Today’s Lady News: Meghan McCain Makes A Good Point About Boobs

  • Meghan McCain asks a really good question about boobs in her latest Daily Beast column: Why is it that Heidi Montag lands on the cover of People after her boob job, but more natural (we think) women like Jessica Simpson and Christina Hendricks are criticized for looking “big” when they flaunt their assets? Two points for coining the term “boob police,” Meghan. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Menifee Union School District in California pulled the Merriam-Webster’s 10th edition dictionary off the shelves because they contained the definition for “oral sex.” The school board will decide whether they’ll return the dictionaries to the classrooms. [L.A. Times]
  • Hooray for lady news anchors! Ratings for ABC’s “World News” have spiked eight percent since Diane Sawyer took the helm last month. [L.A. Times]

  • President Obama released a statement on Friday regarding the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion. “Roe v. Wade … affirms every woman’s fundamental constitutional right to choose whether to have an abortion, as well as each American’s right to privacy from government intrusion,” Obama said. “I have, and continue to, support these constitutional rights.” [L.A. Times]
  • Last night Katie Couric accepted a duPont Award from Columbia University for her interviews with Sarah Palin. “While Governor Palin has complained about the way in which these interviews were conducted and my intentions, I feel I did the job that I was supposed to do,” Couric said. [Media Bistro]
  • A recent study of first- and second-grade students said girl students are more adversely affected by female teachers who display anxiety about math. [Chicago Tribune]
  • After Martha Coakley’s defeat to Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race last week, some women are saying there is still a glass ceiling for women in politics in the relatively progressive state. [New York Times]
  • A UC Davis study of 1,300 women and girls, ages 16 to 29, found that the ones who date men who damage their condoms or destroy their birth control (i.e., throwing away the pill) are often victims of physical or sexual abuse as well. [Eureka Alert]
  • Wow, this does not often happen on TV: The show “Friday Night Lights” aired an episode where a character has an abortion. [Feministing]
  • A poll of 2,000 mothers discovered that the time of day most stressful to modern moms is 8:25 a.m. The women polled said they are usually in the car at 8:25 a.m., either driving their kids to school or driving themselves to work. [Daily Mail]
  • Katie Gentile for The Daily Beast asks why our culture obsesses over how quickly celebrities drop their baby weight. [The Daily Beast]
  • Here is a long, quite interesting magazine feature about Dr. Warren Hern, the last physician in America who will perform controversial late-term abortions. [The Observer/London Guardian UK]

INTERNATIONAL

  • China might loosen its “one child per couple” policy, which has generally led to families favoring baby boys over baby girls. [China Daily]
  • A 16-year-old boy, who has been dressing like a girl since age 12, has gotten approval from the National Health Service to become the youngest sex change patient in Britain’s history. Born Bradley Cooper, she calls herself Ria after her favorite pop star, Rihanna. “People might think I’m too young to make such a huge decision but I know my own mind and this is what I want,” she said. “I’ve known for years I’m a woman. I think and act like a woman, not a man. In my mind I’m a woman, so all I need now is the operation.” [Telegraph UK]
  • Elizabeth Caulwell, a 26-year-old British woman, was “roofied” at a bar and collapsed, but was luckily brought to an ambulance by someone who left her with a Superman cape. While in the hospital recovering from partial paralysis from the Rohypnol, Caulwell asked the local paper to help her find the “Superman,” age Paul Longmire, 23. “I was determined to find who Superman was to say thanks and return his cape,” she said. “Now we’re pals on Facebook.” [The Sun UK]
  • A 13-year-old at a girls’ school in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 90 lashes with a cane after getting caught with a forbidden cell phone camera. Human rights organizations are condemning the proposed punishment. [L.A. Times]
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