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Seth & Amy Ask Kanye: “Really?”

Getting called a “jackass” by Obama must smart. But Kanye West, you were a real douchebag. Your punishment for interrupting sweet lil’ Taylor Swift isn’t up ’til Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers have their way with you on “Weekend Update!”

And next time, Kanye, don’t be chugging Hennessy on the red carpet. Really. Keep reading »

11 Rape Prevention Tips For Rapists

Most of us who’ve lived in a college dormitory before have had that sexual assault prevention lecture from campus security that’s basically, like, “Women! Cross your legs!” I guess society thinks it’s easier to just make women protect themselves, rather than changing men’s behavior, hence, advice like “cover your drinks so you don’t get roofied” and “don’t walk walk home alone at night.”

You could just stay in your dorm room all year, girls.

Yeah, “rape prevention” advice that makes women have to be on the ball with our behavior all the time is damn annoying. So I’m thrilled a blogger at No, Not You, who did a college RA training last month, wrote up 11 handy-dandy sexual assault prevention tips FOR MEN. Keep reading »

Why Is Annie Le’s Murder Being Called “Workplace Violence”?

We’ve been following the story of Annie Le, the Yale grad student who went missing on Sept. 8, days before her impending wedding. Her murder is beyond sad: The body of Le, who was killed by “traumatic asphixia” or strangling, was found inside a wall in the lab where she worked — found on the day she’d planned to marry her fianceé, Jonathan Widawsky, on Long Island. Yesterday, police arrested Yale lab technician, Raymond Clark III, after his DNA matched samples taken from where Le’s body was found and swipe cards proved he had been in lab rooms at the same time as Le. Clark’s bond has been set at $3 million.

Le was not sexually assaulted before her death, the New Haven Police Chief stated yesterday, which is an oddly consoling bit of information. But what I don’t understand is why police are calling it “workplace violence,” which has been referred to in the New York Post as “work rage.” (USA Today referred to it as “workplace violence” as well.)

“Work rage”? What the hell is “work rage”? That makes it sound like Clark was just some fussy jerk who had a temper tantrum. (Every office has one of those!) But this wasn’t just a temper tantrum. Allegedly, Clark killed her. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bikini-Clad Baristas Might Have To Get Dressed

  • Oh no! The city of Everett, Washington, has received about 50 complaints over baristas in bikinis who serve coffee at drive-through coffee stands. The city is considering an update to its lewd behavior ordinance. [Fox News]
  • A judge in England criticized police for taking 11 hours to respond to a teenager who called its version of 911 reporting she’d been raped. The 19-year-old woman made a call around 5p.m. and police did not arrive until around 4 a.m.[UK Daily Mail]
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    Hofstra Student Says Oops! She Wasn’t Gang-Raped After All

    Earlier this week we were upset to hear an 18-year-old woman at Hofstra University on Long Island had allegedly been gang-raped by five men in a dorm bathroom. Each day, we read increasingly troubling newspaper reports describing how the student had gone back to a dorm room with one of the alleged rapists who took her phone at a frat party. There, she said, five men took her to a stall in the men’s bathroom, tied her up with rope and gang-raped her.

    But guess what? Apparently, it’s not true. Today the District Attorney for Nassau County on Long Island reported that the accuser, whom she called “very troubled,” told police the sex was consensual. When the young woman was told the incident may have been caught on video tape, she admitted she’d lied. Keep reading »

    RIP: Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary

    Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away from leukemia yesterday at the age of 72 and I teared up several times last night and this morning just thinking about her.

    When I was 14 years old, my Girl Scout leader, who also happened to be the editor of our dinky local newspaper, asked if I wanted to become an intern. One of the very first stories she asked me to write was covering a talk at our town’s university by the folk singer and activist Mary Travers. I knew vaguely about Travers’ folk trio—everyone sang “Puff The Magic Dragon” in kindergarten, right?—but I was well past the age of listening to Peter, Paul and Mary. They just sang kids’ music, right? I thought she was like Raffi.

    But when Mary Travers spoke and performed that night at Fairfield University—wow! Travers wasn’t a kids’ music singer; she was one of the icons of America of the 1960s. Her music and her activism literally helped change the way we are in America today. Travers was an ally in the Civil Rights Movement, was arrested for protesting apartheid in South Africa, and sang songs about social justice, like “Blowin’ In The Wind,” whose lyrics, I’m sorry to see, are timeless. Here was a woman who was intellectual, creative, passionate, and compassionate who bravely stood up for what she thought was right regardless of its personal consequences to her — and yet still seemed like a happy person!

    It truly was a life-changing experience for me, one of the first times I had a template for what kind of person I truly admired. Mary Travers was the first adult woman I looked to and thought, “I want to be you when I grow up.” Keep reading »

    Raymond Clark III, Yale Lab Tech, Arrested In Annie Le’s Death

    More sad news today: Connecticut police have arrested a Yale lab technician, 24-year-old Raymond Clark III, for grad student Annie Le‘s death. Clark, who mostly did janitorial work in the same building as Le, was arrested this morning at a motel. Police said Clark failed a lie detector test and had scratch marks on his body. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Yale Lab Tech Raymond Clark III Questioned In Annie Le’s Death

  • Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le‘s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
  • A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
  • —How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead? Keep reading »

    Abercrombie & Fitch’s Battle Over Beyoncé’s Fragrance Is Getting Fierce

    Poor Beyoncé is having a rough week! First, everyone thought she was involved in some kind of conspiracy with Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the VMAs. Now Abercrombie & Fitch is suing to stop the diva from naming her forthcoming fragrance “Sasha Fierce,” for which Beyoncé filed a letter of intent with the U.S. Patent office back in September. But as it turns out, that lingering stink on your clothes the last time you got within a 60-foot radius of an Abercrombie & Fitch store could have been one of their men’s colognes called “Fierce.” (Can you see where this is going?) A&F filed its lawsuit yesterday, saying Beyoncé has ignored their cease-and-desist letter and has proceeded to develop “Sasha Fierce.” Methinks this lawsuit is just an A&F publicity stunt though, since no one would seriously wander into the temple of suburban preppydom searching for Sasha Fierce’s perfume. Still, one wonders if Beyoncé will buckle and change the name of her parfum to something else? “Bootylicious,” perhaps? [WWD] Keep reading »

    Forever 21 Debuts A “Punk” Line, Sid Vicious Rolls In His Grave

    Forever 21 debuted their “Twist” line online today, which they call “Fashion With A Twist Of Punk!” I love shopping at Forever 21 so I checked it out. I found a very cute swing-y, satiny gray skirt ($19.80) I love and a shiny, black-and-gray striped strapless dress ($24.80) that’d be cute to wear out dancing. But really, the Forever 21 Twist clothes are about as authentically “punk” as Avril Lavigne is … which is to say they’d have Sid Vicious rolling in his grave. Let me tell you how it is, young mall rats: Real punks would and do not shop at Forever 21. Real punks ripped their own clothes up. Real punks pierced themselves with safety pins and didn’t cry about it. Real punks rolled in their own piss on the floor at CBGB. Got it? [Forever 21 Twist] Keep reading »

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