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Today’s Lady News: Male Columnist Calls For More Female Sex Scandals!

  • Perhaps inspired by the Daily Beast article on the very same subject, a male op-ed columnist for the Washington Post wondered why women don’t have sex scandals like men (um, men like Tiger Woods) do. [WaPo]
  • Remember yesterday when I wrote about the 14-year-old boy in California who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in an empty stairwell at school, while classes were going on? The one that was reported by at least one other student who witnessed the rape in progress? Mustapha Cannon, the school site supervisor for Portola Middle School, where the incident occurred, described it as a consensual act of “hormones gone wild.” Cannon used pretty typical language as far as ‘she wanted it at first but changed her mind,’ rape-apologist language goes. “They probably just took it too far and embarrassment kicked in,” he said “As far as calling it a rape, I think it’s something that they did together and it got worded the wrong way.” A spokesperson for the school district where the alleged rape occurred refused to comment on Cannon’s statements. Um, maybe this guy should STFU and stop talking to the press? [KRON.com via Feministing, UPI.com]

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Nellie McKay Sings A Little Ditty About Feminism

I’m a big ol’ Ani DiFranco fan, but even I’ll admit that song lyrics about feminist stuff don’t inspire a lot of catchy head-bopping. Check out this video of singer Nellie McKay, though, who shows off her lyrical ability—as well as mad ukelele skillz!—in “Mother Of Pearl,” a pretty funny song about feminism. Lyrics that’ll make you giggle, after the jump … Keep reading »

Quotable: Dita Von Teese Plays “Dress Up”

“Women like to see another kind of sex symbol that doesn’t fit into the blonde, tanned, California beach babe beauty. I can never fit into that role, so I think there are other women like me that say ‘no, me neither’…You can put on red lipstick and put on black gloves and you can curl your hair and play dress-up. Then if you’re tired of it you can just get rid of it. It is not like you have to go to a tanning salon and do all these things to make yourself a certain way, it’s something you can try on and leave.”

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese, while promoting her new book, Dita Striptease [Fox News] Keep reading »

What Do Your Musical Tastes Say About You?

Blogger Lauren Leto, whoever you are, I love you. Your snarky list describing different authors and the people who read them made Amelia’s and my morning. Who reads Jodi Picoult? “Your mom when she’s at her time of the month.” Emily Griffin? “Women who give their boyfriend marriage ultimatums.” Sylvia Plath? “Girls who keep journals.” Yes, indeed! In the spirit of your list, I’ve composed my own, based on music … Keep reading »

At What Age Should You Be Able To Hold Your Liquor?

I’ve been able to hold my liquor since college. I drank too much and then imbibed an illegal substance I’d be ill-advised to mention by name here and ended up freaking out at a friend’s party, needing to be taken home and put into bed to ride it off. None of my friends or roommates had much fun that night.

I’ve gotten drunk since then, sure. But that nasty experience was the last time I galloped full speed ahead over my limit. And it was certainly the last time I drank so much I needed other people to take care of me. Keep reading »

Poll: Have You Ever Sexted?

Have you ever sexted—sent or received dirty text messages or photos?

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Today’s Lady News: Washington, D.C. Approves Same-Sex Marriage!

  • Washington, D.C.’s city council approved a same-sex marriage bill today and Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to sign it into law before Christmas. [Washington Post]
  • To illustrate an article about African-American books, the magazine Publisher’s Weekly chose a cover of a black woman with hair picks sticking out from her head in the shape of a giant Afro. Some might say it’s just a creative image, but others say the cover casts black authors as “tribal.” [Womanist Musings]

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Remember To Turn The Lights Out…

…so this little critter can take a nap! This hamster wheel wall decal is too cute for words and it’s only $36, too. Not bad for a conversation piece. [Hu2 Stickers] Keep reading »

Who’s Worse For Rihanna: Chris Brown Or Her Manager?

An easy story for GQ would have been just another Rihanna puff piece, like the disappointingly bland one Glamour ran. GQ could have just let Rihanna say, “Domestic violence is bad! I wear funky clothes! Buy my album!” and have left it at that. But in the article “Good Girl Gone Badass,” journalist Lisa DePaulo brilliantly captured how Rihanna’s manager positioned herself two feet away from RiRi and DePaulo’s conversation and interrupted the interview not once, not twice, but three times, to instruct Rihanna on how to talk about her life. Clearly, Rihanna’s allowed to reveal more in her photo shoots than she is in her interviews. Keep reading »

A Dubious Sign Of Progress For Women: When Ladies Have High-Profile Sex Scandals Too

It’s 2009, bitches, and women are kicking ass and taking names. We’re outpacing men in colleges, running our own companies, and buying our own homes. But there’s one area in which we girls are sorely lacking: sex scandals. Yes, sex scandals. Poor LeAnn Rimes is one of the only high-profile ladies who has been caught cheating and she’s up against infidelity heavyweights like David Letterman, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, and, of course, Tiger Woods. Keep reading »

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