Archive for June, 2010

“Huge” Brings Fat Acceptance, Stereotyping to ABC

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Alyssa Rosenberg points to the trailer for the latest project starring Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky. It's called "Huge," and it appears to be a story about triumphing-against-fat-camp-and-learning-to-love-your-body. Like Rosenberg, I'm all for tackling body image issues among teens head-on, but given that the trailer alone features a. obsessive dieting by the popular girl, b. as Rosenberg [...]

The Morning After: Eyes on Road, Hand on Crotch Edition

* A new study suggests that 11 percent of male drivers under 30 are masturbating  on the road. No word on the habits of the ladies, who these days are cleared to both drive and touch their own genitalia—but can they do it at the same time? Get science on this.

PFOX Demands Elena Kagan Out Herself as “Ex-Gay”

People who actually identify their sexual orientation as "ex-gay" are a rare breed, but Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) nevertheless manages to ferret out former homosexuals everywhere. Take the organization's most recent mission: For Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to out herself as used-to-be gay. Here's the pitch, from self-identified ex-gay Greg Quinlan:

Examiner‘s Solution to Bad Sexual Assault Reporting: Victim-Blame!

After Miss D.C. 2009 Jen Corey's claim that the Washington Examiner mischaracterized her sexual assault as a simple "bar fight," reporter Tara Palmeri first defended herself by claiming she doesn't always write her own stories. Now, the paper has revealed its second line of defense: Accusing Corey of being a bad sexual assault victim.

Examiner Called On Sexual Assault Coverage, Cites Intern Defense

Last month, Washington Examiner gossip columnists Tara Palmeri and Nikki Schwab drafted a hot little item about Miss D.C. 2009 Jen Corey "kicking some tail at the local bars." Corey, the gossips reported, recently physically defended herself after being repeatedly "spanked," "touched," "pushed," "slapped," and "sexually harassed" by men in public. Corey's got a [...]

Therese Shechter on Losing Your Virginity

Ever had a sexual experience? Then welcome to the magical world of "virginity," where a white wedding dress can restore a sexually-active 40-something's innocence, a set of pigtails can turn even the most experienced porn performer chaste, and a new hymen can be shipped from China for about 30 bucks. Documentary filmmaker Therese Shechter explores [...]

The Morning After: Porn Binge Edition

* Marnia Robinson begins a recent argument against Internet porn like so: "A few years ago, men from all over the world began arriving in my website’s forum complaining that they were unable to stop using Internet porn. Google had sent them—perhaps because my site shares information about [...]

Speed Botox Hits Georgetown This Summer

This summer, District wrinkles are under assault with the opening of D.C.'s "first ever botox boutique." The Georgetown-based Luxxery Express Medical Spa will feature no-appointment-necessary injectable fillers for "D.C.’s on-the-go, beauty-driven community"—a local demographic that's been ignored for too long.
The man behind the needle is Dr. Ayman Hakki, who, according to a press release, "saw [...]

The Groper’s Path of Least Resistance

It is a principle of public sexual assault that gropers will follow the path of least resistance. They will gravitate toward situations where their activities will not be discovered, and their assaults will not be punished. They operate in the Metro, where the close proximity of passengers obscures non-accidental touching and escape is difficult. They [...]

Sexist Comments of the Week: “Aristophanes Can’t Touch Rand” Edition

This week, Sexist commenters dared to answer the greatest philosophical question of our time: Are Ayn Rand devotees morally and intellectually superior beings, or are they actually just people who spend their time whining in the comments sections of feminist blogs when they could be daring to stamp the world with their boldly phallic architectural [...]

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