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Porn WikiLeaks Exposes Personal Info For Thousands In The Industry

Porn spoofs can be funny. But a new site called Porn WikiLeaks—a send-up of Julian Assange’s government secret site—isn’t. Apparently, the site lists the real names of more than 15,000 people in the porn industry along with their birthdays and in some cases, addresses and Google Maps photos of their homes. And only one-tenth of the people listed on the site are currently working in the industry. Also disconcerting, the leak information appears to come from the databases of the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), the organization that provides STD testing for porn performers every 28 days. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Hijab-Wearing Muslim Girl In NY Assaulted By A Classmate

  • A Muslim girl on Staten Island in New York was shoved, punched, kicked and had her hijab (headscarf) nearly pulled off by a 12-year-old classmate, , reportedly because of her religion. The young boy had allegedly been harassing her for months and has been charged with a hate crime, which is a felony. People, this boy is IN THE SIXTH GRADE. [Gothamist, Staten Island Advance]
  • The New York Times has published a follow-up piece to the victim-blaming crapshow it ran earlier this month about an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, who was gang raped by 19 boys and men. The editors and/or reporter felt it necessary to mention that the girl wore makeup and dressed like she was older than 11. Let’s hope this one is a bit better? [New York Times]
  • Controversial writer/public intellectual Katie Roiphe asks, Is Tina Fey good for feminism? Uh oh, we’ve had this argument before. [Slate]
  • The Gossip’s Beth Ditto says Miss Piggy is one of her favorite feminist heroes. LOVE! [Aux.TV]

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Lawrence Taylor Gets Slap On The Wrist For Raping Underage Prostitute

If you’re going to rape a 16-year-old prostitute, I recommend being a highly paid professional athlete. Last May, Lawrence Taylor, a former football player for the New York Giants, was arrested for hiring a 15-year-old girl who was prostituted out by a pimp at a Holiday Inn in New York. The 51-year-old was charged with third-degree rape because of the victim’s age, which includes charges of sex with a minor.

But oh look! Last week Lawrence Taylor accepted a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal. Keep reading »

Raped 14-Year-Old Girl Charged With Adultery, Lashed To Death

A 14-year-old girl in Bangladesh, who was raped by her cousin, was sentenced to 101 lashes for “adultery” and died. Hena Akhter from rural Shariatpur was the fifth child of a day laborer and his wife. An older male cousin — who was forced to marry his wife because he had raped her 15 years ago — returned from working abroad a year ago and began harassing Hena on her way to and from school. Her parents complained to village elders and the cousin was told to pay $1,000. However, because the cousin was the son of Hena’s father’s older brother, Hena’s father was asked to let the matter drop. Then Hena was walking back from an outdoor toilet one winter night when her cousin allegedly grabbed her, gagged her with a cloth and raped her. The cousin’s wife discovered Hena being sexually assaulted and beat her as well.

But no, they didn’t call it “rape.” They called it “adultery.” Keep reading »

Alye Pollack, We Love You


Meet 13-year-old Alye Pollack. The 8th grader lives in Westport, CT, and has been bullied every day by her classmates since 6th grade. In response, she posted this amazing silent (save the music) video to YouTube — which already has over 163,000 views — about her struggle called “Words are worse than Sticks and Stones.” Many people have reached out to Alye to offer their support and to thank her for having the courage to express what many kids like her face every day. If you’d like to, you can email her {encode=”wordsdohurt@gmail.com” title=”here”}. [via The Good Men Project] Keep reading »

I Hope These Trojans Used A Trojan

So this is what those crazy coeds are up to these days? Things have changed since I was in college and we had the decency to wait until the sun went down. Two USC Trojans had no problem doing it doggie style in full view of the quad in broad daylight. Unfortunately, the male fornicator, a Kappa Sigma frat boy, was excused from the brotherhood over his public display of manhood. The thrill of exhibitionism aside, I hope they had the forethought to put on a Trojan. [Dlisted] Keep reading »

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