By Hana Skoblow
– Justin Bieber was slapped with a paternity suit by 20-year-old Mariah Yeater. Yeater claims that she met the teen pop icon backstage after a concert and took his virginity. “He told me he wanted to make love to me and that it was going to be his first time,” she said in her lawsuit, adding that, “the sexual intercourse itself was brief, lasting only approximately 30 seconds.” Bieber’s representative is vigorously denying all allegations and both parties will meet in court on Dec. 15.
– Pornography may be decreasing incidents of sexual assault, contrary to the popular belief that X-rated media increases rape frequency. According to Christopher J. Ferguson, professor of criminal justice at Texas A&M, “Rates of [reported] rape and sexual assault in the U.S. are at their lowest levels since the 1960s.” He attributes this drop to the rise of the Internet and subsequent availability of pornography. U.S. states with the least Internet access have experienced a 53-percent rise in reported rapes whereas states with the most access experienced a 27-percent drop. Causation cannot be proved through these studies, but the phrase “porn is the theory, rape is the practice” now seems to lack evidence.
– Amy Winehouse’s posthumous album will be released on Dec. 5. When the singer died at 27 in July, she had only released two albums but producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi have put together a third album. Lioness: Hidden Treasures will include a collection of 12 unheard studio tracks as well as a duet with Tony Bennett, acoustic tracks, and songs from much earlier in her career.
– The U.N. dubbed Oct. 31 as the day that the Earth’s population reached 7 billion people. Because some countries do not collect full census data, the population may have reached 7 billion before or may reach it after, but Halloween seems an appropriate day to “celebrate,” or rather, face the dangers of overpopulation.
Sources: RadarOnline, Nerve, Scientific American, MTV