Today’s Lady News: A Low Libido Just Won’t Do!

  • This weekend, The New York Times Magazine profiled psychologist Lori Brotto, who is helping revise the definition of a woman’s low libido for the psychiatrist’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.). The American Psychiatric Association will re-publish the manual in 2012 or 2013, and Brotto is helping to shape how doctors diagnose and treat a low urge towards doin’ it. What might surprise you? Throughout her studies, Brotto has found many women who report a low libido are perfectly capable of feeling pleasure. The problem seems to lie, instead, in their mind’s relationship to sex. [The New York Times Magazine]
  • New York magazine wonders just how pro-choice is America, really? [New York]
  • Spelman, a historically black women’s college in Atlanta, is participating in its first Pride Week to support its LGBT students. [Inside Spelman]

  • Susan Boyle is projected to outsell Rihanna, Lady Gaga and 50 Cent in first-week sales of her album “I Dreamed A Dream.” Not bad for a 48-year-old singer whose looks have been as much of a focus as her talent! [Times of London]
  • Conservative commentator Glenn Beck made a “joke” over the weekend about how if he and Sarah Palin ran for president together, she’d still be “in the kitchen” (presumably where women belong?). Beck told his radio show, “I’m just saying, Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck—can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, ‘I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.'” Charming fellow, that one. [Gawker]
  • The Senate has opened debate on Obama’s health care reform bill and Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced the first amendment, which would reduce co-pays and deductibles for preventative services for women, such as for mammograms. The amendment would allegedly cost $1 billion. [AP]
  • After two women in high-profile domestic violence cases in the New York City area recanted their stories of abuse (Karla Giraldo’s face was slashed by her boyfriend, New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate, and she required 40 stitches; Marilyn Carter suffered a swollen lip, cut ear and bruised body after an argument with her husband, former TV newscaster Dominic Carter), anti-violence advocates are drawing attention to the fact that many women choose not to press charges against their abusers. By not pressing charges, these victims make it that much harder for law enforcement officials to prosecute the abusers. [AP]
  • An Episcopal bishop in Massachusetts has given priests their permission to officiate at same-sex weddings. [Boston Herald]


  • The U.K. has launched an ad campaign called “Contraception: Worth Talking About” to urge young adults to discuss birth control and to try to curb its teen pregnancy rate, which is the highest in Europe. [BBC]
  • Spain’s parliament passed a law which will allow women and girls, ages 16 and up, to receive an abortion through 14 weeks of pregnancy. Previously, Spain only allowed abortion in case of rape or when the health of the mother or child was at risk. [CNN]
  • Uganda has proposed possibly the death penalty for HIV-positive gays. According to the Anti-Homosexuality 2009 bill currently passing through Uganda’s parliament, any person convicted of gay sex could be imprisoned for life; if he or she is HIV-positive, the penalty is death. [Times of London]
  • A judge in Argentina overturned a ruling that would have allowed the country’s first same-sex marriage to take place in Buenos Aires. [BBC]
  • The Philippine President Gloria Arroyo said she will run for Congress when her term is up next year. The Philippines had a female president? We’re embarrassed to say we had no idea. [BBC]