Branding HIV-Positive People?

Swaziland parliament member Timothy Myeni recently had a lightbulb zinger of an idea to solve his country’s HIV/AIDS problem. He wanted to brand all HIV-positive people on the butt(ox), so that people could physically check their partners to make sure they’re clean before getting down with them. We get that this idea was well-intentioned, but seriously? Branding people. Like cattle? Thank lordy Myeni came to his senses. At a news conference today, he said, “I’m very sorry. If you need me to show a sign of how sorry I am, I’m ready.”

Myeni, we forgive you. But, really, how did this ever sound like an idea people would actually get behind? (Behind, hehe.) Myeni, if you’re out there, next time you’re proposing an idea, why don’t you think about how you’d like to be on the receiving end of it. No one likes being the butt of a joke. Okay, I’ll stop now. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Are Brody Jenner & Kristin Cavallari Back Together?

Yes, but just for the cameras. The exes and new “Hills” castmates filmed a commercial for AT&T. [Beverly Hills, 5/28/09] Keep reading »

The Boyfriend Experience

By now, you’ve probably heard of “The Girlfriend Experience,” Steven Soderbergh’s new movie about a high-end call girl who charges $2,000 for the privilege of letting guys pretend she’s their girlfriend and who’s played by porn star Sasha Grey. But have you heard of “The Boyfriend Experience”? The crew over at Totally Sketch has created a highly amusing faux trailer for the nonexistent sequel to the GFE feature. This time, the storyline focuses on a nice young woman who has a total jerk for a boyfriend. And guess how much he charges by the hour to ignore you, eat your food, and make a mess everywhere? Well, it’s a heck of a lot more than you’d think. [Cinematical] Keep reading »

Bodysuits For Men Are Hardly Stunning

Um, no. Hunkwear.com, whose tagline is “You deserve the best,” sells stuff for men that I would hope my mythical future boyfriend would never wear, but these “Stunner Bodysuits” are too out there not to mention. Even Shawn Johnson wouldn’t do a double twisting double tuck in colors this garrish. [Hunkwear via Underwhelmer] Keep reading »

Is It Us, Or Are Domestic Violence PSAs Getting Stranger And Stranger?

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Um, ew. This ad from the Rhode Island Coalition of Domestic Violence shows a giant slab of meat wearing a mini skirt and a bustier. Could they have at least dressed it in something less revealing? Also, when was the last time you saw a dude punching raw meat? I think they’ve mixed up their metaphors.

Bristol Palin Was Offered A Car To Break Up With Levi

When I was in high school, I dated a guy that my parents absolutely hated. They didn’t even call him by his name—instead they called him, er, anyway—and they begged and pleaded with me on a daily basis to get rid of him. They even bought me a book called How To Dump A Guy. Eventually, I saw the light and my parents got their way.

Apparently, my parents aren’t the only ones who’ve gone to great lengths to get their daughter away from a hated BF. In an interview with GQ magazine, Levi Johnston said that Bristol Palin’s daddy, Todd, offered to buy his daughter a car if she dumped him. Other highlights of his interview: he poses shirtless with baby Trigg, just like every good father should. He also blabs about how he and Bristol drifted apart after the McCain/Palin ticket went down in the 2008 election. Oh, and he finally revealed what McCain said to him on the tarmac. “You have good hands,” McCain reportedly told him. Is that anything like a wide stance? [GQ Via NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Quickies!: Rihanna May Testify In Chris Brown’s Trial

  • Rihanna will attend Chris Brown’s next hearing on June 22nd, and will testify if asked to do so. [Us Magazine]
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. has returned from outer-space and will join the cast of “24.” He will play a marine during the show’s eighth season. [Perez] — Welcome back, Freddie!
  • Gossip Girl hottie Chace Crawford is reportedly dating Sports Illustrated model Esti Ginzburg. [Gossip Sauce]
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    Don’t Miss Feministing’s Five Year Anniversary Party

    Sigh. We remember back when Feministing was just Jessica Valenti’s small third wave feminist blog with a couple of her friends. But now one of our favorite blogs rolls nine bloggers deep and is turning five years old!

    The anniversary bash will be held on June 12 in New York City. If you’re not in the NYC area but still love Feministing, you can buy a ticket that the bloggers will donate to a partier who can’t afford to go.

    If a night of debauchery with folks who aren’t afraid to use the F-word (feminist, duh) isn’t enough to bring you out, the party will even host a special guest appearance from Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre and Bikini Kill! So get your tickets now, alright? [Feministing] Keep reading »

    Why It Pays For Pilots To Get Divorced

    As if there weren’t enough reasons to get divorced already, several crafty Continental Airline pilots have found yet another golden one – big money! Evidently, a loophole in a law that says divorced pilots can receive their retirement funds before they retire. So, nine genius pilots—seven men and two women—got their sidekick spouses to sign divorce papers. They concealed these so-called divorces from friends, and then got remarried after they were each paid lump sums to the tune of up to $900,000. Insert evil laugh here.

    Continental is taking these suckers straight to court, calling these divorces “subterfuges or sham transactions.” Eight of the pilots have been fired or quit, and one was re-hired after promising to pay back the money. Too bad he never got around to it—he’s in for a crash-landing right back in federal court. [yahoonews.com] Keep reading »

    Will Sonia Sotomayor Be Pro-Choice? Looks Like Maybe Not.

    We think it’s pretty dope that Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s pick for Supreme Court justice, is (a) a lady and (b) could the first person of Hispanic descent to don Supreme Court robes. But many pro-choice advocates are sounding alarm bells today because they have a sneaking suspicion that, once on the bench, Sotomayor may not uphold Roe v. Wade, something they think should be a “no duh” for a judge appointed by a pro-choice president. What’s got them worried, after the jump… [NY Times]

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