Today’s Lady News: Jaycee Dugard’s Family Speaks Out Against Proposed Porn

  • Jaycee Dugard’s family has spoken out against adult filmmaker Shane Ryan, who is at work on a pornographic film called “Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave,” based on Dugard’s ordeal. In a statement, the Dugards’ spokeswoman called the film “exploitive, hurtful and breathtakingly unkind.” [New York Daily News]
  • Poor women in developing countries will be most negatively affected by global warming, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund. Weather-related natural disasters are likely to affect how they get their food, water and energy. [BBC]

  • Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, responded to recent news suggesting women put off routine mammograms until age 50 by noting it has caused “a great deal of confusion,” and told everyone, “Keep doing what you have been doing for years.” Ahhhh, I’m confused! [CNN]
  • Are working moms discriminated against in custody battles? That’s what some experts are wondering after Working Mother magazine reported that the number of fathers who’ve been awarded custody has doubled over the past decade. In response, NPR brought together experts to discuss whether newly single, working moms get held to a higher standard when it comes to providing care for their kids. [NPR]
  • Activists are raising money for a museum dedicated to moms in upstate New York. For now, the Museum of Motherhood only exists online and you can visit it here. [Utne Reader]


  • Yesterday, a Somali woman was stoned to death for adultery, which is a violation of by Sharia law. The woman’s boyfriend, who is unmarried, was given 100 lashes. [BBC]
  • A British court ruled yesterday that a Pakistani Muslim man is banned for life from contacting his daughter for making threats on her life after she refused a 2006 arranged marriage. Allegedly, Aurang Seb threatened to kill his daughter Rozina Akhtar, 22, after she refused to marry her cousin in Pakistan, and he also threatened to cut out Rozina’s mother’s tongue. Rozina’s mother apparently supported her daughter’s refusal because her own unhappy marriage had also been arranged. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Women in India are criticizing the Indian Air Force after it said it may allow female pilots to fly fighter jets, but they must first promise not to get pregnant. “This is discriminatory, because who is the state to decide our choice on childbirth?” Said activist Anjali Pathak. []
  • A $12 million family planning program on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development launched today to help provide contraceptives to women in Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Kenya, Indonesia and Pakistan. Experts said such a program to encourage contraceptive use among women was only possible after President Obama overturned President Bush’s policy on the matter. [Agence-Free Press]
  • Two teen girls were found guilty of manslaughter for beating up and bullying Rosimeiri Boxall, then 19, and then encouraging her to jump out a window. Kemi Ajose and Hatice Can, who were 17 and 13 at the time of the bullying, filmed some of their attack on a cell phone video. [Times of London UK]