Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says Muslim Woman Has To Wear A Disney-Designed Veil

  • A University of Illinois student recruited for an internship at Disneyland has been told she is allowed to wear a hijab veil for her job, but it must be one designed by Disney. Noor Abdallah, 22, was told this week she could wear a headscarf with a blue Disney beret on it; unfortunately, her internship is now over. The Council for American-Islamic Relations said Disney has been involved in numerous disputes with Muslim women this year. [UPI]
  • Eleven women were among the 23 peeps to win MacArthur “Genius” grants, which provide $500K annually for five years to encourage brilliant individuals to keep working. Jessie Little Doe Baird, a Native American linguist, is one of those lucky ladies. [New York Times, AOL News]
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said last night that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell will be gone by the end of the year. It will just be a said memory” — despite the fact that it died in the Senate last week. [Metro Weekly]

  • Carmakers are using fewer bikini babes to lure customers at car shows — mostly, it seems, because more women are attending. [Reuters]
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian feminist and former Dutch Parliament member, drew veiled protesters when she spoke recently in Seattle. Hirsi Ali is a vocal critic of Islam’s treatment of women. [Guanabee]
  • Does male menopause actually exist? [Slate.com’s Double X]
  • Stay-at-home moms are getting addicted to the video game Mafia Wars, apparently. [The Daily Beast]

INTERNET

  • Meet La Barbe, a group of French feminists who protest by wearing fake beards on their faces and pretending to be sexist men! [Feministing]
  • Running group Racing Queensland in Australia has banned a “bikini girl race” because it said 150 women jogging in bikinis would not make the Gold Coast look like “a city of repute.” [News.com.au]
  • A British Muslim Pakistani man writes about the struggles of interracial marriage and his family’s disapproval of his marriage to a white woman. [Guardian UK]
  • The Netherlands is considering a ban on women wearing face-covering Muslim veils. [BBC]
  • Brazil might soon elect its first female president: Dilma Rousseff, 62, a former Marxist guerilla. [Los Angeles Times]
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