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Salon Columnist’s Terrible Advice For Domestic Violence Victim

Thanks to our girl Judy McGuire for calling my attention to the latest advice column from Salon’s Cary Tennis. A woman writes to Tennis that she’s “in a loving but violent marriage” in which her husband has “only” beat her up a couple of times, including the time he punched and stomped her while she was pregnant. She’s writing to Tennis because she’s upset that the domestic violence hotline she called advised her to leave her husband and she wants to know her other options. Shockingly, Tennis offers her an alternative to getting the f**k out and never looking back, but first he indulges in a little rambling prose.

“In this fictional world you are safe. So I can speak to you one soul to another. I can grant you the freedom to see yourself as the object and creation of your own limitless imagination. Then you are free to inquire: What do you want, O dish thrower? What do you want, O restrainer, kicker, puncher? What is it that you are hungry for?”

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Miss New York Wins Crown With Gay Rights Platform


Meet Miss New York 2010, Claire Buffie. Like many beauty queens before her, Claire has selected a platform to run her campaign for Miss America on, only she hasn’t selected a topic that’s as palatable as, say, “breast cancer research” or “education.” No, Claire won her state competition — and is competing for Miss America — on a gay rights platform, calling for equal treatment of gays and lesbians. As Drew Grant writes over at Crushable, this is especially awesome considering most beauty queens are “pigeonholed as the Carrie Prejean anti-gay-sex/pro-secret-porn-tape type.” Claire is the first woman in the pageant’s 100-year history to be campaigning on this issue and it’s a personal one for her; her sister is a lesbian. In this interview with MSNBC, Claire says she isn’t worried that the controversial issue — and her progressive views — will harm her chances at taking the crown. She says the Miss America organization is “looking for a woman who is intelligent and compassionate, and who is working every day diligently in her community to effect positive and lasting change, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.” [Crushable] Keep reading »

Al Gore Gets A “Happy Ending” In Sexual Assault Allegation Saga

It may not have come from a masseuse, but Former Vice President Al Gore still got a “happy ending.” On Friday, an Oregon DA’s office cleared him of sexual abuse charges due to “lack of credible evidence.” In June, massage therapist Molly Hagerty claimed that Gore was “a crazed sex poodle” who made “unwanted sexual contact” with her in an upscale Portland hotel room in 2006. At the time, both the vice president and his ex-wife, Tipper Gore, called the charges hogwash. But Portland police have followed through with their investigation and said Friday that a “sustainable criminal case does not exist.” Apparently, Hagerty failed a lie detector test and forensic testing also did not turn up any evidence.

Whew. We’re relieved our Nobel Prize-winning almost-43rd president is still a stand-up guy. [People] Keep reading »

No More Cowbell, Please

According to this 1946 Listerine ad, women with bad breath should wear a bell around their neck, so others will be forewarned. Copyranter adds it to his “most offensive sexist retro ads” ever list, and we concur. Save this look for Halloween. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Why Is Sarah Palin Talking About Barack Obama’s Balls?

Fresh off his gabfest with the girls last week on “The View,” Sarah Palin is taking a stab at the president’s masculinity. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, she said Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has “the cojones” — Spanish for “balls” — that President Barack Obama “does not have” to deal with illegal immigration. Arizona, as you surely remember, recently passed strict immigration laws which “would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally,” according to The New York Times. Keep reading »

Chelsea Getting Married!

Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky were married in Rhinebeck, NY yesterday in front of 400 guests including Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Madeline Albright. The bride wore Vera Wang, the groom wore Burberry, and the interfaith ceremony was officiated by a reverend and a rabbi. Of the nuptials, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said:

“Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”

Mazel tov! [NY Times] Keep reading »

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