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Lawsuit Mom Says Bullying Led To Girl’s Eating Disorder

A Pennsylvania mother is suing her daughter’s school system because she said classroom bullying caused her daughter to develop anorexia.

The lawsuit alleged that in 6th grade, three boys called the girl “fat” and two more boys joined the taunting during her 7th grade school year. One year later, the girl checked into an in-patient program for an eating disorder. The family is suing Pittsburgh Public Schools because she said the school’s guidance counselor failed to deal with the alleged bullying, which would likely make it the first lawsuit of its kind. [CBS News] Keep reading »

The Percentages Of Women Who Think It’s OK For Their Husbands To Hit Them

The graph, released by UNICEF and based on data collected between 2001 and 2007, displays the percentages of women, by country, who believe it is OK for their husbands to hit them. The numbers are all horrifying, ranging from 6.9 percent in Serbia to a heartbreaking 90 percent in Jordan. More info here. [via Feministing] Keep reading »

Company Markets Wine For The Gays

Well, this is novel. A fine wine purveyor is targeting gay men with a line of special wines. Spanish UO! Wines has three vino options: Antinoo, Oscura Lágrima, and Ánima Blanca. Antinoo is a red: “young and mature, fruity, elegant, smooth…Mediterranean.” Oscura Lágrima, another red, is described thusly: “They say that the best sex is tumultuous like a storm cloud, and we’re inclined to agree.” Ánima Blanca is a white: “It’s fresh on the palate, potent…like a low whisper floating at you from behind your neck at just the right time.” Steamy! Nothing sells wine like sex, one imagines. Every bottle label features a hot, ripped dude in various stages of bondage/undress. Kinky! But where’s the line of wines for the lesbian ladies, UO!? [Notcot] Keep reading »

Model Finds The Frenemy Blogger Who Called Her A Skank

Earlier this week we told you about Liskula Cohen, the model who was pissed off because an anonymous blogger was calling her mean names on the internet. A judge ruled that Cohen had the right to know the identity of the blogger behind “Skanks In NYC,” so she could sue them for defamation, and ordered Google to fork over the email address that the blogger used to start the site. At the time, Cohen said she hoped the person wouldn’t end up being someone she knows and considers a friend. Well, after doing some internet sleuthing — using Google, I assume? — Cohen discovered that her nemesis was, in fact, a frenemy! The woman behind “Skanks in NYC” is a “social acquaintance” — her name hasn’t been revealed — who Cohen describes as “an irrelevant person” whom she’d bump into at events and restaurants. So what did Cohen do with this new information? The answer may surprise you. Keep reading »

Working At Disney World Is Dangerous

For those of you who’ve been laboring under the misconception (ha!) that working at Disney World is fun and carefree, think again. Since the park opened for the season in July, three employees have died and another was groped while dressed as Minnie Mouse. The most recent incident happened on Monday when Anislav Varbanov, 30, sustained a fatal neck fracture after doing a tumbling roll during a rehearsal for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Don’t Hate Carrie Prejean Because She’s Beautiful, Says Trump

  • Last night on “Letterman,” Donald Trump shared his cockamamie theory that America hates beauty queen Carrie Prejean, who tussled with Perez Hilton over gay marriage, simply because she is so pretty! [Gawker]—Right. We don’t hate the Miss America runner-up because she’s a bigot. We’re just jealous of those fake boobs that the Miss California Organization paid for!
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    Nigeria Wants HIV-Positive Folks To Marry Each Other

    In Nigeria, a government program is trying to stop the spread of AIDS by … encouraging HIV-positive people to marry each other. The idea is that if they’re married, they won’t be as likely to spread the disease to others. And they’re giving serious incentives for tying the knot. In exchange for an “HIV-marriage,” the agency will pay a couple’s dowry, and even provide them with counseling and employment assistance. There is no actual evidence that these marriages reduce the spread of AIDS, but some couples do note serious benefits of marrying another person with HIV. Some have said that their marriage has provided them with a support group and reduced the stigmatization associated with this disease. Keep reading »

    WTF Is Angelman’s Syndrome?

    So, I was pretty sure I was up to speed on my rare disorders – this happens to be a fascination of mine – but apparently not. If I thought Marfan Syndrome or Pica was weird, I was in for a mindf*** with this one. Wait for it…Angelman’s Syndrome (named after the dude who discovered it and also fitting cause peeps that have it have an unusually happy disposition) sometimes called happy puppet syndrome is a neuro- genetic thingy where a person has developmental delays, weird sleep things, “absence” seizures where they disappear for a minute, jerky, puppet-like movements like hand-flapping, frequent laughter or smiling. So. Damn. Crazy. Even crazier? Colin Farrell’s 6-year-old son James has it. [Celebrity Baby] Check out the video below of a child with Angelman’s to get a better idea. If you’re a science nerd like me, you’ll probably get wrapped up in research for the rest of the day.

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    The Woman Who Claimed To Be Preggers With 12 Kids Totally Lied!

    The 34-year-old Tunisian woman who claimed to be pregnant with 12 kids—six boys and six girls—is a fraud. Although this gal said she’s nine months preggers with duodecaplets, docs say, “There’s absolutely nothing about her appearance which indicates this.” In fact, health peeps think the only thing the woman is pregnant with is “psychological problems.” The unidentified non-mother has supposedly gone into hiding. [Fox News] — When are people going to realize that Nadya Suleman is not someone they should emulate? Keep reading »

    Is South African Runner Caster Semenya Really A Man?

    Is Caster Semenya a woman who looks like a man, or a man posing as a woman? There is controversy surrounding the 18-year-old South African runner who many want to submit to a gender verification test due to her muscular and manly physique. Semenya is a favorite in today’s 800 final at the world championships, and currently, the International Association of Athletics Federations sees no reason not to let her compete.

    The general manager of Athletics South Africa denies the claims, saying, “She is a female. We are completely sure about that and we wouldn’t have entered her into the female competition if we had any doubts.” Keep reading »

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