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In the wake of the unrest/civil war/revolution in Libya, a lot of media attention has been paid to the eccentricities of their four-decade long leader and tyrant, Moammar Gadhafi. He’s been garnering twitter hits for his wacky ways, his bizarre quotes, and of course, his inhumane ability to fire on his own citizens. Adding to the long list of Gadhafi’s strange proclivities is his choice of personal protection: an all-female, lipsticked legion of virgins who accompany the leader as his personal bodyguards. Read More
  Chinese scientists have discovered that male mice bred without the chemical serotonin are attracted to other male mice, not females. This is the first time an isolated neurotransmitter has been easily linked to homosexuality. When serotonin is re-injected into the mice brains, they show a preference for females again. Mice are not humans. The findings are interesting because they are so simple, mice that lack the gene necessary to produce serotonin will be attracted to mice of the same sex. Read More
On January 24th ,2011 at an information on campus safety at York University, a Toronto police officer put his foot in his mouth. He advised that "women should avoid dressing likes sluts in order not to be victimized." Students and staff of York University's Osgoode Law School have demanded an apology, but some people don't think an apology is enough. After all, the police officer in question isn't the only person to share this view. It's a popular and insidious belief that women are often at fault for their own sexual harassment by dressing to provoke. Read More
Street harassment is so common in New York, it's practically a pandemic. It's so common that I walked from the 28th subway to BUST HQ's on 27th (that's a block) and got cat-called five times today. And it's raining. Goddamn, don't these men have jobs? Apparently the thing topping their to-do list is 'YELL AT WOMEN ON STREET' followed by the less important, but equally creepy, tasks of: 'hide in bushes & wait' and 'make lots of calls from a blocked number where the only thing you do is breath heavily down the receiver!' Seriously dudes, not okay. Read More
Damn. Bethann Hardison is fierce. She was the first black cheerleader at her Brooklyn highschool, the first African-American person working an upscale New York City showroom, and one of only a handful of black runway and fashion models in the early 1970's. But Hardison knew she could be more effective behind the camera than in front, and in 1980 joined one of the top modeling agencies as a booker. It was her wheeling and dealing that persuaded top designers to take chances on black models such as Iman, Naomi and Tyson. Read More
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