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Boyfriend Bears: The Stuffed Animal Hymen-Protector You Never Wanted

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 6, 2015
Where do I even begin here? Earlier today, I was alerted to the existence of a bizarre product called Boyfriend Bears -- stuffed bears marketed to teenage Christian girls looking to preserve their "purity" (read: hymen) for their future husbands. I guess a ring just isn't enough these days. They are bears with which one… More »

West Virginia Republican Looks For The Bright Side Of Rape

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 6, 2015
Brian Kurcaba, a Republican legislator in the state of West Virginia, recently made quite the contribution to the “Museum Of Dumb Shit Republicans Say About Rape.” Like many others before him, Kurcaba made an attempt to look on the bright side of rape, which is never a good idea unless you are purposely trying to make… More »

Here’s Your Daily Inspiration To Put Away Your Damn Phone

By: Claire Hannum / February 6, 2015
Photographer Eric Smith captured this photo in Redondo Beach, California, of a dude so engrossed in his phone that he missed a humpback whale and her calf breaching right next to him. According to Smith, others on the boat alongside the guy scurried to take pictures, but he still never looked up. I'm no saint… More »

I’m Not Praising Twitter For Wanting To Eradicate Trolls Until They Actually Do It

By: Beejoli Shah / February 6, 2015
Two weeks ago, writer Lindy West appeared on This American Life to talk about internet trolls, confronting one particularly cruel troll of the hundreds who verbally abuse her online, and the torrential downpour of abuse that comes to those who use the Internet, from writers to casual users. The heartbreaking interview quickly went viral,… More »

Rep. Aaron Schock’s Communications Director Resigns In Wake Of Racist Comments

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 5, 2015
Thursday morning, ThinkProgress reported that Benjamin Cole, the communications director for Illinois Representative Aaron Schock (R-Downton Abbey), had posted a series of racist Facebook updates in which he compared black people as zoo animals. Said posts were tagged #gentrifytoday, because how dare said black people live in a neighborhood where Benjamin Cole wants to… More »

The NFL’s Anti-Domestic Violence Partner Is A Sham Organization

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 5, 2015
The NFL’s anti-domestic violence campaign partner, No More, is a sham -- surprise, surprise. [Deadspin] Black girls are six times as likely to be suspended as White girls in New York schools. [The Daily Beast] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, speaking at Georgetown University, said that if she could undo one Supreme Court decision it… More »

Maggie Lieu Wants To Be First Woman To Give Birth On Mars

By: Huffington Post Weird News / February 5, 2015
Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but one British woman already wants to be the first to give birth on the red planet. Maggie Lieu, 24, is an astrophysics Ph. D. candidate at Birmingham University. She is also one of 600 people being considered for the  Mars One project, which hope… More »

Anti-Choice Male Lawmakers Hope To Remove Maternity Coverage From Obamacare

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 5, 2015
Now that the GOP has control of both the House and the Senate, they are more determined than ever to rid the country of the Affordable Health Care Act. In order to do this, however, they have to submit their own plan for health care--which, so far, is not looking too good. Especially for… More »

Victoria Jackson Claims Obama Is A Secret Muslim In Bizarre New Music Video

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 5, 2015
We're gonna test your endurance today. How long can you sit through Victoria Jackson's six-minute video about how President Obama is a Secret Muslin before you simply can't take it anymore? I made it to 2:25 before I had to pause it in order to Google "What is wrong with Victoria Jackson's eyes?" Then, because… More »

Teen Pours Acid On Boyfriend’s Penis For Releasing Sex Tape On The Internet

By: Claire Hannum / February 5, 2015
When 25-year-old Humphrey Khoza of South Africa made the douchey decision to film himself having sex with his underage 17-year-old girlfriend without her knowledge and then posted it on the internet, he probably figured he'd get off unscathed. Instead, his girlfriend found out and poured battery acid on his penis, basically rendering it forever unusable. More »

Vaccines As The New Wedge Issue: Are Republicans Coming For Our Stupid People?

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 5, 2015
Ever since the measles hit Disneyland, there's been a lot of talk about whether or not vaccines ought to be mandatory. Those who have gone on record as saying they should not be mandatory have been Republicans like Rand Paul and Chris Christie. President Obama encouraged parents to vaccinate their kids, calling the science behind… More »

L’Oréal’s Women In Science Fellowship Is Taking Applications From Lady Scientists

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 4, 2015
Hey, lady scientists! L’Oréal wants to fund your research! [The Mary Sue] Why are so many male feminists being accused of rape? [Jezebel] Here’s a dang good argument for adopting “they” as a singular pronoun. [Feministing]… More »

Creationist Theme Park Sues Kentucky For Right To Discriminate

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 4, 2015
Ken Ham's Ark Encounter Theme Park is having troubles again, and now they are suing the state of Kentucky for what they say is religious discrimination. Here's what's going on: Ark Encounters wants tax breaks, but, they were denied $18 million in tax incentives by the state of Kentucky because they only wanted to… More »

“Is Sex With An Unconscious Person Always Rape?” Utah Lawmakers Wonder

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 4, 2015
At the center of any discussion about rape is the issue of consent. Did both (or more) parties involved consent to having sex? Was consent given under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Could both people actually give consent or was their ability impaired because of drugs, or alcohol, or, you know, lack of consciousness? More »

Man-On-Dolphin Sex Documentary Makes Big Splash At Film Festival

By: Huffington Post Weird News / February 4, 2015
Malcolm Brenner claims that, in 1970, he had a "consensual sexual relationship" with a dolphin named Dolly, whom he met at a Florida amusement park, when he was taking photographs for a children's book. Now his disturbing story is the subject of a documentary. "Dolphin Lover" debuted last week at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park… More »

Fox Fears “Frozen” Is “Empowering Girls” By Portraying Dudes As “Evil And Cold”

By: Claire Hannum / February 4, 2015
"Fox And Friends" host Steve Doocy is clutching his pearls (okay maybe his cufflinks) over what he calls "The Frozen Effect," which -- gasp -- makes girls feel good about themselves. Penny Nance, president of the PAC Concerned Women for America (who semi-defensively let us know immediately upon first speaking on camera that being a… More »

Study: Dudes Lie About Liking Hot Sauce To Appear Badass and Manly

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 4, 2015
I am a big fan of hot sauce. To the point where I used to carry it in my purse until a very unfortunate accident occurred. I put it on almost everything, including fruit. "Hot" has been my preferred flavor since I was a kid and my parents were scared that I had that that… More »

Gross: GOP Senator Wants To Let Restaurants “Opt Out” Of Handwashing Requirements

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 3, 2015
If I were to venture a guess, I would assume that most people on both sides of the aisle would be in favor of requiring people who work in restaurants to wash their hands after going to the bathroom. It has never occurred to me that wishing to avoid food poisoning might be a partisa… More »

Hillary Clinton Pulls The Grandma Card In Support Of Vaccines

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 3, 2015
The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2015 Of course Hillary Clinton supports vaccines, she’s sane. [Associated Press] The man behind the revenge porn web site YouGotPosted is facing up to 20… More »

Study: Your Herbal Supplement Probably Doesn’t Actually Have Herbs In It

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 3, 2015
Surprise! Your cabinet full of herbal supplements may just be a cabinet full of magic bullshit beans. A recent investigation of herbal supplements sold in four major retailers -- GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens -- have revealed that the vast majority of their herbal supplements do not actually contain the herbs they say they… More »

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