A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word “mademoiselle” — which means unmarried woman — on official documents.
Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using “mademoiselle” on January 1 and will henceforth refer to all women as “madame,” which is the term for married women or older women. ”This is about getting rid of anything that could be seen as discriminatory or indiscreet,” the town hall of Cesson-Sevigne said in a statement. ”Having two different terms to distinguish between married and non-married women is discrimination against women as there is no such differentiation for men.” Keep reading »
Things that we suspected might be a bad idea: getting your penis tattooed. A 21-year-old Iranian man was left with a permanent semi-boner after getting the phrase “good luck on your journeys” along with his girlfriend’s initials inked on his peen in Persian. After several days of post-tat healing, his pain began to subside, but his woody didn’t. According the to the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the tattoo artist “punctured too-deep holes that damaged vessels in his penis” causing blood pooling that resulted in the perma-rection. Since the guy is still able to achieve full erections and have sex, he’s more or less okay with his always hard d**k. Meanwhile, doctors are taking this opportunity to remind us that penile tattooing is dumb. But we already suspected as much. Maybe he should get the tattoo changed to read, “Good luck with your permanent erection.” [MSNBC]
“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
This is the new, expansive definition of rape approved by the FBI last week, which will more accurately reflect how sexual assaults are tabulated by the government in its Uniform Crime Report. The FBI’s working definition of “rape,” created in the 1920s, had been roundly criticized by everyone from police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocate for only defining assault as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That definition entirely left out male victims and ignored incidents when the victim was penetrated against his or her will orally, anally, with an object, and under the influence of drugs or alcohol (such as being roofied). As a result, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report drastically under-reported the crimes perpetrated in the country. Keep reading »
If there is one useless fact to know about me, it’s that I am a connoisseur of panda videos on YouTube. I hope to turn it into a moneymaking venture some day. Don’t ask me how — I haven’t thought that far ahead. This clip is maybe a 5 out of 10 on the cuteness scale. If you want a 9 out of 10, watch this one. Don’t ask me how I devised that ranking system, either. I just know. [BuzzFeed]
For every spontaneous, adorable impromptu subway sing-a-long, there’s a giant, repulsive rat that comes along and ruins it for everyone. Yes, there are now giant rats living in NYC — this particular guy was found at a Foot Locker in the Bronx, if you couldn’t tell from the familiar striped uniform of the guy holding the dead animal aloft. [Is it just me, or does that thing have massive testes? -- Editor] [Gothamist]
The world is such a wonderful place. It is a place where a restaurant exists called S**thouse, which serves food in mini-toilets and bedpans. The Beijing eatery was started by Feng Lu who says she had the idea to open the joint after discussing the biggest dumps she’d ever dined in with her friends. The conversation prompted her to open “one big toilet.” I’m not sure I understand the logic, but I don’t care. The S**thouse concept makes me extremely happy. And it’s making lots of others happy too. It’s such a huge success that there may be a chain of S**thouses coming soon. Yay! Please come to New York. I seriously can’t wait to eat noodles out of a toilet. [Metro]