Today’s Lady News: TV Host Called A “Big Lesbian” By Newspaper Critic

  • Ladies, why do you gotta be all oversensitive and stuff? A critic for London’s Sunday Times newspaper wrote a recent piece that stated “Britain By Bike” host/sports journalist Clare Balding looks like a big lesbian. When people objected to that characterization, critic AA Gill responded by writing, “Some time ago, I made a cheap and frankly unnecessary joke about Clare Balding looking like a big lesbian. And afterwards somebody tugged my sleeve to point out that she is a big lesbian, and I felt foolish and guilty. So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize. Sorry. Now back to the dyke on a bike …” After further complaints about Gill’s obnoxiousness and not-really apology, editor John Witherow wrote, “In my view some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible group that is accepted by society.” So there you have it: anyone who objects to being called a “big lesbian” in the newspaper just isn’t being sensible! [Guardian UK, Qweerty]
  • The first female Somali district chief in Kenya has been chased out of her home by male elders who wouldn’t support a woman in leadership. And yeah, rocks were thrown. [Women’s eNews]
  • OK, I’m biased because I’m quoted in this article, but here’s a story about some Canadian pole-dancing classes for (eek!) students as young as age five. []

  • A jury sided with Lisa Holland of Florida that her demotion and firing by a local police department was pregnancy discrimination. Three years ago, Holland said she was demoted from a computer technician to answering calls and was told it was because of her pregnancy. Holland was awarded $90K. [Miami Herald]
  • The American College of Nurse-Midwives objects to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology that said home births can be more harmful to babies than hospital births. The midwives stood by their profession, stating home births are a good option for moms with “uncomplicated pregnancies.” [NPR]
  • Erin Vaught, a transgender woman, claims she went to the emergency room for coughing up blood and was ridiculed by Ball Memorial Hospital staff, in Muncie, Indiana, and was eventually denied help. Vaught said her trans status was revealed when she asked not to be entered into the computer system as a male but as a female and that staff members giggled at her and referred to her as a “he-she,” an “it” and a “transvestite.” She also claims a doctor eventually told her she could not be treated there because she was transgender. [Chicago Tribune]
  • More weigh-ins on Essence magazine’s hiring of a white fashion director: in Feministe, The Atlantic Montly, and Madame Noire. [Feministe, Atlantic, Madame Noire]
  • The government relations director for the Center for Reproductive Rights says when it comes to choice, “we’re stick in a slow backpedal.” Eek. [Politico]
  • The high rates of black women with HIV/AIDS should not be blamed on closeted men who are having gay sex on “the down low,” says an Essence author, asking that heterosexual black men who carry and spread HIV should also be taken to task. [Essence]
  • Model Dawn Montgomery speaks up about her experiences as a black woman with bipolar disorder. [Essence]


  • Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for infidelity, has had her sentence changed to death by hanging. Although she remains in an Iranian prison, Ashtiani, 43, a mother of two, has asked to be reunited with her kids. [Guardian UK]
  • Time magazine explores the women of Afghanistan who live under the threat of the Taliban. [CNN]
  • Apparently, male road accidents increase in the UK during the summer because men are distracted by women’s short skirts. I suspect this is BS. [Telegraph UK]
  • Samantha Brick, a former TV exec, says television is run by “sexist pigs.” [Daily Mail UK]
  • Tanya Bloomfield, an Irish trans woman living in Canada, says she needs her temporary residence status renewed because she will face discrimination and oppression if she’s sent back to Ireland. [Qweerty]