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Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

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  • While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.” Much respect to her for sharing her personal story in such a public way. [Huffington Post
  • Adrienne Rich, feminist poet and essayist, died yesterday at age 82. [L.A. Times]
  • Out students at West Point are filming the military school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

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Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase “chink in the armor.” He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism. Federico said he didn’t realize “chink” was a racist slur, certainly didn’t intend to use it that way, and had used the phrase “chink in the armor” a bunch of other times when referring to non-Asian players messing up their game. If you missed the giant-ass kerfluffle in the media, you must have been in a coma.  

This Tuesday, Jeremy Lin took Frederico out to lunch to chat. ”It went incredible,” Federico told Newsday. “The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule … He’s just a wonderful, humble person. He didn’t have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part.” Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Is Megan Fox Pregnant?

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  • Megan Fox is pregnant with her first child with hubby Brian Austin Green, Star magazine is reporting. We’re finding this one hard to believe. Megan doesn’t seem like the settle-down-and-have-babies-at-25 type! [Radar Online]
  • New couple alert! Michelle Williams and Jason Segel are dating, Us Weekly claims . He’s even been photographed hanging out with her six-year-old daughter, Matilda. We approve of this union. [US Weekly]
  • Maybe you want to see “Octomom” Nadya Suleman’s nude photos? I will pass. [TMZ]
  • Lindsay Lohan is headed to “Glee” in which she will appear as herself. Because LiLo totally hangs out at Midwestern high schools for funzies. [Popdust]
  • How to bounce back from his dad walking in on you doing the act. [Gurl.com]
  • Ladies discuss ladies in Game Of Thrones author George R. R. Martin’s books. [The Mary Sue]
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Evening Quickies: Jerks Are Saying Jennifer Lawrence Is Too Fat To Play Katniss

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  • Jerky movie critics are whining that Jennifer Lawrence had too much “lingering baby fat” to play Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” a character who is supposed to be desperately hungry. Yes, “fat” is exactly what I think when I look at this picture. [NYMag.com]
  • Geraldo Rivera apologized for his insensitive tweet last week, which said that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s hoodie “is as much responsible” for his murder “as George Zimmerman was.” (Don’t make us make fun of your mustache, dude.) “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,” Geraldo wrote in a letter to the news site Politico. “I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’” In other news, Geraldo has black friends. [Politico]
  • Ryan Gosling’s precious face is bloodied and bruised! Don’t fret, Amelia, it’s only for a role. [Buzzfeed]
  • A former hookup of Jeremy Piven’s blabbed to Gawker that dude gives terrible cunnilingus. Duly noted. [PopBytes]
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Today’s Lady News: Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Allowed To Wear Shorts

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  • Female beach volleyball players at the 2012 Olympics will be allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops during their games or they can wear the traditional bikinis, according to new rules from the International Volleyball Federation. The allowance has been made to be culturally sensitive to some countries who may have reservations about women competing showing so much skin, the org explained. [AP]
  • Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is in hot water after publicly praising his daughters and wife for teaching him how to cook, clean and sew. [Huffington Post]
  • A Wisconsin conference for conservatives attended by several lawmakers this Saturday handed out anti-birth control literature to participants. [Think Progress]
  • Texas radio reporter Scott Braddock has allegedly lost his job for reporting on the state’s controversial, anti-abortion forced sonogram law. [Austinist Keep reading »

Virgin Atlantic Launches Its Own Lipstick (Yes, Really)

Any excuse for a new red lipstick is a good excuse, right? The airline Virgin Atlantic has debuted its own lipstick, Upper Class Red, in collaboration with actual makeup purveyors bareMinerals. Random! The color is modeled after Virgin uniforms and the airline’s “grooming manager” explained the lipstick’s blue undertones are universally flattering. Female flight attendants will be wearing Upper Class Red to work, while the rest of us can buy the $23 lippy through Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spas or the airline’s in-flight shopping magazine. Or we could just smooch a stewardess. [Telegraph UK]

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