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8 Pressing Questions I Have About Michigan’s Annual Mud Day

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Yesterday, the 26th annual Mud Day took place in Westland, Michigan. In case you missed it, Mud Day consists of children ages 12 and under getting down in a 75-by-100-foot mud pit. At the end of the day, the Mud King and Mud Queen for “most creative uses for mud” are crowned. The Western Wayne Hazmat team is involved in clean-off the kids. Needless to say, I am fascinated and more than a little hurt and disappointed that grownups are not allowed.

But despite these findings, I am still pretty confused about this day of mud. Here  is what I desperately need to know: Keep reading »

Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Class By Teacher

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In 2010, high school teacher Johnson McDowell wore a purple shirt to school in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth, and screened a video about someone that had committed suicide after being bullied for his sexual orientation. At the end of the video, his student, Daniel Glawacki, stated that he could not accept gay people because of his religion. He also questioned McDowell for presenting his personal views via his clothing, because earlier in class McDowell had asked a student to remove a belt with the Confederate flag on it. Glawacki and one other student were then dismissed from class for stating that they would not accept homosexuality.

Then Glawicki took his case to court, claiming that he was wrongly dismissed.

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High School Bans Pregnant Teens From Showing Bellies In The Yearbook

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A school district in Michigan has banned two pregnant teen girls from showing their bellies in the high school yearbook, claiming it goes against the school district’s abstinence-only sex ed policy. “It’s our feeling … that (the photos) could very well be a contrary message to (the state policy),” White Could Public Schools Superintendent Barry Seabrook said. “We’re not saying they can’t have their photos in the yearbook.” But they do have to reshoot waist-up photos in the yearbook if they want to be included.
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Michigan Republican Says Being Gay “Leads To Early Death”

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Michigan Republican National Committee member Dave Agema didn’t get the memo.  Support for LGBT equality is at an all time high, poll numbers show that gay marriage is widely accepted — especially by younger generations.  OH WAIT and beyond polls and numbers the LGBT community deserves to be treated like every other American with full rights, free from stigma because that’s just a decent human thing to do.  Even Agema’s own party is beginning to see the light — or at least 21 of them who asked the RMC member to resign after posting anti-gay comments on Facebook. Keep reading »

Michigan Republicans Think Women Should Be Forced To Have Invasive, Medically Unnecessary Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before An Abortion

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Women would be forced to have invasive, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds two hours before having an abortion if Republicans in Michigan get their way. A male Republican in Michigan’s state House of Representatives introduced a bill earlier this week similar to the one Virginia eventually backed-off of last year after public outcry. Keep reading »

A Dramatic Reading Of #VaginaMovieLines

Vagina!
An open letter to the Michigan state reps who are offended by the word. Read More »
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Nobody Puts Vagina In A Corner...

Vagina was big on Twitter last night, following the news that two Michigan state representatives (Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown) were barred from speaking on the floor of the State house after the dared use the word “vagina.” In response, the Twitter hashtag #VaginaMovieLines started trending, with everyone from yours truly to Martha Plimpton chiming in with their favorite movie lines adapted to include the word vagina. Sometimes, for shits and giggles, we do dramatic readings in the office (of celebrity gossip headlines or especially mean comments on posts) and we decided to film ourselves dramatically performing a bunch of vagina movie lines for your amusement. Watch above and then share your own lines with @TheFrisky on Twitter, using the hashtag #vaginamovielines.

An Open Letter To The Michigan State Representatives Who Think The Word “Vagina” Is Offensive

Vagina Movie Lines
The Frisky staff does a dramatic reading. Read More »

Dear Sirs,

Vagina you. No, seriously, VAGINA. YOU. You’re so scared of the vagina word that you barred Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she used it when addressing her opposition to Michigan’s recent string of extreme abortion bills. “Finally, Mr. Speaker,” Brown said, “I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’” So you vaginas can regulate and legislate and tell women what to do with their vagina vaginas, but you find using the vagina word too “offensive” to actually say? One of you vaginas actually said , “It was so offensive, I don’t even want to say it in front of women,” one state representative said. “I would not say that in mixed company.” Keep reading »

Michigan Bill Would Require Doctors Offer “Keepsake Ultrasounds” To Women Seeking Abortions

There’s a now famous spoof from The Onion News Network about a fake Arkansas law that would require women to pick a baby name and paint her nursery pink or blue before having an abortion. Well, Michigan is marching towards making that spoof a reality: a Republican state senator has proposed a bill that would require doctors performing an abortion to do an ultrasound, offer to describe the fetus’ current stage of development, offer an opportunity to listen to any detectable heartbeat, and offer a hard copy of the ultrasound image. (“Keepsake ultrasound” is the macabre, but fitting, moniker of the Michigan Messenger newspaper.)

A woman can refuse any of these intentionally heart-tugging actions, but she would still have to sign a statement acknowledging these offers had been made. Keep reading »

Attorney General Fired After Harassing Gay Student

Well, it’s about time: Assistant Attorney General Andrew Shirvelll, who admitted to harassing the openly gay student president of the Michigan Student Assembly, was fired this past week. His boss, Attorney General Mike Cox, said he fired Shirvell after discovering he was using state resources in an inappropriate way.

Cox initially defended Shirvell, on First Amendment grounds. And in a statement after firing Shirvell, Cox reiterated his stance. “To be clear, I refuse to fire anyone for exercising their First Amendment rights, regardless of how popular or unpopular their positions might be,” said Cox. “However, Shirvell repeatedly violated office policies, engaged in borderline stalking behavior, and inappropriately used state resources, our investigation showed.” Keep reading »

Judges In Michigan Can Force Muslim Women To Remove Their Veils

In a controversial move, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that judges can force Muslim women to take off their headscarves in court. The law says they can exercise “reasonable control over the appearance of parties and witnesses” so that the “demeanor of such persons may be observed and assessed by the fact-finder and ensure the accurate identification.” Translation of the legal mumbo jumbo: they have to take off their headscarves so the judge can be sure they’re actually who they say they are. Keep reading »

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