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Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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We Are Insanely Jealous Of These People


Meet British couple Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas. They were the winners of Runaway Bride and Groom’s “Honeymoon Testers” competition, and we’re super jealous of them. As honeymoon testers, they traveled and tested out dozens and dozens of honeymoon and wedding spots–all for free. The couple went to 12 countries and were married in more than 80 weddings. And! Runaway Bride and Groom is looking for a new couple to test out wedding destinations in 2011. Could it be you? [Urlesque] Keep reading »

Uh, Someone Owns The Sun?

Too hot, too bright, too in your eyes? If you’re having issues with the sun, you should probably contact its owner, Angeles Duran. The 49-year-old Spanish woman has a notarized document claiming the center of our solar system is registered to her. As the legal owner of the sun, her first order of business is to tax all of its users and divide the profits between the Spanish government, research, the ending of world hunger, and herself. “It is time to start doing things the right way, if there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people’s well-being, why not do it?” she said. I hope she’s thought far ahead enough to take out an insurance policy on the sun, which is expected to die in five billion years. Until then … everyone must pay! [Google] Keep reading »

What Is The Evangelical “Stay-At-Home Daughters Movement”?

Weeks ago, we met the evangelical housewives who submit to their husbands. Now let’s meet the evangelical “stay-at-home daughters” — young women who forgo higher education and a career to stay close to their fathers and learn how to be a good homemaker and helper before they are getting married.

Writing in Bitch Magazine, author Gina McGalliard explains how these young women claim all women are much happier submitting to a family-focused life, rather than getting their own careers and jobs. Whether the woman needs “special protection” from her husband or her father, it’s all part of the same “Christian patriarchy movement.” Keep reading »

PETA Weighs In On Airport Body Scans

Airports in New York, Las Vegas and Charlotte, North Carolina, have said “no” to a proposed PETA ad campaign of a skinny woman’s physique under a body scan X-ray with the words, “Be proud of your body scan: go vegan.” (The Vegas airport claimed they don’t post “political” ads.) Good to know that PETA is not only still making everything about themselves, but they’re still using scantily clad women’s bodies to entice you to give up Big Macs. [Bust] Keep reading »

And The Prize For The Unsexiest Sex Writing Goes To …

Take a bow, Rowan Somerville, you’ve written some spectacularly unsexy sex stuff. At least according to the Literary Review, which doles out an annual award to the worst sex writing in fiction. Somerville beat out authors Jonathan Franzen, Craig Raine, Adam Moss and a slew of others for his unappealing descriptions of sex in the novel The Shape of Her. The winning (losing) selection of prose? Somerville compared a sex act to “a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect.” Ouch. The Bad Sex in Fiction Award was founded in 1993, and highlights “the crude, tasteless, and often perfunctory use of redundant passages of sexual description in contemporary novels.” Previous Bad Sex winners include Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, and John Updike. [Yahoo] Keep reading »

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