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Russian Law Would Pretend Gay People Don’t Exist

According to a Russian bill that passed by a unanimous vote, it would be illegal to tell children that gay people exist or that homosexuality is socially equal to heterosexuality. The bill has passed Russia's lower house of parliament and now heads to its upper house, where it is expected to pass. President Vladimir Puti…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Australian PM Julia Gillard’s “Small Breasts” And “Huge Thighs” Shouldn’t Be On The Menu

Even the prime minister of Australia is not immune of objectification and body-snarking: at a political fundraising dinner Julia Gillard was reduced to the significance of the quail served up for dinner with an absurdly offensive menu item listed “Julia Gillard Quail – small breasts, huge thighs, and a big red box” as the mai…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Check Out The “Diana” Teaser Starring Naomi Watts As Princess Diana

If Princess Diana is involved, there is always going to be high expectations. But for the upcoming biopic “Diana," there is already criticism concerning Naomi Watts’ lack of resemblance to Princess Di. (It's the eyes, right?) Maybe she is not entirely convincing based on looks alone, but only time will tell if Watts will pull…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Frisky Rant: You Are Not My Dad, So I Am Not Your ‘Sweetie’

I hear a lot of weird shit on the street. Many people, apparently, feel that they have license to say whatever they so please to me. Generally, it doesn’t bother me, but "sweetie"’ is where I draw the line. The other day I walked to grab a coffee and held the door for a respectable-looking…

By: Mary Odell / June 13, 2013

Crazy: Parents Paid Tattoo Artist To Sabotage Teen Daughter’s Tattoo

The show “Tattoo Nightmares” is simple: people with horrible tattoos complain about how horrible their tattoos are, then get new tattoos to cover up the damage. Usually the new ink looks a little strange, but the original tattoos sometimes represent some kind of emotional damage, so they are worth covering up. In the case of…

By: Mary Odell / June 12, 2013

Attention, Models: Cotton Balls Are Not For Eating

Eddie Murphy’s genetically gifted daughter Bria Murphy is now a model and recently revealed some  ... questionable ... eating habits of her peers. Said Murphy in an interview: “I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice … they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotton ball…

By: Mary Odell / June 12, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Jean MacDonald, Founder Of App Camp For Girls

It’s no secret that fewer girls than boys go into the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). But Jean MacDonald, the founder of App Camp For Girls, is doing something great to start to change that. Inspired by Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, App Camp aims to make women currently involved with designing…

By: Mary Odell / June 11, 2013

Real Life Or Soap Opera? Man Is Stabbed To Death With Stiletto Heel

Early on Sunday morning, University of Houston Research Professor Alf Stefan Andersson was found dead on an apartment floor. The culprit was his girlfriend, Ana Trujillo, but this murder occurred in no ordinary fashion: he was bludgeoned to death with the heel of a stiletto.

By: Mary Odell / June 11, 2013

How Not To Exact Romantic Revenge: Attempting To Cut Off Your Rival’s Fingers

After finding flirtatious texts that her boyfriend sent to another woman, Shena Moore took the all too familiar route of blaming the other woman and not her boyfriend for the transgression. Although this reaction is typical, Shena’s revenge plan, thankfully, is not. In something described by the victim Brittany Rager as "like being in a…

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

“Game Of Thrones” + Cosplay + Piano = Perfect Weirdness

For those of you that don’t know (as I did not just a mere 10 minutes ago), "cosplay" is when people dress up like characters from fictional stories, usually in the anime, sci-fi, or fantasy genre. It is both as geeky and as awesome as it sounds, especially when it is matched up with "Game…

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Dr. Mica Endsley, Air Force’s First-Ever Chief Scientist

For the first time ever the U.S. Air Force has a female chief scientist. Her name is Dr. Mica Endsley and we think she’s pretty kickass. She assumed her official duties for the Air Force on June 3th and is the 34th chief scientist to be appointed. This is an amazing accomplishment, but looking at…

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

52 Years Late, Phyllis Richman Tells Harvard Admissions How She Had A Career And A Family

In June 1961, after applying to Harvard’s graduate program in city planning, Phyllis Richman received a letter from Harvard asking her exactly how she planned on having a career and a family. You see, Phyllis’s admission seemed like a waste of time to the admissions office. William A. Doeble, a professor in the department to…

By: Mary Odell / June 10, 2013

This High School Hot Sauce Prank Is Too Hot To Handle

It's prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three…

By: Mary Odell / June 8, 2013

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she's unable to discuss this sensitive subject with…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Just In Case You Didn’t Hate Abercrombie & Fitch Quite Enough

By now you've probably heard that Abercrombie & Fitch is an exceedingly offensive company that aims to create clothes exclusively for the young people that CEO Mike Jeffries deems "cool." But did you know that A&F has a long history of sexism, too? As The Huffington Post explains, back in 2005, activist Heather Arnet of…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Brazil Drops Ad Campaign Celebrating Its ‘Happy Prostitutes’

To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that's a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Opens Elementary School In Haiti

Who says sororities are all about boozing and boys? On June 15, Delta Theta Sorority Inc. will open an elementary school, the Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre Campus in the remote Haitian village of Chérette. Since Chérette is located about 96 miles from the Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, children there do not have access to a proper education or…

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

High School Graduation Speaker Urges Girls To “Devote Yourself To Your Families And Children”

A social studies teacher named Peter Heck spoke a high school commencement and instead of encouraging all of the graduates to pursue their wildest ambitions, he really just told the boys to do that. Heck urged the graduating girls to "devote yourself to your families and children. ... We need more women as invested mothers."…

By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

The Trendiest New Way To Get Alcohol Poisoning

In 2004, people figured out that if you smoke alcohol, you can get drunk almost immediately without any of the empty calories associated with that old-fashioned liquid alcohol.  A product called AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) was quickly banned in the U.S. because inhaling alcohol straight into the bloodstream is super dangerous. But now inhaling alcohol…

By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

5 Things To Know About This Week’s Military Sexual Assault Hearings

This week, the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee tackled the scourge of sexual violence in the military and voted to remove military top brass from their ability to overturn convictions for sexual assault. Yet Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said the hearings were “stunningly bad,” as military leaders were unprepared to respond to…

By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

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