After being outed for her work in pornography, a student is explaining her professional choice, but not abandoning it. Her words reveal our own unfounded stigmatization of sex workers.
“That a woman could be intelligent, educated and CHOOSE to be a sex worker is almost unfathomable.”With those words in her essay last week for XOJane.com, “Lauren,” the Duke University freshman who is fast gaining notoriety outside of Durham for her porn career, caused the internet to drop its proverbial jaw.Since coming back to Duke after her Christmas break, Lauren has been gossiped about on campus and, with greater and more threatening vitriol, online.
From DUI’s to domestic abuse and disorderly conduct, no matter how out of bounds football players go off the field, fans are still game to place bets for them winning big on it.
Whenever a notable NFL player gets into trouble off the field, the following media debate topic is as inevitable as an extra point:Is the NFL’s image problem putting the sport in jeopardy?In fact, it’s being broached again this week after the Baltimore Ravens’ star running back Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his unconscious fiancée (Janay Palmer) out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Turns out—according to police—Rice and Palmer were trading blows with each other, with the former (5’8, 212 pounds) not surprisingly winning the fight.
Widely used definitions of alcohol-enabled sexual assault wrongly conflate drunk sex and rape—and perpetuate a blatantly sexist double standard.
The subject of alcohol and sexual assault, particularly among college students, has generated much sound and fury recently. A few months ago, there was the outcry over Emily Yoffe’s Slate.com article arguing that we should be more outspoken in warning young women that heavy drinking puts them at risk of rape. Now, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is under heavy fire, accused of arguing that rape victims who are drunk are just as guilty as their rapists.
Unlike marijuana, both methamphetamine and cocaine have been recognized for their therapeutic value by the U.S. government.
Just over a decade ago, the idea of medical marijuana seemed to most Americans a back door to marijuana legalization. Both weren’t much more than pipe dreams.Today, cannabis is hailed for its therapeutic value by many sick and dying patients and their caregivers across the country—though not by the federal government, which still considers marijuana a dangerous, Schedule I drug with no known medicinal value.Yet, cocaine and methamphetamine are both acknowledged as Schedule II drugs, just like OxyContin—that means they have recognized medicinal value in the eyes of the U.
The prospective DA for a Texas county with abysmally high domestic violence rates has issued the woeful opinion that abuse is really just a prelude to sex.
Lloyd Oliver proves that it’s not just Republicans who completely misunderstand any and all things related to sex and women’s rights. The Democratic candidate for district attorney in Texas’ Harris County argued that domestic violence is over-prosecuted because folks just don’t realize it’s part of foreplay.The prospective DA both discounts and fetishizes domestic abuse. In an interview with the Texas Observer, Oliver said “Family violence is so, so overrated.
The Fox News scoundrel is at it again, this time going after the Girl Scouts for ties to a gay punk band. From Oprah to the first lady, the talking head’s most outrageous outbursts.
In a comment that surprised no one, Fox News blabber Bill O’Reilly recently called out the Girl Scouts for hiring a spokesman whose nighttime gig was—apparently—fronting a gay punk band. Never mind that he has since been replaced by an acceptable-to-O’Reilly heterosexual spokeswoman, Kelly Parisi, who had the great misfortune of being on the receiving end of a classic Bill O’Reilly interrogation.“When I saw that you guys hired—paid—a guy in a band with homosexual overtones, I’m going, ‘Is that a good choice for the Girl Scouts?’” he asked, introducing countless geriatric Fox News viewers to the obscure-but-apparently pernicious “homocore” music genre.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics report on 2012 hate crimes exposes an alarming rise in attacks on a population made up of more than 53 million: Hispanics.
Attacks against the Hispanic community have more than tripled in a year according to an official report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The Hate Crime Victimizations report, a Census-driven study, shows an alarming rise in violent anti-Hispanic crime from 0.6 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older in 2011, to 2.0 per 1,000 in 2012.The overall total of nonfatal and property hate crime victimizations for the entire study, 293,800, isn’t statistically different to 2004 (the first year for which there is data), however.
Miranda Barbour says she murdered so many she lost count. Police doubt her wild story but have charged her in one homicide—and the penalty would be the same: death.
For somebody who says she got away with so many murders that she stopped counting after 22, Miranda Barbour is alleged to have been remarkably inept in the one murder that authorities believe she actually committed.So we should not be much surprised that police in the area of Alaska where the 19-year-old says she did most of her supposed killing are increasingly dubious of her tale of murdering as many as 100 people while involved in a satanic cult.
Corporal punishment is already legal, but a Democrat wants to amend the law to allow harder spankings by parents, caregivers, and teachers. Who asked for this?
All parents at one time or another have struggled with how to rein in an unruly child. Now, a Kansas lawmaker is trying to make it easier for parents, caregivers, and teachers to discipline misbehaving kids by creating a virtual how-to for corporal punishment—and bruising is on the list.Schools spankings are already legal in Kansas and 18 other states. Current law allows for corporal punishment that doesn’t leave marks. But Democratic State Rep.
CNN used to be the straight-news network. No longer. Don Lemon got into an ugly slapfest with Fox News’s Gregg Jarrett, and Chris Cuomo is flinging insults at Jon Stewart. What’s their beef? And is it all a ruse for ratings?
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart opened Tuesday night’s installment of The Daily Show with a video clip of Chris Cuomo—who only that morning had belittled Stewart as a mere “court jester” who doesn’t do challenging interviews with VIPs.“When he gets a heavy in the chair next to him,” Cuomo had declared on CNN’s New Day program, during a panel discussion of Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show debut, “he’s making jokes or nodding yes, yes, yes! I don’t know that the bar will be that high for Jimmy Fallon to be the accountability guy.
Niagara Falls has partially frozen over for the second time this year, giving tourists a one-of-a-kind photo op, and a reason to brave the frozen U.S.-Canada border.
Under a sudden avalanche of criticism, CIA director John Brennan said President Obama can ‘ask me to go.’ Will he?