Today’s Lady News: “Unfollow Charlie” Sheen Tees Will Raise Money For RAINN

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  • Courtesy of women’s rights activists, “Unfollow Charlie” tees are for sale on Zazzle.com — in reference to actor/domestic abuser Charlie Sheen’s Twitter — and proceeds will go to the Rape, Abuse Incest National Network. I love it! [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The New York Times turns a keen, lustful journalistic eye to the “lesbian until graduation” college girl phenomenon. [NY Times]
  • Why aren’t there more female airline pilots? Because they’ll get their period and crash the plane, duh. [CNN]
  • Ever wondered if it was an insult when someone called you a “breeder”? (It is.) Check out this official lesbian dictionary of “lezicon” from the chicks at After Ellen and tonight you can go call someone a “beersexual”! [After Ellen]

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Florida Lawmaker Says 11-Year-Old Gang Rape Victim Was “Dressed Like A Prostitute”

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Student dress codes are a controversial topic, but there is no justification at all for blaming a rape victim for the way she was dressed. While arguing in favor of a dress code for Florida students, Republican State Representative Kathleen Passidomo referenced the 11-year-old Cleveland, Texas, girl who was gang raped by 18 men in November and whose ordeal was recently reported in The New York Times. Passidomo said:

“There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.”

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The Best & Worst Looks Of The Week!

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Unlikely Style Icon: Yoko Ono

Look, she may or may not have broken up The Beatles, but one thing is undeniable: Yoko Ono has amazing personal style. When she and John Lennon were together, Yoko’s style killed it. And even now, she doesn’t seem to leave the house without a totally cool hat and jacket combo. But we really covet young Yoko style. Her sunglasses! Her floppy hats! Her all-black (and all-white) ensembles! After the jump, we give you our take on Yoko’s sleek, one-of-a-kind look. Keep reading »

First Look: Adrianne Palicki As “Wonder Woman”

Dayum, Tyra Collette, err, I mean Adrianne Palicki (who played Tyra on “Friday Night Lights”) looks hawwwwwt. Something tells me this will totally make Landry Clark pop a boner. In fact, I bet he would write a Crucifictorious song about it. Ugh, sorry, can’t stop with the “FNL” references. I am obsessed. Anyway, what’s your first impression of Adrianne’s “Wonder Woman”? [EW] Keep reading »

8 Celebs Whose Parents Were Alcoholics Or Drug Addicts

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It can’t be easy for celebs when their fame-hungry mom or dad blabs to the gossip magazines about the family’s private pains. Some things are just not our business to know. But I’ll be honest: when I read about celebrities who had substance abusers in their lives growing up, I feel a special kinship for them and almost proud that they still grew up to become successful. Having lived with loved ones with alcoholism and drug addiction, I am sadly all too familiar with this profoundly difficult pain.

That’s why I read with keen interest when Mark Evans, father of Adele — one of my favorite singers — opened up to the UK’s Sun newspaper about his alcoholism. Mark split up from Adele’s mother when Adele was only three and although he was involved in her life, he confessed that in a bout of depression, he had a three-year-long drinking binge in which he cut his child out of his life:

“”I was putting away two litres of vodka and seven or eight pints of Stella every day. I drank like that for three years. God only knows how I survived it. I was deeply ashamed of what I’d become and I knew the kindest thing I could do for Adele was to make sure she never saw me in that state. … I hit the bottle so hard that I am pretty much oblivious to anything that happened to me for three years. I was way, way below rock bottom by then. … I was in the darkest place you can imagine. I saw no way out. I didn’t really care whether I lived or died.”

These days, Mark Evans is reflective about his depression and drinking and its impact on his daughter, who he has a relationship with again:

“All I could do was drink and I’m so, so ashamed of myself for that. I was in so much grief that I couldn’t see past myself and how I was feeling. I was not there for my daughter when I should have been and I have regretted that every second of every day to this moment now. It tears me up inside.”

While Adele may not be too pleased her dad opened up to a tawdry paper like the Sun, I actually appreciate her dad speaking up and it makes me feel like I could see whole new elements to her music now that I know she grew up with an alcoholic dad. [The Sun UK]

Sadly, there are many, many other celebs with alcoholic or drug addict parents who can relate…

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