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Two Men Accused Of Sexual Assault With A Snake – Yes, A Snake

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Today’s Lady News: Naomi Wolf Says Sex-Crime Accusers Deserve To Be Named

  • Naomi Wolf (author of, among other things, The Beauty Myth) has really taken her Julian Assange defense to a whole new level. In an op-ed for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, Wolf says that not only should the women accusing Assange of rape be named in the press, but rape accusers in general shouldn’t be granted anonymity. She says that the practice of “shielding rape accusers is a relic of the Victorian era” and that “the outcomes harm women.” [Guardian U.K.]
  • ESPN has fired Ron Franklin, the announcer who berated a female colleague and called her “sweet baby” and an “a-hole.” [ESPN]
  • Nancy Pelosi handed over her gavel to new Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was officially elected today. [Huffington Post]

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Girls Who Start Menstruating Early Are More Likely To Suffer From Depression

I got my first period when I was 12 about to turn 13. I, of course, felt like I was the last one. My friends Annie and Sarah both got their periods before me and, I swear, it bonded them in a way that made me insanely jealous. I wanted blood to flow out of my vagina too! I wanted Kirk Cameron to respond to my fan mail and I wanted to be a woman, dammit. When it finally happened, it didn’t take long for me to realize that having your period is basically a complete bummer. And it’s especially a bummer for girls who get their first visit from Aunt Flow at a younger age. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, a survey of 2,000 girls found that those who got their first visit from Aunt Flo before the age of 13-and-a-half were more likely to suffer from depression than girls who got their periods later. This is likely because menstruation comes as part of the package deal known as PUBERTY and puberty sucks. And if you’re going through puberty before other kids your age, well, that’s even crappier. “Early maturing girls may feel isolated, and faced with demands which they are not emotionally prepared for,” said Bristol University research Dr. Carol Joinson. There isn’t a conclusive link, however, between girls who got their periods early and depression in adulthood, but I’m pretty sure I can blame my mental issues on my hippie mom making me wear pads instead of tampons. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

French Vogue Wants Your Little Girls

It’s not unusual for little girls to have an innocent romp in their moms’ closets every once in a while. But what happens when the closet they’re romping in happens to belong to French Vogue? French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld must have really wanted to go out with a controversial bang. In the latest issue of the fashion magazine, the outgoing editor included a fashion spread–called “Cadeaux,” which means “gift” in French–starring a bevy of way underage girls, all dolled up like come-hither Lolitas. It’s no surprise that young models sell magazines; just look at the latest crop of Eastern European model teenagers for proof. But still, it’s a little unsettling to see a band of 8-year-olds decked out in high-class couture, mimicking older, more experienced women. And what’s really shocking: the designer clothes seem to hug the bodies of these little girls, making us wonder just who these clothes were really made for, anyway. Check out a couple more images from the spread after the jump–and tell us what you think. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Woman Tries To “Scare” Boyfriend Into Proposing

Some women really, really want to get engaged. Like Ana Perez! She was so desperate for her boyfriend to propose that she called the cops. See, it was New Year’s Eve and she really wanted her man to drop down on one knee, so, to coerce him, I guess, she called the police and said he was attacking her. When the po-po arrived, she confessed that she’d made the whole thing up because she wanted them to “scare” and force her boyfriend into proposing. Apparently, he needed the prodding, as before the 911 call was made, he was in the process of breaking up with her. Something tells me Perez isn’t heading to the altar anytime soon. Jail, on the other hand? [CBS Chicago] Keep reading »

Why You Should Never Go Long-Distance Ice Skating Alone

Sometimes you’re like, wow, when my boyfriend and I are together it feels like we’re the only two people in the world. Yeah, that’s a great idea, but the reality? Kind of frightening. A Swedish couple was long-distance ice skating–which is apparently a thing that you do in Sweden–when a boat broke up the ice floe they were skating on. The boat wake cracked the ice into small patches and stranded the pair. Thankfully, the couple was able to use a cell phone to summon help. They were rescued after just 12 minutes–and the rescue crew took this unbelievable pic of the event. [Gawker] Keep reading »

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