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Professional Tennis Star, Born A Hermaphrodite, Ignites Controversy

Germany’s Sarah Gronert is a professional tennis player who competes on the same level as the Williams sisters and Maria Sharipova. The thing is, Gronert was born with both male and female sex organs (i.e. she’s a hermaphrodite), though she had surgery a few years ago to remove the male genitalia. Her story ignited controversy in her own country and within the professional tennis world, but she was able to plead her case with the WTA (the group that oversees the sport) so that she could continue to play among her female peers. But her critics believe that the fact that she was born both as a man and a woman gives her an unfair advantage competing against women. “There is no girl who can hit serves like that, not even Venus Williams,” said Schlomo Tzoref, who coaches rival player. “When I heard her story, I was in shock. I don’t know if it’s fair that she can compete or not. She does have an advantage, but if this is what the WTA have decided, they probably know best.” Apparently, Gronert is so good, she’s expected to be crack the Top 50 players in the world this year.

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The World’s Tiniest Brothel

Leanne Eisen is a Toronto-based artist who creates dollhouse scenes that depict the human condition. One of her most intriguing photo-based series is “Play,” for which Eisen built miniature replicas of brothel interiors. While most dollhouses contain scenes of perfect domesticity, Eisen’s rooms allow viewers a downsized peek inside the mostly hidden world of prostitution. I asked the artist about her mini-sex work project; her response is after the jump. Keep reading »

Quickies!: Natasha Richardson’s Cause Of Death Revealed

  • The New York City medical examiner has ruled Natasha Richardson’s death an accident. The report said she died from blunt impact trauma to the head, which caused internal brain bleeding. It’s so scary that something like this can happen and you don’t realize you’re seriously injured until it’s too late. [People]
  • Russell Brand definitely knows how to work his sex appeal. He tongued-down a girl in Sydney after knowing her for only a few minutes. [Dlisted]
  • Steve-O is waiting to hear whether he can return to “Dancing with the Stars” after pinching a nerve in his back during a horrible spill while rehearsing. He’s also experiencing internal bleeding after the nasty fall. [Perez Hilton]
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    Britney Spears, Like, Totes Inspired By Shakespeare And James Joyce

    Slate has uncovered shocking evidence that Britney Spears’ songwriting abilities are maybe, just a tad, unoriginal. Her most recent single, “If U Seek Amy,” is a play on words that, when said quickly, spell out, um, something dirty. Best of all, the way in which the phrase is used in the song, doesn’t really make sense. “All the boys and all the girls are begging to if u seek Amy.” However, previous uses of naughty wordplay like this are everywhere and no doubt inspired Brit. “If You See Kay,” apparently, has been a song put out by a bunch of artists, including one who admitted that he got the reference from James Joyce, who wrote in Ulysses:

    If you see kay
    Tell him he may
    See you in tea
    Tell him from me.

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    U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

    President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the U.S. The first year, 2006, ended a 14 year decline. More than 70 percent of Black babies and 51.3 percent of Hispanic babies were born to unmarried women in 2007 and the teen birth rate increased by five percent between 2005 and 2007. Some experts are blaming the increase on the Bush administration’s “abstinence-only” education policy. Keep reading »

    Women Who Rock: Judy Blume

    March is National Women’s History Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing a lady we admire each weekday.

    JUDY BLUME (1938- )

    Born Feb. 12, 1938, Judy Blume is one of the best known authors in America. She has written numerous novels for children and young adults, including Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret, Deenie, Forever, and Blubber. Her total U.S. book sales exceed $80 million.

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    Women Are Just As Superficial As Men When It Comes To Finding A Mate

    The Millionarie Matchmaker” is on tonight at 10 p.m. EST on Bravo, and we’ve got a clip from the show. It’s pretty easy to believe that men go into the dating game with unrealistic expectations about who they want to get with. In real life, and on this show, guys lust after actresses and models. For the most part, women seem to be more realistic about potential parters’ looks, but we can’t completely generalize on that point because there are exceptions. Case in point: the female millionaire (millionairess?) on tonight’s episode. This lady is seriously delusional and doesn’t seem like a nice person. Plus, she makes fun of our beloved Patti Stanger’s bangs! Will Patti take her on as a client? We hope not — she doesn’t deserve help with her love life. After the jump, the hideous face this superficial woman makes while saying she wouldn’t want to wake up next to a guy who has any sort of belly. Keep reading »

    April Roomet Is A “Candy Girl”

    If you haven’t checked out E!’s new reality show “Candy Girls,” which focuses on the women that have made Outkast, Kanye West, and Jay-Z’s videos sizzling hot, then you absolutely should. One of the cast members who stood out from the first episode was stylist April Roomet, who is the best friend of Bella talent agency owner Danielle Crawley. Here’s what you should know about April. Keep reading »

    Merriam-Webster Redefines Marriage

    The dictionary has decided to be more inclusive than the US government. The definitive Merriam-Webster tome has redefined marriage as:

    “(1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage [same-sex marriage].”

    Now that’s a change we can believe in! So, Ellen and Portia, even through Prop 8 passed, your love still has its way with words! [365Gay]
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    Gretchen Rossi And Slade Smiley Are Really Dating

    A few weeks ago, we told you “Real Housewives of Orange County” stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley were secretly hooking up. Well, now there’s photographic evidence. Slade and Gretchen are not only kissing in some of the shots, but he’s also checking out her butt while holding her at arms length. Gretchen, of course, seems to be acting her usual flirtatious self, showing off her tiny booty and veneered smile. And she’s wearing an engagement ring, which is probably the same one Jeff Beitzel gave her during season four because Slade has been having money troubles lately and probably couldn’t afford one. I can say one positive thing about this doomed affair: Her white bikini with black lace details is rather cute. [Dlisted] Keep reading »

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