Today’s Lady News: Don’t Call Meghan McCain A Slut

Jessica Wakeman | October 17, 2009 - 11:30 am
  • Meghan McCain, 24-year-old daughter of Sen. John McCain, took to her column in the Daily Beast to declare “Don’t Call Me A Slut” after she posted a provocative pic on Twitter of herself late Wednesday night which prominently featured her boobs. “I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more ‘sexual’ than a flat-chested woman,” McCain wrote. “And once again I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up. Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut?” The Daily Beast
  • Last week, freshman Seth Rudnitsky at the University of Maryland entered a dorm that was not his own and allegedly went into four different dorm rooms, groping female students who were in their beds. Rudnitsky allegedly woke the first woman up by trying to kiss her and trying to put his hands down her shorts. When the first woman screamed, he allegedly ran across the hallway to another dorm room and tried to kiss another female. The official report of the incident says Rutnitsky then entered two more dorm rooms doing the same thing that night. If the assaults aren’t bad enough, Rudnitsky’s lawyer made obnoxious comments to excuse his client’s actions: ““This is not a sexual assault case. You have a really good kid who has never been in trouble his entire life. It’s your typical freshman ‘I went out and had too much to drink and was being silly’ kind of case.” Ah, yes. Groping four different women in their dorm rooms…very silly. [The Curvature]
  • Today the FDA approved Cervarix, a vaccine for HPV, for use in females aged 10 to 25. The FDA also approved the use of Gardasil, another HPV vaccine, for prevention of genital warts (caused by HPV) in males ages 9 to 26. Both vaccines can help prevent against strains of HPV which lead to cervical cancer in women. [L.A. Times]
  • Brace yourself for a tasteless anti-choice video about an abortion: a talking fetus who gets stabbed by a knife! [ChoiceKills]
  • Lesbian student, Ceara Strugis, 17, is fighting to wear a tuxedo in her school yearbook. The ACLU issued a letter to Ceara’s school principal, demanding a picture of Ceara in her tux be published with all the other photos. Traditionally, female students wear “drapes” and male students wear tuxes, but honor student Ceara said in a statement “all I want is to be able to be me.” [Fox News]
  • Last month in New York State, State Senator Hiram Monserrate was convicted of misdemeanor assault for domestic violence against his girlfriend. Today Monserrate was cleared of felony counts which would have required him out of office. Nevertheless, he still faces up to two years in jail for assaulting his girlfriend and fellow New York State Senator Liz Kruger has called on her colleague to “resign immediately.” [[NY Daily News]
  • Of the 800 female students at Chicago’s Robeson High School, 115 are pregnant or have already had a baby. Officials are struggling to address the school’s teen pregnancy problem. [CBS2 Chicago]
  • A gay rights group called Equality California announced plans for a three-year, $15 million Let California Ring campaign to educate people in the state about same-sex couples and gay marriage. The campaign will reach out to older Californians, people of color and faith-based communities. [McClatchy]
  • The UK’s government has been ordered to publish data about the number of late-term abortions in the next month. Lawyers for the Department of Health are arguing that abortion data is “sensitive, personal and private.” [BBC]
  • The Jewish feminist magazine Lilith is hoping to raise $9,000 in the next two weeks to launch a new web site. If you’re a fan, consider donating! [Lilith Magazine]
  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy has criticized the arrest of filmmaker, Roman Polanski, calling it “not a good administration of justice.” Polanski was arrested in Switzerland last month for a 1977 incident in which he gave a 13-year-old girl drugs and alcohol and then raped her. Polanski served 42 days in jail for the rape, but had been living abroad since 1978, when he fled the country on the day he was scheduled to be sentenced for additional time. Sarkozy’s complaint was that Polanski was arrested 32 years after the initial incident. [L.A. Times]
  • The step-uncle, stepfather and brother-in-law of a British woman have all been sentenced to jail time after she took the stand to say she raped her repeatedly over the years. When the woman told her mother about the incest, including how her step-uncle was the father of the child she had at age 14, her mom did not believe her. [BBC]
  • Uh oh! Toy makers Mattel reported a 3.5 percent fall in earnings, in part due to weak sales of Barbie dolls. [London Times]