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Today’s Lady News: Duke Greeks Hosted Slutty Halloween Parties

  • Two Greek societies at Duke University sent Halloween party invitations to students that some say are inappropriate. Fraternity Sigma Nu implored women to dress as “a slutty nurse, a slutty doctor, a slutty schoolgirl, or just a total slut,” while Alpha Delta Pi’s email read, “Dear bitches, I mean witches.” (Note: Alpha Delta Pi is a sorority, but the Daily News article describes it as a “the off-campus fraternity Alpha Delta Pi.”) I don’t know, but I don’t find this that offensive. It’s just Halloween, people. [New York Daily News]
  • Clark Atlanta University will open The Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Academy at its school of social work, partially with funding from Verizon, to train students to research the issue. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
  • TIME spoke with Dr. Warren Hern, the last remaining abortion provider who publicly admits to doing late-term abortions. “I have been committed to this work since I started in 1973. I will continue doing it,” Hern said. “The people who disagree should leave me alone. It is the clear policy of the American anti-abortion movement to kill every doctor who does abortions. It is not a secret.” [TIME]

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Prince Makes Erotic Sculptures … Of Himself

The next time you think you’re weird or kinky or especially twisted in bed, think of Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. He’s the younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei and apparently quite the perv. The prince allegedly had six life-size erotic sculptures of himself made, along with sexy sculptures of his fiancee, who is part of his harem. Yes, we said harem. The statues were discovered at the Prince’s Long Island estate, which is currently in litigation after two of the Prince’s advisers sold the property for much less than he believed it was worth. In the photos we’ve seen, the erotic sculptures include perfectly molded jean shorts (so, kinky and unfashionable). As you can imagine, the Prince is trying to keep images and mention of the sculptures out of the press — and out of his court case. No such luck. [NY Mag] Keep reading »

What Is Wrong With People? Part 53


There are some things you shouldn’t let in your house: a gang of rowdy teenagers, an axe murderer, and definitely not a bison. And yet! Jim and Linda Sautner of Alberta, Canada, have indeed adopted a pet bison that lives with them indoors. Bailey Jr. hangs out in the house, drinks water from the kitchen sink and does all manner of domesticated animal things. Jim says he still hasn’t housebroken Bailey Jr. (big shocker), which is a fair reminder that just because you CAN have a bison as a pet doesn’t mean you should. [CNN] Keep reading »

A Sizable Trend: Colleges Starting To Offer Fat Studies Classes

Finally, the 15 pounds you pack on as a freshman in college is good for something! According to The Daily Beast, colleges across the country have started offering Fat Studies classes. Hip, hip, hippy hooray! Akin to Women’s Studies classes, Fat Studies classes seem to be preaching to the choir, i.e., people who have struggled with their weight, whether they have had eating disorders or are my peeps, the fatties. But the academic study of sociological weight issues is the next phase for the fat acceptance movement, which has steadily risen in membership since the ‘90s, thanks to activist groups like NAAFA (National Association To Advance Fat Acceptance). I’ve been a proud member/bikini model for four years running! Keep reading »

Kid Pulls Knife On Mom When She Won’t Let Him Trick-Or-Treat As “Gay Justin Bieber”

Yesterday, we read a heartwarming story about a mother who supported her five-year-old son’s “gay” costume choice. But a mother of a 12-year-old boy in Arizona wasn’t so understanding when her son wanted to go trick-or-treating as “gay Justin Bieber.” The mother grounded her son for his “disrespectful” costume choice. And the boy retaliated against this costume censorship by pulling a knife on his mom and threatening to kill her. That’s when the police were notified and the boy was arrested. OK, this is awful. Acknowledged. But I am still trying to figure out what a “gay Justin Bieber” costume would look like. Anyone? It must have been really intense to spark an act of extreme ‘tween disobedience. But then again, J-Biebs just seems to illicit insanity in ‘tweens. [AZ Central] Keep reading »

Conjoined Twin Girls Share A Brain

Four-year-old conjoined twins Tatiana and Krista Hogan are an anomaly among anomalies. Not only are they surviving conjoined twins, and not only are they attached at the head, but they actually share part of their brains, the thalamus. Almost unbelievably, Macleans.ca reports, “There is evidence that they can see through each other’s eyes and perhaps share each other’s unspoken thoughts.” The thalamus is the portion of the brain that processes and relays sensory information, and the twins have a “bridge” that runs between theirs. During tests, a neurosurgeon involved in their medical progress found that when one twin looked at an object, the brains of both twins recorded the information. These strange factors have led some to wonder — are the twins two separate people … or one? Their mother reports they have two distinct personalities, but it’s clear that with their brains intertwined, their minds may be far more complex than we can imagine. [Macleans.ca] Keep reading »

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