"Gay advocates are demanding an apology from the University of Washington student newspaper after an image of a man and a sheep was included in an opinion piece against gay marriage."-Yahoo News
The U-Dub Daily editor-in-chief claims it was just an editorial art decision designed to acknowledge a point in the article that argues how gay marriage is a "slippery slope" to other unsavory forms of union, i.e., in this case anyway, um, between a man and his sheep. (Well, columnist John Fay's actual words were, "Once you've legalized gay marriage, why not polygamy, incest, bestiality or any other form of union?") Therefore, no apology will be issued. The students who rallied against it, however, feel like its use is not only offensive, but it also promotes homophobia. Watch the report, then tell us where you stand.
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"Gay advocates are demanding an apology from the University of Washington student newspaper after an image of a man and a sheep was included in an opinion piece against gay marriage."-Yahoo NewsRead More »from Does this offend you?
Last night Barbara Walters interviewed Rush Limbaugh as part of her "10 Most Fascinating People" special, and she could barely contain her animosity towards Rush for that unfortunate Hillary aging comment he infamously made earlier this year, blurting out, "What's with you Rush?" This erm, hard-hitting moment in television journalism was followed closely by, "Who is the real Rush?" to which he responded: "I am a harmless, lovable little fuzzball...I am the most unthreatening, tolerant, lovable guy you could ever meet." Uh huh.
Now, I'll admit it, Rush Limbaugh is not winning any points from me with enthusiastic claims like, "I love Sarah Palin!"--he defended his admiration by saying that she only seemed "uninformed in one interview," and I would LOVE to know which one, out of the many interviews where she proved herself to have less civic knowledge than your average grade schooler, he was referring to-- and alluding to this terribly polarizing, mythical idea that there is a "battle
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The author of How to Talk to Girls may have some things in common with other relationship authors, but the most distinguishing factor--the one that really sets him apart from the pack--is that he's never actually been on a date. That's because he's um, nine.
According to the New York Post, Alec Greven wrote a handwritten, $3 pamphlet that he sold at his school book fair, which was subsequently snapped up by publishers and turned into a real book that hit nationwide shelves last week. His motivation? "I saw a lot of boys that had trouble talking to girls," Alec said.
Preach on Alec. Clearly, someone had to come along and fill that important gap in today's literary market.
"The fourth-grader from Castle Rock, Colo., advises Lothario wannabes to stop showing off, go easy on the compliments to avoid looking desperate - and be wary of 'pretty girls.'
'It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry,' he writes in Chapter Three.
- Erin Flaherty, Shine staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Dec 2, 2008 9:52 PM EST
Um, this video has been blowing up the buzz charts, and while I get it--"dancing with the dogs" or whatever is a sure fire crowd pleaser--I can't help but have mixed feelings. Anyone care to weigh in here?Read More »from Heavy Petting: The "chihuahua tango"-creepy or cute?
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Getty ImagesSome fun facts to help us kick off World AIDS Day:
- In 2007, the Federal Government gave $176 million to abstinence-only education, which, as we discussed a few posts back, is just going swimmingly (ahem).
- In fact, over 30 percent (30!) of girls in the U.S. become pregnant by the age of 20.
- Two-thirds of all people infected with an STD are under 25 years old.
- Every year in the U.S. there are 19 million new cases of STDs.
According to the recent Rolling Stone cover story, Britney's long time, off-again, on-again manager Larry Rudolph admits that his currently single client is more of a "relationship girl" at heart. But while some young celebrities never seem to get caught up in over-the-top public romantic drama (oh say, Ashlee and Pete, Nicole and Joel), Britney Spears hasn't been so lucky. And it's no wonder she can't seem to catch a break: Between her father's conservatorship and pressure to make a comeback, not to mention the fact that as many as 20 paparazzi have been assigned to track her every move at any given time, how is she supposed to get involved in a healthy relationship? Sure, it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all and all that, but this singer likely has decades of love affairs ahead of her. Hopefully Britney will apply what she's learned from her most high profile love affairs going forward.Read More »from Britney's top 5 romantic mistakes
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In celebration of International Human Rights Day on December 10th and in reaction to anti-gay ballot initiatives in California, Arizona and Florida, DayWithoutAGay.org has come up with a brilliant way to peaceably fight the opposition. The gay community is asking for supporters not to call in sick, but to "call in gay" in order to take the day off from work to volunteer time with various organizations that promote equality. (For those who fear getting fired, there are other ways to get involved.) Oh and you don't have to be gay to call in, duh. Given the huge organizing success of Join the Impact and the nationwide protests this past Saturday, we wonder how many people will actually call in and say, "Can't work, I'm too gay today."
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I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting a little sick of retailers using the shoddy state of the economy to well, sell us stuff. Every press release I've received for the past few weeks has started out by saying things like, "You may not have much money, but here's one item that every recessionista needs," and blah, blah, blah. How about this year we consider the um, true reason for the season or whatever? This is the time to bust out those "Good for 5 hugs" coupons we made when we were kids.
I got lucky this year: My partner and I have our gift to each other bought and paid for. Months and months ago, we decided to go on a vacation with our family and we're so excited. Maybe if we were more flush with cash we would also have considered exchanging presents once we got there, but now it feels more important to save that dinero. Besides, not to get too cheesy here but what more could we ask for than the joys and blessings of being together with the people we love the most?
Um, this commercial for Australian tampon brand Kotex U is kinda freaking me out. See, there's this beaver and well... Maybe it simply speaks for itself.
Whiplash, in all his gloryRead More »from Heavy Petting: Monkey cowboys riding dogs
So I see this Buzzfeed item that claims, today, people are checking out the state fair sensation that is the Banana Derby. I'm like, "What the heck is that?" I click through and look at a picture. It's stupid cute. There's a monkey riding a dog in this rodeo ring. What's not to love? Then I bring it up in a meeting and our Annette goes, "Oh you mean like Whiplash?" Turns out, Whiplash is like, the most famous rough rider among what I can only assume are the totally competitive ranks of monkey jockeys, and someone gave her a Whiplash mug that she keeps on her desk. (She also dug up this rather nifty pre-shrunk cotton T-shirt.)
The animal advocate in me wonders, is this some (ridiculously cute) form of animal abuse? Still, adorable monkeys + cute dogs, together at last. I mean, how can something that looks so right be wrong?
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