“I Was Raped” Shirt Sparks Controversy & Discussion

So, what do you think of this t-shirt? Kind of hard to read right? Made by writer, journalist, and feminist activist Jennifer Baumgardner (author of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism And The Future), the shirt reads, in small print, “I Was Raped” on a small placecard inside an image of a safe. A follow-up to a shirt she made last year, which said, “I Had An Abortion”, Baumgardner hopes that the shirt will encourage women to be open about their experience with sexual assault and “divest themselves of some of the shame and secrecy of it.” Profiled in today’s New York Times, she also says, “By having an object like this” — a simple T-shirt — “that’s so mundane, it sort of forces it into everyday conversation….The wearer isn’t advertising that he or she was raped, but rather opening up to you, the viewer, and also saying that this is a small part of who he or she is.”

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The Nookie Know-It-All: Your Sexual Tool Kit

My husband came into the relationship with some fun sex toys, but after awhile, I decided it was a little weird to play with toys someone else had used. Any advice on how to build a sex toy starter kit I can call my own? — Using Used Goods, Los Angeles, CA

After awhile??? So you’re saying you actually used something that was INSIDE another woman? Sorry for the caps and itals, but I have a hard enough time using the same bar of soap with my roommate, let alone using a toy that was in another girl’s vag. Considering our hygienic difference, you might not be into the same sex toys I’d be into (anal beads covered with Saran Wrap). But, on the off chance you’re not super freaky, I’ve got some good pointers for you. Keep reading »

That’s One Ugly Baby!

This is my lovechild with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s a good thing we will never be having a kid together, because this baby is not attractive. Find out what your offspring will look like, courtesy of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s new movie, Baby Mama, which hits theaters April 25. [Baby Mama Maker] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Blondie, A Transgender Talk Show Host, Lindsay Lohan, And Online Safety

  • Blondie is touring this summer! What’s your favorite Blondie song? Lately I’ve been into “Denis.” [Blondie.net]
  • There isn’t much frank sex talk in India, but a transgender talk show host is changing that. [NPR]
  • Lindsay Lohan is trying to prove to people that she’s a serious actress worth hiring…so she’s playing a sex-crazed waitress in the upcoming movie Florence. [A Socialite's Life]
  • The U.K. government is proposing that sex offenders must supply all of their email addresses so they can be passed on to social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. While I’m all about online safety, I’m not sure how well this would work since it takes about two seconds to open up a new email account. [TechRadar.com]
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    Pregnant, Transgender Man Appears On Oprah

    A few weeks ago we wrote about Thomas Bettie, the Female-to-Male transgender man who’s currently six months pregnant. Yesterday, as the news of Thomas’ pregnancy spread like wildfire through the media (initially his story was reported in The Advocate, which everyone seems to be forgetting in lieu of the fact that People has jumped on it), he appeared on Oprah with his wife Nancy. It was kind of an awkward interview, honestly, because the audience had no warning and appeared flabbergasted the whole time, while Thomas and Nancy are clearly not media whores — they just want to get their story out into the public so they can go on with their lives, without scrutiny. I really do think this story is wonderful and phenomenal and give so much credit to Thomas and Nancy for being brave and telling their remarkable story. Oh, and as a side note, I totally think Thomas makes for a pretty good-lookin’ dude, but he was really hot as a woman too. Clip above. Keep reading »

    Wine Choice A Key To Sexuality?

    Everyone knows that Italians love wine, but one particular Italian thinks wine can tell you who your really love…sexually at least. Franco D’Eusanio has invented three wines which he says can help people determine their true sexuality — a masculine red wine, a feminine white wine, and a ambiguous rose. Um, I like all three — and a fourth! Boxed wine! — what does that mean? The test also comes with a psychological evaluation and a questionnaire about sexual behavior. Maybe he’s just trying to get you drunk so you’ll answer completely honestly? [Truemors] Keep reading »

    A List Every Guy Would Love To Be On

    The website AltPenis.com compiled a list of the ten greatest penises of all time, but instead of depending on size as the end all, be all criteria for determining the list, the focus was on the myth and lore of the piece itself. Howard Stern (known for being very, very average), Jonah Falcon (known for being very, very large), and John Holmes (just very, very well-known) make an appearance. Can you guess the others? [AltPenis.com] (Link is NSFW if you consider a big weiner in a jar to be racy.) Keep reading »

    Live-Blogging The NKOTB Appearance On The Today Show

    The New Kids appeared on The Today Show today to announce their big comeback. Dunno about you, but we’re excited.
    8:32 Whoa, Danny still has a whole lotta face. He looks a little manorexic too. Joey didn’t actually age so well either. Jordan looks good though.
    8:33 Honestly, Donnie looks kind of sexy.
    8:34 Their first performance is going to be on The Today Show…but on May 16th. Boo. Thought it was today.
    8:35 I think that Jonathan is still an agoraphobe….or whatever. He has that disorder where he’s scared of crowds and lots of people, which is ironic.
    8:36 Honestly, I would be going just as crazy as that crowd if I was in NY. I hope the New Kids aren’t stupid and stick to performing their old hits instead of trying to have a rebirth with new material.
    8:38 HATE Joey’s suit. Keep reading »

    Star Couplings: Anne Hathaway’s Boyfriend Bounces A Check

  • Anne Hathaway’s Italian real estate developer boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was arrested yesterday for allegedly bouncing a $250,000 check. It’s not the first time the Italian stallion has had monetary trouble — in 2007, Ron Burkle accused him of squandering $1.5 million. [Perez Hilton]
  • Weird couple: former-Bachelor Andy Baldwin and Donald Trump ex, Marla Maples. [Us Weekly]
  • Another day, another Naomi Campbell arrest. That chick has anger management issues, right? [DListed]
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    David Beckham, First Choice Among Porn Stars

    David Beckham is the chosen one. Among the female porn stars surveyed at an adult-film conference in Bulgaria, more said they’d like to have sex with David Beckham than any other celeb. Somewhere, Posh Spice is not smiling. [UPI] Keep reading »

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