Porn: Pleasure or Profit? An Interview With Gail Dines, Part I

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Move over dot-com, dot-org, and dot-gov. There’s a new domain on the block: dot-xxx. With 370 million sites and $3,000 spent for online porn every second, the industry’s revenues surpass earnings by Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Apple and Netflix combined. This is author Gail Dines’s point: Porn is about profit, not pleasure. Some people […]

Wheaties Fuels a Breakfast of Stereotypes

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How about some stereotypes with that morning bowl of cereal? After 80-plus years on the market, Wheaties has put more muscle in its brand by launching Wheaties Fuel. Billed as a cereal “By Champions. For Champions,” the re-branded carbfest  has the distinction of being the first cereal aimed intentionally at men. Each serving contains 210 calories and […]

Getting Down About Hooking Up

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The days are finally longer. Birds are chirping and green leaves are starting to bud. This can only mean one thing. Spring Break! And with Spring Break comes hook ups. Some folks are freaking out about this “new phenomenon” of hooking up, but I’d argue it’s hardly new–check the lyrics from those 1975 disco heroes, […]

Judge Orders Rape Survivors to Take Lie-Detection Test

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File this under “For Real?!” Cleveland, Ohio Juvenile Court Judge Alison Floyd is forcing sexual assault survivors to take polygraph tests before their attackers are sentenced. To date, at least four teenage girls have been ordered to do so. All have refused. According to reports from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, even prosecutors see the problem. […]

What’s the “Scoop” About Groping?

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What’s the “scoop” on sexual groping? There is no scoop. Getting felt up or fondled is old news. Ask any girl. Yet, on March 1, Los Angeles TV station KTLA 5 ran a news story titled “Scooping: Sexual Assault or Schoolboy Prank?” The report: An 11-year-old Castaic middle school student says she has become part […]