Today’s Lady News: The Miss Universe Pageant And Plastic Surgery

  • How many of last night’s Miss Universe contestants aren’t exactly natural beauties? One long-time pageant judge estimated that 30 percent of Miss Universe wannabes have had work done prior to the competition. The most ick-worthy quote from Fox’s article: “A source close to the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization [says] that not only is elective [plastic] surgery allowed, but it is quietly encouraged.” [Fox News] — Somewhere, beauty queen Carrie Prejean, whose boobs were bought and paid for by the Miss California Organization, is smiling.
  • A judge ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota on Friday regarding an “informed consent law” for abortions. The judge ruled it is permissible for doctors in South Dakota’s only abortion clinic to tell women seeking an abortion that they are ending a human life, but doctors must not tell women that abortion increases the risk of suicide or that they already have an existing relationship with the fetus. [AP]
  • Rifqa Bary, a 17-year-old from Ohio who ran away from home out of fear that her Muslim parents would kill her for converting to Christianity, is allowed to stay in Florida for now, a judge ruled on Friday. Although her parents have said they would not harm her, Bary said she fears an “honor killing.” She is currently living in foster care and will go back to court Sept. 3. [Fox News]
  • Researchers from the Centers For Disease Control found that women who play video games are more depressed and less healthy than non-gamer chicks. [NY Daily News] — Yes, but can non-gamer chicks beat the Snake Pit level in Battletoads?
  • A jury in Kansas found a man and a woman guilty of sexual assault when the woman pimped out the woman’s 5-year-old daughter to her male friend to allegedly buy whiskey and cigarettes. [Fox News]
  • Conservative clerics in Iran have balked at a proposal by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to include three women in his cabinet in the health, education and social welfare ministries. Iran has not had any female ministers since the 1979 revolution. [BBC]
  • Are women being left out of the environmentalism movement? One woman thinks so. [Guardian]
  • Tourists love to visit the Padaung, the famous “long-necked women” of Thailand who create giraffe-like necks by wearing heavy rings around their throats. Although these rings are their traditional tribal dress, and they bring many visitors to their area of Thailand, travel agencies are wary of participating in what some see as a violation of human rights because the rings evidently crush the collarbone. [Washington Post] — Yowch.