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Today’s Lady News: South African Women Get 30,000 Free Condoms For World Cup

  • A South African doctor is giving away 30,000 free “Rape-aXe” condoms for women in South Africa before the start of the World Cup soccer games. The “Rape-aXe” condom has tiny hooks on it which attach to an attacker’s penis and can only be removed by a doctor in a hospital, where he would be identified as a rapist. The latest version of the condom does not pierce the skin, so the transmission of AIDS is not a concern. [Metro]
  • Women kicked ass in last night’s primary elections across the nation! Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in California and Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, won the state’s Republican Senate primary. In South Carolina, Nikki Haley also won the Republican’s gubernatorial race. [CBS News]
  • But it’s not all good news: South Carolina’s Democratic nominee to challenge the incumbent senator was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene internet photos to a female University of South Carolina student. Records also say Alvin Green, 32, talked about going to the young woman’s room at a university dorm. The woman’s identity is unclear. Green’s felony charge carries up to five years in prison. [AP]

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Tall Daughters Are Worth More Cattle In The Sudan

The LA Times reports that taller daughters fetch more cattle upon the occasion of marriage. In Juba, young women are traded for longhorns, and the tallest of the prospective brides are considered to be of greater value as they “fetch more cattle because their daughters will quickly grow and can be married off to fetch even more cattle,” one tribal chief explained. For example, if, say, Catherine and I both lived in the Sudan, Catherine, who is 5’1″, would fetch perhaps as few as 20 head of cattle from a prospective suitor looking to reimburse her father for the loss of his hardworking daughter, while I, on the other hand, who am 6’1″, would demand as many as 60 to 100 head of cattle. “What do tall women think about marriage and cattle?” the reporter asks the chief. “‘Women have no say,’” is his reply. [LA Times] Keep reading »

DIY Soccer Balls From Condoms?


Out of all the DIY projects in the world, condoms seem like the least likely objects you’d be able to make something from. Except for maybe animal balloons. Or babies, in the case that it breaks. Anyhow, here, a video from Football Made in Africa (a project intended to show the grassroots sports culture) shows a dude making a fairly legit-looking soccer ball by first blowing up the condom, then covering it in layers and layers of twine and string. Pretty cool how far some creative thinking will take you. [YouTube] Keep reading »

There Still Aren’t Condoms In The Pope’s Carry On

“[The AIDS epidemic in Africa] is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems…. It is of great concern that the fabric of African life, its very source of hope and stability, is threatened by divorce, abortion, prostitution, human trafficking and a contraception mentality…. The traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.” — Pope Benedict XVI

While it’s to be expected that the Catholic Church continues to have a conservative outlook on abortion and premarital sex, the fact the Pope is still unwilling to get behind the use of contraception to stop the spread of AIDS surprises (and appalls) many — especially as he embarks on a tour of Sub-Saharan Africa, where 22 million (that’s 67%) of the global total of 32.9 million people with HIV live. Nearly three quarters of AIDS deaths in 2007 were in the region. I wasn’t raised Catholic, so this doesn’t have any impact on my faith in God or whatever, but I do wonder how Catholics feel when Church leaders still take such a conservative position on this vital issue. Readers please share in the comments! [Guardian U.K.] Keep reading »

Big, Big Love: One Man, 86 Wives

While three sister wives may seem like one big, happy family on Big Love, try having 86! Mohammed Bello Abubakar, an 84-year-old Muslim preacher in Nigeria, has married more women than years he’s been alive and most of his wives are, surprisingly, in their twenties. Can you imagine trying to feed the 170 children he’s fathered?! Neither he nor his wives work, but they somehow manage to pay for the $915 (26.5 lbs) worth of rice they consume each day. Needless to say, the Islamic Authorities in his home state consider him a cult leader, but he fancies himself a shaman who doesn’t believe in modern medicine. Abubakar credits his healing powers with his ability to attract so many women. He told the BBC, “I don’t go looking for them, they come to me. I will consider the fact that God has asked me to do it and I will just marry them… That is why I have been able to control 86 of them.” Um, what a romantic? [BBC] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Special Police Bras, Circumcision And AIDS, And Smart Spiders

  • Thousands of German policewomen have received “bulletproof bras.” Basically, they’re just bras that say “Polizei” (police) and don’t have metal parts, which could impale the wearer if hit by a bullet. [Reuters]
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    The Daily Squeeze: Taser Parties, Motherhood In Sweden, And Sex On Drugs

  • Apparently Taser parties are the new Tupperware parties. [BBC]
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    Frisky Quote Of The Day: Paris Hilton on Africa

    “I love Africa in general — South Africa and West Africa, they are both great countries.” — Paris Hilton, currently on tour in Africa with boyfriend Benji Madden and his band Good Charlotte. Keep reading »

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