Mary Odell

UPDATE: A Questionable School Dress Code Bans Afro-Puffs

UPDATE, 4:45p.m.: Via Jezebel, Horizon Science Academy has posted an apology on their web site and said it will "correct the information" in its dress code, as well as send out an updated version. [HorizonLorain.org] School dress codes are generally a great thing for kids. The mission statement of the…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Florida Police Officer Asks Woman To Remove Bra, “Shake It” For Him

A standard traffic stop over a broken headlight turned into sexual abuse in Florida when a Lakeland police officer asked Zoe Brugger to lift up her shirt, pull her bra away from her chest, and shake it. He then decided that the first time had not been sufficient, so she was made to do it…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Would You Rather: One Inch Penis Or 132-Pound Testicles?

Up until he underwent a grueling 13-hour surgery, Wesley Warren Jr. had 132-pound testicles. In 2009, after crushing his testicles in his sleep, Warren Jr., developed a disorder called “scrotal lymphedema” (also known as scrotal elephantiasis). His balls swelled to a gargantuan size, and his titanic testes were so massive that he toyed…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Should Porn Have Its Own Academic Journal?

An academic journal entitled Porn Studies is debuting in 2014 and will be "the first dedicated, international, peer-reviewed journal to critically explore those cultural products and services designated as pornographic." The notion of classifying pornography as academia is already hard for many to swallow, but the new periodical from Routledge may be in for some…
By: Mary Odell / June 24, 2013

Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Class By Teacher

In 2010, high school teacher Johnson McDowell wore a purple shirt to school in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth, and screened a video about someone that had committed suicide after being bullied for his sexual orientation. At the end of the video, his student, Daniel Glawacki, stated that he could not accept gay people because…
By: Mary Odell / June 23, 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Guilty Of Tax Evasion

The two iconic Italian fashion designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, were both found guilty this week of evading taxes on $1.3 billion in income. The case dates back to 2004 when the pair sold Dolce & Gabbana’s main two brands to a Luxembourg-based holding company. Prosecutors claimed that this was done to avoid paying…
By: Mary Odell / June 22, 2013

Waitress Fired For Dressing In Drag Or For Breaking The Dress Code?

A woman in Kalamazoo, Michigan claims that she has been fired for showing up to work at the restaurant, Harvey’s on the Mall, in dressed as a man. The restaurant, however, claims that her termination had nothing to do with her gender-bending outfit, but rather with her failure to comply with the restaurant’s dress code.
By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call…
By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

Miss Utah Sings The Wage Gap Answer That She Bombed At The Miss USA Pageant

After fumbling her answer at the Miss USA Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell gotten a few chances to redeem herself. Her near-nonsense answer had to do with the gender wage gap, and yesterday, she appeared on "The Today Show" for another chance at answering coherently. However, I find this video much more satisfying: Mi…
By: Mary Odell / June 19, 2013

Check Out Cher’s First Live TV Performance In 10 Years On “The Voice”

Cher performed her new single, "Woman’s World" on the season four finale of NBC’s "The Voice" last night. She basically rocked it, but not without being super weird as only Cher can be. There were two main things that surprised me about Cher’s performance. The first was her hair choice. This was the ultimate source…
By: Mary Odell / June 19, 2013

Is This Offensive Johnny Farah Ad The “Worst Ad Of The Year”?

This ad was made in an effort to “celebrate” the collaboration between Johnny Farah, a Lebanese designer of luxury belts, bags, and accessories, and photographer Joe Kesrouani, but it ended up being more horrifying than anything. The photo features a man, inexplicably covered in like ten different belts, pushing a woman forward with his hand…
By: Mary Odell / June 19, 2013

Victoria’s Secret Protesters Strip Down For Body Diversity

This weekend in San Francisco, the organization About-Face hosted a protest where participants shed their clothing in front of Victoria’s Secret as a statement against the company’s exclusive use of unrealistic body images. In just bras and underwear, the protesters bared their real human bodies proudly to the world while holding sig…
By: Mary Odell / June 18, 2013

Women In Nepal Are Exiled During Their Periods

And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called "chaupadi," a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She's also not allowed to use the same water…
By: Mary Odell / June 18, 2013

Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin’s Son A “Retard” And “The View” Hosts Have Something To Say About It

Today “The View” hosts debated whether or not it was appropriate for Bill Maher to call Trig Palin, Sarah Palin’s son who has Down Syndrome, a “retard” during his stand-up set. [Mediaite] Jay-Z announced this weekend that he is putting out a new solo record in July called Magna Carta And Holy Grail…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

High School Principal Suggest Porn Stars Teach Sex Ed

Principal Mark Slater of The Leys in Cambridge, a prestigious boarding school in the UK, has an idea popular with 14-year-old boys the world over: students should be taught sex education by porn stars. Wait, what? Oh, he has his reasons! "I wouldn't rule it out — simply because of what they've done in their life…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Charmin’s New Toilet Paper Ad Is Just A Butt Really Close Up

Charmin toilet paper ads usually include cute bears experiencing mishaps with toilet paper and eventually figuring out that Charmin is the best! This ad is a little bit different in that it is a butt. Literally, it is just a butt. A butt really close up so that the fold between pages looks like the…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Miss Utah Gives Lame Answer During Miss USA Pageant

It’s no big secret that the Miss USA Pageant isn’t exactly renowned for the intelligence of the contestants, but honestly there should be a level of acceptable coherence in the question and answer section. Miss Utah Marisa Powell provided the worst answer by far. When asked about the continuing disparity between the amount men and wome…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Shocker (Not!): Extremely Anti-Gay Countries Search For The Most Gay Porn

Pakistan, Nigeria, and Kenya are some of the world’s most vehemently anti-gay countries. Coincidentally enough, these countries also have some of the highest Google searches for gay porn. Searches like "shemale sex," "teen anal sex," "man fucking man," "gay sex pics," and "anal sex pics" have the some of the highest volumes of searches i…
By: Mary Odell / June 17, 2013

Noted Humanitarian Chris Brown Launches Campaign To Encourage “Love”

Chris Brown’s new single, “They Don’t Know” is expected to drop sometime before his new album, X, is released on July 16. Brown tweeted, “The new single is part of my 'UNITY CAMPAIGN' which encourages all races, sexes (everyone) gay or straight to love each other!” Brown also tweeted, “As a young inspiration to all type…
By: Mary Odell / June 14, 2013

Meet Raffael Medina Brochero, Who Is Selling His Testicles To Go To Europe

"He would give his balls to go there!" This statement, though usually figurative, is meant very literally by 52-year-old Colombian poet Raffael Medina Brochero. He has offered to sell his testicles to the first person who offers him the desired amount, which right now has been reported to be anywhere from $20,000 to $200,000.
By: Mary Odell / June 14, 2013