Today’s Lady News: “Californication” Ad Stars David Duchovny And A Woman’s Butt

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know Showtime’s “Californication” is about a horny novelist. But this ad, which just shows David Duchovny flanked by college students’ legs, is still gratuitously objectifying women’s bodies. Good shows can still have sexist ads! [Showtime]
  • Shock #1: Rosalind Miran-Ramirez of California discovered her nipple was bleeding. Shock #2: Her insurance company, Blue Shield of California, sent her an emergency room bill for $2,791 because “an emergency did not exist.” When Miran-Ramirez filed an appeal, her insurance company stood firm, saying they would not cover the cost of her bleeding nipple because she had not shown “any acute distress.” [Think Progress, hat tip to Feministing]
  • A 14-year-old girl in England died after being given a dose of the Cervarix vaccine, which protects against some strains of HPV, which causes cervical cancer. The U.K. began vaccinating 12- and 13-year-old girls in September 2008 and is also giving older teens the vaccine, too. So far, one million girls have safely received Cervarix in the U.K. [BBC]
  • The chairman of the Joint Chiefs Of Staff, the highest ranking military officer in the country, revealed recently that he would like the Navy to lift the ban on women soldiers serving aboard submarines. Women are allowed on surface combat ships, but only dudes are allowed to work on submarines for up to six months at a time. [Washington Post]
  • A clinic escort in Ohio who had an abortion in 1994 wrote an impassioned op-ed about why violence outside abortion clinics has to stop. [Mansfield News Journal]
  • The Dominican Republic has effectively banned abortion in a “pro-life constitutional change” which states “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.” Amnesty International said this constitutional change is highly likely to lead to changes in the country’s penal code, which would punish abortion. [RH Reality Check, Amnesty International]
  • The government of Japan will submit legislation sometime in the near future to allow married women to keep their maiden names and to allow children to choose the last name of either parent. [Bloomberg]