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Today’s Lady News: Yale Lab Tech Raymond Clark III Questioned In Annie Le’s Death

  • Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le‘s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
  • A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
  • —How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead? Keep reading »

    New Hampshire Teen Has The Titties To Test The Law

    Eighteen-year-old Cassidy Nicosia of New Hampshire really cares about equality. That’s why she decided to see what would happen if she walked down the streets of her town topless and packing heat in a holster. Now that takes some balls titties! Why did she do this? Cassidy is a member of the Free State Project, an effort to convince 20,000 peace-loving people to move to New Hampshire, get involved in activism, and run for local office. Cassidy says of her stunt, “Men can walk down the street … and, you know, not get harassed at all but yet somehow this is dirty.” So how did her little experiment turn out? Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Annie Le’s Murderer Might Be A Yale Lab Tech

  • A Yale University lab technician is the focus of a police investigation in the murder of School of Medicine grad student Annie Le, 24. Cops say the suspect works in the same building as Le, failed a lie detector test, and had scratches on his body which could be the result of a struggle. Le went missing one week ago today and had planned to marry Jonathan Widawsky, 24, a Columbia University grad student, this weekend. [NY Daily News]
  • An Australian couple will go on trial for purchasing the abortion pill, also known as RU486, over the internet and carrying out an abortion at their home. Tegan Leach, 19, and her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, bought the pills online from Russia to use last December. Leach faces seven years in jail for the abortion, while her boyfriend faces less time for helping procure the pill. In Queensland, Australia, where the couple lives, abortions are not allowed except to save the life of the mother. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • The Respect For Marriage Act was introduced to the House of Representatives today. The act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law signed by President Clinton. DOMA defined marriage as between a man and a woman and allows states where gay marriage isn’t recognized to discriminate against gay couples who were legally married in other states. [Miami Herald]
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    Is Ego-itis Really That Bad?

    I just finished reading yet another article about women and our ever-expanding egos. According to a new study by leading psychologists, we women are more egocentric and narcissistic than ever before. The symptoms of this dastardly “ego-itis”? Huge expectations of ourselves and others, a belief that we are the center of the universe, a deluded sense of our own fabulousness, trouble accepting criticism, and difficulty extending empathy. In fact we are 67 percent more narcissistic in the last two decades. Hmmm … I wonder if that has anything to do with big bad women’s lib?

    Naturally, the article doesn’t spend much time talking about how these traits may serve us in our careers or personal lives. Rather, it looks at how this shift in the dating sphere is making things difficult … especially for men! Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: 12-Year-Old Child Bride Dies In Childbirth

  • How sad: a 12-year-old girl who was a child bride in Yemen died of severe bleeding after struggling to give birth for three days. Fawziya Adullah Youssef’s father married her to a 24-year-old farmer when the girl was only 11-years-old. [Daily Mail]
  • At a conference in Vienna, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against human trafficking, especially sex slavery, and warned that the global finance crisis will “likely aggravate the problem further.” [AP]
  • Anorexic and bulimic model Kate Dillon confessed that she once purged for 10 days and then received a compliment from an editor at Vogue that she’d never looked better. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, if this is what it takes to be told I look great, I don’t want to do this anymore,’” Dillon said. After a two-year break from the modeling industry, Dillon returned as a so-called “plus-size” model at a size 12. [Fox News]
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    Today’s Lady News: Abortion Protester Killed In Michigan

  • Anti-choice activist, James Pouillon, 63, was shot and killed while protesting abortion across from Owosso High School in Oswosso, Michigan. Police have a 33-year-old male suspect in custody who allegedly also shot and killed the owner of a local gravel company. [Detroit Free Press]—It’s premature to assume Pouillon’s murder is related to being an anti-abortion activist. Yet, after the murder of physician Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, this summer, that’s the first place the mind goes.
  • Police say there is no evidence to link Philip Garrido, the man who kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard, raped her and held her captive for 18 years, with eight unsolved prostitute murders in California. [NY Daily News]
  • Kenya and Zambia have banned a brand of “leaky” condoms called Hot, which are manufactured in the U.K. According to the BBC, the Kenyan government gives out over 160 million condoms each year and they feared rumors of the “leaky” condoms would hinder the fight against the spread of HIV. [BBC]
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    DNA Tests Allegedly Indicate Caster Semenya’s A Hermaphrodite

    For weeks Caster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African runner, has been embroiled in a kerfluffle over her “real” sex. Rumors that Semenya wasn’t a woman spread after she won a gold medal last month, and the International Association of Athletics Federations ordered her to undergo DNA testing.

    Semenya’s test results allegedly show she’s a hermaphrodite. According to reports, Semenya apparently has internal testicles, no womb or ovaries, and testosterone levels more than three times what the New York Daily News calls “normal female” levels. Excuse me for going all Women’s Studies Major on your asses, but can we talk about this? Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Thou Shalt Not Flirt With Thy Parishioners

  • Holy hell! A Baylor University study of over 3,500 chicks found one in every 33 who goes to worship services at least once a month has been on the receiving end of sexual advances by a religious leader. This happened despite the fact that clergy-congregation sexual relationships are illegal in two states and 36 denominations have rules explicitly saying “thou shalt not hit on your parishioners.” [Washington Post]—Yet another example of porn plots which are inappropriate for real life.
  • The Wall Street Journal frets that women might feel “betrayed” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Why? The most famous single woman since Bridget Jones got married and wrote a book (Committed) about it. [WSJ]—Umm, women never looked up to her as some kind of feminist icon. We’re just jealous she got to travel to Italy, India and Bali to recover from her divorce while we get stuck nursing breakups in our apartments.
  • The U.K. briefly considered liberalizing their TV ad restrictions allowing condom commercials to air before 9 p.m. and permitting spots for abortion services, but they postponed a decision on the matter after 40,000 people responded. The teen pregnancy rate is at its highest in the past decade. [Daily Mail]
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    31 Great Vaginal Moments: What Naomi Wolf Shouldn’t Overlook In Her History Of The Vagina

    Naomi Wolf is penning her own vagina monologue: The New York Observer reports that the author of the Women’s Studies 101 staple The Beauty Myth is now writing a book tentatively titled A Cultural History Of The Vagina. But what could Wolf possibly say about our lady parts that wasn’t said before in Eve Ensler‘s play, The Vagina Monologues, Inga Muscio’s book, C**t, or Jessica Valenti’s book The Purity Myth?

    Quite a bit, actually! After the jump, great moments in coochie history that Wolf mustn’t forget to include in her vagina book! —[NY Observer] Keep reading »

    Exclusive Q&A: Diablo Cody Talks Megan Fox, Therapy, And Doing “The View” With Courtney Love

    We’re lusty Diablo Cody fans at The Frisky. “Juno,” the TV show “The United States Of Tara,” her my-life-as-a-stripper-memoir, Candy Girl—we love it, love it, love it.

    So I hope I didn’t come off too much like a nerdy fangirl when I called her up to talk about her new movie, “Jennifer’s Body,” a horror flick which stars Megan Fox as a possessed high school girl who eats her male classmates. The Divine Miss Diablo was everything I hoped for and more—hey, the coolest girl in Hollywood even apologized for her “verbal diarrhea” when she interrupted me once.

    Click through for my convo with Diablo Cody about why she thinks Megan Fox is “eccentric,” how she wants to host a show like “The View” with Courtney Love, and why therapy (plus, a ban on reading blogs) has made Hollywood bearable for her. Oh! And why the kiss in “Jennifer’s Body” between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried was never meant to be “gratuitous.” Keep reading »

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