Today’s Lady News: Peace Activists Plan “Wear A Hijab” Day On 9/11

  • As a counter protest to the Koran-burning in Florida, peace activist Charell Charlie of California is planning a “Wear A Hijab” event at The Grove in Los Angeles. She is inviting men and women of all faiths to don a hijab veil (for women) or kufi head covering (for men) in silent solidarity with Muslims in America on September 11th. “We are non-Muslims who plan to wear the hijab or kufi on 9/11 as a gesture to American Muslims that they are full citizens of this country and deserve the same rights as the rest of us. We intend to prove to Muslims around the world that people of peace outnumber those who hate,” she said. “Let’s stand up and stand out to demonstrate that not all Americans are bigots.” [LAist.com]
  • Yesterday a federal court in California ruled that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which forces gays and lesbians in the military to stay in the closet or risk being discharged, is unconstitutional. [CNN]

  • Young women are more than twice as likely to use birth control consistently if their male partner is “very” in favor of using contraception, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of couples (ages 18 to 25) in Oklahoma City and L.A. [Business Week]
  • Tyler Perry is adapting the book For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange, into a film, and some fans of the book are not happy he has cut the movie title down to just “For Colored Girls.” [Feministing]
  • Meet Nour Elmohd, 22, of Tampa, Florida, who teaches elementary school while wearing her hijab. On the first day of school, she explained to her students that she chose to wear it. “That’s the beauty of it; these kids so innocently take you for who you are,” she said. The principal of MacFarlane Park Elementary said Nour’s teaching ability shone through after just one job interview. [WTSP]
  • A lesbian dean of students and athletic director has lost her job at a Catholic high school for marrying her partner over the summer. Christine Judd has worked at Cathedral High School in Springfield, Massachusetts, for 12 years. She said she is considering her legal options because believes there may be other staffers who have divorced or used birth control but still managed to keep their jobs. [MassLive.com]
  • Author Jonathan Franzen actually agrees with his critics, Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner, who have said that white male writers are given more respect and accolades then female writers. “It seems like there’s … a feminist critique, and it’s about the quality of attention that writing by women gets compared to the quality of attention by male writers,” Franzen said. “I actually have a lot of those feelings myself and have over the years.” [NPR]
  • Fashion Week might have more size 2 models than you can shake a carrot stick at, but one show will only feature so-called “plus size” models who are a size 12 or above. [BBC]
  • You’ve heard the term “patriarchy” — so what the heck is “kyriarchy”? [Guardian UK]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Angel, a 19-year-old drag queen at a night club in Tel Aviv, Israel, was kidnapped and beaten by his family three different times before the eight family members abusing him were indicted. [Jerusalem Post]
  • Meet Kat Banyard, 28, who is being called the most influential young feminist in the UK. Earlier this year she launched UK Feminista, a web hub for feminist groups across her country. [Guardian UK]
  • The chair of the Mercury Prize, a British music contest, has spoken out to say black British women gets ignored year after year. [Gigwise.com]
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