Any story of rape, whether it happens to a man, woman or child, is horrific and tragic. This particular story has the distinction of being horrific, tragic and weird: three women in Zimbabwe have been charged with sexually assaulting male hitchhikers and collecting condoms filled with semen. The women had 33 jizz-laden condoms, which police say were acquired during 17 different sexual assaults over the past two years.
So, what the hell is going on? Keep reading »
Whether or not you believe Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a hotel maid in New York City this spring (and I, personally, believe that he did), we can all agree the former head of the International Monetary Fund is a sleazy dude. Not long after he was accused by Nafissatou Diallo, a Guinean immigrant, of forcing her to perform oral sex, a French journalist named Tristane Banon spoke out and said Strauss-Kahn attempted to rape her back in 2003 when she came to interview him at a Paris apartment. Not too long after, the French newspaper Le Parisien reported that Air France had an unofficial policy of only allowing men to work in first class when Strauss-Kahn flew because he routinely sexually harassed their stewardesses, like the time he allegedly told one woman, “What a nice ass!” So I’m not too surprised to read on Slate.com that France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper claims the ex-IMF chief has allegedly been linked to a French prostitution ring. Keep reading »
“People have gotten very afraid of women’s non-violent protest. Where no one paid attention before, and saw women as ‘toothless bulldogs,’ today you see the Jenni Williams and Jestina Mukokos of Zimbabwe being arrested as soon as they step out. They haven’t done anything that we did not do. There is [now] this recognition that, hmm, these ‘toothless bulldogs’ have some power and if we don’t stop what they’re doing we’re going to get in trouble. Every time a group of women decide they’re going to protest, the entire government is uneasy. So that’s the first thing. But the second thing is there is a global conversation going on that there is no way that peace can be negotiated, there is no way we can move from conflict to peace without the roles, the ideas, the unique skills and capacities of women.”
– Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee on the political power of women. Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work organizing the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, in war-torn Liberia. The movement is widely credited with helping bring the country’s longstanding civil war to an end. Watch her harrowing story, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” on Tuesday at 10 p.m. on PBS, part of the channel’s 5-part “Women, War and Peace” series.
Occupy Wall Street. Afghanistan. Iraq. Unemployment. Self-absorbed health editors. The cancellation of “Charlie’s Angels.” Everybody is having a lot of feelings right now, about a lot different things. There’s a crapload of feelings juice being jizzed out all over the place. Are you jizzing feelings juice? Are you getting jizzed on? Keep reading »
First dates can be awkward, so it’s good to find common interests, like long walks on the beach or petty crime.
Florida police arrested two teenagers last week for allegedly attempting a “dine-and-ditch” after the couple enjoyed their first date.
Authorities say that Devin Norling, 18, and Sydney Sanders, 19, were just finishing up their meal at the Indian River Mall T.G.I. Friday’s when they began plotting to avoid the $25.16 bill, the TCPalm reports. Read more…