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Today’s Lady News: Women Could Die Under Abortion Bill Being Considered In Ohio

  • A “fetal heartbeat” bill under consideration in Ohio’s state senate would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually after seven weeks. This bill has no exemptions for rape victims, incest victims, or women with mental health issues. But the absolute scariest part of the bill is the lack of health exemptions for the pregnant woman unless the pregnancy presents an imminent danger to her health. One doctor who testified to the Ohio state senate said he performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was attached to a major blood vessel; he questioned whether that blood vessel would have to rupture in order for the pregnancy to be considered life-threatening to the woman. This is scary stuff, Ohioans. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Trans Model Andrej Pejic In Push-Up Bra Ad

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The prettiest girl on the runway is a boy! Read More »
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The androgynous model shares his life. Read More »
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FHM magazine called Andrej Pejic a "thing." Read More »
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Vogue Italia features three plus-size cover models. Read More »

Andrej Pejic is hands-down the most talked-about model of the year and not just because he — yes, he — is ethereally beautiful. The trans model has worked his androgynous look to his advantage, walking catwalks for John Paul Gaultier and covering Out magazine. Now Andrej Pejic has landed a Dutch campaign for push-up bras. Yes, push-up bras!

He is indisputably lovely here. But I also have to wonder, at what point does casting the trans model in advertising shoots for stereotypical-lady products become stunt-casting? Or is stunt-casting not such a bad thing if it makes the world at large more comfortable with trans folks? [Queerty] Keep reading »

7 Insane Festivals You Won’t Believe Are Legal

Ah, the holidays: A time to give thanks, spend time with family, eat good food, light your neighbors on fire, rub engine oil in grandma’s eyes, get drunk, fight a bull and dress up in a white tuxedo to ward off the furious ghosts of fish. What, that doesn’t sound like your holidays? Well, friend, it sounds like you’ve been celebrating the wrong ones. Let’s get that calendar of yours set straight.

#7. Batalla de la Rata Muerta: In the annual Fiesta de San Pedro Nolasco, instead of a pinata they have something called a “cucana.” It’s a very similar concept, except that with the cucana, the chances of candy are only 50-50. The other 50 is a dead rat. Which is then retrieved from the ground and used as a projectile because fuck-you-I-didn’t- get-candy. Read more…

Barack Obama Calls Michelle “Cute”

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The First Lady does a mean push-up. Read More »
FLOTUS Jumping Jacks
Michelle Obama tries to set world record. Read More »
Michelle won't Talk Weight
The FLOTUS says she won't discuss weight with her daughters. Read More »
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Today President Barack Obama and FLOTUS Michelle visited with troops in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After listening to a rousing introduction from the First Lady, President Obama noted that Michelle was both a remarkable first lady and also “cute.” Aw! He then advised the male soldiers that “Gentlemen, that’s your goal, to marry up. Punch above your weight.” [Mediaite]

The Thing About Ostrich Penises

Oh, the things I learn in a day of trolling the interweb for penis stories. Today, oh glorious day, I learned that the ostrich hard-on, unlike other bird erections, is of the blood vascular variety as opposed to a lymphatic type. If you are learned in the science realm, then you’ll know that reptiles and humans (proud members of the mammal family) also get blood vascular erections. Meaning blood flows to the penis and makes it hard. Interesting point being that ostriches may be the evolutionary erection link in the penile tree. Other important discovery: the most common form of bird sex is known as the “cloacal kiss.” This is when the girl and boy birds touch their cloaca (the small all-purpose orifices in the butt region) together so sperm can pass. In conclusion, I mostly just wrote this post to freak Amelia out. She hates birds and their penises. [io9]

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

  • The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
  • Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
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