- And so it continues (Photo: Associated Press)
THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT is but days away, prompting The New Gay to reflect on the fact that for the first time in almost a century, one pageant contestant—Miss New York Claire Buffie—has selected a platform of gay rights: "Maybe a pretty, well-spoken woman in immaculate formal wear can make a difference after all."
AFTER THE JUMP: How a pink-clad giraffe gymnast will teach your kids not to be fat and/or anorexic; why a 17-year-old girl missing for Baltimore hasn't received a nationwide media blitz; doin' it in space:
REMINDER: Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still in effect. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which helps LGBT servicemen and women navigate their rights under DADT, reports: "Since the President signed legislation, 135 service members and veterans have contacted our legal team for help. 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' will remain the law until certification and the 60-day implementation period have been completed."
I WONDER: TBD Justice reporter Sarah Larimer asks why 17-year-old Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared from a family member's home in Baltimore on Dec, 28, hasn't received the missing-young-woman press attention conferred upon a Natalee Holloway of a Caylee Anthony. Spoiler: She's not a white lady.
NEW WORST THING FOR YOUR KIDS: The Gymanimals, a fat-fighting squad of gender-stereotyped zoo animals who use their boxing, gymnastics, and dead-lifting skills to combat foes like "O-Bee-Sity" and "Anna-Rexia," the latter of which “infects little girls with eating disorders.” Packaging Girlhood counts down all the wrong, including: "Who in the world recommends dead lifting to kids in order to keep them fit?" Also, can you copyright a name like "Couch Potato©"?
"SEX AND SPACE" has disappointingly few deets about the logistics of actually doing the deed in zero gravity, save for this: Rats don't feel like getting it on in orbit (according to four rats sent into space 30 years ago). In 1979, rats housed in a scientific "mating chamber" aboard a Russian satellite failed to copulate after a partition separating the males from the females was conspicuously raised. Prudes.