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Today’s Lady News: UN Releases First Report On LGBT Human Rights

  • The United Nations released its first report ever on the human rights of the LGBT community. It details the discrimination and hate-crimes that arise from homophobia around the world. [United Nations]
  • A former  N.B.A. security official claims he was fired after he reported witnessing acts of sexual harassment and discrimination towards women in the office. [NY Times]
  • A small study claims that more college-aged women are speaking in “vocal fry” thanks to pop songs. Vocal fry describes the creaky, raspy tone female pop-stars occasionally take on to reach lower notes. Think Britney Spears infamous “Oh baby, baby” line. Listen to site’s provided vocal clip to see if you’re taken on the tone! [MSNBC]
  • Forbes magazine defines the modern day feminist. [Forbes]
Today’s Lady News is a short one today because, uh, we’ve got a holiday party to get to.

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

Date Rape PSA
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
Rape Jokes On Facebook
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Joking about raping women is cool with Facebook. Read More »
I Was Abused
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Judy McGuire was physically abused by a boyfriend. Read More »
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The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual assault were preteen boys and adolescent girls. Keep reading »

In “The Slutcracker Ballet,” The Sugar Plum Fairy Goes Burlesque

Stripping Vs. Burlesque
Dita Von Teese on the difference between the two. Read More »
"Burlesque" Movie
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What actual burlesque dancers think of the movie "Burlesque." Read More »
Why Men Love Strippers
Why men like looking at nearly-naked women. Read More »

Everyone should see “The Nutcracker” ballet at least once in their lifetime. And if you’re demented like me, you should see the ballet/burlesque fusion show “The Slutcracker” at least once, too!

Whereas traditional ballet celebrates poise and elegance,  ”The Slutcracker” turns the traditional Christmastime show on its head with satirical, saucy performances involving pole dancing and BDSM. It’s the brainchild of former ballet dancer Vanessa White and has run for four holiday seasons in Somerville, Massachusetts. In an interview with Tufts Daily student newspaper, Vanessa explained how she danced ballet for 11 years but gravitated towards burlesque after an injury. Vanessa also edited Boink, the erotica magazine for Boston University, and went on to found a burlesque troupe called Babes In Boinkland. In an entirely natural way, “The Slutcracker” became a melding of all these interests. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Women Could Die Under Abortion Bill Being Considered In Ohio

  • A “fetal heartbeat” bill under consideration in Ohio’s state senate would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually after seven weeks. This bill has no exemptions for rape victims, incest victims, or women with mental health issues. But the absolute scariest part of the bill is the lack of health exemptions for the pregnant woman unless the pregnancy presents an imminent danger to her health. One doctor who testified to the Ohio state senate said he performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was attached to a major blood vessel; he questioned whether that blood vessel would have to rupture in order for the pregnancy to be considered life-threatening to the woman. This is scary stuff, Ohioans. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

  • The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
  • Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
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Today’s Lady News: PA Pulls Controversial Date Rape Drinking Ad

  • The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Commission has pulled a date rape awareness PSA that came under fire for appearing to blame the victims of date rape for drinking too much. The poster, which I wrote about last week, depicted a woman’s legs with her panties around the ankles and the words “02:19 A.M. She didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no.” [Ad Week]
  • Speaking of rape: atheists are distrusted as much as rapists, according to a study by the University of British Columbia and the University of Oregon. Come on, people. Let’s redirect some of that mistrust at politicians, shall we? [Washington Post]
  • The state of North Carolina is considering ways to redress forced sterilizations of thousands of girls, boys, men, and women between the 1930s and the 1980s. People were sterilized for reasons like being poorly educated or having been raped and some were threatened that their family’s government aid would be revoked if they didn’t undergo the procedure. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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