Today’s Lady News: Boss Fired After Giving Testicle Cyst Photo To Female Staffer

  • The editor of Philadelphia magazine did not have his contract renewed in part because he gave a framed photo of a cyst removed from his testicle to a female staffer. Um, sexual harassment anyone? Larry Platt apparently gave this photo as “gift” to a departing female staffer. Framed? Who would frame something like that? []
  • Pay attention, anti-abortion extremists! Human fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, according to a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. [AP]
  • Police say 10 “angry women” detained a 20-year-old man who was peeping inside the dressing rooms at a thrift store in Church Hill, Tennessee. The women blocked the doors to the shop until police arrived. Talk about teamwork! [AP]

  • The FBI has named Jan Fedarcyk to head the bureau’s New York Division, the nation’s largest with 2,000 agents. Fedarcyk is the first woman to be named assistant director for one of the country’s three operational field offices. [AP]
  • The Texas Republican Party’s proposed platform would ban oral and anal sex and make performing a same-sex marriage a felony. The platform also states that homosexuality “tears at the fabric of society, contributes to the breakdown of the family unit and leads to the spread of dangerous communicable diseases.” In addition, the platform wants to outlaw “sexually oriented businesses” like strip clubs, and ban all porn. [New York Daily News]
  • Planned Parenthood has announced it will open a new clinic in Omaha, Nebraska, which will provide abortions. []
  • Women’s rights supporters will hold a protest outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. A group called Muslims for Progressive Values is calling the strict separation of men and women in Saudi culture an “apartheid.” [Washington Times]
  • Pregnant Muslim women have been warned not to fast during the holiday of Ramadan, as it may hurt the fetus. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Looking for a few good books to read this summer? The blog Care2 has the perfect summer reading list for feminists — everything from graphic novels like Persepolis to parenting books like Reviving Ophelia to non-fiction like He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut. []


  • Sudan arrested over two dozen people after they attended a mixed-gender fashion show in the capital of Khartoum. []
  • Smoking among French women is apparently increasing so that they can avoid weight gain. Not good! [The Daily Beast]
  • Canada will pledge $1.1 billion over five years to advance maternal and child health in poorer countries. [Toronto Star]
  • Australian hair care tycoon, Anton Starling, who distributes Joico, has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a female family member. []