Roundup: Wikipedia debates child porn

Plus, if you want to persuade a woman, don't send an e-mail. And the award for headline of the week.

By Sarah Hepola
May 9, 2008 5:51PM (UTC)
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Rocking us like a hurricane of creepiness: There's controversy raging over at Wikipedia about -- of all things -- a 1976 Scorpions album. The cover of the album, "Virgin Killer," features a naked prepubescent girl. (The album cover was banned in the States and replaced with a picture of the band.) The debate is about whether the image constitutes child porn and should be deleted from Wikipedia or has historical/artistic merit. The Scorpions? Historical/artistic merit? (A censored version of the image can be found at Gawker.)

Tell it to my face: A recent study suggests that if you want to convince a woman of something, you should do it face-to-face. Unlike men, who responded similarly whether they were receiving information online or in person, women were more likely to be persuaded when "they were able to form a bond through eye contact, facial expressions and gestures, the researchers found." All I can say to my fellow sisters is, when Scientologists approach -- stay strong!


Real men drink rosé: The Guardian wants to know why men won't drink rosé wine, despite its surge in popularity. Get over the color, guys. Nothing beats a good, dry rosé in the summertime.

Survey you should take: Working America and the AFL-CIO want to know what it's like to be a working woman in this election year. And they won't know unless you tell them.

The weirdest video I saw this week: A bizarrely earnest satire of an informational video about … vagina dentata? Go ahead, if you dare.


And the award for headline of the week? Click here. It's about the birds, of course.

Sarah Hepola

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget."

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