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Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Abuse Their Kids, Study Says

  • The child abuse rate in lesbian households is zero percent. Yup, zero percent for both physical and sexual abuse. That’s according to the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study from the UCLA School of Law. [Huffington Post]
  • Meet King Peggy — also known as Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI — an American woman who reigns as king in a Ghanian village. King Peggy was living in Maryland two years ago when she got a call she had been chosen to lead a community of 7,000. This story is completely awesome and I wholeheartedly suggest you read it. [NPR]
  • Oof. Susana Martinez, New Mexico’s governor-elect, had to be reminded by a reporter from Latina magazine about what the DREAM Act is. (For the record, it would allow children of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they go to college or serve in the military.) [Latina]

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Do You Ever Wish You Could Totally Change Careers?

If you could make a radical career change, would you? If you’re like Chad Hurley, the guy who founded YouTube, you absolutely would. Hurley founded YouTube in 2005 and sold it to Google for an astronomical $1.76 billion in 2006, so he could choose to sit around and burn money all day if he wanted to. Instead, he founded Hlaska clothing company, a menswear clothing company, because he saw a hole in the market. “It really just comes down to trusting your instincts and creating things that you’d use yourself,” he said. Keep reading »

A Straight British Couple Seeks A Gay Union

The fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the U.K. is starting to get interesting. On Tuesday, a heterosexual couple, 26-year-old North Londoners Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, applied for a civil partnership at their local town hall and were swiftly rejected by officials because such unions are for “same-sex couples only.” With the support of gay activists and the gay rights group Outrage, the couple plans to start a high-court challenge to prove that it is discriminatory, or “heterophobic,” to not allow a straight couple to have a civil partnership and therefore equally discriminatory to forbid gay couples to marry. Some activists think this case just might do the trick to legalize gay marriage in the U.K. because discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is illegal under Britain’s human rights law. Keep reading »

Yet Another Disappointing Harassment Case In The Finance World

Oh look, it’s another sex scandal rocking the finance world. A group of 17 Irish accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers are under fire after passing around a document which ranked the top 10 most attractive women in the office. As these things go, the original email made its way out of the office and into the papers, and is now a national scandal in Ireland. The emails list each woman’s full name, department and contact information, and repeatedly treat the women as (no surprise) objects. Keep reading »

You’re Looking At The Biggest Balls In The Animal Kingdom

After seeing Cisco Adler’s sack circulating on the interwebs, I thought there was no bigger baller. However, leave it to scientists at the University of Derby to actually do the research and find the animal with the largest scrotum. Keep reading »

Ladies, You Don’t Want A Recommendation Letter To Call You “Kind”

Bad news, ladies: being described as “caring,” “sensitive,” “kind” or “nurturing” in a recommendation letter can work against you. According to research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, of 624 letters of recommendation submitted on behalf of 194 applicants for eight positions at a university, women are more likely to be described with stereotypically “feminine” adjectives by both male and female letter writers and they are less likely to get offered the job if tainted with these “feminine” descriptions. Researchers took the letters, removed identifying, gendered information, and controlled for things like papers published and honors received. The search committee rated the letters in which the subject was described as “feminine” the lowest for both men and women, but women’s letters of recommendation letters are where these descriptors were most likely to appear. What are some of the words more likely used to describe men? “Confident,” “aggressive,” “ambitious,” “independent,” and “daring.” According to Inside Higher Ed, scholars who analyzed the research said there are “clear patterns” of word choice in recommendation letters. Keep reading »

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