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Sex Education In The UK Can Now Address Sexting, Porn

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  • Newly released supplemental updates to the UK’s sexual education guidelines suggest addressing LGBTQ relationships, sexting, and media literacy in regards to pornography. That sounds so … sensible. Meanwhile in America, some kids think yellow Skittles act as birth control. [Nerve]
  • Meet Lisa Fritsch, a Republican, who is the first Black woman to run for governor of Texas. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why aren’t more people talking about female genital mutilation happening in in the United States? [Cosmopolitan]
  • Computers sure are great for planning weddings, aren’t they, ladies? [Think Progress] Keep reading »

WTF: Pregnant Mother With Bipolar Disorder Sedated, Baby Forcibly Taken From Womb Via C-Section

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This story is all kinds of fucked up: a pregnant woman in Essex, UK, was sedated and had her baby forcibly taken from her womb via C-section because she was not taking her medication for bipolar disorder. The child is now 15-months-old and in the care of social services. The woman, an Italian who was in the UK for a Ryanair training course, is now trying to get her child back. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Emma Gray Is Britain’s First Female Shepherding Champion

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Dream job anyone?! British 27-year-old Emma Gray is not a shepherdess; she has just become the first woman in history to win the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League. The storied championship has never had a female winner in its 40 years. She began shepherding while helping out at her parents’ farm in Scotland as a young girl, and has been breaking boundaries ever since as Britain’s youngest in the profession. Gray told the UK’s Daily Mail:

“I am really proud to be the first woman to have won the trials and I feel overwhelmed by it all … I was one of only a handful of women taking part; it is a very male-dominated sport, so it feels like an amazing achievement.” Keep reading »

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

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Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal. Keep reading »

Gather ‘Round, Geeks, It’s Trailer For The Final Episode Of “The IT Crowd”!

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Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?

Oh, no big deal … it’s just the trailer for THE FINAL EPISODE OF MY FAVORITE TV SHOW EVER. Yes, chickadees, the last episode of the Brit-com that put Richard Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd and Katherine Parkinson on the map (in my heart, at least) is airing tonight in the UK on Channel 4.  Some Frisky reader across the pond who watched it, email me and tell me everything about it, okay?  No word on when it will air in the United States, if at all. I watched all the episodes on Netflix, where I would instruct you to check them out if you know what’s good for you.  [Laughing Squid]

Why Are Women Hiding Spoons In Their Underwear?

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Women’s rights charities in the UK are warning women and girls who are being trafficked into forced marriages to hide spoons inside their underwear at airports to set off metal detectors. The Guardian UK reported that when women have done this, they have been taken aside by airport security for further questioning and have been able to seek help from authorities.  Keep reading »

Men’s Magazines In UK Told To Cover Up Their Porny Covers With “Modesty Bags”

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The British really aren’t into sex, huh? After their Prime Minister David Cameron went after internet porn last week, now The Co-operative Group, one of the largest magazine retailers in the UK, is demanding that “lads’ magazines” showing skimpily-clad cover models provide a modesty bag by September 9 to be sold in their stores. Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Student Suspended For Bringing “Disrepute” To UK College After Reporting Alleged Rape

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An 18-year-old female student claims she was suspended from Bishop Burton College in the UK after she reported a sexual assault to the administration because her behavior had brought the college into “disrepute.”

The victim claimed that fellow students Stephen Johnson, 21; William Robinson, 22; and Thomas Price spoke to her outside a residence hall late one evening while she was drunk, then took her cell phone and keys and pushed her into a room where they allegedly sexually assaulted her. (CCTV shows that she was walking with her arm around Robinson.) Nevertheless, her roommate told Hull Crown Court, which is currently hearing the case, that the victim was heard shouting “Get off! Get out of my room!” After the alleged incident, the three men left the room laughing; Johnson and Robinson allegedly came to her later to apologize for hurting her.

The victim said when she reported the rape to Bishop Burton College, they told her she had brought the school “into disrepute by having sexual actions with a group of people.” Several days later, she was informed the school had “excluded” (suspended) her, as well as the three young men, over the incident. The school also sent her a letter saying she was suspended for “demeaning sexual action.” Forced by her family to explain why she was suspended from college, she told them about the sexual assault ; they urged her to report it to police (note: the school booted her out before she even reported it to police!). A police nurse found a bruise on the woman’s groin a full week later. Now, the three young men are facing a mix of charges including sexual assault by penetration, sexual assault, and rape.  Keep reading »

Pamela Anderson Commercial Banned For Being “Sexist,” “Degrading To Women” (NSFW)

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  • The UK has banned a TV commercial starring Pamela Anderson writhing in a bikini, covered in what looks like champagne froth. In the ad for web hosting service CrazyDomains.co.uk, Anderson and another sexy woman are depicted in a boardroom filled with men, one of whom is fantasizing about the two dancing in bikinis as they’re splashed with frothy liquid. The ad — which features an icky ejaculation pun at the end! — was initially approved to air after 9 p.m., but received several complaints. It has since been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority for being “sexist” and “degrading towards women.” [Guardian UK]
  • After an alleged suicide attempt last night, 15-year-old Paris Jackson is “physically fine” and “getting the appropriate attention,” said a family lawyer. TMZ reports that Paris left behind what is being described as a suicide note. [People, TMZ] Keep reading »

Lawyer Wants Age Of Consent Lowered To 13 To Stop “Persecution Of Old Men”

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Yup, you read that headline right: a British lawyer has called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 because a dirty old man touching 8th graders’ boobs should be totally OK.

London lawyer Barbara Hewson penned an impassioned piece for a contrarian British publication called Spiked in which she wrote about the Jimmy Savile trial, or Operation Yewtree.  Simply put, Yewtree investigated multiple allegations that a late British TV host had sexually abused many, many underage girls and boys. The whole trial has reignited concerns in the UK about adult sexual abuse of children and young adults

But now Hewson — A WOMAN!— is concerned that the UK is conducting its own witch hunt, falsely accusing adult men of being sexual predators.  ”[T]he goings-on at the BBC in past decades are not a patch on what Stead exposed. Taking girls to one’s dressing room, bottom pinching and groping in cars hardly rank in the annals of depravity with flogging and rape in padded rooms,” she wites. “Touching a 17-year-old’s breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one’s hand up a 16-year-old’s skirt, are not remotely comparable” to rape or gang rapes. And since that’s supposedly the only really bad way a young woman can be violated, she now advocates that they “remove complainant anonymity; introduce a strict statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and civil actions; and reduce the age of consent to 13.” Keep reading »

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