Today’s Lady News: Tel Aviv Bus Line Segregates Women From Men

  • Bus line #322 out of Tel Aviv, Israel, separates the genders by requiring women to sit in the back of the bus while men sit in the front. I am told that private bus lines in the U.S. do this, too. Nevertheless, at least female politician Yael Dayan, chairwoman of the City Council of Tel Aviv, has said, “I will recommend to passengers to boycott the line. It cannot be that women, even religious or ultra-Orthodox, do not understand the meaning of separation in public.” [YNetNews.com]
  • The integration of women soldiers into submarines is “absolutely the right thing to do,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a visit to the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Washington. [Seattle Times]
  • An anonymous 34-year-old single woman in Texas has written an essay for Salon.com about having an abortion after an accidental pregnancy. [Salon]

  • Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has made some hugely d-baggy comments about gay adoption, likening it to drug use, incest and polygamy. He also said “children are not puppies” and we should not “experiment” by letting them get adopted by gays. Wait, so gays adopting puppies is still OK, right? [Washington Post]
  • Matthew Hawkins, 33, of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was arrested yesterday after police discovered photographs on his computer of women in bathrooms that were taken with hidden cameras. Hawkins allegedly installed the cameras in Delaware businesses and hospitals. So far he has been charged with six counts of invasion of privacy and is held on $5,000 bail. [NBC News]
  • A 19-year-old Muslim woman in Troy, Michigan, has filed a bias complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against a McDonald’s in Rochester Hills, claiming she was racially and religiously discriminated against because she wears a head scarf called a hijab. Nasihah Barlaskar says a manager asked her during an interview if she “had to wear that thing” on her head and then said she wouldn’t be able to wear it on the job. [Detroit Free Press]
  • Jennifer Knapp, a big-time Christian musician in the ’90s, talks about her experience finally coming out publicly and reconciling her identity as both a Christian and a lesbian. In an interview with The Advocate, Knapp talked about receiving a letter from a fan who asked her to publicly come out if she really was a lesbian because “it would help me feel less alone.” [AfterEllen.com]
  • Pennsylvania District Judge Gerard Alonge may be removed from the bench for contacting six women for dates — including five lawyers — after they appeared in his courtroom. [AP]
  • A woman named Anna Burger will succeed the current president of the Service Employees International Union, one of the country’s largest unions. [New York Times]
  • Who are the “muffia”? New York City’s band of power lesbians: chefs, DJs, musicians, and artists. [New York Press]
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