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Today’s Lady News: Marquette University Rescinds Their Job Offer To Lesbian Dean

  • Marquette Univeristy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, appointed Jodi O’Brien, a sociologist and an open lesbian, as dean of the school in April, but then rescinded the offer in early May. The school told her some of her published writings on sex and same-sex marriage were at odds with the school’s Jesuit teachings. [ABCNews.com]
  • The World Health Organization has asked for more action against the tobacco industry for targeting women and girls, especially in developing countries. Women are the biggest growth market for the tobacco industry. [National Post]
  • Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy’s commissioning ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden commended the 11 women in the graduating class who will the first to have the opportunity to serve on subs. Biden also noted it’s the 30th anniversary of women graduating from the Naval Academy. [AP]
  • The New York Times calls ultrasounds the “new front” of the abortion wars. [New York Times]

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Frisky Books: What Are We Reading This Week?

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Watch Rihanna’s Sexy Girl-On-Girl Video For “Te Amo”

I love Rihanna‘s song “Te Amo,” but come on, this video is so chee-to-the-Z. (That’s “cheesy,” duh.) Women writhing porn-ily on couches, a huge fireplace, hazy mists on the grounds of a castle? It’s like a supermarket romance novel starring lesbians being acted out on film. What do you think? (FYI, definitely NSFW, unless your boss is a horndog, which mine is.) Keep reading »

Apparently, U.K. Men Need A PSA To Be Reminded Not To Rape

Advertising blog Copyranter is unimpressed with this rape awareness ad, which one of their readers snapped a pic of in a bar bathroom. The ad pictures a woman wearing panties with a stop sign on them and the text reads, “Have sex with someone who hasn’t said yes to it and the next place you enter could be prison.” Copyranter sniped, “Call me confused, but showing a half-naked woman in a rape awareness ad being viewed by plastered horny pissing men is just bloody stupid, right?” Actually, I believe anything that makes a person think about consent is valuable. What do y’all think? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Apologies After A Breakup?

My sophomore year of college I had a boyfriend who cared for me more than I cared for him. Devin* was a nice guy who treated me well, but after maybe five months of dating, I broke up with him in the kindest way I could have. It was a clean break for me, but Devin needed — insisted, in fact — to know the details of why I was breaking up with him. If I remember correctly, he said he needed to know why I didn’t love him so he could get over me. But the honest truth is he hadn’t done or said anything wrong. I wasn’t angry at him. There wasn’t another guy. It was painfully simple: I just didn’t like Devin’s personality anymore. Somehow, at his insistence, I must have explained this to him, because eventually he stopped calling.

A year later, Devin published his first novel and gave an interview with a major media outlet and said he wrote the gang rape scene in his book after I had broken up with him. I remember sending him an email about that at the time, but I don’t remember what I said in it. I just know I was freaked out and disgusted. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Howard University Misplaced Hattie McDaniel’s “Gone With The Wind” Oscar

  • Howard University has admitted it lost the Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Upon her death in 1952, McDaniel, who was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, bequeathed her statue to the HU drama department. [Essence]
  • Effective today, Indonesia’s conservative Islamic Aceh province has banned stores from selling tight clothes and distributed 20,000 long skirts to Muslim women. Women will receive a long skirt if they’re caught by Islamic police violating the no-tight-pants dress code. [AP]
  • Phillip Merling, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested yesterday and charged with alleged aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. [USA Today]

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What’s That On Sarah Jessica Parker’s Head?

In fairness to SJP, though, she wore crap on her head long before we ever heard the words “Lady Gaga.” [5/27/10, London] Keep reading »

Quotable: Radio Host Believes “In Keeping Wives Under Control”

Caller: Dr. Williams, how the heck are you? My wife just came in and made me lunch after she was mowing the yard.
Walter E. Williams: “Good, good. You have her under control.”
Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Williams: “I guess you’ve learned a lot from me.”
Caller: “I’ve been listening to you for a long time. She does a lot more chores than she used to, so I appreciate that.”
Williams: “Okay! And I believe in keeping wives under control.”
Caller: “You’re a good man.”

— Radio host Walter E. Williams, who was filling in on The Rush Limbaugh Show and making us vom. [MediaMatters.org] Keep reading »

Erin Andrews Gets Slut-Shamed By Gossip Reporter

Quick, wash your hands! Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s asshat-ery is contagious: Joanna Molloy, a gossip columnist for The New York Daily News, sounded a lot like Hasselbeck in a column yesterday when she accused Erin Andrews of “want[ing] it both ways” by working as an ESPN reporter and appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” in skimpy dance outfits. Does she want to be “eye candy” on the NFL sidelines or does she want to be a serious journalist like Christiane Amanpour, who Molloy tells us would never be caught dead dancing around a bed in a “lacy black number” like Andrews did on Monday night?

What Molloy is really saying about “want[ing] it both ways” is that Andrews wants to be a virgin/Peeping Tom victim and a body-baring whore who is just asking for attention. Keep reading »

The Cattiest Reviews You’ll Read About “Sex And The City 2″

You may have had to wait until tonight to see “Sex and the City 2,” but by now, the media’s unleashed their poison pens to trash the flick we’ve been patiently waiting two years to see. Just how bad is it? Apparently, it’s like being lobotomized with a pink teaspoon. Rrrow!
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