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Frankie Boyle: Pushing the boundaries, or just offensive?

FrankieBoyle.jpgFrankie Boyle has been in the media a fair bit recently, first for telling an offensive joke about Katie Price's disabled son Harvey, and then for being more than a little racist on his controversial show Tramadol Nights. Channel 4 defended the show, commenting "We think that it is important that a space on terrestrial TV exists for comedy that takes risks and pushes boundaries and we stand by our original decision to broadcast the programme."

But at what point does a comedian push the boundaries too far?

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Posted by Emma Cossey on December 27, 2010 9:30 AM in Celebrities| Ethics
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13 year old girl strip-searched at school

US teen Savana Redding was subjected to a humiliating strip-search by school staff, after a classmate claimed that Savana was carrying "contraband tablets" (ibuprofen).

When it turned out that Savana didn't have any on her, the school neither apologised, nor returned her mother's calls.

So Mrs Redding called the cops.

Now, thanks to Savana's own tireless campaigning, the case went to the US Supreme Court, who declared the school's actions as a violation of Savana's civil rights.

Watch the video below for Savana's story, and follow us over the jump for more.

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Dollymix poll: would you have a baby with your best friend as a last resort?

I had thought it was the stuff of fantasies and Friends reruns - having a baby with a male pal if you were still single at 35.

But writer Katy Regan did just that, as she writes in the Daily Mail:

"We'd had the drunken conversation: 'If I don't meet anyone by 35, will you have a baby with me?' But at 29, I thought I still had time to meet 'the one'. The trouble was, my attempts at dating other men were half-hearted. Louis may not have been Mr Right, but I couldn't quite pull myself away."

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Dollymix existential question: how do you get unstuck?

It is never too late to turn the tide, Lesley Garner wrote in The Telegraph yesterday:

"It doesn't matter how old you are: you are never too young or too old to feel stuck or, far better, to get un-stuck. I have seen teenagers sobbing that their life is a failure and I have seen 90-year-olds begin an exciting new life in a different country.

"Take a few deep breaths and remember a mantra, murmured by a slave in the ear of triumphant Roman generals: "This also will pass." The good things pass, and the bad things, too. The important thing is to keep dancing."

But how do you get unstuck? How do you 'keep dancing'?

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Women's "Ishoos"

Companies to reveal male/female pay gaps, the Vatican finds a new reason to hate the pill

Private sector companies may have to publish details of any gender gaps in their pay grades, the Guardian reports.

The government's equality office is attempting to address the gender pay discrepancy with a bill due to be published early this year.

Currently only public sector companies have to 'fess up to gender pay inequalities. And private sector business leaders are not happy.

"The Confederation of British Industry complained that forcing companies to produce "meaningless statistics" would do little to tackle the underlying causes of inequality, while the Federation of Small Businesses said the response was "over-prescriptive".

More over the jump...

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Lynndie England: war happens?


This weekend The Guardian interviewed Lynndie England, the woman in those photographs of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.

Having served her 521 days in prison, she's back in her West Virginian hometown, unemployed and living with her parents.

She says, "Thinking back ... I don't want to say I matured more, but I realised that I was so naive and trusting. But what happens in war, happens. It just happened to be photographed and come out."

I'm sorry, what?

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Posted by Robyn Wilder on January 5, 2009 12:43 PM in Ethics| In The News...| Interviews| Robyn Wilder| Top Stories
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Facebook bans breastfeeding photos, males under threat of extinction

Over 80,000 Facebook users protested after the site banned certain photographs depicting breastfeeding.

The protesters signed an online petition, staged an online "nurse-in" and held a small demonstration outside Facebook HQ in California.

Facebook claims it was just following its policy to ban sexually explicit material (EG
photos showing exposed breasts with nipples).

So it's really an anti-nipple thing rather than an anti-breastfeeding thing, which I can understand.

I wouldn't particularly like to log in to be confronted by a page of nipples - there are plenty of other sites I can visit for that. But then nipples aren't nearly so offensive as constant super-pokes from people I haven't seen since primary school, so you know. Swings and roundabouts. I reckon Facebook should go easy on the lactivists.

What do you think?

Follow me over the jump to find out why males are on the decline...

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Top 5 charity ecard sites - for a greener, philanthropic Christmas

Ha ha ha. So you probably knew that Saturday 20th - tomorrow - is the last UK First Class posting date before Christmas.

Were you, like me, planning to do a rush job on your Christmas cards and fling them at a postbox sometime in the next 24 hours?

And did you, like me, not realise that today, 2,000 postal workers will close seven sorting offices as part of a postal strike?

Ha ha ha. Erm. Never mind! I have compiled a Top 5 charity ecard list!

So come with me over the jump and let's send our wishes of the season in a way that helps those less deserving than us, treats our planet with respect, and doesn't depend on the vagaries of the UK postal system....

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Posted by Robyn Wilder on December 19, 2008 8:00 AM in Charity| Cute stuff| Ethics| Robyn Wilder| Things to buy| Top 10| Top 5
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9/11 World Trade Center plush toys, urban knitting and general crafty delights


Now, I don't have anything against knitters. Some of my best friends knit. In fact, one of my best friends, the fabulous Tchatchke, knitted me this fetching beanie to keep my thoughts warm in winter. But the sad fact is I have needle envy. I can't knit, sew or crochet - I wish I could, but I don't have the patience and my fingers won't obey me. And I can't imagine the thought and care that must go into crafting a piece of work.

So what to make of these homemade 9/11 plush toys by Johnny and Jenny Ryan? (More after the jump)

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Posted by Robyn Wilder on December 15, 2008 6:22 PM in Crafty| Culture news| Ethics| Robyn Wilder| Yay Or Nay
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Brokeback Mountain too gay for Italy

Sometimes I read news stories, shake my head and have to check my diary to confirm that we are, in fact, living in the 21st century.

This week Italian state television showed "Brokeback Mountain" - but it was a different version than the one we all saw at the cinema. The famous love scenes between the two lead males had been cut, transforming the film in to "the tale of true friendship between two straight cowboys", a move that has been furiously opposed by gay rights organisations in the country.

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