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Today’s Lady News: Cupcake Baker Calls Customer A “Fat C-Word” On Twitter After Complaint

  • Crumb, a custom cupcake shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, has interesting ideas about customer service. A Crumb customer named Diana complained over email to co-owner Carrie Nickerson about chocolate ganache sold under the tagline “So Good It Makes Fat People Cry,” and Nickerson wrote back to Diana, “We offend everybody equally. You are the one with hate in your heart, not us.” She then called Diana a “fat c–t” on Twitter (though she later deleted it) and tweeted, “There are way too many uptight people in this world.” [The Gloss]
  • Pregnant women in northern Italy will be offered $5,500 not to have an abortion. The money will be doled out in 18 monthly payments. Italy, you know parents have to raise a child for 18 years, right? [BBC]

  • Teen boys are less worried about impregnating a girl than before, according to a report by the Center for Disease Control which examined teens’ sexual attitudes. A quarter of those boys said they would be pleased if the girl they slept with got pregnant. Boys also said they agreed it is acceptable for unmarried girls to have babies. [Business Week]
  • Police in Brooklyn, New York, say Bloods gang members “recruited” junior high school girls as prostitutes for a sex trafficking ring. Girls as young as 15 from some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city were kept prisoner, denied food and beaten if they didn’t earn at least $500 a day. [New York Daily News]
  • Committee members from South Carolina’s House and Senate have been unable to come to a resolution on a bill that would require a 24-hour waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion. The bill may not pass this year, as the session is set to end on Thursday. [WCIV]
  • Here’s a handy-dandy list of all the abortion-related bills which have passed in the Oklahoma state legislature in 2010. [CNBC]
  • An op-ed columnist for the Kansas City Star says that in the past five years, the number of women political leaders in local government has shrunk. [KansasCity.com]
  • The Ford Foundation has announced a $25 $25 million campaign to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among African-Americans in Washington, D.C., and nine southern states. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention says black women’s rate of contracting the virus is 18 times more than that of white women. [Essence]
  • Dr. Vicent Tuohy of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio hopes to test a breast cancer vaccine for women over 40 within the next year. Tuohy says the shot has shown to keep mice free of breast cancer tumors. [Telegraph UK]
  • A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal said that pregnant women who take anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds (such as SSRIs) show a higher risk of miscarriage compared to women who did not take the meds. [Time]
  • Utah’s health department has launched a campaign targeted toward 18- to 25-year-old women to improve their reproductive health. It’s kinda scary, though, that their website, PowerYourLife.org, actually has to explain how the menstrual cycle works. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • A “study” by the conservative Family Research Council claims there will be more rapes by gay people in the military if the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is repealed, allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly. Riiiight. [Talking Points Memo]
  • The New York City Police Department has created a task force to recommend new training for officers dealing with sex crimes, following complaints from sexual assault victims and rape crisis counselors. Critics said NYPD officers sometimes were dismissive when handling complaints if the women had been drinking, knew their rapists, or had no witnesses. [New York Times]
  • Journalist and First Lady of California Maria Shriver has announced this year’s winner of the Minerva Awards, which honor women in California who have made humanitarian contributions. This year’s winners include Oral Lee Brown, who sends disadvantaged kids to college; Sister Terry Dodge, who helps women with education and career after their release from prison; Carolyn Blashek, founder of the largest civilian military aid organization; retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and Oprah Winfrey. [ABC News]
  • Women’s rights activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali visited “The Colbert Report” last night. [The Colbert Report]
  • Our friend Amanda Hess at The Sexist did an interview with the website Can I Get A Man With That? and she uses the phrase “internal chastity orb.” You know you want to find out what that is. [Can I Get A Man With That?]
  • Anna Holmes, the founding editor of lady-blog Jezebel, has announced she is leaving the site at the end of the month. [Jezebel]
  • Nude housecleaning: is it prostitution? [The Gloss]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, the labor minister, is on the short list for president. Von der Leyen is a mother of seven, supports a more liberal welfare policy, and has fought against child pornography on the internet. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Sex workers in Australia in a group called the Scarlet Alliance are advocating for increased protections under anti-discrimination laws. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Singer and HIV/AIDS activist Annie Lennox been named a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations’ UNAIDS program, promising a focus on the “second class citizen status” of women and girls around the world. [AP]
  • The British government received 607 complaints about this TV commercial for abortion and family-planning services, according to the culture minister. [UKPA]
  • Women can’t take criticism, says this guy who writes for the Times of London. [Times of London UK]
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