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Did Melanie Oudin’s Mom Have An Affair With Her Coach?

This is the part where becoming an overnight sensation gets not-so-pretty. Yesterday afternoon, 17-year-old U.S. Open phenom Melanie Oudin went down in her match against number 9-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. And to add insult to injury, this morning reporters are poking into the details of her personal life. Last summer, Melanie’s dad, John, filed for divorce from her mom, Leslie. Sports Illustrated tracked down the divorce papers and found that the grounds given were adultery. John claimed that Melanie Leslie was having an affair with Brian de Villiers, aka Melanie’s coach. Keep reading »

Politician Describes Spanking His Mistress While Miked At An Assembly Meeting

I don’t even have time to list all the politicians who’ve been caught having affairs in recent years. But at least Mark Sanford and John Edwards had the good sense not to talk about their dalliances on tape. California State Assemblyman Mike Duvall, a self-stated “family values warrior” who recently won the Ethics in America award, forgot that he was wearing a microphone when, before an assembly meeting, he dished all the dirty deets of his affair(s) to an assembly buddy. “I’ve been getting into spanking her,” he said on the recording. “I like it!” [CNN]
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Teenagers: Actually A Worthwhile Part Of Society?

As a former high school teacher, I know intimately how unpredictable the behavior of a human teenager can be. I’d often bang my head against my classroom door half laughing, half crying, at the end of a long day. No age group could make me so amused, excited, and utterly frustrated all at the same time. One minute my students and I would joke and converse like adults and I would marvel at their creativity, depth, and humor. Five minutes later I’d have to confiscate 20 bags of Fire Hot Cheetos and scold them for smearing dirty fingers all over my classroom walls like three-year-olds. In short, those dang teenagers are a mystery. But did you know that in addition to being a behavioral anomaly, teenagers are also a scientific one? Keep reading »

Quickies: What Men Think About Circumcision & The Bra In Pop Culture

  • Some women prefer cut foreskin yet others don’t really care, but what do the men think about circumcision? Three guys give their opinions. [Em & Lo] — Uncircumcised penises repulse and scare me, so my sons are getting cut whether it’s PC or not. Sorry.
  • Janet Jackson will pay tribute to her brother Michael Jackson at the MTV Video Music Awards, which airs live Sunday at 9 p.m. [MTV] — Expect a lot of mumbling and incoherent lyrics.
  • The fall TV season is upon us, but unfortunately prime-time hours haven’t increased. Bullz-Eye will clue you in on what’s good and what’s bad amongst the new shows this fall. [Bullz-Eye] — I’m excited for “V” and “The Cleveland Show.” “Cougar Town” and “Melrose Place“? Not so much.

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Today’s Lady News: Thou Shalt Not Flirt With Thy Parishioners

  • Holy hell! A Baylor University study of over 3,500 chicks found one in every 33 who goes to worship services at least once a month has been on the receiving end of sexual advances by a religious leader. This happened despite the fact that clergy-congregation sexual relationships are illegal in two states and 36 denominations have rules explicitly saying “thou shalt not hit on your parishioners.” [Washington Post]—Yet another example of porn plots which are inappropriate for real life.
  • The Wall Street Journal frets that women might feel “betrayed” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Why? The most famous single woman since Bridget Jones got married and wrote a book (Committed) about it. [WSJ]—Umm, women never looked up to her as some kind of feminist icon. We’re just jealous she got to travel to Italy, India and Bali to recover from her divorce while we get stuck nursing breakups in our apartments.
  • The U.K. briefly considered liberalizing their TV ad restrictions allowing condom commercials to air before 9 p.m. and permitting spots for abortion services, but they postponed a decision on the matter after 40,000 people responded. The teen pregnancy rate is at its highest in the past decade. [Daily Mail]
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    Woman Dies Crash Dieting For Her Wedding

    This is more proof that you buy the dress to fit the bride—you don’t try to fit the bride to the dress. Samantha Clowe, a 34-year-old woman in England, was always overweight, and was determined not to be a “fat bride” at her wedding. So she tried a diet program called LighterLife, which had her eating specially prepared soups, snacks, and shakes everyday for a total of only 530 calories a day for 11 weeks. She did lose a lot of weight. But then her fiancé found her collapsed at the top of the stairs in their house. He called an ambulance, but she was pronounced dead soon after from heart failure. So, so sad. And a cautionary tale. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

    Robber Returns To Scene Of The Crime To Ask Victim Out On Date

    I’ve heard of pulling pigtails before, but Stephfon Bennett of Columbus, Ohio, had a whole new idea on how to get a girl. Diana Martinez was sitting in her car outside her apartment building with a friend, when three guys surrounded them, one holding a gun to her head through the window. They demanded all her money before she opened the door, knocking one of them over and getting away. She called the police and after filing her report, went inside her apartment. An hour later, she opened her front door. And Stephfon, whom she identified as one of the robbers, was standing there. Her cousin frantically called the police, scared that Stephfon would do something violent. Instead, he shyly asked Diana if she had a boyfriend and would like to go on a date. Too bad the police quickly arrived and arrested him—from his mug shot he actually looks kind of cute. Note to all the dudes out there: armed robbery is hardly the way to a girl’s heart. Who said chivalry was dead? [WBNS 10 TV] Keep reading »

    Women Pick Houses The Way We Choose Men

    Real estate company Coldwell Banker surveyed more than 1,000 people about home-buying decisions, and discovered men and women handle it differently.

    According to the survey, 70 percent of women had made up their mind about whether a home was “right” for them the day they walked into the house, while only 62 percent of men had. And men were more likely to need two or more visits to make the call on a place. I like to think this is because women know what they want and go after it. However, it could also signal that we are way more into looks and don’t consider something’s potential. This sounds an awful lot like how we judge our dates; if they don’t give a good first impression, they usually don’t get a second date. [Coldwell Banker Real Estate] Keep reading »

    31 Great Vaginal Moments: What Naomi Wolf Shouldn’t Overlook In Her History Of The Vagina

    Naomi Wolf is penning her own vagina monologue: The New York Observer reports that the author of the Women’s Studies 101 staple The Beauty Myth is now writing a book tentatively titled A Cultural History Of The Vagina. But what could Wolf possibly say about our lady parts that wasn’t said before in Eve Ensler‘s play, The Vagina Monologues, Inga Muscio’s book, C**t, or Jessica Valenti’s book The Purity Myth?

    Quite a bit, actually! After the jump, great moments in coochie history that Wolf mustn’t forget to include in her vagina book! —[NY Observer] Keep reading »

    Happy 9/9/09, Y’all!

    I had every intention of writing this post at 9:09 a.m., but I forgot, OK? Happy 9/9/09 everyone! Lots of fun stuff is going on today. More than 10,000 couples in Beijing are getting hitched because in China nine is considered to be the number of longevity. Peeps are going wedding-crazy in Australia, too, where three times as many people are getting hitched today as on the average weekday. Las Vegas is in on the wedding bonanza too. The Stratosphere hotel will be marrying 99 couples at 9:09 p.m. for the discount price of $99.09. But even if you’re not getting married, there are lots of ways to celebrate the day. You could watch a baseball game tonight—where there are nine players on the field, nine innings, and 90 feet between bases. Or you could book a room at one of the establishments taking part in Hotels.com’s “$99 Or Less” room sale. Or you could go see “9,” the post-apocalyptic animated flick from Tim Burton. A few party poopers are saying that the world is going to end today. But, you know, whatever. See you on 10/10/10. [CNN] Keep reading »

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