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Today’s Lady News: Rachel Maddow Ridiculed On Radio By Louisiana Senator

  • Speaking on a radio show this morning, Louisiana Senator David Vitter made a joke about how MSNBC host Rachel Maddow looked like a woman “a long time ago.” (Maddow is openly lesbian, wears her hair short, and favors a more masculine way of dressing.) Sen. Vitter was on Rush Radio 99.5 in New Orleans discussing a high school photo of Maddow which has been making the rounds. The host said that Maddow looked “like a woman” in her high school photo and Vitter laughed and said, “Must have been a long time ago.” [Washington Post]
  • The Vatican has clarified a statement they released yesterday regarding de-frocking priests who have committed sex abuse. The document also stated “the attempted ordination of women” as priests was a serious crime within the church, but the Vatican has responded today to clarify it did not mean ordaining women was as bad as pedophilia. [Reuters]

  • Vonetta McGee, 65, a famous actress within “blaxploitation” films of the 1970s, has passed away. [AOL Black Voices]
  • A 12-year-old girl in St. Paul, Minnesota, used Facebook via her iPod touch to get help when she was attacked and sexually assaulted by her mom’s ex-boyfriend. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
  • Washington, D.C., will be the host city for the first ever TEDwomen conference, a two-day series of TED talks about women and girls this December 7 and 8. [Huffington Post]
  • A non-partisan group in South Carolina is calling on both gubernatorial candidates, Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen, to involve more women in politics on boards and state agencies after the election. [WCIV]
  • With shows like “The L Word” and the reality program “The Real L Word,” Salon asks, will television ever get lesbianism right? [Salon]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Terrible: in the past two months, eight women in Italy who have ended relationships have been murdered by their exes. According to Italian feminist writer Dacia Maraini, the possession of females by their male partners can be a key aspect of the country’s gender relations. [Guardian UK]
  • According to a new report from the United Nations, women in Latin America and the Caribbean receive lower wages for performing the same work as men. [Jamaica Observer]
  • Maria Jepsen, the first women ever elected a Lutheran bishop in Germany, has resigned after accusations that she failed to properly investigate a report of a sexually abusive pastor. [AP]
  • A Chinese hospital refused to treat Li Na, 37, after it learned she is HIV-positive. According to the AP, people with HIV/AIDS still face a lot of discrimination in China. [AFP]
  • Britain’s Home Secretary and Minister of Women said at a Women’s Aid conference that she aims to end violence against women and proposed using fines paid by criminals towards opening more rape crisis centers. [BBC]
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