Today’s Lady News: Columnist Says Ines Sainz Provoked Harassment By “Selling” Her Hot Bod

  • In a column titled “Giving Off The Wrong Signals,” New York Post writer Andrea Peyser blames sports reporter Ines Sainz for being sexually harassed by the New York Jets, writing “all bets were off the minute Sainz declared herself ‘the hottest sports reporter in Mexico’” and questioning “exactly what she’s selling — her sweat and hard work, or her body parts.” Peyser also points out Sainz has posed nude in the past, which apparently excuses being hooted and hollered at for the rest of her life. [New York Post]
  • And it gets better! Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins appeared on a Washington, D.C., sports radio show this morning to excuse the Jets’ behavior by way of claiming Ines Sainz surely found one of the team members “appealing” to her. “I don’t know what kind of woman won’t [find them appealing], if you get to go and look at 53 men’s packages,” Portis said. (Um, Clinton Portis? No one was talking about penises until you brought them up.) The NFL is less than pleased. [Washington Post]
  • The French senate has approved a ban on face-covering Muslim veils, like the niqab and the burqa. France is the first European country to impose such a ban, which will go into effect in spring 2011. [CNN]

  • Women earned more doctoral degrees than men during the 2008-09 academic year buy a slight margin. [USA Today]
  • The U.S. Senate’s Sub-committee on Crime and Drugs held a hearing today on “Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases,” which hopefully will lead to positive changes among law enforcement’s handling of sexual assault. [Ms Magazine]
  • The advertising practices of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” — which set up near abortion clinics and try to confuse women by luring them and dissuading them from terminating a pregnancy — are called into question yet again. [Forth Worth Star Telegram]
  • The Genocide Awareness Project, an anti-abortion activist group, is displaying 16 panels of 6-ft-by-12-ft photos of aborted fetuses for two days at the University of Maryland. [Washington Post]
  • A transgender woman, Victoria Carmen White, was murdered on Sunday in Newark, New Jersey, and one blogger takes umbrage with how her gender identity is reported by the media. [Bird of Paradox]
  • Chris Rainey, a University of Florida football player, was arrested this morning for aggravated stalking of a woman and has temporarily been kicked off the team. [GatorSports.com]
  • Carol Moseley Braun, the first black woman to be a senator and a 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, says she is considering a return to politics. [Chicago Sun Times]
  • Art scholar Aruna D’Souza on why feminism and women’s art belongs in our museums. [MOMA.org]
  • Katherine Schwarzenegger, 20, the daughter of Maria Shriver and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has penned a book, Rock What You’ve Got, about young women and body image. [SheKnows.com]
  • Author Barbara Holland, who wrote feminist-inspired essays and books, passed away last week at the age of 77.

INTERNATIONAL

  • Here’s an excellent list of resources on how to help educate girls and young women around the developing world. [The Guardian]
  • The poet Julia de Burgos of Puerto Rico will be honored on a U.S. postage stamp for National Hispanic Heritage Month. [PR Newswire]
  • Sex traffickers in the U.K. were nabbed in a government sting when they pounced on the opportunity to sell a (nonexistent) 14-year-old girl’s virginity for tens of thousands of dollars. [Express UK]
  • Sweden held a National Chlamydia Day to raise awareness to the STD’s rising infection rate. [The Gloss]
  • A border guard near Vancouver, Canada, is on trial for allegedly forcing young women into “humiliating strip searches” where he touched their breasts and private parts in 2007. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Undocumented domestic workers in France, including the mostly female legion of nannies, are being given photo ID cards to signify their papers are under review and protect them from illegal immigration police. [New York Times]
  • Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, will run UN Women, the new United Nations agency to promote women’s equality. The agency will consolidate four existing groups within the UN. [Bloomberg]
  • Isabel Suckling, 12, has become the first female choir performer to be signed by the Decca music label whose parent company represents the Rolling Stones and Lady Gaga. [AP]
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