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Parents Arrested For Disciplining Daughter With A Medieval Duel

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Talk about old-fashioned parenting. Freemon Everett Seay and Julie Seay, from Washington State, were arrested for going Medieval on their 16-year-old daughter. When they found out she had gone to a party without their permission, she was beaten with a tree branch and forced to dress in armor and fight her stepfather with a wooden sword, duel-style, while her mother watched. Freemon and Julie may be Renaissance enthusiasts (like they’re literally part of a group that does Renaissance LARPing), but authorities do not endorse this antediluvian style of discipline.  In modern times, we call this child abuse. Good thing they don’t actually exist in Medieval times or else they’d be getting the guillotine. [MSNBC]

In Real-Life “Notebook” Tragedy, Couple Dies Holding Hands

Well, this is the most tragically romantic story you’ll certainly read all week. Last week, Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90 — who lived together for 72 years – were involved in a car accident and died one hour apart, holding hands in adjoining hospital beds. 

“They always did everything together,” their daughter said. “They weren’t apart. They just weren’t.”

Following the car crash, Gordon passed away first, but his heart monitor continued to register a beat. “It was really strange,” said their son. “They were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going. But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that’s because they were holding hands and it’s going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up.” Norma died an hour later. [ABC News]

Today’s Lady News: Happy Love Your Body Day!

  • Happy Love Your Body Day! It’s unfortunate that Love Your Body Day was overshadowed on The Frisky by this ugliness, but it’s never too late to turn on a positive note!  [Feministing]
  • Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow said the parents who allowed their 11-year-old daughter Tammy to take hormone blockers to delay the onset of (male) puberty and the irreversible changes it entails need “psychological evaluations.” Ablow has also referred to trans people in the past as having “psychotic delusions” and being “toxic.” [Think Progress]
  • An Oklahoma judge has temporarily blocked a law set to go into effect on November 1 that would restrict the way doctors could prescribe abortion-inducing drugs. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Poop Happens: Do You Poop At Work?

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I want to talk about a very important subject–one near and dear to all of our colons and butts. Pooping. And specifically, pooping at work. There are some of us who feel unable to poop at work. And then there are those of us (RAISES HAND) who do not understand how some people have the mental and physical wherewithal to NOT poop at work. As a workplace pooper, I think it remarkable that some of my colleagues and friends have the willpower and physical control to save the pooping until they get home. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: What White Men Can Do For Feminism

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  • One concrete, important thing that white males can do to further the feminist cause is to refuse to speak on panels comprised of all-white men, writes Cord Jefferson at the web site GOOD.is. Conference organizers are not always fantastic about asking a diverse group of panelists to speak; panels filled with all white dudes, or just all dudes, are sadly too common. But if white males refused to commit to speaking unless women and/or people of color are added, Jefferson writes, this problem could eventually be solved. What do we think of this proposition? [GOOD] Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Watch Two Elderly Lesbians Arrested Over Love

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Is there anything cuter than an old married couple who are still in love? Reverend Kathryn Cartledge and Elizabeth Eve have 30 years together, but cannot be legally married in their home state because of bigotry against gays. This ‘We Do’ campaign video of the North Carolinian lesbians applying for a marriage license and then holding a sit-in at the clerk’s office until they get arrested has me wiping the tears off my cheeks. Have tissues handy when you watch it! [Queerty] Keep reading »

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