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Musical condoms, feminist dance troupes, Martha Stewart disses women, Keith Olbermann calls Paris Hilton a slut and more in this wacky weekend edition.

Published October 13, 2006 9:37PM (EDT)

San Francisco Chronicle: Following the paper's recent series on sex trafficking, the paper offers a Friday editorial on how to stop the practice in San Francisco. Strategies include licensing tests, conditional-use permits and steep fines for massage-parlor owners -- as well as an increased law-enforcement crackdown on johns rather than on sex workers themselves.

Chronicle, again: A feminist dance troupe takes aim at the objectification of women by producing a live billboard-style installation in which dancers fly through the air (with the aid of some rope) at a busy intersection. We're guessing you had to be there.

Houston Chronicle: Showing a gift for cutting sound-bite we wouldn't have expected, Martha Stewart asserts that women like each other to fail. (She exempts herself, however.)

BBC: More veil drama in the U.K. -- 24-year-old schoolteacher Aishah Azmi has been suspended for refusing to remove her veil while teaching.

Huffington Post: Ordinarily, we'd call ourselves Keith Olbermann fans, but his recent suggestion that an alleged attack on Paris Hilton is insignificant because she's "a slut" has us rethinking our stance. (Video is here.)

Ananova, via Nerve: Ukrainians are poised to get musical condoms, "designed to play louder and faster as lovers reach a climax." At last.

Washington Post: Somebody alert chick-lit author Sophie Kinsella -- "shopaholic" is on its way to being a clinical diagnosis.

Reuters Health: Apparently Botox injections are good for more than temporary facial paralysis -- they can also help women with chronic pelvic pain. We love to see a dubious substance repurposed for a good cause.

New York Times: Times editorial page editor Gail Collins is stepping down -- and will be a columnist for the paper! It's great to see the NYT moving toward more equal representation among its opinion-makers.

New York Times, again: An opinion piece tackles Susan B. Anthony's "posthumous identity crisis" with regard to abortion (and also portrays Anthony as kind of a zero-fun broad).

Associated Press: A Texas police officer has been suspended for maintaining a MySpace page featuring images of dismembered women. On the page, the officer allegedly listed his occupation as "super hero/serial killer."

Los Angeles Times: Proving that there's no story too silly for the media to dig up again and again, the LAT returns to the journalistic wellspring that is "cougar-hunting."

By Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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