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Strippers, Guns & Booty Shaking: Behold, The Most Offensive Political Ad Ever


Strippers, guns, rap music, booty shaking, gangstas … why, it’s the most offensive, sexist, racist political ad you’ve ever seen. This NSFW commercial called “Hahn’s Homeboyz” begins to criticize Janice Hahn, a Los Angeles City Councilwoman running for a Democratic Congressional seat, for her proposal to use “taxpayer money” to hire former gang members in prison “so they could rape and kill again!” I mean, so they could teach current gang members how to quit the life. Which, uh, actually doesn’t sound like a bad idea, when you think about it.

But no matter. There’s race-baiting to be had. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: North Carolina To De-Fund Planned Parenthood

  • Planned Parenthood clinics in North Carolina will lose their federal and state money as of July 1 after Republican state representatives overrode a veto by NC’s Governor Bev Perdue. NC follows Indiana and Kansas in defunding Planned Parenthood over outrage that tax money goes to clinics that perform abortions (even if the actual funds are not used on abortions themselves). I guess these politicians think the women whose cancer screenings, STD testing and Pap smears will be adversely affected are just collateral damage? [Huffington Post]
  • A gay judge’s ruling on same-sex marriage — that California’s ban on gay marriage should be abolished — was upheld by a federal judge on Tuesday. Supporters of the ban say former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself or let the court know that he was gay and stood to benefit from his own ruling. [
    • Hold on to your testicles, boys! Liberal women are "neutering American men." Or so says the Tea Party's Rep. Allen West of Florida. [Think Progress]
    • Iranian-American journalist Azadeh Moaveni (and author of the amazing memoir Lipstick Jihad) asks if the Islamic veil has to be a symbol of patriarchy or could it also be a symbol of Muslim feminism? [TIMETIME]
    • Dios mio: anti-abortion billboards are now targeting Latinas. [Ms. Magazine]
    • Tracy Morgan’s five-step guide on how to get lesbians and gays to stop hating him after his recent verbal diarrhea. [Queerty]
    • Riot grrl Kathleen Hanna is reviving her old solo project as a new five-piece band, the Julie Ruin. [Pitchfork]

    INTERNATIONAL

    • Ayat al Qurmezi, a 20-year-old girl, was beaten, threatened with rape, and imprisoned for one year because she dared to read her own protest poetry in public. [McClatchy DC]
    • Good news, randy Brits: the number of diagnosed STDs has dropped! It’s a measly one percent … but hey, it’s still a drop. [BBC]

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Juror Faces Jail Time For Friend Requesting Defendant

Things not to do if you are a juror in a high profile case: friend request the defendant on Facebook. That’s exactly what British woman Joanne Fraill did and the action may just land her in jail for being in contempt of court. Fraill was a juror in a drug case with four defendants. After one of them was acquitted—a 34-year-old woman named Jamie Sewart—Fraill found her on Facebook and struck up a conversation. Apparently, she felt for Sewart. Keep reading »

How Much Do We Really Need To Know About Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Sexual Assault Accuser?

How much does the world need to know about the woman who has accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault? Where she’s from? The years of schooling she had? Her romantic liaisons and sex life?

The New York Times did not name the alleged victim. But an article published yesterday provided lots of details on the personal life of the Guinean immigrant who works as a housekeeper at the Sofitel hotel in New York City until she accused the then-chief of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault. She was born in a mud hut without running water or electricity, married off to a cousin as a teenager, and doesn’t speak English.

On the one hand, the Times piece gives us insight into just how humble this woman’s life has been, which makes the accusations against Strauss-Kahn’s look all the more horrible. But on the other hand, what purpose do any details about her personal life really serve? Keep reading »

Should I Be Embarrassed To Buy Tampons?

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I just had the strangest thing happen. About 10 minutes ago, I ran to the drugstore to buy a box of tampons, picking up the latest copy of Us Weekly while I was at it. After I paid, the cashier folded the magazine around the outside of the tampon box and stuck them both in a plastic bag. Then she lowered her voice discreetly and said, “Sorry, that’s the best I can do — we’re out of paper bags.” In other words, “When you walk out of the store, someone might notice that you have just purchased tampons which may lead them to assume you are bleeding from your vagina. I am sorry I can’t do anything to prevent this embarrassment from occurring.” Keep reading »

Mildred Baena, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Former Mistress, Gives Her First Interview

It was only a matter of time before Mildred “Patty” Baena, the woman suspected of carrying Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child, talked to the press. She has given her first interview to an unusual source, the UK’s Hello magazine. In the article, Mildred explains that she didn’t know right off the bat that her 13-year-old son, Joseph, was Arnold’s son. “It was as Joseph grew and I started to see the resemblance that I wondered. It became more apparent as time went on,” she said.

So how did she break the news to Joseph? Keep reading »

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