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Tweens And Teens Victims Of Dating Abuse

The sad, sad results of a national survey showed that about 3 percent of girls between 12 and 17 said they had been the victim of dating violence, which includes physical abuse, sexual assault, and being threatened with a weapon. In the same age group, 0.6 percent of boys said they’d been a victim.

According to the findings, certain factors, such as a history of stressful or traumatic events, seemed to put teens at great risk for dating violence, and older teenage girls were at greater risk than boys or younger girls. The last bit is interesting because it seems that as we get older, we should understand more about what is okay for people to do to us, and what crosses the line, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Either that, or the guys get more aggressive around that age, too. [Reuters] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: A Nude Blacklist, Bestiality, And Viagra For Women

  • A nudist resort in France had to get special permission from the government to keep a blacklist of guests forbidden from visiting. [Reuters]
  • Two dogs trained to have sex with women have been deemed adoptable and are waiting for new owners at an animal sanctuary in Tulsa, OK. [CBS News]
  • Women taking antidepressants might find that taking Viagra can enhance their sex life, according to a study published in JAMA. [Medical News Today]
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    Political Magazine The Nation Debuts Sex Column

    Well this is fascinating. The Nation, a well-respected, politically left-leaning magazine is introducing a sex column! JoAnn Wypijewski’s “Carnal Knowledge” column probably will discuss sexual topics that have some sort of link to culture or politics, but it’s not clear if she’ll be taking questions from readers. I’ve been reading The Nation for a long time, mainly because I think it offers all sorts of info the mainstream media leaves out, but it’s hardly what I’d call the most exciting magazine in the world. Jon Friedman from the Wall Street Journal points out that The Nation is about as asexual as a magazine can be, so are they only adding sex appeal to boost sales? Wypijewski told Friedman, “What drives politics is celebrity. What drives celebrity is sex appeal…I don’t think people on the left side of the political spectrum take sex seriously — or seriously enough.” Hmm, well I am certainly eager to see how this turns out. The inaugural column was more of introduction, saying:

    “Most acutely, gay liberationists and pro-sex feminists have long understood that sex, religion, economics, power and freedom aren’t discrete little categories; they’re of a piece. Accordingly, ‘Carnal Knowledge’ will explore sex as desire, as work, as play, as the screen against which America projects its fantasies and fears.”

    Suddenly I’m a little more excited for the next issue… [WSJ: Market Watch]
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    Quickies!: Lady Bunny’s PETA Billboard, Summer Reading, & Boozing

  • Drag queen Lady Bunny unveiled a huge anti-KFC PETA billboard in NYC’s Soho neighborhood, in which she is holding one of the Colonel’s famous buckets with a dead chicken hanging out of it. So hungry. [Popbytes]
  • A French study has found that loud music encourages young men to drink more and at a faster rate. WHAT?! [Asylum]
  • Finding a mate is easy for men, but women tend to have a list of unachievable characteristics. I’m sorry, but what about “Brad Pitt twin” is so difficult? [College Candy]
  • Summer reading can be extremely relaxing on a sunny day. Here are some great chick lit reads to add to the lists we posted last month. [College Candy]
  • Alcohol consumption among young people under 21 is the leading drug problem in the U.S., yet parents seem to be in denial. [Shine.yahoo]
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    Tattoo Regret: The Stink Over Ink

    While women like the cool Kat Von D of LA Ink are responsible for the rise in tattoos, ladies are still feeling the backlash from going under the needle. A 2006 survey conducted by Texas Tech found that while 25% of people ages 18-30 have a tattoo, 40% of women with works of art feel social pressure to get them removed. Compared to 5% of men who claim they’ve been teased, it seems like the new glass ceiling is a bit more skintimate. Now, we can understand if a lady regrets an eBay auction where she sold a casino the right to tattoo their URL on her forehead, but overall, it’s disheartening that we can’t get our lower back tattooed without it being called a tramp stamp. Let’s unite and take back the lower back tat for classy women! You know if Paris Hilton doesn’t want a trendy tat, especially one inherently nicknamed for sluts, then they must only be for the supremely lady-like! [LA Times via Fark]
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    CBS & Janet Jackson Win Fight For Their Right To Flash

    Justin Timberlake could have Janet Jackson naked by the end of his song. In a surprising landmark judicial decision, the US Circuit Court of Appeals stopped the FCC from fining CBS over half a mil for the infamous 2004 halftime split second strip show…er, wardrobe malfunction. The Court ruled in favor of JT, Janet, and the station for a couple reasons. At the time, the FCC laws weren’t explicit enough to be enforced for the accident, so it became a case of puritanical opinion versus freedom of speech. Also, since it was a live show, there was no way for any CBS employee to prevent Janet’s jug from airing, therefore, there was no network negligence. Nevertheless, Nipplegate was the shot heard ’round the world and the FCC immediately freaked out and created tighter restrictions and higher indecency. The boobie bonanza is over! [Guide Live]

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    Sweet Release: What’s In And Out The Week Of July 22nd 2008


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    • Miley Cyrus Breakout
      Miley Cyrus has come out with her second solo record Break Out. Produced by Matthew Wilder, the man behind No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom, Cyrus has officially shed her Hannah Montana alter ego and is standing on her own as an angsty teenager. The Frisky’s Amelia promises that you will love her sans the Disney-style smile. [Yay! Yay! Yay! -- Editor]
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    Twins Give Birth To Siblings, Not Cousins

    Some stories are truly stranger than fiction. Darla and Mark Pritchard tried to have a baby for five years, but nothing was working, even after two in-vitro fertilization attempts. Then, Darla’s twin sister, Dana Johnson, offered to be a surrogate, and it seems that both Darla and Dana had Darla eggs (fertilized by Mark) implanted, and both became pregnant. Darla gave birth to twins, and six weeks later, Dana gave birth to a girl. Even though they came out of different women and don’t all have the same birth date, the three children are considered triplets. Even Darla and Dana seem a little confused when they try to talk about the ordeal in the above video. [CBS News] Keep reading »

    Lesbians Are Free To Call Themselves Just That

    Remember how residents of the Aegean island of Lesbos were trying to get a court to ban the use of the word “lesbian” in reference to gay women? Well, the courts dismissed their request. A court in Athens, Greece said the word did not define the identity of the residents, so it could be used by gay groups, both in Greece and abroad. Maybe they should start calling themselves the Lesbosians, unless that’s too many syllables for people to handle. [Reuters] Keep reading »

    The Hills Season Four Preview: All About Boyz

    The thing is, with the gossip magazines and bloggers reporting every little thing that goes down in the interim, are we even going to be surprised by the fake melodrama? We already know Heidi and Spencer are back together; we know Lauren and Audrina continue to fight; we know Lauren dates a couple dudes not named Stephen or Brody. I mean, they better have some stuff they’ve kept hidden, or this could be a boring season. Sigh. Whatever, still excited. Keep reading »

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