Today’s Lady News: Xbox Support Assumes Woman’s Game System Is Her Son’s

  • A woman recently contacted Xbox support about downgrading her account and the customer support sent a reply which read, “As I understand, when your son tries to sign in to Xbox LIVE, [redacted] … I know how disappointing it is when your son cannot enjoy the Xbox Live service due to this matter.” Trouble is, this woman doesn’t have a son. In fact, she never even mentioned a son! Way to stereotype your users, Xbox. [Consumerist]
  • The 18-year-old Afghani girl whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine, arrived in Los Angeles on Friday for reconstructive surgery. Aisha said her nose and ear were cut off by her Taliban-sympathizing husband as punishment for running away. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Desirée Rogers, former social secretary for the Obama White House, has been named CEO of Johnson Publishing, which publishes Jet and Ebony. [Yahoo News]

  • Last year in New York State, women with full-time jobs earned a median weekly income of $720, or about 84 percent of that earned by men. Although the wage gap is still troubling, New York women did better than women nationwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found women’s salaries are only 80 percent the salaries of men. [Crain’s]
  • IBM’s office in Westchester County, New York, hosted a weeklong summer camp for girls called Girls Go TechKnow. The girls worked on science projects involving cool stuff like robotics and chemistry alongside IBM’s researchers. [NY1]
  • A study based on the funding of 185 internet start-ups in New York State during the first half of 2010 found that women and Asians both disproportionately receive funding based on their numbers in the industry. However, only seven percent of internet start-ups in New York during that time were run by women. [Crain’s]
  • The police department in Dover, New Hampshire, is investigating a complaint that an officer was “rude” when he intervened in a dispute between two women, one of whom was breastfeeding. A woman complained that Lauren Crouse, 23, was nursing her 10-month-old at a public park and an officer told Crouse to leave the park because she was creating a disturbance. Crouse says he acknowledged that breastfeeding in public is legally protected in New Hampshire, but he refused to hear her side of the story in the dispute and simply asked her to leave. []
  • On Aug. 30, BET is debuting its first-ever documentary on women in rap, “This Mic Sounds Nice: The Truth About Women In Hip Hop.” []


  • Singer May Matar is parodying a sexist new Lebanese pop song, “The Republic of My Heart,” that praises women staying in the home instead of working. The lyrics insinuate women will be sexually harassed in the office and their children will be mistreated by nannies. The song has caused a fuss throughout the Arab world, prompting women to request that the sexist song not be played. Matar’s parody song, “We’re Not In Need Of People Like You,” on the other hand, tells listeners: “We don’t want young men from the era of ignorance. He comes and controls us and says this is manhood … Enough pretending that … you are concerned about me. This is weakness and selfishness.” [L.A. Times]
  • A writer asks, Why is the Muslim head scarf so loaded with meaning if it means different things to the different women wearing it? [New York Times]
  • According to a new report from the United Nations, women and children in Afghanistan are increasingly at risk in their own homes due to the war. In the first six months of 2010, deaths of children rose by 55 percent and deaths of women rose by six percent compared to the same time in 2009. [CNN]
  • According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, Argentina has not adequately implemented its reproductive health care laws for women. Although abortion is illegal in Argentina, it is supposed to be permitted in cases of rape, incest or risk of life to the mother. [AP]
  • In the first seven months of 2010, three times as many women joined the corporate boards of Australia’s biggest companies compared with all of 2009. [Sydney Morning Herald]