Today’s Lady News: Ralph Lauren Model Loses Stomach In Tragic Airbrushing Accident

  • Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton has a stomach, really she does! Don’t let this airbrushed-to-sh*t Ralph Lauren ad on the left fool you. [Daily Mail]—At least the company apologized, sort of. A spokesman for Ralph Lauren said “we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body.”
  • A transsexual with gender dysphoria in England who has been living as a woman for the past 10 years has been fighting since 2006 for the UK’s National Health Service to pay for her breast implants. The woman, known only as “C,” has already undergone hormone treatments to become more feminine but said a boob job is essential to her identity. [UK Telegraph]
  • Government statistics show the U.S. military discharged 619 people last year because of their sexual orientation, one-third of them being women despite the fact women only comprise 15 percent of active-duty or reserve members. Pentagon officials say they won’t look into this further because it might violate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. [NY Daily News]
  • Trouble brewed at a kids’ football game in Coloradio recently when Team A refused to play against Team B because Team A has one girl on it (the coach’s niece) and Team B says it was “against their religious beliefs to hit a girl.” (Ah yes, I remember that religious teaching, Thou Shalt Not Play Sports With Girls. Not surprisingly, words were exchanged between the coaches, a punch was thrown, and poor little 11-year-old Makayla Crespin said the incident “really hurt my feelings. Because girls can do the same as boys.”—[Guanabee]
  • The House of Representatives voted on Thursdays to expand the definition of a violent federal hate crime to include those committed against someone because of sexual orientation. Currently under the federal law, a hate crime is one motivated by hatred for the victim’s race, skin color, religion or national origin. Bittersweetly, this vote occurred just days before the 11th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death (the young Wyoming man who was beaten and left to die because he was gay). [New York Times]
  • The kids are onto you, Toys R Us! A group of Swedish sixth-graders complained to their country’s regulatory agency for advertising about the toy strore’s 2008 Christmas catalog, which the tweens said marketed toys based on “outmoded gender roles.” In their complaint, students wrote that “boys and girls were shown playing with different types of toys…the boys were portrayed as active and the girls as passive.” [The Local]
  • In more news about Teh Gays, the New York Times examined how even those within the gay rights movement are split on whether they should push for top-down changes from President Obama (earn that Nobel Peace Prize, Bam!) or whether they should make gains state by state. [New York Times]
  • A Muslim group in Canada is calling for a burka ban, alleging the body-covering robe “marginalizes women.” Said the head of the Muslim Canadian Congress, “We want to recognize gender equality as an absolute.” [NY Daily News]
  • Italy’s prime minister just can’t stop being a jerk, can he? While appearing on an Italian talk show, Silvio Berlusconi, interrupted female politician Rosy Bindi and told her, “I recognize you are more beautiful than you are intelligent.” Bindi shot back, “I am not one of the women at your disposal, Prime Minister,” referring to the parties-with-prostitutes that led his wife to ditch him. [UK Times Of London]
  • Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 contestants are competing tonight for the best, uh, fake tits? Plastic surgeons of the top three winners also get awards. [Washington Post]
  • Seven of the eight bicyclists killed by trucks in London in the past year have been women, despite the fact only 28 percent of the UK’s cyclists are females. Although the BBC admits these stats could be an anomaly, a 2007 transportation report in London found that women cyclists are more likely than men to obey traffic laws, which works to their disadvantage if they happen to be in a driver’s blind spot. Another theory, suggested by a transportation non-profit, is that women are more nervous bicyclists than men and could be putting themselves in danger. [BBC]
  • Colgate University will offer a series of five non-credit sex ed classes based on a book about female sexuality, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape, written by Jessica Valenti of Feministing and Jaclyn Friedman. [Feministing]—A sex ed talk discussing female pleasure … who’d have thunk?
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