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Blake Lively Launched Her GOOP Knockoff Site

  • Blake Lively has launched Preserve, her lifestyle/shopping/GOOP knockoff web site, and I am trying really hard not to laugh at the editor’s letter or the $180 votive candle holder she’s selling. [Preserve via Celebitchy]
  • On last night’s episode of “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All,” JP and Ashley from a past season of the show found out the sex of their baby on live TV. And it’s a … [Daily Mail UK]
  • Kris Jenner is releasing a Kardashian kookbook. Roll eyes. [People]
  • Fashion designer Charlotte Ronson is dating Nate Ruess, lead singer of the band Fun. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Some Thoughts On That Guy Who Sent His Wife A Spreadsheet Detailing Her Excuses Why They Weren’t Having More Sex

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Last week, women reading the Internet collectively reached for their wallets to check how much cash they had, because there was a fellow lady out there who needed a drink. And that lady was a woman on Reddit who posted a spreadsheet (picked up by Deadspin) that she had just received from her husband.

The spreadsheet had three columns: DATE, SEX? and EXCUSE. The second column was mostly filled with the word “No” and the third column was mostly filled with the wife’s reasons she did not want to have sex that day, like “I’m exhausted” and “You’re too drunk.”

On the Reddit thread of her post, Spreadsheet Wife (username throwwwwaway29) said her husband sent this to her right before she left for a 10-day business trip — and wouldn’t pick up his phone when she called. Assuming this isn’t some Internet prank — always a possibility — the whole shitshow is rude, immature and callous. Keep reading »

Kanye West (Sort Of) Addresses Why Jay-Z & Beyoncé Bailed On His Wedding

“All that, I wouldn’t even speak on. It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me.”

Kanye West has a big, meaty profile in GQ and it’s filled with Kanye-isms about art, celebrity, happiness, Kim, North, and some weird tangent where he insists he is not a shark but a “blowfish.” But let’s get real — we wanted to hear Kanye clear up some of the rumors surrounding his wedding. No, he did not give a 45-minute toast to himself. No, there was no  ”Gold Toilet Tower.” No, he did not saw up the entire bar apart in front of the Italian construction team who had just built it. But the rumor we really wanted addressed was why Jay and Bey completely bailed on the wedding. And Kanye’s response is pretty much: who cares? [GQ] [Image via GQ]

Life After Dating: When Your Partner Is Unemployed

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Growing up, my parents were able to provide a stable middle-class upbringing for me, my three sisters and my brother. I can understand now how fortunate we were not to worry about hunger, housing, or medical bills. Although my Mom made a point to show us how privileged we were  — I’m from Fairfield County, Connecticut, where the “wealth gap” between rich and poor is top in the nation — I lived securely inside a wealthy suburban bubble in the booming ’90s. As I graduated from high school, went to college and began my working life, I still managed to have financial security, even when the economy tanked in 2008. Some friends, recent college graduates like myself, lost their jobs or just plain could not get hired. But me, I still got to stay inside a safe little bubble.

Then I did something that probably didn’t make sense to some people, especially those from the background that I come from: I married someone who was unemployed Keep reading »

Adam Levine & Behati Prinsloo Married This Weekend

  • Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo married this weekend in Los Cabos, Mexico. And with that, he’s out of the dating pool, ladies! [US Weekly]
  • You might think lasting on five months in Destiny’s Child would be the worst thing to happen to Farrah Franklin, but it’s probably being arrested after laying down drunk in a stranger’s yard this weekend. [TMZPeople]
  • Prince George is walking! [The Daily Beast]
  • An actress from the 2000 Mel Gibson film “The Patriot” named Skye McCole Bartusiak died this weekend at age 21, allegedly from a seizure. [US Weekly Keep reading »

Jerry Sandusky’s Adopted Son Speaks With Oprah About Sexual Abuse

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Sandusky Denies
But he does admit to showering with children! Watch »

It can’t be easy to go through life with the last name “Sandusky” right now. But I have nothing but respect for Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, convicted child molester/ex-assistant Penn State football coach. Matthew, who was one of six adopted kids, spoke with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday night about the sexually abuse he suffered by his adopted dad. But as can happen with victims of childhood sexual trauma, repressed many of these memories until he was an adult. When Matthew was interviewed years ago by investigators looking into his father’s past, he didn’t remember all the sexual abuse that he now recalls. Keep reading »

UCONN Settles With Students Whose Sexual Assault Complaints It Mishandled

JMU Fails Student
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Three frat boys were only punished with campus ban after graduation. Read More »
HAWS Expose
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A NY Times piece reveals how Hobart WS failed a student rape victim. Read More »
UNC Investigated
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Retaliation complaint sparks federal investigation. Read More »
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In October 2013, a group of current and former students accused the University of Connecticut of violating Title IX by mishandling their sexual assault cases which occurred at the school between 2010 and 2013. The Department of Education’s Office For Civil Rights launched an investigation into the school and whether it failed to follow the gender equality law that provides equal opportunity and access to education.

UCONN still refuses to broadly take responsibility for its failures. But today it was announced that the school is settling with five of the students it is accused of failing. Keep reading »

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

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  • Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went to a job interview if she agreed to certain conditions. Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to take parenting and substance abuse classes, as well as establish education and childcare trusts which contain no less than $10,000. That last provision sounds extremely unreasonable to a low-income mother, in my opinion, but likely reflect the tens of thousands of dollars in donations that Taylor received after her arrest became public. Hopefully Taylor’s children, who were taken by Child Protective Services, can be reunited with their mom ASAP. [The Root] Keep reading »

We Live In A World With A Prince George Baby Lookalike

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It’s not enough to live in a world with Kate Middleton and Prince William impersonators, or a prematurely-canceled television show devoted to a Prince Harry “doppelganger” trying to trick a bunch of dumb American women into believing he’s the real royal. Now we gotta drag the baby into it, too. Meet Freddie Minnis, an 11-month-old baby boy from Essex in the UK who is a Prince George lookalike. What that means beyond being a publicity stunt for the website which hosted the lookalike contest, I don’t know, but I’m sure Freddie’s mum is relieved she can put this kid to work pronto. Although … they both just look like regular babies to me.  [Daily Mail UK] [Left image via Daily Mail UK; right image via Getty]

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