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Today’s Lady News: On The Texas Cheerleader Forced To Cheer For Her Rapist

  • We’ve long been following the story of the Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a student athlete who sexually assaulted her. Hillaire, of Sislbee, Texas, was 16 years old when she was raped in October 2008 by fellow student Rakheem Bolton, then 17, at a party. Bolton and three other boys removed her clothes and locked the door; a friend outside the door heard Hillaire saying “No!” and “Stop!” That friend kicked the door open to find Hillaire on the floor crying; three of the four boys had broken a window and fled. That same night, the owner of the house called 911 to report a rape. Despite all this, Rakheem Bolton initially claimed the sex was consensual, fueling rumors she was embarrassed because he is black and she is white. Rakheem Bolton eventually plead guilty to assault, but continued playing on the Silsbee basketball team. (Never mind that under Texas law, neither a minor nor someone who is intoxicated can legally consent to sex.) Four months later when it came time to cheer for the basketball team, Hillaire refused. Her coach told her she had to cheer “for everyone” or leave. So she left. She was then kicked off the cheerleading squad, which prompted her father to file several lawsuits against the school district, the superintendant and the principal. All lawsuits were unsuccessful and — if all this is not crazy enough — one ruling declared that Hillarie and her family had to reimburse the school district for legal fees. If it’s any consolation, an appeals court ruled this week that Hillaire and her family are not required to pay the entire $35,000 in fees. I don’t know about you, but that hardly seems like something to celebrate. I heartily encourage you to read this Daily Beast piece, because it is fantastic — as well as heartbreaking. [The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Let’s Stop Blaming Victims Of Hackers (Who Happen To Have Nude Pics)

  • This needs to be said: Let’s stop blaming Scarlett Johansson and the other victims of nude pic hackers, shall we? [How About We]
  • Teonna Brown, a Maryland teenager, was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for beating a transgender woman inside a McDonald’s. Brown plead guilty to first-degree assault and a hate crime for the disturbing attack, which was caught on video and posted online. [AP]
  • A writer for xoJane on being in an abusive marriage — and how she left. [xoJane]

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Today’s Lady News: Dick Cheney Supports Gay Marriage On “The View”

  • Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney appeared on “The View” this morning and voiced their support for gay marriage. The Cheneys have a daughter who is a lesbian and partnered with two kids. He said, “I think freedom means freedom for everybody and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation.” We agree on something?!? Get the smelling salts, Amelia! I’m going to faint! [YouTube via Think Progress]
  • On Serena Williams and fear of the “angry black woman.” [Feministing]
  • Do you find the term “wifey” offensive? To be honest, I hadn’t given it any thought. [Essence]

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Today’s Lady News: Why Does The Female Orgasm Exist?

  • We know it’s fun — but does the female orgasm serve a biological purpose? It could be argued either way! Blogger Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon attempts to explain what’s up with what goes on down there. [Salon]
  • A North Carolina House of Representatives committee has advanced a bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the state. [WRAL]
  • Remember Krystal Ball, the Virginia congressional candidate whose campaign was smeared with risqué photos of her and her ex-husband holding a sex toy? Ball now has an enviable career as a professional political pundit on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Nancy Upton Wins American Apparel’s Plus-Size Model Contest

  • Nancy Upton, the winner of American Apparel’s plus-size model contest, penned an article about why she spoofed the fat-women-as-pigs stereotype in her submission photos. “[With the contest, t]he company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification,” Upton wrote. “The puns, the insulting, giggly tones, and the over-used euphemisms for fat that were scattered throughout the campaign’s solicitation began to crystalize an opinion in my mind.” Make sure you read your whole piece, because it’s very thought-provoking. [The Daily Beast]
  • An Atlanta club promoter is offering discounts for his parties to African-American women with natural hair. Hmm, what do we think about this? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why are TV shows losing women writers? Some veteran producers weigh in. [AOL TV]

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Today’s Lady News: 12th-Grader Kicked Out Of School For Being Lesbian

  • A Christian private school in West Simsbury, Connecticut called The Master’s School asked rising 12th grader Rachel Aviles to leave after it found out she is a lesbian. [Think Progress]
  • This weekend, Jezebel blogger Jenna Sauers was riding the NYC subway home early in the morning when a man across the subway platform started masturbating while staring at her. Sauers spoke to a station agent, who called police, but the cops did not arrive anytime soon and she never found out whether this man was later apprehended. [Jezebel]
  • How Michele Bachmann avoids gender politics in her presidential campaign. [The Huffington Post]

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