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Dick Cheney’s Lesbian Daughter Marries

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  • Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, married her longtime partner Heather Poe today in Washington, D.C. In a statement, the Vice President said he was “delighted” his daughter could have her “relationship recognized,” adding “Mary and Heather and their children are very important and much loved members of our family and we wish them every happiness.” You hear that, bigots? [Advocate]
  • A “fetal personhood” amendment, which would seek to criminalize abortion by giving a fetus the same rights as a person, may not make it on Ohio’s state ballot this November because the anti-abortion group behind it can’t gather enough signatures. [Feminist.org]
  • Double X blogger Amanda Marcotte on why women having kids later is better for everyone. [Double X]
  • Check out this new documentary, “The Invisible War,” which takes on the epidemic of sexual assault within the American military. [MSNBC]
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Should Cabbies Be Punished For Knowingly Driving Prostitutes?

On Sex Work & Feminism
Actress Billie Piper talks about sex work and feminism. Read More »
Sex Work Past
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Is it OK for an elementary school teacher to have been a stripper? Read More »
Call Girls Onscreen
Meet the women who've played call girls in film and TV. Read More »

We can all agree that sex trafficking of women and girls is abhorrent and should be illegal. Maybe we won’t agree about whether consensual sex work should be legal. (I personally believe it should be.) But where do you stand on punishing cab drivers who knowingly drive around prostitutes?

On Friday morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed legislation that pins a $10,000 fine on a cab driver who is convicted the second time for knowingly transporting prostitutes to their work. Simply transporting a prostitute or a decoy prostitute would not be illegal, the mayor said, but knowingly driving around sex workers even after getting caught doing so once before would now constitute participating in a ‘sex trafficking operation.’ Keep reading »

Ex-NYPD Cop Admits He Raped Woman, Lied About It

Cop Rape Accusation
NYPD officier being investigated for raping a 25-year-old woman. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
CDC Sex Assault Data
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Adolescent girls and preteen boys are at the highest risk for sexual assault. Read More »
Should I Be Scarred?
This woman wonders if she should be more scarred by her date rape. Read More »
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Nearly one year ago, those of us who put our faith and trust in the police had our world rocked: an New York City Police Department officer named Michael Pena was charged with grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, threatening to shoot her, and raping her in a yard. A neighbor saw Pena raping the woman and called 911.

But this March, a jury failed to convict Pena of rape. It convicted him of seven charges, including sexual assault, but wouldn’t convict him of rape because he insisted he did not “penetrate” her. The eyewitness neighbor who called 911 said it very clearly was a rape and was shocked the jury didn’t believe the 25-year-old woman.

Yesterday, the ex-cop admitted he had lied. In a retrial yesterday, Pena admitted he raped the young Bronx teacher and plead guilty to two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. Keep reading »

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2″ Trailer Promises Less Vampire Sex, More Epic Battles

In Defense Of Twilight
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Why's "Twilight" so hot? There's a lot of holding back before letting go. Read More »
Is Bella A Feminist?
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Is Bella a feminist role model? Read More »
Twilight Tattoos
The 10 best and worst tattoos in homage to "Twilight." Read More »
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Breaking Dawn
"Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2" Trailer!

“Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1″ had the wedding, the gown (!), and sexy vampire sexy sex. Oh, and shirtless werewolf hunks. Now the trailer for the last movie in the “Twilight” series, “Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” is here and there’s no way it can compare. The final part of the saga is all about Bella and Edward trying to protect their daughter Renesmee — who, this being a “Twilight” movie, is fearing for her life — and an epic werewolf/vampire battle with the Volturi. Twi-hards may be into it, but as a somewhat apathetic fan, I really think I could skip this one. But of course, I will take my movie-going cues from noted cinéaste James Franco, per usual.

Agyness Deyn Marries Giovanni Ribisi In Surprise Ceremony

WTF Eyelashes
What's up with Agyness Deyn's batcrackers crazy lash look? Read More »
Paper Dolled Up
Kate Moss and Agyness Deyn get the paper doll treatment. Read More »
Agyness' Style Site
The model launched a style site called Naag. Read More »
Trips On The Runway
Agyness Deyn is not so agile, apparently. Read More »
  • British model Agyness Deyn married actor Giovanni Ribisi in a surprise ceremony in Los Angeles last weekend. Um, did anyone even know they were dating? I sure didn’t. [Does this mean she's a Scientologist now too? -- Editor] [Huffington Post]
  • Good Humor ice cream bar shortage?! Stop the presses! [The FW]
  • One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik, who is Muslim, has been accused of “pimping Islam” because he tweeted about Ramadan. Yup, we really have to worry about the radical Islamization of the world’s 12-year-old girls. [PopCrush]
  • NBA star (and Eva Longoria’s ex) Tony Parker has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the NYC nightclub where Drake and Chris Brown’s entourages fought last week, claiming he was injured in the brawl and that W.i.P. Nightclub never should have let both men in at the same time. [TMZ]
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Halle Berry Ordered To Pay Gabriel Aubry $20K A Month In Child Support

Halle Slams Her Ex
Halle Berry's divorce from Gabriel Aubry got naaaasty. Read More »
Halle Berry Engaged!
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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are making it legal. Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Happy birthday, Prince William! Here's a big pile of money you don't need. Read More »
  • Rumor has it that a family law judge ordered Halle Berry to pay her ex Gabriel Aubrey $20,000-a-month in child support for their four-year-old daughter, Nahla. Something tells me Halle can afford it, though … [TMZ]
  • The working conditions on the set of “Liz & Dick” are being investigated by two Hollywood unions after Lindsay Lohan and other staffers have complained they’re being worked too hard. [Celebrity Cafe]
  • “Sex and the City” star Kristen Stewart and “West Wing”/”The Newsroom” writer Aaron Sorkin are officially an item. [Eonline]
  • The five attractive Romney sons hit up “Conan” last night. Did they make their dad seem like anything more than a robot? [The FW]
  • Ladies! Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins is single after splitting with Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas. [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Kris Humphries’ ex-girlfriend is claiming Kris told her that Kim Kardashian’s sex tape was fully encouraged by her mama as a get-famous-quick scheme. That sounds just too far fetched. [Dlisted] Keep reading »
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