Condoms Available To First-Graders • "Angry Women" Catch Changing-Room Voyeur


• A public school in Provincetown, Massachusetts, has decided to make condoms available to all students, regardless of age. A representative from the Massachusetts Family Institute has called this policy “absurd.”

He points out that children as young as five would be allowed to pick up condoms from the school nurse, although they would be required to undergo counseling beforehand. Provincetown School Board Chairman Peter Grosso responded: “The thing is, sexual activity starts younger and younger. We don’t know what that age is. So we just said ‘We’ll make it available to all of them.'” • A 29-year-old high school teacher from the UK is currently on trial for allegations that he had sexual relationships with several students. Karl Babiczuk-Brown admits that he had an affair with a 15-year-old student, but he denies charges that he also seduced two other girls, aged 14 and 15, who he met through a theater group. Babiczuk-Brown also denies that he told the high school students that they should become his “personal slaves” and claims there “must be some sort of conspiracy” against him. • Everett Uchiyama was banned for life from coaching the USA Swimming after he was caught having a sexual relationship with an underage swimmer. This did not stop Pat Hogan, a high ranking USA Swimming official, from recommending Uchiyama for yet another job. • Though the prediction that around 40,000 prostitutes would flock to South Africa for the world cup proved to be ultimately without merit, some sex workers have come to the capital to ply their trade, according to the Wall Street Journal. It has also become far easier for established prostitutes to find clients, and many of the luckier girls no longer need to walk the street. • Sockington is easily the most popular cat on Twitter (a dubious honor, if there ever was one). But the man behind the tweets is not actual living with the famous feline. Jason Scott, known on Twitter as “fatty,” admits that the cat in question lives at his ex-wife’s house, and he doesn’t really have all that much to do with Sockington’s daily life. • At nine weeks pregnant, Cheryl Harrison made the difficult decision to get an abortion, rather than carry her second child to term. Though this in itself isn’t newsworthy, Harrison’s case is particularly upsetting; she initially wanted to keep the child, but because she suffered from such violent morning sickness, continuing the pregnancy was simply not an option. “I was vomiting morning, noon, and night for my entire pregnancy,” she explained. • A NYPD detective has been arrested for stalking an 11-year-old girl in Albany and asking her repeatedly if she wanted to make money. Deodhram Singh, 38, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. • In 1949, Josephine English became one of the first black female OB/GYNs in the country. Now, as she approaches her 90th birthday, she looks back on her career. “When I first started, there were very few women,” she recalls. “I came after war, when there were no men… I originally wanted to do psychiatry, but I didn’t like it.” • According to Zou Xiaoqiao, a top official at the All-China Women’s Federation (a communist party-led organization), women make up “just a few percent” of village head positions in China. The few women who do make it into positions of power report difficulty with sexism, especially when it comes to collecting rent from farmers. • The official toxicology report on murder victim Stephany Flores shows that there was amphetamines in her blood when she died. It is unclear whether Flores took them voluntarily, or whether Joran Van der Sloot, who has been charged with her murder, was somehow involved with her drug intake. • A new book is making the argument that the spread of rubella may have had something to do with shifting public attitudes about abortion. Back in the 1960s, an epidemic of “German measles” created a lot of anxiety around the possibility a mother could spread the illness to her fetus. Abortion offered a solution for families, Leslie J. Reagan argues. • A woman from Indiana was arrested on Wednesday for charges that included attempted murder, aggravated batter, and attempted criminal confinement. Stephanie Foster, 34, allegedly stabbed a couple in attempts to kidnap their infant son, which she intended to pass off as her own. Foster has a history of miscarriages, and police believe she wanted a baby in order to fool her husband into thinking she gave birth to a healthy child. • Is lingerie football the most successful women’s “sport”? Unfortunately, from a business perspective, this could be true. And in a particularly Herculean display of denial, founder Mitchell Mortaza explains that the women are athletes and there not being exploited, no way. • A survey of therapists has revealed the ideal length of a sexual intercourse is somewhere between seven and 13 minutes. According to the study, sex that lasts over 10 minutes is generally judged as “too long” (really?) but sex that is under seven minutes is not very satisfying. Well, we agree with you on that one. • Meghan Casserly and Jenna Goudreau rounded up the “Top 100 Websites For Women” on Forbes and guess who made the cut? That’s right, this “must-visit” blog. • The “Forbidden Journey” ride at Orlando’s Harry Potter theme park is indeed forbidden — if you’re over 265 pounds. Unless you’re Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, who was reportedly allowed on the ride despite his weight. • Nine-year-old Quiana Coronado clearly has a bright future as the next Nancy Drew: she spotted a purse-snatching outside her bedroom window and chased down the thief with her dad, helping cops make an arrest. • In other citizens’ arrest news: ten “angry women” apparently caught a man spying on the changing room of a Tennessee thrift store, and trapped him until police arrived. • A group of communications professors have published a scholarly book on Twilight — they say that by switching to a male-directed marketing strategy for the third movie, the franchise’s producers are “missing an incredible opportunity to develop the terms for future female franchises.” • On July 1, Erin Andrews’ contract with ESPN expires, which may mean the Dancing With the Stars contestant could be done with the network. But if that’s the case, she’s not saying. “I’m in a situation where I’m not talking to people about that,” she told reporters yesterday. •

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