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No Porn For Prom

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Mike Stone, an 18-year-old high school student, landed his dream date for prom. The Minnesota teen launched a Twitter campaign to try to get adult film star Megan Piper to accompany him to the big dance. Megan agreed under the condition that Mike cover her travel. But the faculty did not agree. District officials claim that Megan’s presence at the prom “would violate school policies pertaining visitors.” Mike is devastated, Megan is “not thrilled” but understands and Mike’s parents are furious about being publicly “embarrassed.” Twitter followers have launched the hashtag #Porn4prom to overturn the school’s decision, but I don’t think that’s happening. The principal advised Mike to pick another date.

I think I actually agree with the principal on this one. As a former teacher, I know that you have to be very careful about what you endorse — or at least appear to endorse. Even if you’re not directly saying, “Hey kids, it’s cool for you to look at porn.” A “yes” to a porn star at prom can be construed as an endorsement. And remember, many the students are likely under the age of 18. Sorry Mike, you may want to try going to prom with someone a little bit less provocative. [NY Daily News]

British Actor Helpfully Explains Why “It’s Not Difficult For A Woman To Make A Man Hit Her”

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“It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. … The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in … and I … I lashed out. I couldn’t end the argument. Something must have brought it on. When frustration builds up and you can’t think of a way out… It happened and I’m very, very ashamed of it. … She certainly wasn’t a beaten wife, she was hit and that’s different.”

I don’t know who the British actor Dennis Waterman is, but his why-I-punched-my-wife logic makes him sounds like he’s the Mel Gibson of the UK. The actor was on Piers Morgan’s talk shows discussing his rough 1998 divorce from actress Rula Lenska, who claimed he had a drinking problem and that he beat her. Dennis doesn’t dispute he had a hand in the drinking, but the hitting? Well, that’s just not his fault. (Of course not.)

Dennis has been condemned by the British anti-violence group Refuge, which issued a no-duh statement “No one can make their partner hit them.”  [The F Word via Mirror UK]

Trayvon Martin: President Obama And Geraldo Rivera Comment, Plus George Zimmerman’s History Of “Suspecting” Black Men

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“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”

President Barack Obama comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The case has received national attention because Zimmerman was never detained or arrested for Trayvon’s death and law enforcement seemed determined to ignore pleas by Trayvon’s parents to investigate the circumstances of his death. Zimmerman pursued Martin even after calling 911 —  to report a “suspicious” person — and being told not to. You can read more about the case here and watch all of President Obama’s sobering remarks above. 

Meanwhile, on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera — who I cannot believe is still somehow considered relevant and worth listening to — had his own opinion on Trayvon Martin’s death. Namely, that the hoodie Trayvon was wearing “is as much responsible” for his death “as George Zimmerman was.”  Keep reading »

Judge Tosses “Sex Slave” Lawsuit Against American Apparel’s Dov Charney

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Dov Charney’s hipster skeezbaggery is well-documented. However, a Brooklyn judge has tossed a $260 million lawsuit against the American Apparel CEO — brought by a former worker who said Dovney forced her to become a “sex slave” — and ordered it be settled in arbitration. Irene Morales, 21, said three years ago, when she was a student, Dov locked her inside his Manhattan apartment and kept her there as his personal sex slave, forcing her to perform oral sex for several hours.  

Lawyers for Dov Charney paint a different story. They say that Irene Morales pursued Dov, offering sex while trying to get him to give her one of his laptops to use for school, as well as money.  His legal team used the two arguments that always come up in these young-girl-accuses-rich-guy-of-sex-abuse scenarios: she’s trying to extort him (money grubbing!) and she had sent explicit photos and messages where she promised sex acts in exchange for goodies (slut!).

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Today’s Lady News: AZ Grocer Covers Up Jessica Simpson’s Nude Magazine Cover

  • Look, I’m as sick of listening to Jessica Simpson talk about her copious amounts of amniotic fluid as you are. [I'm not sick of it! -- Editor] But really, Tucson, Arizona grocery store, was it necessary to cover up Jess’s naked, pregnant Elle magazine cover with a sign reading “Please Do Not Remove Cardboard”? [ABC News]
  • Abortion opponents performed six live ultrasounds in Idaho’s state capitol, where the legislature is debating forced ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. [Business Week]
  • New Hampshire’s state House voted to keep their law legalizing same-sex marriage in place. [Union Leader]
  • On why “choice” may not be the best framework to discuss women’s reproductive rights. [The Nation] Keep reading »

Today In Ridiculous: Odd Future Calls Its Pop-Up Shop A “Sweatshop”

Oh, Odd Future. Tyler the Creator, et al, love causing trouble and controversy. Last night, their show in Boston was shut down by the cops — but that’s not all! Their New York “pop-up shop” is still going strong. And in typical uninformed incendiary Odd Future fashion, they’re referring to it as “the sweatshop.” Because you know, sweatshop jokes are super duper funny. Keep reading »

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