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Roommate Of Tyler Clementi, Rutgers Suicide Kid, Faces Hate Crime Charges

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In September, the country was shocked when Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers freshman, committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge in NYC after he learned his roommate had live-streamed his gay hookup using a web cam. Yesterday, the rooommate, Dharun Ravi, was indicted by a grand jury on 15 charges, including bias intimidation (i.e., a hate crime) and invasion of privacy, for what prosecutors say was intimidating and bullying behavior towards his gay roommate.

Prosecutors are expected to argue that Tyler Clementi committed suicide because he was cyber-bullied by his roommate, who placed the web cam facing Tyler’s bed and even had announced on Twitter that Clementi was gay. One of Dharun’s friends in the dormitory, Molly Wei, who also watched the gay hookup on the web cam, was not indicted but has been charged with invasion of privacy. Keep reading »

Lucca (And The Rest Of Us) Would Like To Apologize For The Technical Difficulties

Dear Frisky Readers,

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, The Frisky has been down all morning. I’ve noticed because my mom has been yelling at her computer for the last three hours. It is really getting in the way of my nap. Anyway, The Frisky was down for so long due to problems with Amazon’s EC2 cloud service — that’s where The Frisky is currently hosted. I know, I don’t really get it either, but needless to say, what a pain in the ass. You can read more about it here. In any case, we’re now, clearly, back up and running — we’ve found a temporary solution until Amazon gets its shizz together — which is great news for me, because I can go back to bed. Thanks a bunch for your patience!

Love,
Lucca (and the rest of The Frisky staff) Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Apparently, Duke Nukem Spanks Women, Too

  • So, allegedly, the new, soon-to-be-released “Duke Nukem Forever” video game doesn’t just involve slapping a woman “to get her to calm down,” but spanking her, too. Now, I’m all for spanking. But I’m for consensual spanking. Honestly, “Duke Nukem Forever” gets more pervy every week. [Kotaku]
  • House Republicans want to use as much as $500,000 of taxpayer money to pay lawyers to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, which is an anti-gay marriage piece of law that codifies marriage as between a man and a woman. Oh, hell no. [Huffington Post]
  • Why are professional athletes curiously silent during Sexual Assault Awareness Month? That’s a gooooood question. [The Grio]

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Adds Women-Only Division

Score one for the ladies … I think? The venerable Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, held each year on the 4th of July, is now adding a women’s-only division. Women only comprise two of the world’s top 10 competitive eaters. The Major League Eating organization — yes, that actually exists — thinks the ladies should have to compete against each other at the annual International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island, not the eight other men. “Serena Williams didn’t have to beat Roger Federer to win the Wimbledon title, and we don’t think Sonya Thomas (‘The Black Widow’) should have to beat Joey Chestnut,” said Richard Shea, the MLE’s president. Sure, why not? Hooray for feminism! We’ve broken the ketchup ceiling! We can take on anything! [NY Post] Keep reading »

“Free” Pregnancy Test Comes With Anti-Abortion Literature

Buying a pregnancy test can be awkward anywhere you live, but especially if you live in a community where everybody knows everybody. No wonder some women are happy to receive a free pregnancy test online, mailed to their house in a discreet package. But as one user of Gurl.com’s message boards recently found out, the pee-stick from OneFreePregnancyTest.com came at a price: judgment! Yes, her free pregnancy test came in the mail when anti-abortion literature that began:

“Hi mom, Will you let me breathe?

Oh, brother. Keep reading »

Proof That POTUS Was Not Born In The United States!

Heh, heh, heh, this adorable photo is all the evidence I need to prove that President Obama was born on a pirate ship in international waters, Donald Trump is thinking right now. [via NY Times] Keep reading »

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