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A Baby Possum Is So Cute When It’s Not Chewing Through Your Trash Cans

Aww, a baby possum is so cute when it’s not dragging the last week’s worth of trash all over your driveway! How soon until this lil’ cutie is big enough for a possum pedicure? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Should Adult Film Stars Be Required To Use Protection?

  • News broke last week that an adult film star had tested positive for HIV. But adult film actress Madison Young tells Salon.com’s Broadsheet blog that requiring actors to wear condoms would be “a mistake.” Why? [Salon]
  • An employee at Eddie Long’s mega-church in Atlanta has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the church. She claims a male employee showed her a photograph of a penis on a cell phone and that she was punished for reporting the incident. [Essence]
  • Full episodes of the web series “Vag Magazine” are now online! This weekend I watched five straight episodes of this spoof on feminists who take themselves very, very seriously while running a politically correct magazine called Vag. [VagMagazine.tv]

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Quick! Where Does Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Keep All The Whiskey?

A “Mad Men” fan with far too much time on his/her hands has used FloorPlanner.com to lay out the hallowed offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. I am glad to know the whiskey reserves are plentiful in case Topaz pantyhose pulls their business. But I spot one egregious oversight: Miss Blankenship/Megan‘s desk! [Laughing Squid] Keep reading »

“Man Men” Creator Matt Weiner Defends Betty Draper

— “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner on Betty Draper, the Rorscarch test of our time. Kate and Amelia seem to hate her, but I’m with Matt Weiner: give Bets a break! The new Mrs. Francis is just a product of her time. [New York] Keep reading »

Chilean Cheater Offered $100K To Be Spokes-miner For Infidelity Site

Last week, Chilean miner Yonni Barrios charmed the world when he emerged from being trapped for two months underground and headed straight into the warm, loving embrace of his mistress, Susana Valenzuela. Now the Tiger Woods of mining has been offered a $100K contract with the infidelity-promoting website AshleyMadison.com, to be the Spanish-speaking spokesperson in ads and on TV. Keep reading »

Husbands Can Hit Wives As Long As They Don’t Leave Marks, UAE Court Rules

Good news, domestic abusers! An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled a husband or father can “discipline” his wife and children as long as he does not leave any marks. This decision follows a ruling where a man was taken to court for slapping his wife, injuring her bottom lip and teeth, and kicking his 23-year-old daughter, causing her to bruise. Keep reading »

Kanye West Album Cover Allegedly Banned From Walmart

Walmart has apparently banned Kanye West‘s new CD over seXXXy monster cover art. “Yooooo they banned my album cover!” Kanye whined on Twitter last night. “So Nirvana can have a naked human being on the cover but I can’t have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings.”*** Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Don’t Have A Posse

I’ll be frank: not having a close group of girl friends makes me feel like a failure.

Sometimes not having a close group of friends makes me feel like a failure, but mostly it’s not having a posse of girlfriends, six or eight women to flank me in salmon bridesmaids gowns, that makes me feel like I’ve done something wrong. Aren’t I supposed to have women with whom to start a book club, a knitting circle? Isn’t there supposed to be a core group to call upon for appletinis in our most satin-y, shiniest clothes? Aren’t we supposed to rehash Saturday night’s antics over Sunday brunch? Groups of friends aren’t just reflected back everywhere at me in pop culture — The Babysitters Club, “90210,” “Gossip Girl,” “Sex & The City” — but in the lives of other women I know as well. But my life just doesn’t, and hasn’t ever, looked like that. Keep reading »

Meghan McCain Calls Christine O’Donnell A “Nut Job”

A lot of politicians operate by cloak-and-dagger. Rumors are spread, pictures are released, a love child is dug up. But this Sunday, during a TV interview, Meghan McCain, the Daily Beast columnist and John McCain‘s 26-year-old daughter, straight-up called Delaware GOP candidate Christine O’Donnell a “nut job.”

Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” Meghan said. “No matter what, Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office. She has no real history, no real success in any kind of business. And what that sends to my generation is, one day, you can just wake up and run for Senate, no matter how [much] lack of experience you have. It just turns people off, because she’s seen as a nut job.”

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Today’s Lady News: Nebraska Pols Know Better Than Doctors When Fetuses Feel Pain

  • An anti-abortion law goes into effect in Nebraska today based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, a claim denied by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That’s not stopping Nebraska’s Sen. Mike Johanns: He is introducing federal legislation (which has been reintroduced and shot down every year since 2004) that would require women seeking abortions to be told the fetus can feel pain and to request anesthesia for it. [Yahoo News]
  • Some actor mailed his head shots to a casting director and mentioned that for his last role he played a rapist. Um, thanks? [The Awl]
  • The DKE fraternity at Yale University apologized for marching pledges through campus yelling, “No means yes! Yes means anal!” in a meeting with women’s groups on campus. Students and faculty recall a separate incident at Yale in 2008 when 12 pledges to the Zeta Psi fraternity stood holding signs reading “We Love Yale Sluts.” [Yale Daily News]

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