Today’s Lady News: Even Women With “Normal” Weight Are Worried About Getting “Fat”

  • Even women of “normal” weight with no history of eating disorders have a fear of getting fat, according to a study to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences in May. Said Professor Diane Spangler, who worked on the brain scan study, “Many women learn that bodily appearance and thinness constitute what is important about them, and their brain responding reflects that.” Uh, no duh, guys, I could have told you that! [UPI]
  • The good news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. The bad news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. Yahoo, Xerox, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Avon, and Western Union — we salute you. [Money.CNN.com]
  • Writing about how Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has escaped indictment for a rape accusation (on account of lack of evidence), garden columnist (garden columnist?) Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun goes on a victim-blaming-palooza. Reimer seems to believe the 20-year-old accuser actually was raped by Roethlisberger, but, well, she was kind of asking for it because she was so drunk. Reimer writes, and I quote: “Girlfriend, if you get that drunk you bear some responsibility for what happens next, whether you get your purse stolen or you get roughed up in a dingy bar bathroom. And police reports suggest that the accuser was nearly incapacitated.” [Baltimore Sun]

  • PoliticsDaily asks if women are outperforming men in “new media,” a term that means online magazines and blogs like The Frisky … [PoliticsDaily]
  • … but New York asks why there aren’t more women in technology start-ups … [New York]
  • … and so does the New York Times, which calls women “out of the loop in Silicon Valley.” [New York Times]
  • An interview with Suzanne Braun Levine on why age — and ageism — is a feminist issue. [She Writes]
  • African-American issues blog The Root pays tribute to the women of SNCC (the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee) for their leadership in the civil rights movement. [The Root]
  • Carolyn Rodgers, a poet who wrote about feminism and black power, died on April 2 at the age of 69. Rodgers’ book How I Got Ovah: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1976. [New York Times]
  • Maryland: not such a hot record on women business leaders, according to a new report of 92 publicly traded companies. The state has more women board members but less women execs. [Washington Post]
  • Women are the fastest-growing group of rugby players, increasing from 6,000 to over 20,000 in the past decade, according to USA Rugby. [New York Times]
  • Love Bust magazine? Me, too! Chloe Angyal at Feministing interviews Debbie Stoller, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bust, and covers everything from Madonna to “Sex and The City” to Camille Paglia. [Feministing]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The United Nations’ human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has called on the Gulf States — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, etc. — to stop denying women basic human rights. “Discriminatory barriers continue to hamper women’s right to shape their own lives and choices, and fully participate in public life and be part of public debates that influence the direction of a nation,” Pillay told an audience in Saudi Arabia. [AFP]
  • The Houston Chronicle visits the girls and women of Juarez, Mexico, who have been kidnapped and, in some cases, murdered by the hundreds — if not thousands — in the past several decades. Experts say many of the disappeared, who are mostly poor factory workers, have been sold into sex trafficking. [The Houston Chronicle]
  • A politician in Australia discourages parents from allowing their daughters to get leg waxings until at least age 14. [Herald Sun]
  • London’s Guardian offers up a fascinating profile of the 79-year-old Egyptian feminist and writer Nawal El Saadawi, who has published over 50 novels, plays and short story collections in her lifetime. In 1972, El Saadawi lost her job at the Egyptian Ministry of Help for criticizing female genital mutilation in her book Women and Sex. [Guardian UK]
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