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Today’s Lady News: On The Texas Cheerleader Forced To Cheer For Her Rapist

  • We’ve long been following the story of the Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a student athlete who sexually assaulted her. Hillaire, of Sislbee, Texas, was 16 years old when she was raped in October 2008 by fellow student Rakheem Bolton, then 17, at a party. Bolton and three other boys removed her clothes and locked the door; a friend outside the door heard Hillaire saying “No!” and “Stop!” That friend kicked the door open to find Hillaire on the floor crying; three of the four boys had broken a window and fled. That same night, the owner of the house called 911 to report a rape. Despite all this, Rakheem Bolton initially claimed the sex was consensual, fueling rumors she was embarrassed because he is black and she is white. Rakheem Bolton eventually plead guilty to assault, but continued playing on the Silsbee basketball team. (Never mind that under Texas law, neither a minor nor someone who is intoxicated can legally consent to sex.) Four months later when it came time to cheer for the basketball team, Hillaire refused. Her coach told her she had to cheer “for everyone” or leave. So she left. She was then kicked off the cheerleading squad, which prompted her father to file several lawsuits against the school district, the superintendant and the principal. All lawsuits were unsuccessful and — if all this is not crazy enough — one ruling declared that Hillarie and her family had to reimburse the school district for legal fees. If it’s any consolation, an appeals court ruled this week that Hillaire and her family are not required to pay the entire $35,000 in fees. I don’t know about you, but that hardly seems like something to celebrate. I heartily encourage you to read this Daily Beast piece, because it is fantastic — as well as heartbreaking. [The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine]

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Comment Of The Day: We Heart You, TheFriskyPixie!

The comment thread on my post “Woman Won’t Leave The House Because She’s Afraid Of Gays” was a gas, but this comment by TheFriskyPixie had us laughing aloud and we couldn’t let the day end without calling attention to it:

“Let’s see, seven kids plus her and her husband … that makes nine people… and if at least ten percent of the pop is…. OMG teh gayz is coming from inside the house!!!!!!!”

Bwahahahaha! Good one, TheFriskyPixie. We wish we had some kinda prize or something to give you. If you feel like flying to New York City, swing by the offices and we’ll take you out for a drink. (With our gay BFFs, of course.) Keep reading »

A Seal Of A Different Shade Is Shunned

Take a look at that face. How could you not love that face? And yet, this little seal pup was left all by his lonesome, abandoned and blind on a deserted beach in Tyuleniy Island, Russia. He was spotted by photographer Anatoly Strakhov, who noted that his blindness would mean that he’d likely be unable to survive in the wild. Thankfully, the animal was taken in by a local marine life group. Was he shunned because of his rare auburn fur? Sigh. Poor gingers don’t get any respect. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

What Do Gordon Ramsay, A Porn Star Dwarf & A Badger Have In Common?

Let’s untangle this incomprehensible headline together — word by word. First off, I should tell you that Gordon Ramsay has nothing to do with this story. It’s actually about Percy Foster, the little person Gordon Ramsay look-a-like who starred in such X-rated films as “Hi Ho Hi-Ho, It’s Up Your Arse We Go.” Okay, now here comes the gory part. Percy’s body was discovered in a badger’s den, partially eaten by the creatures. Well … I’m speechless. [Radar] Keep reading »

Woman Won’t Leave The House Because She’s Afraid Of Gays

It’s a scary world out there! Hot coffee can be spilled. Butt sweat simmers on the bus seat. Sometimes there is old, lint-covered gum on the wall of a Gap changing room. And on top of those horrors of daily life, the American suburbs are teeming with gays.

Stacy Trasancos of Massachusetts, where gay marriage is legal, knows this terror all too well. This poor, victimized individual recently wrote on her blog that she won’t be leaving her house — where she is a stay-at-home mother of seven! — because she is afraid of gay people. Keep reading »

T-Mobile Won’t Release Brooklyn Rapist’s Contact Information — UPDATE

UPDATE, 2:40p.m.: Anti-street harassment group Hollaback! has announced that T-Mobile responded to the Change.org petition and provided the requested phone numbers to the NYPD. Thank you, T-Mobile, for doing the right thing. [Hollaback!]

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T-Mobile has the ability to provide police with the phone number for a rapist who sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman inside a car in Brooklyn. But despite a police subpoena, T-Mobile has refused to hand over the phone number — which could possibly get this rapist off the streets — by claiming it would violate the “privacy” of their customers.

In the meantime, the rapist(s) (possibly looking like this or like this or like this) is still at large. An investigator for the NYPD told the Brooklyn Paper that two or three individuals may be involved. Keep reading »

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