Today’s Lady News: Miss America Is Homeless!

  • The cable channel TLC has announced its three-year contract to air the Miss America beauty pageant is complete and there won’t be a renewal. Could it be that beauty pageants are finally no longer relevant? [Variety]
  • Warning, people who live in Bristol, Tennessee: some random person might walk up to you on the street and hand you a pamphlet that says:
    “You may have been given this leaflet because of the way you are dressed. Have you thought about standing before the true and living God to be judged? Scripture tells us that when a man looks on a woman to lust for her he has already committed adultery in his heart. If you are dressed in a way that tempts a men to do this secret (or not so secret) sin, you are a participant in the sin. By the way, some rape victims would not have been raped if they had dressed properly. So can we really say they were innocent victims?”

    If this happens to you, you’ll have a lot in common with 19-year-old Keshia Cantor, who received such a pamphlet from a lady at the drive-thru window at the Hi-Lo Burger where she works. Area religious groups say they have no idea who is responsible for distributing the disturbing pamphlets. [Tricities.com]

  • March is Women’s History Month! For all you teachers out there in the Frisky-verse, The New York Times‘ education blog offers tons of ideas on how to incorporate this year’s theme, “Writing Women Back Into History,” into the classroom. [New York Times]
  • Experts say they are seeing more women in their 30s, 40s and older seeking treatment for eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • West Chester University in Pennsylvania yanked funding for a spoken word celebration, titled “Pussies, Pens and Politics,” after authorities deemed it too “inappropriate” for campus. [The Quad]
  • According to a Student Monitor study of 900 college kids, the #1 magazine that college-aged women subscribe to is Cosmopolitan. [Media Bistro]
  • The NCAA has pulled advertisements from the group Focus on the Family off its website, allegedly after complaints about the group’s bigotry against gays and lesbians. Focus on the Family was recently in the news for the anti-abortion commercials starring Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam, during the Super Bowl. [L.A. Times]
  • The Houston Fire Department arranged Camp Houston Fire, a weekend-long training exercise for female juniors and seniors in high school to see what it’s like to train as a firefighter. Female firefighters arranged the weekend because currently less than three percent of Houston’s firefighters are women and within the next five years, more than half will be retired. [KHOU]
  • Alvin Robertson, a former guard for the San Antonio Spurs, has been arrested in Arkansas in connection with the sexual trafficking of a 14-year-old girl. Police say the girl was kidnapped from her home and forced to work at a dancer and prostitute around Texas. [KSAT]
  • The White House has announced Julianna Smoot, formerly chief of staff for the U.S. Trade Representative Office, will replace Desiree Rogers as Social Secretary. Rogers stepped down from the position on Friday. [Politics Daily]
  • Laura Bush and Sarah Palin will both be headliners at the first annual “Complete Woman Expo” in North Carolina this June. No word yet on what the ladies will speak about. [CNN]
  • Diane von Furstenberg has announced the first-ever recipient of the DVF Awards People’s Voice award will be Katherine Chon, the president and co-founder of Polaris Project, which combats human trafficking. Chon will receive $50,000 from the Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation to continue her good work. [Inside.DVF.com]
  • If you feel like getting an immediate headache, then watch this bizarre video from the website SexReally, sponsored by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Its thesis seems to be “men are pigs and women are too dumb to realize it because we just want babies!” Um, promoting gender stereotypes doesn’t seem like an awesome strategy to prevent teen pregnancy. [YouTube]

INTERNATIONAL

  • In an attempt to raise the low birthrate, the health ministry of South Korea is creating a “call center” on illegal abortions and offering rewards to informants. [AFP]
  • Amnesty International has launched a campaign against Sudan to stop flogging women for wearing “indecent” clothing, such as a knee-length skit. Under Sudan’s Public Order Law, women who dress indecently can be sentenced to up to 40 lashes. [Business Week]
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