Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

  • The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
  • Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
  • Sara Ganim, a 24-year-old crime reporter for the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has won a Sidney Award for breaking the news that a grand jury was investigating Penn State coach Jerry Sundusky for sexual abuse. [Hillman Foundation]
  • The owner of Charis Books & More, a gay/feminist-friendly bookstore in Atlanta, talks about fighting to stay open amidst the big box stores. [The GA Voice
  • A book about the feminist movement in Wichita, Kansas, featuring almost 70 essays by local activists, was released this week. [KWCH]
  • The best holiday gifts for feminists! [Sexy Feminist]
  • Throwing acid on women, as well as forcing women into prostitution, is now illegal in Pakistan. Whoa, don’t go all pinko leftist on us, Pakistan. [Jezebel]
  • After complaints that the British toy store Hamley’s separated floors into toys for “boys” or “girls,” the shop now lists on its signage which toys are available on each floor without assigning a particular gender. Very cool! [Think Progress]  
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