Today’s Lady News: Ladies Night Isn’t Sexist To Men

  • An appeals court in New York has rejected claims that “ladies nights,” where women are admitted to bars for free or at a discounted price, are illegal. The court said it could not intervene on the self-titled “anti-feminist lawyer”‘s complaint because businesses are allowed to regulate their door prices. [New York Daily News]
  • Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), said President Obama “isn’t doing anything for the gay community.” You can watch her clip from a visit on “The O’Reilly Factor” here. [Queerty]
  • Sarah Palin ripped into “impotent, limp and gutless reporters” who use anonymous sources, no doubt referring to the Vanity Fair smear piece from yesterday. But impotent? Is this like when she said Obama doesn’t have any balls? [Politico]

  • Craigslist should refuse to run sex ads in the adult services section of their site because they’re used as a vehicle for the sex trafficking of women and children, say Rep. Ed Poe (R-TX) and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), who have penned an op-ed for Politico on the subject. As one of the best-known websites in the country, the politicians argue, Craiglist should make itself the industry leader in better screening its ads so that other sites follow suit. [Politco]
  • Tempe police are warning Arizona State University students that a man on a bicycle rides up to women who are walking alone and gropes their breast and butt. [My Fox Phoenix]
  • How low-income and uninsured women perform their own abortions. [Change.org]
  • Dallas police are launching a sexual assault awareness campaign since it realized other crimes reports have decreased but rape reports have risen by 25 percent. At a meeting earlier this summer, in which he announced that crime increase, the Dallas police chief flabbergasted people when he suggested women needed to watch their drinks better. At a press conference yesterday, the police department said a “victims-only” response was not appropriate and instead announced their officers will receive sensitivity training about assaults and how to handle them. [Dallas Observer]
  • Two female employees at the Center for Mental Health in Great Falls, Montana, have filed a sexual discrimination complaint, claiming the male executive director referred to women in the office as “little missy,” “little girly,” and “kiddo,” and spoke to them condescendingly. [Great Falls Tribune]
  • Houston will soon have a controversial anti-abortion billboard which features a black baby’s face and says “Black & Unwanted,” with directions to TooManyAborted.com. The campaign is run by a group called the Radiance Foundation, which claims legal abortion is a racist plot. [Kens5.com]
  • Baylor University in Texas announced its first-ever female provost, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, this July. She originally joined the school as an assistant professor. [Baylor.edu]
  • The film adaptation of “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide,” by Ntozake Shange, has moved its release date forward from Martin Luther King Day to November 5. The movie, produced by Tyler Perry, will star Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Phylicia Rashad, Macy Gray, Thandie Newton and others. [BroadwayWorld.com]
  • A list of the five best female music writers online for you to read! [NPR]
  • A Mad Libs for women’s self-help books! [The Gloss]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Women and children are currently the most vulnerable victims of the flood in Pakistan, which has affected 17 million Pakistanis. [Reuters]
  • A heart-wrenching essay by a Russian woman whose friend was beaten to death by her husband. Russia has no laws punishing domestic violence and has little or no support system for victims, Anna Mentsova writes. In the province of 3.5 million people, in which her friend lived, there are was not one single shelter for abused women. [Newsweek]
  • The government of Ottawa, Canada, has provided financial support to international agencies that give illegal abortions in African countries. The government has refused, however, to include legal abortion in the plans at this summer’s G8 Summit to promote maternal health worldwide. Unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal death in Africa, killing almost 25,000 women and year and injuring almost two million others. [Globe & Mail]
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