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Today’s Lady News: Army Appoints First Black Female Two-Star General

Today's Lady News
  • The US Army has appointed Gen. Marcia Anderson as its first-ever black female two-star general. Gen. Anderson is already the highest-ranking woman in the Army. Congratulations! [The Grio]
  • A federal judge has refused to block a law in Kansas that limits the availability of insurance coverage for abortions. The law, which went into effect in July, forbids health insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion in their basic plans. The judge claimed the ACLU failed to prove how the KS legislature intentionally approved the law to make it more difficult for women to have abortions. [New York Times]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama held a press conference this week with the National Science Foundation about the Career-Life Balance Initiative, which is aimed at women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The initiative seeks to aid women who want to advance in these male-dominated fields while also raising families. I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who work in engineering, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this! [The Mary Sue] Keep reading »

NYC Cops Warn Against Shorts & Skirts To Avoid Serial Rapist

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A gift from me to you, A Handy-Dandy Guide On Things Not To Do If You’re A Cop — Or Anyone — Talking To Women About Sexual Assault When A Serial Rapist Is Afoot:

  1. Suggest that wearing a skirt, shorts, or dress is just asking for it.
  2. That’s it.

Unfortunately, the NYPD did not get that memo. Women in areas of Brooklyn — which has been ground zero for a serial rapist/groper throughout the spring,  summer and fall — report that NYPD officers have stopped them on the street and offered unsolicited victim-blaming sartorial advice. One 25-year-old who identified herself as Lauren to the Wall Street Journalsaid she was stopped by a cop while wearing shorts. “He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?’” Lauren told the WSJ. “He pointed at [other women's] dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin. He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had ‘easy access.’”

Oh, for f**k’s sake.

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Dating Site For Vegetarians Lets In (Gasp) Meat Eaters

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I have been a vegetarian for, oh, most of my life. Yet, only once have I dated another vegetarian. I won’t lie—it was very convenient. When we went out for dinner, we could always split dishes. And I appreciated not getting the verbal poking and prodding as to why I’m a vegetarian and what I’m missing out on, something my meat-eating paramours have all tended to do. (For the record, even if you don’t get it, it’s important to me. It isn’t something I plan on changing.) Still, I wouldn’t say that I’d prefer to date vegetarians. It’s just one of those things that doesn’t rank on my scale of Things That Really Matter.

But that probably isn’t true, however, for people who join the British online dating site, Veggiedates. The homepage shows a woman feeding a dude a slice of a pepper with chopsticks, and it claims to be a place for “single vegetarian men and women looking for love.” But the site is in some hot water. Because while vegetarians were paying the membership fees, the site actually uses a shared database with many other, non veggie-focused sites. Meaning that the majority of potential matches on the site are actually meat eaters.

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9 Terrible Toilet Tales

A Washington, DC woman got caught with her pants down when the toilet she was using exploded suddenly. Apparently, a mechanical failure of epic proportions was triggered by her flush. She was rushed to the hospital with serious, not non-life threatening injuries. Well, this doesn’t give me any sort of anxiety about flushing. At. All. Let this story be a lesson to us all: flush with caution. Scary stuff can happen anywhere, even on the crapper. Click through to see some of the craziest toilet tales of all time. [Newslite]

Campus Confidential: The Roommate

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I suspect that it is a universal (and perverse) hobby of college upperclassmen and graduates alike to terrify rising freshman with cautionary roommate stories of horror. This past summer, it  seemed like all I had to do was mention the fact that I was about to start college and aforementioned upperclassmen/graduates would inquire about my roommate situation. Did I request a roommate? Did I know who she was? Until a couple of weeks before I left for school, the answers were always “no” and “I did not.” Apparently, these honest answers were basically invitations to terrify me with stories of the ill-adjusted and insane human beings assigned to live with whomever I might have been talking to. So, believe me, I was prepared for the worst.

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Oh Hey, Just Some Robots Having Sex, No Biggie

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In my nightmares, this is what the future of mankind looks like. Like, 347 years from now, the aliens are going to come and turn us all into cyborgs and force us to act out our archaic sexual practices in museums. (This is actually a window display at a Russian department store. I have no idea what it’s selling.) [Copyranter]

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