- Blogger Amanda Hess at The Sexist braved the snow outside at Sarah Palin‘s Going Rogue book signing in Fairfax, Virginia, to ask all the ladies waiting in line what the ex-guv means for women and feminism. Typical quotes? “[Palin] presents herself feminine…The impression is that feminists are women who don’t like to value their feminine qualities, and they like to put it down and be like a man, and I don’t think that’s appropriate for women. I kind of like her in that regard, that she’s sort of celebrating her womanhood as well.” [The Sexist]
- Jon Stewart called out “Fox & Friends” co-host, Gretchen Carlson, for pretending to be a dumb blonde on-air by looking up the definition of difficult polysyllabic words like “ignoramus,” “recession” and “czar.” Carlson’s not an ignoramus, though, because she was actually valedictorian of her high school and attended Stanford, though. Ugh, I hate when women play the ditz card. [Jezebel]
- Bruce Springsteen has put a supportive message on his website urging New Jersey legislators to vote in favor of New York Post]
- Yesterday the Senate defeated the Nelson-Hatch Amendment in the Senate’s version of the health care reform bill by 54 to 45. Similar to the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which was voted into the House’s version of the HCR bill, Nelson-Hatch would have influenced how private insurance companies handle coverage of abortions. In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “I don’t believe that the Senate needs to go as far as this amendment would take us. No one should use the health care bill to expand or restrict abortion.” [Ms. Magazine]
- The Attorney General of Massachusetts, Martha Coakley, beat out all the other male Democratic candidates to vie for the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. And she did it even after a male Boston Globe writer penned a stupid piece about how Coakley is so pretty, because that is so important to being a senator. If Coakley beats the Republican nominee, Scott Brown, she will become the first female senator from Massachusetts. [CNN.com]
- On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case about whether a student group at a publicly funded university is allowed to reject gays. Students in the Christian Legal Society, a group at the College of Law at University of California at Hastings, began a few years ago to require students to sign a statement (in order to join) denying he or she “advocates or unrepentantly engages in sexual conduct outside of a marriage between a man and a woman.” UC Hastings denied the group “official status” because of the bigotry, so the Christian group has sued, saying the school is infringing on their right to practice their religious beliefs. [Wall Street Journal Law Blogs]—You can read an interesting analysis on the whole debate at the WSJ blog.
- Good news for breast cancer survivors who are also vegetarians: A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the restriction of soy products can be stricken from the list of things a breast cancer survivor should do to avoid a relapse. Despite high levels of estrogen in soy, a study of 5,000 survivors found those who ate soy had both a 30 percent less chance of death and relapse. [U.S. News & World Reports]
- The European Court on Human Rights heard a challenge today from three women who live in Ireland and are rebelling against the country’s strict abortion laws. In most cases, Irish women who need an abortion travel abroad to another country for the procedure. [International Planned Parenthood Federation]
- Growing numbers of girls in the African country of Senegal are reporting sexual abuse at both French and Koran-based schools. The BBC’s article on the abuse is heartbreaking. [BBC]
- South Africa is trying to figure out how to deal with HIV-infected prostitutes when the country hosts the World Cup soccer tournament in six months. South Africa’s sex trade has one of the world’s highest HIV rates and half a million World Cup fans are expected to visit the country. [AllAfrica.com]
Yesterday in Today’s Lady News we read about a commercial for Method soap that makes a big joke out of sexual harassment.