Today’s Lady News: The Reason You’re Afraid Of Spiders Is…

  • Scared of spiders? Me, too. A study by David Rakison, a developmental psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University, suggests us females might actually be genetically predisposed to fear creepy-crawlies and dangerous animals. He showed 10 baby girls and boys pictures of spiders and found that the girls associated fear with spiders more quickly than boys did. Rakison said this suggests a possible genetic disposition by women (thanks to humans’ hunter-gatherer ancestry) to avoid danger. [New Scientist]—Or could it could be because we’re prissy.
  • Last night almost 100 silent protesters at North Carolina State University stood outside the screening of Tucker Max’s d-baggy film, “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell,” which, among other things, jokes about killing a fat girl because “fat girls aren’t people” in it. In the Q&A following his film, Max said “Rape is not a joke…(the protesters) are devaluing the seriousness of an actual crime.” [Fox News]—Stupid protesters and their carelessness towards women! How dare they?!?
  • A court in Florida is currently hearing arguments for a challenge to the state’s ban on gay and lesbian adoptions. The ACLU took the challenge to Florida’s Third District Court Of Appeals. Currently, individual judges can grant gay couples an adoption if the couples file a petition. [ACLU]
  • Two transgendered women were both stabbed in the abdomen in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon. Joshua Mack, also known as Na Na Boo, died upon arriving at the hospital. Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the killer. [The Sexist]
  • A fan of ABC Family’s “10 Things I Hate About You” show (based on the movie) says an episode about Kat’s makeover sends mixed messages to viewers. The blogger said it reinforces the stereotype that feminists are “ugly” or unconcerned with their appearance. Plus, Kat clearly wears makeup in every episode, but when she’s getting a makeover by her sister Bianca, she complains about prevailing standards of beauty. [Adventures Of A Young Feminist]—Seriously. The “smart girl”-to-“hot girl” makeover in any movie always makes me gag.
  • CNN checked in with Nujood Ali, a 10-year-old child bride from Yemen, who gained international attention when she fought her husband for a divorce. Nujood’s parents had taken her out of school and married her to an older man who beat and raped her. When her parents refused to remove Nujood from her husband’s home, Nujood hailed a taxi to a court house, told a judge about the abuse, and was granted a divorce but also order to pay her husband $200 for leaving. CNN found Nujood is still dealing with the trauma, despite returning to her parents’ home. [CNN]—Sad. This is about as awful as yesterday’s child bride story.
  • Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority banned an advertisement for Nivea DNAge Cell Renewal Day Cream, calling it misleading. The Authority said the tagline (‘An innovation in skincare, which boosts surface skin cell renewal leaving you with noticeably firmer looking skin’) implied the cream caused permanent results. [Daily Mail]
  • Italian women are sick of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex scandal crap and they’re not going to take it anymore!, says an op-ed columnist. [New York Times]