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Dear Wendy: “I Could Never Date A Man Who’s Hired A Hooker”

As a feminist, I’m on the fence about prostitution being legalized. On one hand, I do not feel that is is right or OK for a woman to just sell her body for a price. On the other, if prostitution is legalized, women can be a lot safer and get off the streets, making it easier for cops to catch pimps and sex slave holders. Though I feel this way, I could not be with a man or woman who has ever bought somebody for sex, especially if that person was a woman. The thought of them thinking that it’s totally OK to go up and buy a human being as if she were an object just does not sit well with me. There is no other way around it, if I found out that someone went to a prostitute, it would be a dealbreaker. I know a guy who is a widower and goes to one and he says he just does not have time for a relationship so he goes to these legal places for sex. I can see his point, but I’d want a man who would treat women with the same respect and care that he would want the women in his life to have for men. Am I stupid for feeling this way? — Feminist Against Prostitution

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Today’s Lady News: MSNBC Host Suggests Wife Is “Partly Responsible” For Weiner’s Behavior

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested on his program yesterday that Huma Abedin, wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner and top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may be “partly responsible” for the dick pics he’s been tweeting to strange women. Oh, yeah? Partly responsible for his behavior, you say? Explain that to me, please. [Think Progress]
  • The hotel housekeeper who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, will take the stand to testify against him, her lawyer announced. [New York Times]
  • Four-year-old artist Aelita Andre is showing her work in her first exhibition. Allow me to repeat: she’s four. [BBC]

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Boyfriend Buys Billboard To Humiliate Ex After Her Alleged Abortion

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The biggest a**hole in the world is this guy: Greg Fultz took out a billboard in New Mexico with a photograph of himself holding the outline of a baby, which reads, “This Would Have Been a Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To NOT KILL Our Child!” The kicker? Greg Fultz said he does not know if ex-girlfriend’s pregnancy ended because of an abortion or a miscarriage, but he doesn’t care. The humiliating billboard, he said, is “inspired” by his life events. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pleaded “Not Guilty” In Sexual Assault

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, pleaded not guilty to the accusation that he sexually assaulted a maid in a New York City hotel room. [New York Daily News]
  • Demi Moore will host a CNN special report on sex trafficking. [New York Times]
  • Victims of sterilization in North Carolina, targeted by eugenics boards because they were poor blacks, are speaking out about their stories. [WRAL]

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Playboy Club Opens In London And Feminists Say “Eff Off Hef”

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Perhaps is not such exciting news now that we live in an era when 8th graders go to Hooters on a field trip, but a new Playboy Club opened this weekend in Mayfair, London. Hugh Hefner first brought a Playboy Club to London in 1966, but it closed after 15 years. The new Playboy Club in London features “bunnies” ages 19 to 40 who’ll work in either the cocktail lounge or the casino while they wear Playboy’s iconic bunny costumes. And if men’s enthusiasm to visit the Playboy Club in any way rivals women’s enthusiasm to work for it, Hef won’t have to worry: 3,000 women competed for 80 positions to don a Playboy Bunny tail!

Alas, not everyone is so happy about the new Playboy Club. Keep reading »

Why Sarah Palin Will Never Be President

Why won’t Sarah Palin ever be president? It won’t be because of her shoddy grasp of foreign policy (“I can see Russia from my house!”). It won’t be because of the ethics investigations that dog her. It won’t because her pro-abstinence-only education, anti-abortion policies harm women and girls and a revolution of ladies have risen up to tell her where to shove it — although I wish that were it.

No, Sarah Palin will never be president because man shall never be ruled by a woman. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 14-Year-Old Girl Can Spell “Cymothichous” (And You Can’t)

  • Sukanya Roy, 14, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. Sukanya is the 46th female to win and the fourth consecutive Indian-American. Sukanya’s winning word was “cymothichous,” which is Greek for “wavy-haired.” Congratulations! [The Mary Sue]
  • Melinda Hernandez, 30, was a juror in the controversial trial that acquitted NYPD’s “rape cops” last week. A self-described feminist, Hernandez spoke with Women’s eNews about how the jury came to their “not guilty” verdict and her anguish that there was not enough evidence to put the cops behind bars. “I was a juror and I am a feminist. This was devastating to me,” Hernandez said. “But I had to do my job and be fair and impartial. A person is innocent until proven guilty. The burden — and it is a burden — remains on the victim. Perhaps if there were women demonstrating outside the courthouse every day it may have helped the jurors be more aware and more conscious of their verdicts. Who knows?” [Womens eNews]

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“Rape Cop” Street Posters Reveal Where Accused Officer Kenneth Moreno Lives

Things are getting ugly: after NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno was acquitted of rape last week, posters went up in his Brooklyn neighborhood allegedly listing the street on which his family resides. “Police rapist Kenneth Moreno lives on [blank] street in Park Slope,” the signs read (above), which have been posted on New York City-based blogs with the address blacked out. Other signs, evocative of artist Shepherd Fairey’s “Obama” posters, read “NYPD Rapists” with Moreno and Mata’s pictures (after the jump).

I personally think Moreno is guilty as sin (as well as his former partner, Franklin Mata, who allegedly stood lookout while he raped an unconscious drunk woman in her bed). And I’m not necessarily against protest-art-as-vigilante-justice. But I absolutely cannot support making the guy’s alleged address public when, over the course of his job, he surely pissed off a drug dealer or murderer.

What do you think of these signs? [Gothamist] Keep reading »

Shia LaBeouf Says Megan Fox Left “Transformers” Because Of Her “Spice Girl Woman’s Empowerment”

“Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women. Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think she never got comfortable with it. This is a girl who was taken from complete obscurity and placed in a sex-driven role in front of the whole world and told she was the sexiest woman in America. And she had a hard time accepting it. When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time for ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’”

—Yee haw! After being safely hidden away for most of the year, Shia LaBeouf is back on the publicity circuit to talk about “Transformers 3.” Prepare yourself for some crazy with a dash of inappropriate. While he doesn’t sound off here on whether Megan Fox was let go from the franchise or quit, he does explain the problems Megan had with director Michael Bay’s, mainly that he’s a pervy dude who always wants his leading actresses in suggestive positions. But the best part to me is how Shia calls Megan’s discomfort with this “Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment.” Vom. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The New York Times Appoints Jill Abramson As First Female Executive Editor

  • Jill Abramson has been appointed the first female executive editor of The New York Times, replacing current top dog Bill Killer Keller. Abramson has been managing editor since 2003 and was Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter before that. [New York Times]
  • Abortion is “morally acceptable” to 39 percent of Americans polled in a new Gallup poll on major issues, while 51 percent find abortion “morally wrong.” (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [Economist]
  • The British author V.S. Naipul thinks female writers suck, especially Jane Austen. What a bonehead. [Gawker]

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