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Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Suggests Pregnant Rape Victims “Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation”

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  • Rick Santorum visited Piers Morgan on Friday night and got to talking about abortion and everything he wants to do with your uterus. His cruel comments about how women who are pregnant as a result of rape — it’s a “gift” from God, y’all — are presented without comment (emphasis mine): “… [Y]ou can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice. I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or doesn’t, it will always be her child. And she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life. We have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible. But, nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation.” [Think Progress]

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Cynthia Nixon On How Being Gay Is A Choice For Her

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“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay and gay is better.’ They tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people, it’s not, but for me, it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not. … Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate. I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and I didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”

– Cynthia Nixon from “Sex and the City” explained her midlife change to lesbianism in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine. Cynthia had been in a relationship with a man for years, with whom she had two children, and after they split, she got into a relationship with a woman, with whom she has had another child through the help of a sperm donor. I guess I don’t understand why people are so obsessed with putting labels on other people’s sex lives (and yes, I am thinking back to the Girl Talk essay we ran recently about a lesbian who enjoys sex with men). Sexuality is a spectrum and it’s complicated and it’s never going to fit into neat and tidy little boxes; people who obsess about who gets to call themselves what are just wasting everyone’s time. I also love what Cynthia said about not letting other people try to “define my gayness for me.” She’s so smart, strong, kickass and awesome. Cynthia Nixon is the kind of celebrity that you wish celebrities in general were more like. [NY Times Magazine]

Nicki Minaj’s “Stupid Hoe” Video Plumbs New Depths Of Ugh

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Maybe I am just old, finally. That would be the most reassuring explanation for Nicki Minaj’s seizure-inducing music video for “Stupid Hoe,” a song about … uh … some stupid hoe?

It’s a catchy, poppy rap that’s mostly titillating for being denigrating to women. (Although I’ll admit, “I’m Angelina / you Jennifer / come on, bitch, you see where Brad at” is really clever.) But it’s really the video that’s worth paying attention to: Nicki Minaj’s crazy-colored hair and lipstick schtick is trotted out again and in this video, she takes a Britney-esque turn by writhing inside a cage wearing fishnets. Oh, and there’s a lot of butts.

Lots to look at, at least. It’s visually interesting, but kind of the same way the inside of a Forever 21 is visually interesting: sensory overload, then forgettable. What say you? [FlavorWire]

Jennifer Aniston Sparks Pregnancy Rumors By Looking Less Than Emaciated

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Jennifer Aniston Womb Watch is back on red alert! A few months ago, she sucked a lollipop while leaving a doctor’s office; last week a British tabloid claimed she’s six months preggo. We all know that in Hollywood pregnancy rumors abound if an actress does so much as eat a breakfast burrito. But Amelia is convinced this time the rumors might be true because at a recent event Jennifer looked slightly bigger than usual (see pic above) and — dun, dun, dunnnnn — wore a long coat the entire time.[She also has that "glow." -- Editor] Jen and her boyfriend Justin Theroux showed up to a screening of HBO’s “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” and the actress kept her knee-length black coat on the entire night, which looked ever-so-slightly bulging at the middle. I say “meh.” But it might be time to find out where Beyoncé gets her crystal-encrusted baby binkies, just in case. [ONTD]

President Obama’s Statement On The Anniversary Of “Roe Vs. Wade”

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“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill our dreams.” 

This is the statement released by President Obama yesterday, January 22, which was the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe vs. Wade decision, which effectively legalized abortion in the United States. This statement is perfectly concise and makes me grateful we have pro-choice president. [Nerve via WhiteHouse.gov]

Morning Quickies: Heidi Klum & Seal To Separate

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  • Auf wiedersehen, Seal — the singer and his supermodel wife Heidi Klum have confirmed they are splitting after seven years of marriage. The couple released a statement: “While we have enjoyed seven very loving, loyal and happy years of marriage, after much soul-searching we have decided to separate. We have had the deepest respect for one another throughout our relationship and continue to love each other very much, but we have grown apart. This is an amicable process and protecting the well-being of our children remains our top priority, especially during this time of transition. We thank our family, friends, and fans for their kind words of support. And for our children’s sake, we appreciate you respecting our privacy.”  [People]
  • Britney Spears’ wedding gift from her father will reportedly be control of her personal finances for the first time in four years. Brit-Brit’s dad Jamie Spears was named conservator after her breakdown in 2007, but she’s been progressing so well that her dad wants her to manage her own money again. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Lana Del Rey’s publicists forced the blog Thought Catalog to remove a parody post called “Lana Del Rey Responds To Her Critics” this weekend, which the author then turned around and posted on the blog Hipster Runoff. (But what does Whitney Cummings think?) [Nerve.com] Keep reading »
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