A California woman has been forced to pay her rapist — who happens to be her ex — a monthly living stipend. Say what?
Such is the ruling of a Judge Gregory Pollock. Crystal Harris successfully convicted her ex-husband Shawn Harris of forced oral copulation and he is now serving time in prison. But upon his release from jail, she’ll have to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony. Pollack cited Harris’ higher income — 11k a month —as the main reason. But in the state of California, attempted murder (!) is the only crime that forgives the alimony program. (Harris, sensibly, wants to change that.)
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Stop brushing Molly’s hair, girls: there’s a new series in town. Valerie Tripp, who first released the American Girl series in 1986, is finally releasing a counterpart called American Boys — well, Boys Camp, actually. Like the American Girl series, Boys Camp will featuring a book apiece for each male character. But that’s where the similarities between the new series and long-standing doll empire end. Unlike American Girl, which focused on girls from different cultures and periods of history, Boys Camp is set in modern times and centers on a group of bunkmates at summer camp dealing with more true-to-life issues. One boy struggles with feeling shy and out of place, and another wonders if he should continue to play a sport he has played his entire life (Is that an issue?). It’s a nice idea, but I have a feeling the demographic won’t pick up — though I can definitely see these ending up as “brothers” for the American Girl gang. Better rethink that no-doll plan. [TIME] Keep reading »
If a tough week at work has trodden on your self-worth, let the “Sesame Street” critters sing you into solace. “Change the World” is an adorable little ditty performed by the same girl puppet who proudly told the world she loved her hair. ”Change the World” sends a similarly positive message as our Muppet declares, “I am going to be the best me that I can be” — which is something we all can aspire to. It just gives you the warm and fuzzies, doesn’t it? [YouTube via Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
At long last, the trailer for Angelina Jolie‘s hella controversial directorial/screenwriting debut, “The Land of Blood and Honey,” is here. Cast with a slew of unknown actors, the film follows the impossible romance of a Serbian man and a Boznian woman during Bosnia’s civil war (circa 1992-95). The two minute trailer features murder, persecution, sex, imprisonment and tears. A word to the wise not to catch this flick when feeling emotionally vulnerable. [ScreenRant] Keep reading »
Indie filmmaker Harmony Korine (“Kids”) created an “eccentric” ad for the Native American-inspired clothing done by the Proenza Schouler fashion label. And by eccentric we mean either racist, eerie, or downright bat-s**t crazy. Watch the video, entitled ‘Snowballs’, and take your pick. Keep reading »
Love hats, but hate hat hair? We so relate. Things get even stickier when you throw freezing winds into the equation. And God knows what persnickety motherf**kers ears can be during the winter.
Enter your savior: headbands and headwraps. Whether your boho, vintage sweetheart, or straight out of a Russian romance novel — we’ve got you covered with these 10 picks.
Hot damn, Shonda Rhimes, it’s good to be you. Rhimes, the writer responsible for “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” has just made her third — yes, third — sale to a major network this year. “The Circle,” which was bought by ABC, is billed as an hour-long drama about “10 friends, adopted as children by a billionaire philanthropist, who begin to question their past when one of their own is murdered.” Earlier this year, Fox laid claim to “Wildwood,” a drama about an underage girl who weasels her way into a bartending gig on the Jersey Shore. (No matter the underage debauchery, we’re sure that it’ll be a classier update to MTV’s reality show!) And finally, the spectacular Kerry Washington will star in Rhimes’ D.C. drama “Scandal” on ABC. Congratulations, Ms. Rhimes! Now quit it, you’re making the rest of us look lazy. [Clutch Magazine] Keep reading »
Ashton Kutcher has upgraded his defense by dappling in a new medium: check out his video (watch it here) treatise on the evolving nature of truth in publishing. Sounding a smidge like he’s addressing a Philosophy 101 class, he says:
“I just wanted to open up a little dialogue on the state of honesty. The state of truth. The status of truth as it pertains to literature and media… Publishers (once) held great scrutiny over what they were willing to print because their reputation was on the line. When the cost structure comes down on printing… the level of honesty of literature starts to plummet… I started thinking about that in relation to media and social media today where the threshold to actually have literature printed and distributed… is zero dollars… thereby there is no gatekeeper of the truth…We are our own editors, we are our own publishers and we are our own printers. Therefore, people can bastardize the truth in any way, shape or form that they want and spread that around the world…”
The only thing I took away from that was “bastard.” What to you guys think of Ashton’s vid? [Starpulse]
Lez-be-honest, you know it’s true: over half of all women are attracted to other gals, according to a study at Boise State University of Idaho.
In a poll given to 484 students of varying sexual orientations, 60 percent of the female participants claimed “some level of attraction to other women,” 45 percent had kissed another woman, and 50 percent had fantasized about another woman. This study provides another example of the fluidity of sexuality, rightfully showing its complexity extends beyond a “do you like penis or vagina?” duality. Yet kissing other women, especially in a college/party environment, has been famously glorified by Katy Perry and others, and in some (some!) cases is done to incite attention or pleasure from male onlookers. Likewise, what does attraction mean? Possibilities include everything from the enjoyment of pornography to the appreciation of another woman’s physique or style. (I don’t make these points to contest the study’s results, only to highlight the subjectivity of the findings.) Keep reading »