Today’s Lady News: Women Kicked Off Roller Derby Team Because Rink Owner Stalked Her

  • A woman who was stalked by the co-owner of a New Jersey skating rink was kicked off her roller derby team so they could keep practicing there. Marc Giaquinto, manager of InLine Morristown, was convicted of stalking a team member of the Morristown Madams by showing up at her home and office unannounced and tweeting about her online. In the d-baggiest move ever, the management of InLine Morristown told the Madams the stalking victim would be arrested for trespassing if she came to the rink to skate, so they took a vote. The other members of the Madams (who, ironically, raise money for women’s charities!) voted to stay at the rink, which meant asking the stalking victim to leave the team. The only good news here is that several of the Madams quit the team in protest. But interestingly, the victim said she is more hurt by her team members than by Giaquinto. She told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “Roller derby is supposed to be about sisterhood and women supporting women. And they (the Madams) are turning their backs on me. I did nothing wrong. It’s the team that made me feel victimized, not the case.” [New Jersey Star-Ledger]
  • Richard Ziser, a former 2004 Republican Senate candidate, filed a petition yesterday to outlaw abortion in Nevada through the concept known as “fetal personhood.” Ziser’s committee, Personhood Nevada, is distributing a petition calling for an amendment to the state constitution which would define a person as anyone “possessing a human genome.” It needs 97,002 signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot. [Reno Gazette-Journal]
  • Sources have told a Huffington Post reporter that a democratic senator may try to remove or water down an amendment spearheaded by Sen. Al Franken which would prevent the government from working with contractors who don’t allow their employees to bring rape cases to court. Allegedly it’s Sen. Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii) who has been heavily lobbied by defense contractors who were “overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up.” [Huffington Post]
  • The Times of London has an interesting piece up about how, historically, jealous men who kill their female partners get “an easier ride from the law.” [Times of London UK]
  • Today kicked off an $18 million-dollar campaign to educate 11- to 14-year-olds in 11 cities nationwide about dating violence. [Women’s eNews]
  • An Iraqi man in Arizona is suspected of mowing into his daughter with his Jeep Grand Cherkokee because he was upset the 20-year-old had become “too Westernized.” Police are still hunting for Faleh Hassan Almaleki, whose daughter is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. [NY Daily News]
  • A national women’s history museum? Cool! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Women’s History Museum Act Of 2009, which would authorize building such a museum on the National Mall in D.C. The bill is now headed to the Senate. [Ms. Magazine]
  • British scientists say the first successful “womb transplant” could happen sometime in the next two years. In the future a woman who has a damaged womb could get a womb transplant as an alternative to hiring a surrogate. [BBC]