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“No Toilet, No Bride” Campaign Gives Power To Indian Women

The “No Toilet, No Bride” campaign began in India about two years ago and gives women the right to refuse a suitor unless he promises to furnish their future home with a toilet or latrine. It’s unfathomable here in the U.S. to think of a toilet as a bargaining chip, but consider that about 665 million people in India don’t have access to latrines — they have to squat in fields to do their business. And those that do have access to a community latrine are regularly under the gaze of prying eyes and suffer urinary tract infections and kidney and liver problems. A lack of proper sanitation in the fields and the communal toilets also contributes to the spread of diarrhea, typhoid, and malaria. As “No Toilet, No Bride” spreads across India’s rural areas, women are able to be more exclusive when choosing a potential husband because the practice of aborting female fetuses in favor of male ones has caused more eligible bachelors than potential brides. The women and their parents can, therefore, be more selective when making a match. But as more toilets are being built in India, one class of women are losing their jobs. Women in the untouchables caste, the lowest in India’s social order, often found jobs cleaning human waste by waste. Now, they’ll have to find other means of supporting themselves. [The Washington Post via Impact Lab] Keep reading »

Lady Journalist Contemplates Putting Mints In Vagina In Name Of Journalism

When male journalists go deep, they go to Iraq. When female journalists go deep, they put a “vagina mint” in their hoo-ha. Since we here at The Frisky are ahead of the curve on all things vagina-related, we told you about Linger vagina mints way back in August. They’re like Altoids for your vagina. We didn’t try the product ourselves, because our cooters are fresh like that, but we did ask some dudes what they thought of the idea. Mostly, their responses were, like, “Ew, gross.” Over at Mother Jones, writer Jen Phillips got herself a tin of vagina Altoids and almost took the product for a test-drive. Then she read the box, which says they’re “for novelty use only.” So, wary of a yeast infection, she decided not to Linger. That’s gonzo journalism for you? [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Quickies: The D.C. Sniper’s Intended Target Is Revealed & R. Kelly Can’t Read

  • Mildred Muhammad, the ex-wife of D.C. sniper John Muhammad, has written about her mentally and emotionally abusive relationship with him in Scared Silent. She says she was the intended target of his bloody rampage. [Lemondrop]
  • Courtney Love has ditched her Twitter account just like Miley Cyrus. Love’s account was allegedly shut down after she made a series of inflammatory tweets calling fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir a “nasty lying hosebag thief.” [PopEater] — No worries. Daughter Frances Bean Cobain will keep up with the hilarious hate comments.

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Woman Jumped For Crappy Karaoke Singing

I have listened to some pretty bad karaoke performances in my lifetime. Some have left me feeling disappointed; others have inspired me to stuff a napkin in my ear to dull the sound, but never have I felt like inflicting bodily harm on the performer. Apparently, that isn’t the case for everyone. A 25-year-old Connecticut woman was jumped and beaten by six ladies because they didn’t like the way she sang a Spanish song at karaoke night at Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe in Stamford. The feral women knocked the singer down, punched her, and pulled her hair, leaving her with multiple bruises and a chipped tooth. The women—all under the legal drinking age, natch—were arraigned on assault charges. C’mon gals, you’re supposed to throw tomatoes at bad performers, not fists! Or, better yet, you could always just—I dunno—leave the bar? [NY Post] Keep reading »

Costumes For Trick-Or-Treating Or Turning Tricks?

Halloween is the one time of year when grown women let their hair down and bring their hemlines up as they become risque revelers at parties and parades across the country. But raunchy costumes aren’t only for those above the age of consent this year. A growing trend at costume stores and websites is offering risque costumes for tweens. The Dark Angel Tween Girl’s Costume, sold at SpiritHalloween.com, comes with a lace bustier, fishnet footless tights, and fishnet fingerless gloves. Similarly, Devil Delight Tween Girl’s Costume has a butt-skimming miniskirt and chest-baring bodice. The site also encourages the tween to be bad, saying: “It’s fun to look cute and be bad, you naughty girl!” Even the come-hither poses of the models are inappropriate. Would you believe some of these costumes are already sold out?! Keep reading »

Quick Pic: What Not To Wear This Halloween

I’ve seen a lot of really moronic Halloween costumes in my day, but this “eco-friendly” Go Green Girl Costume takes the cake. If global warming eliminates getups like this one, I’m all for it. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

How Not To Get Fired While Social Networking

First, the story of how to get fired. Hapless waiter Jon-Barrett Ingels had the kind of experience that garners some extra happy-hour attention and gasps over martinis, but it all went south once it hit the internet. He’d served Jane Adams, star of HBO’s “Hung” and when he delivered her $13.44 bill, she turned red and explained that she’d left her wallet in the car but she’d be right back to pay. Jane didn’t return and Jon-Barrett felt stung. But, he felt even worse the next day when her agent called to pay the bill — sans tip. He tweeted about it, and one month later her people saw it. She came in, gave him his three-buck tip, and he got fired. Here’s how to avoid a similar catastrophe after the jump. Keep reading »

Soccer Mom And Husband Involved In A Possible Murder-Suicide

Meleanie Hain, 31, who made headlines last month by showing up at her kid’s soccer game with a loaded glock strapped to her belt, was found shot dead in her Pennsylvania home on Thursday in what may have been a murder-suicide. Her husband Scott, 33, was also killed. Police don’t think anyone else was involved and the couple’s kids were hiding at a neighbor’s house. Keep reading »

College Newspaper Editor Resigns After Campus Freaks Out About Mutual Masturbation Column

Is it just us, or are colleges getting kind of prudish? A week after Tufts banned having sex in your dorm when your roommate is present, Towson University is up in arms over a column that ran in the campus newspaper, The Towerlight. A student who goes by the pen name “Lux” writes a regular column called “The Bedpost,” and while most of her pieces went by unnoticed, one called, “How to Make the Feeling Mutual,” about mutual masturbation, has attracted a lot of attention. It features racy lines, like “Make a lot of eye contact during the act and there’s a good chance that you will both orgasm around the same time.” (Read the full column here to get more of the idea.) The big loser in the aftermath of this “scandal” is the Towerlight‘s editor-in-chief, Carrie Wood. Administrators asked that she resign, and she’s given in. The whole attitude seems a little retro; I don’t know where you went to college, but in my experience, you’d be lucky if mutual masturbation is all that students are doing. It’s just about the safest sex there is. [ABC 2 News] Keep reading »

“Whatever” Officially The Most Annoying Expression Ever

I’m always on the lookout for ways I can annoy people a little less. Thankfully, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) has released a survey declaring the most annoying phrases in the English language—“you know” is second only to the word “whatever.” Eek, I say both! Thanks, Marist Institute, for making me watch it. Both are officially banned from my vocabulary. Now, if they could only take on these 25 words and phrases. [NY Post]

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