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Today’s Lady News: The Tucker Max Funny-Making Formula

  • Amanda Hess at The Sexist blog braved “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” scribe Tucker Max‘s website for a mathematical breakdown of his hilarious jokes about Mexicans, gays, women and the disabled. A general formula for Tucker-ian humor: [Universally recognized bad thing] + [surprise reversal] x ["edge"] x ["shock value"] = Tucker Max joke. [The Sexist]
  • Brigham Young University, a Mormon college, canceled a Greek tragedy hours before curtain at the Annual Greek Festival. Content in “The Bakkhai,” to be performed by the University of Utah, was deemed inappropriate for BYU students. Director Larry West indicated this referred to sex, wine and “losing one’s inhibitions.” [UWire.com]—Seriously, this school didn’t realize a Greek tragedy wouldn’t involve lots of sex?
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    Today’s Lady News: Michelle Obama Says Women Face Bias In Health Care

  • On Friday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke in favor of health care reform, reminding us that women still face bias from insurance companies which can still legally deny coverage to women based on “preexisting conditions like having a C-section or having had a baby.” Studies have shown women can be charged more than men of the same age when shopping for the same insurance policy. [Washington Post]—You tell ‘em, Michelle!
  • A 12-year-old boy in England, who hopes to be the youngest person in the world to have a sex change operation, came back to school this year donning a dress with his hair in pigtails. When bullies began picking on him, his school called the kids together for an assembly and told children only to refer to the boy by his new name. Now some parents are complaining that the school tossed a “hand grenade into the room” because they’re stuck answering their kids’ questions about gender-reassignment surgery. [Daily Mail]—Hey, it’s a teachable moment, parents.
  • Brigitte Harris, 28, of NY told Queens Supreme Court she castrated and then killed her allegedly sexually abusive stepfather last year so he would not abuse anyone else. Harris said she got the idea from Lorena Bobbit, who castrated her husband in 1993. [NY Post]
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    Today’s Lady News: Girl Who Lied About Gang Rape Apparently Didn’t Want To Look Like A Slut

  • Danmell Ndonye, 18, the Hofstra student who falsely accused five guys of tying her up and gang-raping her, apparently made up the lie when confronted by her boyfriend about where she’d been. Later, Ndonye admitted the sex was consensual after police told her a cell phone video had taped the whole incident. In the vid she is allegedly seen willingly participating. Her boyfriend told the New York Post, “She probably felt like, ‘They’ll think I’m a slut.’” [NY Post]
  • Luis Zambrano, 39, who took home a drunk woman from a dance club and raped her, plead guilty to kidnapping and rape and received only three and a half years in jail. The incident is caught on video and Zambrano can be seen kissing her while she’s motionless, pulling her to her feet, ignoring her when she tries to push him away, and then picking her up and carrying her down a flight of stairs to a cab. [NY Post]
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    Today’s Lady News: Yale Lab Tech Raymond Clark III Questioned In Annie Le’s Death

  • Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le‘s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
  • A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
  • —How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead? Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: 12-Year-Old Child Bride Dies In Childbirth

  • How sad: a 12-year-old girl who was a child bride in Yemen died of severe bleeding after struggling to give birth for three days. Fawziya Adullah Youssef’s father married her to a 24-year-old farmer when the girl was only 11-years-old. [Daily Mail]
  • At a conference in Vienna, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out against human trafficking, especially sex slavery, and warned that the global finance crisis will “likely aggravate the problem further.” [AP]
  • Anorexic and bulimic model Kate Dillon confessed that she once purged for 10 days and then received a compliment from an editor at Vogue that she’d never looked better. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, if this is what it takes to be told I look great, I don’t want to do this anymore,’” Dillon said. After a two-year break from the modeling industry, Dillon returned as a so-called “plus-size” model at a size 12. [Fox News]
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    Today’s Lady News: Paris Hilton And Sarah Palin Are Quote-Worthy, Says Oxford Book

  • Grandly overstating their relevance, Sarah Palin and Paris Hilton will have quotes included in the venerable Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Palin’s quote? “What’s the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick.” We would have thought Hilton’s quote would be “That’s hot,” but for some reason it’s this: “Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in.” [NY Daily News]—Deeeeep, man.
  • It’s back-to-school time! At universities, this time of year means a serious discussion about preventing sexual assault on campus. Yet most of the rape prevention focus is on making young women’s behaviors safer, says author Jaclyn Friedman, instead of informing young men there is zero tolerance against sexual coercion and rape. Friedman says young women are given messages like “Don’t hook up! Don’t dress provocatively! Watch your drink! Actually, don’t drink at all! Always stay with a friend! Don’t stay out too late! Don’t walk home alone!” But what about the guys? [American Prospect]
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    Today’s Lady News: Thou Shalt Not Flirt With Thy Parishioners

