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Today’s Lady News: Anti-Abortion Group Compares Fetuses To Slaves

  • Personhood Colorado, an anti-abortion group that tries to get fetuses designated as “people” so that abortion is legally considered murder, has a controversial new campaign comparing fetuses to slaves. Upcoming radio ads will be voiced by a fictional slave named George Stevens who will talk about how people are not property. Can you say “tasteless”? [The Denver Daily News]
  • “Bro”-zilian waxes for men are probably not as much of a “new trend” as Salon.com claims, nor are they a sign of equality, either. [Styleite.com]
  • Remiss as I am to give this any attention whatsoever, here’s a guide on how to deal with the dreaded “angry feminists.” Apparently, overcoming sexism and achieving equality between men and women is supposed to be as pleasant for everyone as possible?! Sounds radical! I’ll make a note of that and try to be happier in my posts about female genital mutilation, rape and pay inequity. Anyway, this stupid articles quotes a bunch of different women with totally, totally different viewpoints, like suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Valerie Solanas, a crazy person who tried to murder Andy Warhol. Clearly, AskMen.com’s “relationship correspondent” needs to brush up on her women’s history. [AskMen.com]

  • A blog post written on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s website said women are to blame for their own unequal pay, because they take time off from work to have children. But wait! There’s more: Senior Director of the Communication, Brad Peck accused those who fight for fair pay of having a “Scrooge-like fetish for money.” Apparently, Peck has never heard that men generally come out of the gate earning more money. Or that some managers are reluctant to promote women (and give them raises) out of the sexist concern they’ll be more focused on their children than work. Or that no one would have to take so much time off if our government offered affordable, quality child care. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Newsweek on why Sarah Palin should be able to call herself a feminist. [Newsweek]
  • Operation Rescue, an extremist anti-abortion group, plans today to asked Iowa’s Board of Medicine to ask Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to cease the dispensation of RU-486, the abortion pill, via a remote control system. [Des Moines Register]
  • The re-opening of New York City’s St. Vincent’s Hospital is slowed by arguments over whether birth control should be made available there. The building is owned by Roman Catholics, but a group that hopes to lease the facility wants to be able to provide counsel and prescriptions for birth control. [New York Times]
  • The top 10 reasons why dating a female entrepreneur rocks! [Ladies Who Launch]
  • One mama shares why she’s not embarrassed to breastfeed in public. [LemonDrop]

INTERNATIONAL

  • An Egyptian doctor was arrested after she messed up a female genital mutilation procedure on a young girl, who later died. The girl’s body was allegedly buried to try to hide the evidence, but someone made a phone call to a government helpline to report the incident. [AFP]
  • What will become of the female victims of Pakistan’s floods, who are not supposed to receive aid or medical help from men? [Salon.com]
  • Katie Couric meets with Afghani girls who’ve been turned out of their homes for disobeying their parents’ wishes, like the 14-year-old girl who refused to marry a 55-year-old man. [The Daily Beast]
  • Women in Nigeria are protesting a natural gas pipeline being built by Chevron Corp. along the Niger River. Hundreds of women showed up demanding electricity for their communities and a commitment not to cause environmental damage. [Bloomberg]
  • Last night at the Edinburgh Book Festival in Scotland, female writer A.S. Byatt said women who write intellectual novels are seen by critics are strange. Byatt also criticized the Orange Prize, an award for female writers. “The Orange prize is a sexist prize,” she said. “You couldn’t found a prize for male writers. The Orange prize assumes there is a feminine subject matter – which I don’t believe in.” [The Guardian]
  • Four-year-old Tilly Lockey of the U.K., who lost both her hands to meningitis, has won a modeling contract with a child modeling agency. “It has given her so much more confidence and I think it would be great to take the stigma away,” her mother said. “Why should you always look so perfect being a model?” [BBC]
  • Laura Dekker, 14, of the Netherlands, is setting sail tomorrow in an attempt to break a world record and become the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Her boat, the Guppy, will depart from Portugal. [New York Post]
  • Ladies, could you ever embrace your facial hair? Apparently, 40 percent of us have it. [The Guardian]
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