Grandly overstating their relevance, Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton will have quotes included in the venerable Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Palin’s quote? “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick.” We would have thought Hilton’s quote would be “That’s hot,” but for some reason it’s this: “Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in.” [NY Daily News]—Deeeeep, man.
It’s back-to-school time! At universities, this time of year means a serious discussion about preventing sexual assault on campus. Yet most of the rape prevention focus is on making young women’s behaviors safer, says author Jaclyn Friedman, instead of informing young men there is zero tolerance against sexual coercion and rape. Friedman says young women are given messages like “Don’t hook up! Don’t dress provocatively! Watch your drink! Actually, don’t drink at all! Always stay with a friend! Don’t stay out too late! Don’t walk home alone!” But what about the guys? [American Prospect]
An FDA advisory panel yesterday voted in favor of the safety of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, to prevent some strains of HPV which cause genital warts in boys and men ages 9 to 26. (A few strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer when passed along to women. Girls and women ages 9 to 26 have already been using Gardasil since 2006.) The panel also voted in favor of the drug Cervarix to protect women from cervical cancer. The FDA has yet to decide on both matters. [New York Times]
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is threatening to sue the call girl who said she has tape recordings of her with the Italy’s big cheese. The PM has repeatedly denied he has ever visited prostitutes or behaved in an untoward manner with young women, despite news reports to the contrary and a request for divorce from his wife. [Fox News]