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Today’s Lady News: Herman Cain’s Wife Gloria Cain Stands By Her Man

Today's Lady News
  • Gloria Cain, wife of GOP presidential nominee wannabe Herman Cain, is standing by her man in the face of sexual harassment accusations by numerous women. [The Daily Beast]
  • Chelsea Clinton has been hired as a special correspondent for NBC doing segments for “Making A Difference” about people who do good in the world. [The Stir]
  • Oprah Winfrey received an honorary Oscar this weekend called the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. [Essence
  • Six ways to help your daughter deal with sex-based harassment on the street and at school. [The Good Men Project] Keep reading »

Swedish Principal Tells Teen Rape Victim That “Guys Do This Kind Of Thing”

Sexual Assault Joke
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Esquire magazine tweets a joke about sexual assault. Ha? Read More »
Rape Checklist
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A handy checklist of things that cause rape. Read More »
Rape Jokes On Facebook
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Joking about raping women is cool with Facebook. Read More »
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You’re on notice, Sweden. You are supposed to be the land of gender equality, meatballs and easy-to-assemble LACK coffee tables. So what is this about a school principal telling a teenaged student who was raped that “guys do this kind of thing, you have to get used to it?” Keep reading »

Vegetables Are For Sissies, Says Herman Cain

Cain Getting Handsy?
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Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women. Read More »
"Princess Nancy"
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Herman Cain called Pelosi "Princess Nancy" during a debate. Read More »
Anita Hill Joke
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Herman Cain joked about Anita Hill, because that's appropriate. Read More »
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GQ: What can you tell about a man by the type of pizza that he likes?

Herman Cain: [repeats the question aloud, then pauses for a long moment] The more toppings a man has on his pizza, I believe the more manly he is.

GQ: Why is that?

Cain: Because the more manly man is not afraid of abundance. [laughs]

GQ: Is that purely a meat question?

Cain: A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.

– Herman Cain took a moment from maybe-sexually harassing any woman in an arm’s length to answer some questions about pizza for GQ. After all, he is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza. And people say this man shouldn’t be president! [GQ via Mediaite]

Katie Roiphe’s NYT Op-Ed Dismissive That Sexual Harassment Actually Exists

Street Harassment App
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A new iPhone app tracks where street harassment occurs. Read More »
Sexist Beliefs
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Sexist beliefs are passed down more from mothers than fathers, study finds. Read More »
Citibank Sex Harassment
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A banker says her employer, Citibank, told her she was "too sexy." Read More »
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As my 68-year-old, Fox News-watching, Republican-voting father tells it, once upon a time you could compliment a woman in the workplace. You were allowed say “nice dress” or “you look nice today” and it was not a big deal. Everyone would smile pleasantly and go back to clacking on their typewriters. Then the ’70s came along. Hairy-pitted fists were raised and all of a sudden you were afraid to say “nice earrings” out of fear you’d be thrown in the pokey. Or, as the tone of his voice insinuated,  you’d be accused of “sexual harassment.”

I wish I were exaggerating this narrative, but I am not: it’s a real conversation I had with my dad last weekend when we chatted about the accusations against Herman Cain. I also wish that the New York Times op-ed written by Katie Roiphe had not misrepresented sexual harassment as boneheaded-ly as my nearly-septugenarian father does. But, sadly, that really happened also. Keep reading »

Buffalo High School Football Coach Pat Lynch Resigns Over “Hurt Feelings Report”

What Not To Say
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10 things not to say to a guy watching football. Read More »
How To Watch Football
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John DeVore explains how to enjoy the most American of sports. Read More »
Depressed Men
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Threats to masculinity lead to depressed men. Read More »
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Pat Lynch, the head football coach of Buffalo High School in Wyoming, resigned recently after handing out homophobic and sexist “hurt feelings reports” to players asking them if they were a “pussy,” “a queer,” “a little bitch,” have “woman like hormones” (sic) and a litany of other puerile options. The report reads:

“We, as a company, take hurt feelings very seriously. If you don’t have a mommy that can give you a hug and make it all better, please let your supervisor know and we can provide you with a surrogate. If you need them, diapers, midol (sic) and a ‘blanky’ can also be supplied.”

At the very bottom of the report are three places for signatures which read “Name little sissy filing report,” “Girly-man signature,” and “real-man (sic) signature (person being accused).”

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Penn State Scandal: Even The Devil Is Disgusted

Paterno Fired
The students who are protesting need a reality check. Read More »
Mother Speaks
The mom of Victim 1 speaks for the first time. Read More »
Penn State Abuse
Reactions to the Penn State sexual abuse against boys is galling. Read More »
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  • The Devil appeared on “Saturday Night Live”‘s “Weekend Update” and quit his job upon learning the details of the Penn State scandal. Because people who rape children (and people who protect child rapists!) are the kind of evil even the Devil wants nothing to do with. [Hulu]
  • Did you know that Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach who is accused of child sexual assault on eight minors, was released on a mere $100,000 unsecured bail? Which he doesn’t have to pay unless he fails to show up for a court hearing? And that, despite the prosecutor’s request, he doesn’t have to wear a leg monitor? Hmm, wonder if this gentle treatment has anything to do with the fact that the judge, Leslie Dutchcot, is a volunteer with The Second Mile? You know, the children’s charity that Sandusky set up and used as a way of meeting his victims. [Deadspin]
  • A friend of mine — also the husband of one of my dearest friends and the father of my favorite honorary “niece” – owns a very popular swimming school for children in New York City. He has written a compelling blog post about what responsibility coaches hold both on and off the field (and in and out of the pool). [Cap And Goggles] Keep reading »
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