Today’s Lady News: Virginia School Tries To Figure Out Who Gave “Fetus Dolls” To Kids

  • Wow, this will be one interesting faculty meeting: an employee at Oakwood Elementary School in Virginia was placed on administrative leave last Thursday after it was discovered that 4-inch-tall plastic human fetus dolls were handed out to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. Apparently, the fetus dolls, which were not instruction materials meant for class, were handed out over the past few months and came attached with a “pro-life” message and information on the first 12 weeks of fetal growth. Oakwood’s principal has also been placed on leave while an investigation takes place. [HamptonRoads.com]
  • Sarah Palin is still saying she might run for president. Or more specifically: “I’m not going to close any door that perhaps would open.” [Gawker]

  • Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry vetoed a bill which would have required women seeking an abortion to answer a questionnaire before regarding their race, education and reasons for getting an abortion, which would have been posted on a state website. Supporters of the bill — mostly abortion opponents — had said the women’s answers would have provided more data about why abortions occur. But abortion rights supporters said that the details women would have had to provide would have made them easy to identify, especially in small OK towns. [Wall Street Journal]
  • More and more Muslim women are holding “pray-ins” at mosques to protest the strict separation of women and men within the house of worship. [Washington Post]
  • “Pink Viagra” for women: feminist liberation or a nefarious capitalist plot? [True/Slant]
  • District of Columbia health officials are obliging students’ requests to give out larger Trojan Magnum condoms instead of the Durexes they were previously using. Apparently, there’s no different between the two, but officials want to make sure the condoms get used. [Essence]
  • The Washington Post knows what’s most important about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan: what she’s wearing, obvi! [Huffington Post]
  • Some (but not a lot of ) women work as professional rock climbing guides. [New York Times]
  • Dorothy Kamenshek, a player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, who inspired a character in “A League Of Their Own,” passed away recently at age 84. [MLB.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • This is an actual headline from the London Guardian‘s website: “Why do so many women put up with domestic violence?” Hmm, “put up with” wouldn’t have been the words I would have chosen. However, the article itself is actually good. [Guardian UK]
  • Some Canadians are upset that “non-Jewish shiksa” listed on the Toronto Police Services anti-hate crime law (which also protects such varied groups as feminists, Nazis, infidels and pedophiles from hate crimes). “Shiksa” not only by definition means “a non-Jewish woman,” but it is also considered a slur. [National Post]
  • A group of Canadian women in the 25th Hour Coalition are campaigning for the day’s length to be changed to 25 hours long. Wait, what?! [Ottawa Citizen]
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