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Evening Quickies: Tavi’s Web Magazine, Rookie, Launches Monday

  • Teen style blogger Tavi Gevinson’s web magazine, Rookie, for teen girls is set to launch on Monday. Rookiemag.com will feature monthly themes, the first one being “beginnings,” and post three times a day: “after school, after dinner, and before bed.” We’re way, way past our teen years but we’re still excited! [WWD]
  • Um, what? Watch this Chinese preschooler drive a car on the highway as her parents film her from the backseat. [The Week]
  • Oprah will do an hour-long live streaming video interview over Facebook on September 8th at 4:30p.m. EST. [Clutch Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Chaz Bono Is “Motivated” By The Bigots

  • Chaz Bono, Cher’s transgender son, says the “bitching and moaning” about him appearing on “Dancing With The Stars” is actually helping him. Chaz told the gay magazine The Advocate, “The more it makes me really want to do well. It’s the most motivating thing for me.” What a good attitude to have! [Advocate]
  • Evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans is spending an entire year following the Bible’s instructions for women. Here’s what she’s learned about “biblical womanhood.” [Slate]
  • A 27-year-old on-duty police officer in Philadelphia has been accused of raping a woman inside his squad car. [Bossip]

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Feminism Bludgeoned To Death In WTF Facebook Status Update

Let’s all hope this woman was kidding when she wrote on her Facebook status, “I don’t care how anti-feminest [sic] it sounds. i don’t think girls should be required to learn about politics. i’d rather clean my house than go vote.” She realizes she has the right to not vote, right? I think girls should be required to pass an IQ test before they’re allowed to use Facebook. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Idaho Woman Challenges Anti-Abortion “Fetal Pain” Law

Earlier this year, a woman named Jennie Linn McCormack, 33, from Idaho, was charged with using abortion pills she bought over the Internet to terminate her pregnancy. When she realized she could not afford to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a surgical abortion at a clinic, McCormack purchased pills online from a health care provider. She ended her pregnancy on December 24, 2010, when she was between 20 and 21 weeks of pregnancy; police found a fetus in a box in her home. In doing so, this unemployed mother of three broke a 1972 Idaho law which stipulates that a woman cannot terminate her own pregnancy. The case was dismissed due to lack of evidence. (Had she been found guilty, she could have faced up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.) But McCormack is up for a challenge: she is now suing in federal court, claiming the state’s restrictions on abortion violate the Constitution. Keep reading »

The Good, The Bad & The WTF: “Jersey Shore,” After The Violence

When we last left off with “Jersey Shore,” Ronnie and Mike got into a screaming match about Ron’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Sammi and Ronnie beat Mike to a pulp, sending him to the hospital. At least, that’s what it looked like thanks to MTV’s editing. It’s true that Mike and Ronnie — whom I will henceforth refer to as Testoster-Ronnie — had a brawl. But we came to find out in this week’s episode that all is not what it seemed.

Spoilers (and lots of disturbing Ronnie/Sammi abuse) after the jump… Keep reading »

Today In Terribleness: Kids, Dad Gang Up To Sue Mom For “Bad Mothering”

Michael Lohan ain’t got nothing on Kimberly Garrity in the bad parenting department. The many grave and terrifying abuses inflicted upon her children include a sending a birthday card without money inside, failing to send care packages to her son at college, and calling her daughter at midnight on Homecoming to tell her to come home. She even forced one of her kids to wear a seat belt.

Clearly you can understand why her two children, Steven, 23, and Kathryn, 20, sued Garrity for $50,000 citing “bad mothering.” Keep reading »

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