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Fighting Hatred With Funny


Sometimes the only way to counter irrational hatred, anger and fear is with a little humor. Check out these hilarious responses to anti-gay protesters, set to a cheery John Mayer cover. Our favorite: “82 years of being gay: but maybe it’s just a phase I’m going through.” [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Girl Talk: I’m A Female Sex Addict In Recovery

When people think of sex addiction, they think of men like Tiger Woods and David Duchovny who got caught barreling headfirst down the hedonistic rabbit hole.

But I am a female sex addict in the truest sense of the term. Thanks to sketchy DNA (I’ve also struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction) and sexually traumatic experiences in early adolescence, I learned to self-medicate painful emotions with sex. Keep reading »

Fat Woman Charged $5 Extra At A Georgia Nail Salon


Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese. Michelle Fonville was paying her bill at Natural Nails in DeKalb County, Georgia, when she noticed an extra charge. The nail salon owner, Kim Tran, told her it was because she’s overweight and she was charging extra in case Fonville caused damage to the salon’s chairs she’d been sitting on. Bitch, please! Even if Fonville was too overweight for the salon chairs, you can’t just tack an extra charge on someone’s bill arbitrarily. (Otherwise we’d all be getting weird charges tacked onto our bills.) This incident sounds more like a case of “we’re charging you more to dissuade people like you not from coming back” to me.

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Poll: Would You Sunbathe Topless?

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Can Adolescent Boys Be Sex Offenders If They Don’t Understand Sex?

This week, two 11-year-old boys, who were sentenced to three years probation for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl, became the youngest sex offenders in Britain.

Yet, it’s not clear whether they “assaulted” the girl or whether all three kids were engaging in the innocent, curious game of “show me yours and I’ll show you mine.” One day last October, the West London girl had come home to tell her mother that two local 10-year-old boys had shoved her off her scooter, pulled her pants down, and then raped her. Though, when questioned by authorities later, she said that she had “been naughty” and didn’t want to tell her mother. The case went to trial and this week the jury found the boys guilty of assault, though the judge gave them a light probation sentence, saying, to the boys, “something went too far” but ” … you didn’t realize how serious what you were doing was.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Anti-Abortion Group Compares Fetuses To Slaves

  • Personhood Colorado, an anti-abortion group that tries to get fetuses designated as “people” so that abortion is legally considered murder, has a controversial new campaign comparing fetuses to slaves. Upcoming radio ads will be voiced by a fictional slave named George Stevens who will talk about how people are not property. Can you say “tasteless”? [The Denver Daily News]
  • “Bro”-zilian waxes for men are probably not as much of a “new trend” as Salon.com claims, nor are they a sign of equality, either. [Styleite.com]
  • Remiss as I am to give this any attention whatsoever, here’s a guide on how to deal with the dreaded “angry feminists.” Apparently, overcoming sexism and achieving equality between men and women is supposed to be as pleasant for everyone as possible?! Sounds radical! I’ll make a note of that and try to be happier in my posts about female genital mutilation, rape and pay inequity. Anyway, this stupid articles quotes a bunch of different women with totally, totally different viewpoints, like suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Valerie Solanas, a crazy person who tried to murder Andy Warhol. Clearly, AskMen.com’s “relationship correspondent” needs to brush up on her women’s history. [AskMen.com]

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