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Legendary Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dead At Age 85

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Joe Paterno, the “winningest coach in college football,” who was forced to retire from his position as head coach of Penn State’s football team following the Jerry Sandusky/child rape scandal, has died at the age of 85. Paterno announced he had lung cancer just days after leaving his post at Penn State and his health deteriorated quickly. Some will remember him for his winning record and deep commitment to his school and team; others won’t be able to forget how he allowed that allegiance to a game and institution take precedence over the lives of innocent children. Both would likely agree that his passing comes too soon. He is survived by his wife Sue, five children, and 17 grandchildren. [CBS News, NBC Sports]

Whitney Cummings Defends Lana Del Rey’s Right To Be A Human Being Who Makes Mistakes

Lana Bombs "SNL"
Lana Del Rey was overly husky, nasal and out of key on "SNL." Read More »
Whitney On "Whitney"
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Whitney Cummings on her new sitcom. Read More »
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We love Lana Del Rey's sultry song "Video Games." Read More »

The interwebsphere is a buzz with Lana Del Rey post SNL hatred. I just thought I would do something I never do and give my opinion on it. (irony)

I have many random thoughts. First, everybody calm down. It’s a little troubling that when a young girl fails at something that we keep kicking her why she is down. I get very protective of girls, especially young performers, because they live a hard, emotionally challenging, often physically challenging life where you are constantly given reasons to be insecure and have panic attacks. I totally get the stuff about her not deserving to be there and I don’t mean to insult musicians in any way if that’s how they feel obviously, but this is an opportunity to show us how hard being a performer is so maybe they can all be cut some slack. Flack?  I think we take our performers for granted. It’s super fucking hard to entertain people and it takes a lot of work. 

– Whitney Cummings took to her Tumblr on Thursday to defend Lana Del Rey’s right to be a human being who performed poorly on live TV for three whole minutes. Quel horreur! Whitney’s spot-on assessment about how the pile-on is a mix of jealousy and pretty-girl-hatred (which Whit knows a thing or two about), after the jump: Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sunday Is The 39th Anniversary Of Roe Vs. Wade

  • Sunday, January 22, will be the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, which essentially legalized abortion across the country. Here’s a list of events, both online and offline, held throughout the next several days. [Feminist.org]
  • Wal-Mart has named Rosalind Brewer the president/CEO of Sam’s Club, which is the first time the company has had a woman and an African-American heading one of its properties. [Madame Noire]
  • Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial signing of a law which legally protects transgender folks from discrimination in housing, education and employment.  (The bill actually went into law last year.) [Colorlines]
  • The incredible Jessica Valenti, co-founder of the blog Feministing.com, was on “Anderson” this afternoon discussing Purity Balls and  American’s obsession with virginity. [AndersonCooper.com]
  • On why we can’t let our talk of Paula Deen’s recent diabetes diagnosis slip into schaudenfreude. [Chow.com via Bitch Magazine]
  • The fabulous blogger Sady Doyle on why we should be worried if Michelle Obama didn’t get angry from time to time. [In These Times]
  • A high school in Draper, Utah, may not call its sports teams “the Cougars” because that would be offensive to older women who have sex with younger men. Plus one for being thoughtful, I guess?  [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Military Announces New Strategies To Deal With Sexual Assaults

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New "Rape" Definition
A new definition of rape has been approved by the FBI. Read More »
Rape Checklist
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A handy checklist of things that cause rape. Read More »
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File this one under It’s About Time: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military is implementing new strategies to prevent sexual assaults and improve their current system for responding to sex crimes. According to official data, there were 3,191 reported sexual assaults in 2011; however, these crimes so often go unreported that Panetta and his team estimate the actual number to be astronomically higher — closer to 19,000. The new plan includes better training for victims’ advocates, increased funding for investigators, and an improved data system to compile sexual assault information across different branches of the military. While these changes aren’t necessarily revolutionary, it is a sign that the armed forces are taking sexual assaults more seriously, and that’s a step in the right direction. [The Raw Story]

This Week In Sex: Mustang Ranch Will Be The Ritz-Carlton Of Brothels & How To Spot A Porn Star

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  • One of the most famous brothels ever, the Mustang Ranch, is looking to become “the Ritz-Carlton of whorehouses.” [Huffington Post]
  • This couple plans to keep their marriage on track with a sexual prenup. Well, that’s one way to do it. [The Stir]
  • Fairytale themed sex toys are the new, hot thing. Because who doesn’t want to think of “Alice In Wonderland” while getting their happy ending. Get it? Happy ending! [LA Weekly]
  • Everything you need to know about committing “dormcest.” It sounds worse than it is, I promise. [College Candy] Keep reading »

And It’s Not Even “Take Your Child To Work Day”

Ani On Motherhood
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Ani Di Franco says being a mother has only made her more radical. Read More »
Stefon On Mother's Day
Where "SNL"'s Stefon suggest you take mom! Watch »
Frisky Parenting!
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All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
Licia Ronzulli baby in Parliament photo

This is apparently a year-old photo, but I still love it: Licia Ronzulli, a European member of Parliament, brought her then-seven-week-daughter Victoria to work in Strasbourg, and held her in a sling while working. I am not suggesting that everyone should bring their baby to the office, or anyone, really. (I love me some babies, but Ami is loud enough for this office already, thank you.) But I do love the image of a new mother working and caring for her child.

Of course this happened in Europe, not the U.S. We’re still too busy fighting about whether or not health care insurers should be covering the cost of birth control

[Daily Mail UK via Facebook.com] Keep reading »

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