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Poll Asks If Lara Logan Is To Blame For Her Sexual Assault In Egypt

A poll on ApprovalPolls.com asks if CBS reporter Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted on February 11 while reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt, is to blame for the attack on her.

Though this poll was probably put up by some random nobody, it’s not at all unheard of that there are people who think Logan is in some way to blame. After all, what was a woman — a blonde! — doing in a dangerous place like Egypt?! PopEater is even reporting that network executives “met to discuss if female journalists belong in the Middle East,” which is hella depressing. (Meanwhile, some commenters discussing the story on sites like Huffington Post explicitly blame CBS.)

I can’t even believe I have to repeat this but it’s worth repeating: the only person to blame for a sexual assault is the person who does the assaulting. Period.

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The 28-Day Meditation Challenge: Falling Off The Wagon

For the month of February, Kate is taking part in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Kate already shared her feelings on week one and week two of the program. Here’s her thoughts going into week three.

An annoying thing happened this week with my meditation. There’s no good way to put it: I simply didn’t do it. I don’t have a good excuse—it’s not like I was insanely busy or had some big, traumatic thing happen. Just for some reason, every day when 6 p.m.—my anointed after work mediation time—rolled by, I needed to be somewhere. “I’ll meditate tomorrow,” I’d think. Wash, rinse, repeat. Keep reading »

Best In Show

Hickory — short for Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind — a Scottish deerhound, took the title of Best in Show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her handler refers to her as a “diva” who “demands love.” Something tells me Hickory is perfectly suited for stardom. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Ira Glass Discovers The Recipe For Coca-Cola

Bwahahahaha! The Coca-Cola code has been cracked! And by Ira Glass of “This American Life” no less. So how did he get his hands on the top secret recipe which people have been trying to decode since the late 1800′s? He came come across a copy of it (which is normally kept under lock and key in a guarded vault in Atlanta) in an old photograph. The recipe for Coca-Cola, after the jump. Let the soda-making begin! Or not. Too bad I gave up Coca-Cola years ago. I eagerly await the the magical recipe for Diet Coke, however. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

A Handy Catcaller Form For All The Street Harassers In Your Life

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God knows a sexy piece of ass like me can’t walk down the street without all sorts of hootin’ and hollerin’. Isn’t that life, ladies? But with this kick-ass “catcaller form” from online magazine The Riot, you can get to the bottom of just why that gentleman over there is, uh, yelling at your bottom. Just prepare to be called a c**t, bitch or whore in the process. Sigh. Street harassment totally sucks. [Shlooby Kitten via The Riot] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: CBS News’ Lara Logan Beaten, Sexually Assaulted In Egypt

  • CBS correspondent Lara Logan was beaten and sexually assaulted in Egypt’s Tahrir Square on February 11 after she, her “60 Minutes” team, and their security were attacked. Logan was reportedly rescued by a group of women and 20 Egyptian soldiers. Logan returned to the United States the next morning and is currently in the hospital recovering. We have her in our thoughts and wish her a full recovery. [CBS News]
  • Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will be tried on charges of sex with a 17-year-old prostitute, a judge ruled yesterday. Thousands of Italians protested across the country on Sunday against Berlusconi’s alleged diddlings, while he maintains the accusations are “groundless.” Apparently he’ll stand trial before three female judges, too! [CNN, Guanabee]
  • Veterans who were sexually assaulted by other servicemembers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. military (specifically U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld) today with accusations it is too lax about pursuing sexual assaults. In a statement, a Pentagon spokesperson acknowledged the military had “work to do.” [BBC]

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