  • Holy hell! A Baylor University study of over 3,500 chicks found one in every 33 who goes to worship services at least once a month has been on the receiving end of sexual advances by a religious leader. This happened despite the fact that clergy-congregation sexual relationships are illegal in two states and 36 denominations have rules explicitly saying “thou shalt not hit on your parishioners.” [Washington Post]—Yet another example of porn plots which are inappropriate for real life.
  • The Wall Street Journal frets that women might feel “betrayed” by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. Why? The most famous single woman since Bridget Jones got married and wrote a book (Committed) about it. [WSJ]—Umm, women never looked up to her as some kind of feminist icon. We’re just jealous she got to travel to Italy, India and Bali to recover from her divorce while we get stuck nursing breakups in our apartments.
  • The U.K. briefly considered liberalizing their TV ad restrictions allowing condom commercials to air before 9 p.m. and permitting spots for abortion services, but they postponed a decision on the matter after 40,000 people responded. The teen pregnancy rate is at its highest in the past decade. [Daily Mail]
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    Today’s Lady News: Tila Tequila Accuses Shawne Merriman Of Allegedly Choking Her. Ugh.

    • A Shot At Love‘s Tila Tequila says Shawne Merriman, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, allegedly choked and restrained her while she tried to leave his house. After Tequila called 911, Merriman went to jail while she went to the hospital. Merriman’s rep told TMZ Ms. Tequila allegedly drank a few too many and he was trying to keep her from driving; she Tweeted that she’s allergic to alcohol so that’s b.s. [Dlisted, RadarOnline]—Celeb domestic violence: not hot.
    • Lubna Al-Hussein, the Sudanese journalist who worked for the United Nations and faced 40 lashes for wearing pants in public, has been spared the whipping and received a fine of $209 instead. Her lawyer said she will continue to challenge Sudan’s “decency law” and not pay the fine. [CNN]
    • Last week, the FDA approved a second morning-after pill called Next Choice for over-the-counter use. Like Plan B, the existing emergency contraception on the market, Next Choice can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. [AP, Examiner.com]
    • Do you think this ad for the TV show “Nip/Tuck” sexualizes sweatshops? One blog objects to the way rows of sexily dressed Asian women are shown sewing up a woman’s body (the show is about plastic surgeons). [Angry Asian Man via Feministing]
    • Patricia Mauceri, an actress on “One Life To Live,” says she was fired from the soap opera after she objected to a gay-friendly storyline. Mauceri’s character, Carlotta Vega, was supposed to confront homosexuality somehow in an upcoming plot. Mauceri alleges that as a devout Christian, she objected to the plotline. Allegedly, “One Life To Live” wasn’t having any of that, so Mauceri was fired and quickly replaced. [Fox News]—Please, no one introduce her to Carrie Prejean.

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    Today’s Lady News: How Many Beers Would It Take A Yale Student To Screw You?

    • Yale students are sending an email around to each other rating how many beers it would take them to screw dozens of female members of the freshman class of 2013. Girls get ranked by things like “sobriety,” “five beers” or “ten beers.” [NBC]—The children are our future, everybody!
    • A lawsuit’s a-brewin’ in California over a mandatory 45-minute lesson for kindergarten through fifth-graders which teaches students about diversity, LGBT families and the harmfulness of teasing. Some parents of kids in the Alameda Unified School District are very considered about this “indoctrination.” [Fox News]—”Indoctrination” was their word, not mine.
    • Miyuki Hatoyama, the wife of Japan’s incoming prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, said in a book called The Most Bizarre Things I’ve Encountered, that her spirit was abducted by a UFO and flown to Venus. [Fox News]

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    Lady News: Lil Mama Apologizes For What She Said About A Tranny

    • Rapper Lil Mama issued an apology for a comment she made about trannies on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” As a judge on the show, Mama chastised Leiomy Maldonado, a ‘transgender Beyonce,‘ and said, “Leiomy, come on. Your behavior…it’s unacceptable. I just feel that you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If you’re going to become a woman, act like a lady.” After an LGBT group complained to her and MTV, Lil Mama apologized. [GLAADblog]
    • Actress Hope Davis talked about how it takes a bangin’ makeup artist and a costumer to turn her into Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who she is playing in a biographical film about the Clintons and former British prime minister Tony Blair. “The pantsuits have been made exactly to spec. There are some bright pantsuits,” she said. [NYTimes]
    • Tyler Perry will write, direct and produce an adaption of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” by Ntozake Shange, a series of 20 poems about black women’s experiences with love, domestic violence, and other issues. [Variety]
    • Teachers in Britain lashed out at advertisers for contributing to the “sexualization” of children by “infiltrating” their lives with too-sexy toys. The National Union of Teachers said girls, pre-teen and teen girls suffer from “inappropriate” toys, tee shirts and lingerie, like Bratz dolls, padded bras, and shirts which say stuff like “So many boys, so little time.” NUT (not a good acronym, guys) advised the government to set up a commission to regulate the advertising industry and be more “socially responsible” for youngsters. [Guardian]

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