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Donald Duck Accused Of Groping A Woman

A good rule of thumb: never trust a man without pants. On a trip to Epcot Center in 2008, 27-year-old April Magolon stopped to get Donald Duck’s autograph. And after obliging, Donald allegedly grabbed her breast and molested her. April is now suing Disney for $50,000 for negligence, battery, and infliction of emotional distress. Keep reading »

Bodybuilders Flex Their Femininity In NYC Art Exhibit

While any professional bodybuilder is a sight to behold, female bodybuilders are undoubtedly even more fascinating than their male counterparts — for how they challenge expectations of gender. They morph their bodies into hyper-masculine, superhero-like proportions, turning the softness that typically characterizes a woman’s curvy body to rock-hard muscle. Their rigorous weight-lifting literally leaves them breast-less. In an exhibit here in NYC this summer, On And Off The Walls: Female Bodybuilders, photographer Martin Schoeller shows us the part of female bodybuilders the camera usually ignores — their faces. Schoeller, who is well-known for taking up-close portraits of celebrities that are not always flattering, shows us how very feminine, pretty, and delicate hard-muscled mamas can be. The juxtaposition of femininity and masculinity in these photographs is kind of amazing, don’t you think? [Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery via The New Yorker] Keep reading »

Steven Slater Wants His JetBlue Job Back

Yesterday, it seemed like former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater would undoubtedly be fodder for a biopic, or at least a TV movie that seemed like “Office Space” in the air. But today, Steven has given a totally lame ending to his story. He just wants his job back. At a press conference held yesterday outside his home in Queens, New York, Steven’s lawyer explained, “JetBlue is a wonderful airline which [Steven] has loved working for, and wishes to continue working for. He understands the problems, but it has been a fair and understanding airline.” Keep reading »

Finally! Men Can Menstruate! Sort Of!

OK, not really — but with the help of a new high-concept machine from Japanese artist Hiromi Ozaki they can get a sense of what the pain and agony of periods really feel like. The metallic machine is worn around the waist, and contains abdomen stimulating electrodes (synthetic cramps) and a blood dispensing mechanism that supposedly accurately simulates a five-day menstrual cycle. Ozaki demonstrates how the machine works in this deceptively perky J-pop music video.

Says Ozaki, “The machine is not worn only by men, but also by women when menstruation may become obsolete in the future and the biological process has become a mere ritual of identity.” Awesome, equal opportunity pain! Ozaki’s also working on a penis prototype that moves up and down based on her heart rate. [Carnal Nation] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Gays Can Marry In California!

  • Good news! Earlier today, Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the stay imposed on the decision to repeal Proposition 8, the ban on same-sex marriage in California. In other words, gay couples will not be prevented from marrying while gay marriage opponents appeal his decision. Congratulations, Cali gays and lesbians! [NOH8campaign.com]
  • Yesterday, two members of the House of Representatives introduced the SAFER Act, a bill that will fund the testing of thousands of “rape kits” around the country. “Rape kits” are the important DNA evidence collected by police/medical personnel following a sexual assault. The SAFER Act would also create a national registry so rape victims can track the status of their rape kit. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Meet U.S. Military Academy cadet Katherine Miller, a lesbian who is being discharged under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. She sounds totally ballsy and awesome. [Mother Jones]

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Man Lets Date Get Hit By Foul Ball — But That’s Not Why They Broke Up?


On Monday night, Bo Wyble and Sara Saco-Vertiz went to a Houston Astros baseball game. When a foul ball made a beeline for them in the stands, Wyble ducked and Saco-Verdiz was hit in the arm. The entire incident was caught on camera and the jumbotron. The video of this chivalry fail went viral on the web and Wyble and Saco-Verdiz appeared on “The Early Show” this morning to discuss the incident — and their relationship. Shocker! Only four days after this infamous date, the couple is finished — but Saco-Verdiz swears it has nothing to do with the fact that her ex caused her to get hit by a baseball. It was the facial hair, wasn’t it? [via Huffington Post] Keep reading »

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