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Quotable: Lady Gaga, Abstinence Crusader?

“Something I do want to celebrate with my fans is that it’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be. You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it. … I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”

— Lady Gaga says “just say no!” to sex — if you want [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

The Situation’s Got A 6-Foot-Long …. Sandwich

Just your typical Jersey Shore catering service! [Interview]
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Tina Fey Gives The People What They Want: Another Sarah Palin Impersonation

Tina Fey returned to “Saturday Night Live” last night to host with the terrifying musical guest Justin Bieber. She made us long for the days — was it only two years ago? — when “SNL” had Tina every week!

We can’t just pick one a-maz-ing clip from Saturday, so we’re posting three of the best. Here’s Tina in the “Sarah Palin Network” skit and, after the jump, “Brownie Husband” and a “Women’s News” segment from “The Weekend Update.” Enjoy! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Meet Eri Yoshida, Baseball’s “Knuckle Princess”!

  • Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
  • Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]

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Look, We’ve Got A Syllabus For A “Male Studies” Class!

Frisky Books: What Are We Reading This Week?

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Pharmacy Refused To Sell The Pill, Condoms, Porn — And Closed

Birth control pills. Condoms. Porn. Cigarettes.

What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I Don’t Need To Be A Bitch

Recently, I put myself in a tangle that I will be the first to admit was stupid: I took someone’s bait when I just should have kept my head down and my mouth shut. And this chafed like a subcutaneous rash. Ugh … you did it again! You need to have more control over yourself!

I sat with this for a few days, wondering why I keep letting myself keep doing this. One of the things I admire about my boyfriend is when emotions are running high, he can just check out — deescalating a situation like a good police officer. Me? I take that bait. I escalate. And you know what? It wasn’t worth engaging in. The woman who was baiting me was just being a bully. She was trying to intimidate me and demarcate lines of power, which pissed me off. I’m not keen on authority that I don’t respect.

Then something brilliant occurred to me last night: I can’t control petty behavior and I can’t control what other people’s defense mechanisms are, but I can change the way I see situations like this. And the way I see it now is I don’t need to be a bitch to get what I want. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 13-Year-Old “Bride” Dies After Arranged Marriage

  • OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words “sexual assault” once in this article? Recently a religious decree in Yemen forbade the marriage of girls younger than 17 years old, which prompted top Islamic leaders there to declare supporters of the ban “apostates.” [AP]
  • The City Council of Austin, Texas, ruled this morning that so-called “crisis-pregnancy centers” that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services must post signs on their premises clarifying this. Supporters of abortion rights say CPCs, which are not medical clinics, are often located near actual abortion clinics and try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. [Austin American-Statesman]

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