very personal decision for every working woman. When to time college, grad school, babies, starting a career, accelerating a career — all of these have huge ramifications in your life and that of your significant other. Is the employer trying to tell us something? Agreed, working mothers have a lot to juggle. But you can't let your employer force you into something that doesn't fit your values or personal choices.


• NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Synderman is under fire for leaving the location where she and several others are under voluntary quarantine after possibly being exposed to the Ebola virus after covering the story in West Africa. Last week, she was spotted at Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro, New Jersey getting soup. Synderman has since apologized.

• Ride sharing service Uber has received a failing rating from the Better Business Bureau. The big complaint? Consumers not being made aware of “surge pricing” during busy times.

• Singer Kesha is suing her producer, Dr. Luke, for ten years of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. The singer alleges he said, among other things, “You are not that pretty, you are not that talented, you are just lucky to have me."