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Lap dances for women, Schwarzenegger's racist faux pas, the contrived mystery of Lonelygirl15, and more!

Published September 8, 2006 11:51PM (EDT)

BBC: At last, a lap-dance club all for women. "I have 22 of the fittest male dancers," crows owner Richard Power. OK then!

Associated Press: In response to government pressure, organizers of Spain's biggest fashion show are turning away models for being too thin. Just wait till fashion mavens in Australia find out...

Los Angeles Times: The insanely popular set of YouTube videos featuring the winsome, mysterious Lonelygirl15 are most likely -- surprise -- part of a viral marketing campaign, possibly backed by talent agency CAA. (For more backstory, click here.)

Los Angeles Times, again: Back in March, during a conversation with his advisors about State Assembly member Bonnie Garcia, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped some race theory: "I mean Cuban, Puerto-Rican, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." Today, after learning that the Times had gotten ahold of the tape, he apologized to anyone who "feels offended," explaining that it was an off-the-record conversation. Ah, that's okay then. Still, Garcia herself was fine with the whole thing, telling reporters that "I label myself a hot-blooded Latina that is very passionate about the issues, and this is kind of an inside joke that I have with the governor."

Alternet opines that traditional notions of masculinity are bad for men and bad for society: "It's time to abandon the claim that there are certain psychological or social traits that inherently come with being biologically male," writes Robert Jensen. On the flip side, Reuters reports that men have a uniquely warlike psychology, which researchers have given the mildly amusing moniker "the man warrior effect."

Australia's Herald Sun: Brace yourselves for the apocalypse -- "Breast-enhancing padded bras for girls as young as six are being sold in Victorian shops."

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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