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Uganda To Punish “Aggravated” Homosexuality With Life Imprisonment

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  • Uganda’s president signed an anti-gay law which will punish “serial offenders” of “aggravated” homosexuality with life imprisonment … [New York Times]
  • … and why the United States knows this, yet might just leave Uganda be. [Think Progress]
  • A Montana judge has admitted he was wrong (an understatement) to tell a 14-year-old rape victim that she looked older than her age and asked to be punished by the state. Judge G. Todd Baugh originally sentenced the 49-year-old rapist to 30 days in jail and later said he would reconsider the sentence. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Kenyan Politician On Single Women: “If You Are 35 And Don’t Have A Husband, There Is Something Wrong”

“If you are 35 and don’t have a husband, there is something wrong. … We will start demanding that you are married before you are elected.  … You young ladies: look for husbands and get married. You are the ones causing problems. … Someone who is able to manage a home is equally able to run the affairs of the people. But if you cannot manage a home … can you manage public affairs?”

This is William Kabogo, the governor of Kiambu County in Kenya, who has since apologized for criticizing unmarried women who dare to run for office. He was throwing shade at an MP named Alice Ng’ang’a, who is unmarried and also happens to oppose Kabogo’s ideas on taxes. Obviously she has silly ideas about taxes because she is a woman who is single, duh. I hope this guy shuts up so he doesn’t give American politicians any worse ideas. [BBC]

Justine Sacco Finally Apologizes, Says She Is “Ashamed” Of Racist AIDS Tweet

Justine Sacco Finally Apologizes, Says She Is "Ashamed" Of Racist AIDS Tweet
Waiting For Justine
Just No: IAC Communications Executive Justine Sacco Tweets Racist & Homophobic AIDS "Joke" Before Trip To Africa
Twitter gathered to wait for Justine Sacco to discover she'd been fired. Read More »

Justine Sacco, the now-former communications executive at IAC, who lost her job for tweeting a racist AIDS joke just before flying to Africa, has finally issued an apology. She first sent the apology to the South African newspaper The Star, explaining she wanted her statement to reach South Africans first, and it was then shared with ABC News. Sacco’s full apology:

“Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet. There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand. Keep reading »

All Of Twitter Watched And Waited For Justine Sacco To Land In Africa Last Night After PR Exec Tweeted Racist AIDS Joke

Just No: IAC Communications Executive Justine Sacco Tweets Racist & Homophobic AIDS "Joke" Before Trip To Africa

Welp, that was interesting. Late yesterday, I told you about Justine Sacco, the IAC Communications Executive who tweeted a racist joke about AIDS shortly before departing on her flight to somewhere in Africa. While Sacco was in the air and presumably did not have access to the internet (while some international flights have wi-fi, Sacco did not appear to be online for many hours), her tweet made Valleywag and before Sacco probably had a chance to finish an in-flight movie, #HasJustineLandedYet began to trend on the social network. Basically, my entire timeline (and I follow a wide variety of people) was riveted. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen go down online. It was really kind of astonishing. Keep reading »

Just No: IAC Communications Executive Justine Sacco Tweets Racist AIDS “Joke” Before Trip To Africa

Just No: IAC Communications Executive Justine Sacco Tweets Racist & Homophobic AIDS "Joke" Before Trip To Africa

Meet IAC Communications Director Justine Sacco! Or shall I say, probably soon-to-be-former IAC Communications Director, as I’m guessing Sacco is going to find out she’s in a whole mess of trouble when her international flight lands in Africa. See, Sacco tweeted this wildly offensive and racist ”joke” just before her flight earlier today. Likely unbeknownst to Sacco at this time, the tweet quickly made the rounds, landing her smug mug on Valleywag. After being contacted by multiple media outlets, IAC finally released a statement via email, writing:

This is an outrageous, offensive comment that does not reflect the views and values of IAC.  Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action.

Sounds like Sacco’s vacay is going to get off to a rough start. Sorry not sorry. [IB Times]

Nelson Mandela Dead At 95

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Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, an anti-apartheid peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, is dead at 95. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his activism on behalf of civil rights for South Africa’s Black people, living in a six-foot wide cell on Robben Island.  Mandela had been sick for a long time and died at home. [NBC News]

Idiot Woman Throws “Africa-Themed” Birthday Party With Blackface & KKK Costume

The only thing more facepalm-y than holding an “African-themed” birthday party — whatever that even means, it’s an entire continent, people! — is how she took to Tumblr to defend the photographs of her friends in blackface, “tribal paint,” and a KKK costume.

Now the whole world knows an Australian woman identified by Huffington Post as Olivia Mahon is an racist idiot. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On The “First Female Maasai Warrior” & The Power Of White Privilege

Soapbox: Piper's Privilege
Piper in prison on Orange Is The New Black
Piper from "Orange Is The New Black" is the poster girl fro white privilege. Read More »
Soapbox: Colorstruck
Is Hollywood still colorstruck? Read More »
Soapbox: Natural Hair
The Soapbox: Natural Hair, Like Recycling, Is Not A Lifestyle Choice For Everyone
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Soapbox: Big Brother
The Soapbox: On "Big Brother," Racism & Scapegoating
On racism and scapegoating on "Big Brother." Read More »
The Soapbox Warrior Princess

In a recent Yahoo! Shine article, a young, white, California entrepreneur, Mindy Budgor, was deemed a “warrior princess” after ditching her posh, luxury-filled life to become the first female warrior of the African Maasai tribe. Armed with Underarmor, pearl earrings and Chanel dragon red nail polish — which made her feel “fierce”– this nice Jewish girl from Santa Barbara, who loved “manis and pedis and warm croissants,” was heralded for singlehandedly empowering the Massai women. She even wrote a memoir about her experience. As a 23-year-old black college student, similar to Ms. Budgor, I set out on my own “spiritual quest” that landed me on the Big Island of Hawaii — miles away from my New Jersey home. But my experience was far less empowering for everyone involved. Keep reading »

Zimbabwean Women Fined $5 For Each Scream During Childbirth

Men Do Childbirth
Watch these men experience child birth. Watch »
Why So Pricy?
Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?
The price of maternity care in the U.S. is exorbitant. Read More »
Gives Birth On Subway
woman gives birth to baby on subway photo
This woman gave birth alone on the subway at 1:30a.m. Read More »

In Zimbabwe, a country where the average yearly income is $150, giving birth in a hospital can be prohibitively expensive at $50. But at one corrupt hospital, this price can increase depending on how much the woman giving birth screams. Yes, a local hospital in Zimbabwe apparently considers screams during childbirth to be “raising false alarm.” Therefore, each time a woman cries out, she is fined $5. Keep reading »

Study Abroad: Coming Back To America

Study Abroad
Intern Daley is off to South Africa for the semester! Read More »

The Frisky’s former intern Daley is back from studying abroad for her spring semester — and back interning at The Frisky. Here’s the last in her series of pieces about her studies in Africa.

Clad in my black tank top and baggy, boldly printed South African pants, the dryness from my face was forming cracks in my foundation, and my mascara was flaking under my heavy eyelids. I had just been on an 11-1/2 hour flight from Cape Town to Amsterdam, and was now flying eight more hours over the pond, back to New York City for the summer. A glass of white wine and a bit of shuteye was calling my name, and when the male flight attendant strolled through the aisle with his beverage cart, I put in my order.

“Can I get a glass of white wine and a water, please,” I mumbled.

“Sure,” the flight attendant responded. As he was pouring my glass, he did a double take at my face and asked in his Dutch accent, “You are over 16?” Keep reading »

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