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According to the author of "Vagina: A New Biography," we are undergoing an "unprecedented struggle" among women, their bodies and sexuality. Citing recent examples including the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, the frenzy over "virginity tests" in Egypt and recent efforts in the U.S. to legislate the female body, Wolf argues that female sexuality is being targeted around the world.

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Despite a stodgy reputation, Republicans are capable of a little craziness. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was moved to scold a group of GOP congressmen who drank and went swimming -- at least one of them in the nude (that's him pictured) -- during a "fact-finding" trip to Israel last year.

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Looks like Carrie Prejean's opinions about gay marriage, as well as various and sundry racy snapshots in a state of undress, aren't going to end up costing her the Miss California title. On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that Prejean was going to continue her reign -- and, shockingly, that he thought some of the photos were rather fetching.

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Islamic hard-liners called the magazine a form of moral terrorism, despite the fact that there are no nude photos in it. This is reminiscent of what happened in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain when titillating material quickly appeared and then spread like kudzu. Liberties will always rush to fill a vacuum, just not necessarily in the way favored by religious fundamentalists.

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One of the most socially progressive European states debates whether or not to allow women to wear the garments in public Can a fatwa be far off? | story
Also, The Guardian probes an Islamic debate over the place of nudity in, heaven forbid, marriage | story.

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