Today’s Lady News: Ladies, Talk To Your Tomatoes

  • A recent study by the Royal Horticulture Society in Britain found that women who talk to their tomatoes grow bigger plants. If only this worked with boobs! [Newsday]
  • Constance McMillen, the lesbian student who sued her school district when it told her she could not bring her girlfriend to prom, has transferred to a high school in Mississippi’s capital of Jackson. McMillen would not reveal which school she is attending but will graduate in June. [AP]
  • An evangelical Christian group, The National Association of Evangelicals, said in order to reduce the number of abortions, they would be willing to partner with groups that offer birth control and provide other services. [USA Today]

  • The South Carolina House has reinstated a restriction that will only permit the state’s health insurance plan to cover abortion if the mother’s life is endangered. The House rejected a notion to cover abortions in the case of rape or incest. [GreenvilleOnline.com]
  • Dr. Harry Watters of Tempe, Arizona, has created a special bed to help pregnant women sleep: an air mattress with a hole in the middle. [ABC15.com]
  • Fed up with the menfolk, women in North Carolina are creating their own bass fishing tours. [News Observer]
  • Culley Schultz, 17, a junior at Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey has made a five-minute film called “Girls Investigate: Is The Media A Mirror,” which interviews eight high school girls about the portrayal of women in the media. [Women’s Media Center]
  • Happy third birthday to Jezebel.com, the lady blog in the Gawker Media empire. [Jezebel]
  • Rachel Simmons, author of Odd Girl Out and an expert on adolescent girls, offers her take on those little girls dancing sexy to the “Single Ladies” dance. [RachelSimmons.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Want to end poverty in Africa? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says make the birth control pill more widespread. [New York Times]
  • A British family-planning group called Marie Stopes International, which is similar to the United States’ Planned Parenthood, has purchased a 30-second commercial to air on Monday night. The commercial asks “Are you late?” and directs viewers to a 24-hour hotline. Although the commercial does not mention the word “abortion,” abortion opponents are nevertheless upset. [Time magazine]
  • Mayor Sam Katz of Winnipeg, Manitoba, apologized to mother Jenna Baker after she was asked not to breastfeed her 11-month-old daughter at a public pool. Baker breastfed her baby after a swim class and was surprised when she was told by a pool employee (a city official) it was “offensive.” Baker said she appreciated that Mayor Katz called her and apologized for the way the incident was handled. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • A panel of female academics in Canada has launched an investigation to discovery why a “star search” recruitment for scientists did not turn up one woman among its 19 candidates. A report by three women said there was no deliberate attempt to shut women scientists out of the search. Instead, a variety of factors led to women being shut out, including an “old boys club” mentality among the universities where candidates were sought. [Globe And Mail]
  • Good news for Uruguayans of all genders: The sex toy industry is just starting to flourish there! [AFP]
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