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Today’s Lady News: And Now, A 12-Year-Old Will Lecture You About Abortion

  • You know you want to listen to a 12-year-old girl spew anti-abortion rhetoric while comparing the procedure to a “personal choice,” like choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I’m guessing she didn’t write the script for this lecture? [VideoGum]
  • A National Organization for Women chapter in California plans to file complaints against Hooters restaurants in the state for selling merchandise geared towards children, like tee shirts in child sizes with statements like “Future Hooters Girl.” Um, ew. [SFist]
  • The fifth season of “Skins” in the U.K. will star a gender-bending girl named Franky Fitzgerald. [AfterEllen.com]

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Tajazzle Your Vajayjay For The Ultimate In Personal Confidence!


Vagina got you down? Put some bling in your fling with Tajazzle! The Tajazzle system gives us ladies “personal confidence” with scented body powder, lotions to put on your “kissful areas” (read: smelly vajajay), and last but certainly not least, sparkly crystal tattoos made of “genuine Swarovski elements” to affix someplace intimate and show off to your lover. Because if you so desperately need a man to compliment your dirty, ugly and bad ladyparts, putting sparkly jewels on your inner thighs to distract surprise him is totally the way to go. You can learn all about how Tajazzle will give you personal confidence in this vaguely softcore infomercial. I promise you it is worth 14 minutes of your life. But do not take a shot every time it says Tajazzle will give you “personal confidence,” because you will be dead before it’s through. Keep reading »

8 Celebs Who’ve Been Fired From Roles

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We regular folks aren’t the only ones who get pink-slipped. Stars of Hollywood get canned from their jobs, too. On Friday, “Ghost World” and “American Beauty” actress Thora Birch learned she’d been fired from an off-Broadway show, “Dracula,” in which she was the star. Did we mention it was only four days before performances were to begin?

The director claims that Thora was fired because her father and manager, Jack Birch (a former porn star), threatened another actor for rubbing his daughter’s back during a scene. Director Paul Alexander, claims Jack told the actor, “Listen, man, I’m trying to make this easier on you – don’t touch her” and that actor felt “physically threatened.” But the Birch family claims Thora was fired because they weren’t happy with her performance. Thora herself is super confused about what went down. “For three weeks I was just doing my thing, and everything I hear was positive, that the work I was doing was wonderful,” she told The New York Times. “Maybe it’s some kind of misunderstanding. … I’m totally in a state of shock over this, I still can’t believe it.” Thora is now being replaced by Emily Bridges, the daughter of actor Beau Bridges. [New York Times]

Poor Thora! But she’s not the only star who’s been fired from a role. Let’s take a look at other stars who’ve rocked Hollywood’s unemployment line.

It’s Raining Hearts

We thought “pretty umbrella” was an urban legend like “comfortable stiletto” or “fun time at the DMV.” But this clear plastic, heart-splattered umbrella is just the accessory to keep you dry and adorable through the wet winter months. Take it from us: Brightly colored umbrellas perk up a drizzly day faster than a first kiss. (And doesn’t it just make you want to plant one on your sweetie in the pouring rain?) You’ll never leave behind an umbrella this cute on the bus again!

[$29.99 ModCloth]

Why We Love To Hate Amber Portwood

I remember when gossip columns devoted space to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Now we’ve got Amber Portwood, the young woman on “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” who Star magazine says is pregnant with her second baby. Amber is already the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Leah, with ex-fiance Gary Shirley. Star says she’s dating a cage fighter named Clinton Yunker and “is hoping that the child is Shirley’s nonetheless.”

There’s no escaping the “Teen Mom” girls now. Just admit it: it’s dirt cheap for paparazzi to photograph them, so they are claiming tabloid domination. And while Catelynn and Tyler (who gave their kid up for adoption) are the couple who tug our heart strings, you couldn’t avoid Amber if you tried.

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Today’s Lady News: Colorado Gets Its First Lesbian Supreme Court Judge

  • Meet Monica Marquez, 41, the first lesbian and Latina Supreme Court justice in Colorado. Monica and her dad, a retired senior judge who was the state’s first Latino to serve on the appeals court. Both cried with joy as he read to her the Colorado Supreme Court oath. She’s a graduate of Stanford and Yale and a former deputy state attorney general. [Denver Post]
  • The women of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra have new outfits and this is news. [Yahoo]
  • Someone at WashingtonPost.com is letting the authors of The Frisky’s fave book ever, The Man Whisperer, do an online chat today. Anyone up for a double dose of learning why women don’t need equality with men? [TBD.com]

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Get Your Commemorative Royal Wedding Plates Right Here

This funky “Thanks for the free day off: HRH Prince William & Kate Middleton‘s 4 day bender” commemorative plate from KK Outlets is the perfect way to honor the ZOMG wedding of the century. What? Here in the U.S., the royal wedding won’t be a day off from work? Bollocks.

Let’s see a few other bits of sassy “unofficial wedding paraphernalia” from KK Outlets in the U.K., which will begin selling the plates after January 15: Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The DMV Now Offering Opinions About Your Sex Life

  • Meet Amber Yust, a transgender San Francisco woman who contacted the DMV to change her official gender from “male” to “female” and received a letter from a bigoted DMV staffer calling her an “abomination” and a DVD comparing homosexuality to being possessed by demons. Now Yust, 23, is suing because it turns out the same DMV employee refused to process another transgendered woman’s name-change application back in 2009. [Queerty]
  • Last week, Rep. Tom Perriello introduced the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would revamp the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights by expanding the list of offenses that must be included in a campus sexual assault policy to include sex offenses, stalking, and domestic violence, among other things. [SAFERcampus.org]

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Puppies Are Not Accessories! Harvey Nichols Ad Treats Purse Dogs Like Jewelry

I love purse dogs as much as the next squeal-y girl, but certain things should not be treated as accessories: puppies, children and, oh yeah, puppies. Harvey Nichols‘ holiday commercial dispatched dozens of cute puppies to a department store and showed posh lady-actresses shopping for dogs to match their shoes and coats — even wrapping them up in wrapping paper. Keep reading »

Topless Women Pee In Public And 5 Other Crazy Protests

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Who says women can’t pee standing up? Thirty Ukrainian women angry at their government’s all-male cabinet “peed” outside the Prime Minister’s office in protest last week. The group, FEMEN, squirted bottles of yellow water from their nether regions while carrying a banner which read “To urinate standing is not a privilege.” FEMEN were trying to make a point that an all-male cabinet is tantamount to a men’s room. (Or that you can fake pee in public and not get arrested.) Point taken! FEMEN is also notorious for going topless to support equal pay and anti-sex trafficking bills, but they seem to have kept their bras on during this most recent demonstration. [Herald Sun Australia]

I’m all about protesting injustice and showing peeps what’s up when there’s a sausage fest afoot. Thankfully, feminists get pretty creative — if at times slightly icky, too — so their protests are never dull!

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