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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Dartmouth Prez Jim Yong Kim

March 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Age: 49

Occupation: Newly-appointed president of Dartmouth College

Known for: Leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS, receiving a MacArthur genius grant in 2003, getting interviewed by Madonna in Vanity Fair, becoming the first Asian-American president–the Brown and Harvard-educated Doc was born in Seoul–of an Ivy League university.

It’s a tricky time to lead any university, but if Dr. Kim can provide care to the world’s poorest, surely he can handle the world’s richest, plummeting endowment notwithstanding, no?

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The Bravery

February 25th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


This week on RuPaul’s Drag Race, my girl Ongina proved once again that she is the funnest and fiercest of all the fabulous bitches in the competition. My tiny queen won the Mac Viva Glam challenge, earning a spot as a spokesperson for the campaign.

But as she heard that she won, she broke down into sobs. And said the bravest thing I’ve ever heard on television, so much so that I’m ashamed to have seen it on something as fluffy as a standard-definition reality show:

“I just wanted to say, and I’ve always been so afraid to say it, that I’ve been living with HIV for the last two years of my life. And this means so much to me. I didn’t want to say it on national TV because my parents didn’t know–oh my God.

You have to celebrate life. You keep going. And I keep going.”

I can honestly tell you that I cried. All night.

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Name, Shame, and Blame the Hookers

September 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

The Ethics and Integrity Ministry of Uganda announced this week that, in order to fight prostitution (a trade described as “booming” along the Uganda-Sudan border), the government is going to shame sex workers by publishing their names in the newspaper, on TV, and on the Internet. Ethics and Integrity Minister James Nsaba Buturo (pictured) was quoted as saying:


(Prostitution) is not only destroying homes, it is blighting the future of young people and becoming a major facilitator of serious infections such as HIV and AIDS.

And you know how hookers REALLY LOVE hooking. And their Johns are so good to them, buying them expensive stuff on Rodeo Drive like Richard Gere did in Pretty Woman. It’s not that prostitutes can’t do other jobs, either, it’s just that suckin’ old ugly cock for a living is so DAMN FUN. And the very serious threat of contracting HIV/AIDS while fuckin’ for money makes it SO COOL and THRILL-SEEKY. So the only way to shut prostitutes down is to make them feel BAAAAAAAAAAD about what they’re doing because they like it WAAAAAAAAY TOO MUCH.

The Ugandan government is also contemplating outlawing the miniskirt, aka Whore Gear, because, as Minister Buturo puts it:

The mini-skirt can cause an accident when you are sitting with a woman in a car. Men while driving gaze out when they see these women and this causes accidents,” he said.

And, as we all know, those men driving those cars while checking out those prostitutes in those miniskirts have NO CONTROL over their actions whatsoever!

This miniskirt is the problem. Not your raging boner. (Woman pictured is not actually a hooker. Just a desperate wannabe.)


Yes, yes. Name, shame, and blame the hookers! Because, as our friend who works in Uganda advocating for women’s rights told us today, “Prostitutes just aren’t stigmatized enough, right?”

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