There are lots of things one should not do in college, such as eat ramen noodles for every meal 16 weeks straight, but that does not stop most of us from doing it anyway. Several colleges are trying to put the kibosh on at least one at-times ill-advised decision: a ban on professors banging their students. The New York Post reported this weekend that the City University of New York (CUNY) has proposed a tightening of its sexual harassment policy to ban sexual relationships between professors and “students for whom they have professional responsibility.” Teacher/student hookups are currently “strongly discouraged” in the policy, but the faculty senate and legal counsel both say they should be banned. Columbia University, also in New York, is finalizing a similar ban on professor/student relationships this month. Keep reading »
Several newspapers in Oregon and Florida are refusing to print “Doonesbury” cartoons this week, which skewer anti-abortion lawmakers; other papers in Kansas City and Los Angeles are running the comics in the op-ed pages. In cells of the comics seen online, cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocks the state of Texas, which is considering a bill similar to Virginia’s bill which would have mandated transvaginal ultrasounds. Here is how Thursday’s strip, the most controversial one, is described by media reporter Jim Romenesko:
In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”
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Add Andy Samberg to the list of celebs with a Sarah Palin impersonation in their repetoire … although something tells me he’s not going to be invited back to do this one. [Hulu]
Stylist-to-the-stars June Ambrose debuts her new reality show, “Styled By June,” on VH1 on March 19, and she seems considerably less awful than Rachel Zoe. In the past, she’s styled muckety-mucks like Jay-Z, but I’m not sure why we’re supposed to care about her “star clients” Mischa Barton, Da Brat, Shanna Moakler, and Jaleel White (aka Urkel). Rachel Zoe had A-listers like Anne Hathaway and Demi Moore on her show, just saying. But at least, unlike Rachel, who just hammers that boho-chic thing over and over and over again, June Ambrose is super-quirky. She wears both a bowler hat and a top hat in this one trailer.
It’s probably basically the same show, though. Whatever, I’ll watch this. [Essence]
I would never speak ill of Dita Von Teese. Ever. However, I cannot endorse the dress that the burlesque performer wore in Australia when she launched her Von Follies lingerie line at Target. (It’s only Down Under. Booooo.) It looks like Dita’s lacy bra is trying to escape out of her J.Lo-cut dress on purpose! If your name is anything other than “Dita Von Teese,” how can you possibly wear a dress like this without constantly being stopped by well-meaning folks telling you they can see your bro? I’m more pro-Wearing Lingerie As Outerwear than some other ladies on The Frisky staff, but the escaping bra is a confusing look.
But other than that … rock on, Dita.