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Serena Williams Gets Fined, Again, Bringing Her Tab Above $93,000

On Sunday night, Serena Williams was not pleased with a line judge at the US Open. During a match against Sam Stosur, Williams got frustrated and snapped at said judge, “You’re out of control … You’re a hater, and you’re just unattractive inside … Really, don’t even look at me.” These words were pretty tame for Serena—I can just imagine a coach doing drills with her to practice saying “unattractive inside” instead of an expletive. But still, she was given a $2,000 fine for the incident. So does Serena regret her words? “I don’t even remember what I said. It was just so intense out there,” she explained. “I guess I’ll see it on YouTube.” [Newser]

Oh, but this is not the first time Serena has been fined. After the jump, a full rundown. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dick Cheney Supports Gay Marriage On “The View”

  • Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney appeared on “The View” this morning and voiced their support for gay marriage. The Cheneys have a daughter who is a lesbian and partnered with two kids. He said, “I think freedom means freedom for everybody and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation.” We agree on something?!? Get the smelling salts, Amelia! I’m going to faint! [YouTube via Think Progress]
  • On Serena Williams and fear of the “angry black woman.” [Feministing]
  • Do you find the term “wifey” offensive? To be honest, I hadn’t given it any thought. [Essence]

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Today’s Lady News: Why Does The Female Orgasm Exist?

  • We know it’s fun — but does the female orgasm serve a biological purpose? It could be argued either way! Blogger Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon attempts to explain what’s up with what goes on down there. [Salon]
  • A North Carolina House of Representatives committee has advanced a bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the state. [WRAL]
  • Remember Krystal Ball, the Virginia congressional candidate whose campaign was smeared with risqué photos of her and her ex-husband holding a sex toy? Ball now has an enviable career as a professional political pundit on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. [Washington Post]

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Want: Glow-In-The-Dark AIDS-Proof Cats

We like kittens, and glow-in-the-dark things, and also things that fight AIDS, so the fact that science (!) has managed to create a cat that is all of those things at once just warms our hearts. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, genetically engineered the glow-in-the-dark cats by modifying cat cells with those from expressed antiviral proteins taken from rhesus monkeys, which have been known to block HIV and feline AIDS. Preliminary results found that the genes did in fact provide protection against the virus. What’s more, the genetic protection — and the cool glow-in-the-dark side effect — was passable from mother cat to kitten. So, researchers are hoping that they’ll be able to help prevent feline AIDS in kitties, and can use some of that research to figure out ways to combat AIDS in humans, too. So, yup, science is way cool. [Live Science] Keep reading »

Gays Are “More Dangerous” Than Terrorism, Says Wackadoodle Politician

“Which has destroyed and ended the life of more people? Terrorism attack here in America or HIV/AIDS? In the last 20 years, 15 to 20 years, we’ve had maybe three terrorist attacks on our soil with a little over 5,000 people regrettably losing their lives. In the same time frame, there have been hundreds of thousands who have died because of having AIDS. So which one’s the biggest threat? And you know, every day our young people…they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural. It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean. It’s more dangerous, and yes I think that it’s also more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.”

— That’s Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R), who is quite a sensitive and thoughtful lady. You heard it here first, folks: the cast of “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” is more dangerous than al-Qaeda! Someone needs to inform Rep. Kern that lots of people who contract HIV are not gay. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Our Recollections From 9/11: Kate

It’s been 10 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and we continue to feel very real aftershocks. In the hours, days and weeks following the tragedy, no one could imagine how much our world would change—how our concepts of peace and freedom would shift and morph, and how our sense of national security and global terror were irrevocably changed. The Frisky staff took the time to share our personal experiences of 9/11, and hope that this will inspire you to recall your own feelings and experiences in the comments. We see this as an opportunity to remember, memorialize and come together, and we hope you’ll join us. So far, we’ve heard from Amelia, Ami, Jessica, and Julie. Finally, here is Kate’s.
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