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12-Year-Old Boy Delivers Baby Brother, Is Probably Scarred For Life

Things a 12-year-old boy should not have to see up-close: his mother’s vagina, specifically his mother’s vagina while giving birth. Gaelen Edwards saw stuff that most boys his age have never seen. When his mother Danielle started crowning, he had no choice but to delivered his baby brother, Caynan, at home. “I said, ‘Gaelan, when I push next, I need you to grab the baby by the shoulders and I need you to pull him out.’ And he — just like by instinct, I couldn’t even believe it — grabbed the baby by the shoulders, with the head on his wrist, and eased him out, kind of wriggled him from side to side, and pulled him onto the bed,” said Danielle. Good thing Gaelen had been reading all those medical books and watching hospital dramas in his spare time. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Pledge

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Rick Perry signed an anti-abortion pledge with several scary provisions: were he to be elected he would nominate anti-abortion judges, appoint only anti-abortion appointees, push to defund Planned Parenthood, and sign something called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which is about a scientifically sound as an episode of “Dr. Who.” [Think Progress]
  • Young conservative women are not pleased they were categorized in an Elle article as “baby Palins.” [Daily Caller]
  • Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) spoke at a women’s health rally on behalf of Planned Parenthood and she has “never felt my right as a woman was more threatened than I do today,” before urging the crowd, “Tell the governor to stop playing politics with women’s health.” [Florida Independent]
  • Who’s on top of Forbes’ annual World’s Most Powerful Women list? [Forbes]

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Would You Want Women-Only Subway Cars To Stop Sexual Harassment?

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I had a particularly delightful experience this morning while bounding down the subway steps into the station. A young man, probably about 20, was sitting on the bottom steps next to the handrail in the middle. As I clip-clopped down the stairs past him, he purposefully tilted his head around, focusing on my bare legs, and peered up my short, summery dress. On the train platform, I turned around to glare at him and he stared vacantly back at me, as if to say “Yeah?”, which was super-creepy. I walked down the platform, where I saw a cop, and told him that a guy sitting on the steps had looked up my dress and perhaps the cop might want to keep an eye on him. When I tried to point out where this creeper had been sitting, I saw he’d left.

So, I read with interest this morning that Seoul, South Korea, is looking to reintroduce female-only subway cars in its transportation system in September to fight sexual harassment and sexual assault. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: All Charges Dismissed Against Dominique Strauss Kahn

  • All criminal charges for sexual assault against Dominique Strauss Kahn, former head of the IMF, were dismissed by a judge today. Prosecutors said that they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that DSK had sexually assaulted hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo in his New York City hotel room because Diallo was found to have lied about numerous items on her immigration asylum application, including a gang rape in her home country of Guinea. Diallo’s lawyer has accused the Manhattan DA’s office of “abandon[ing] an innocent woman.” Meanwhile, Diallo still has a civil lawsuit pending against DSK in the Bronx, where she lives. [NY Times]
  • The number of women working as writers on primetime broadcast TV shows dropped to 15 percent last year from 29 percent during the 2009-2010 season, according to a study at San Diego State University. Among women directors on such TV shows, the numbers dropped to 11 percent from 16 percent. Women appeared as 41 percent of all on-air characters, a slight two-percent drop from the year before. [Los Angeles]
  • Another New York City police officer has been arrested on rape charges: off-duty cop Michael Pena, 27, is accused of asking a woman for directions, showing her his gun, and then raping her in a backyard. [WNYC]

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Two Girls, One Pizza Pie

Well this world record looks like a fun one. Erin O’Keefe and Amy Milano endeavored to take the Guinness World Record RecordSetter.com title for Most Tandem Pizza Slice Face Slaps in 15 Seconds. Very creative! Watch as they accomplish a grand total of 174 tandem slice slaps. Adds a whole new meaning to the term “pizza face.” All that grease couldn’t have been good for their complexions. [Dooby Brain]

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Earthquake Rocks East Coast

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Virginia, sending ripples from Washington, D.C. to New York City to Boston to Cleveland, around 1:50 p.m. this afternoon. The whole Frisky office here in NYC started shaking. We initially thought it was Amelia’s breakfast burrito getting the better of her, but now we know the truth: several of us just lived through our first earthquake! We’re hoping all Frisky readers and their loved ones are OK. Feel free to share with us any earthquake-related stories in the comments.

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