Today’s Lady News: “Essence” Wedding Column Features Lesbian Couple For First Time Ever

  • Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. [AfterEllen.com]
  • Carl Paladino, a candidate for New York governor, banned female reporters and photographers from covering an event at a conservative Hasidic Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn. Paladino said he was respecting the religious practices of the synagogue to keep the genders separate, but critics say that’s no excuse. “Would Paladino have agreed to appear at an event at which the organizers had said, OK, but no black reporters allowed?” asks blogger Patt Morrison. “No Latino journalists?” [Los Angeles Times]
  • Colorado Republican/Tea Party Senate candidate Ken Buck, a former district attorney, refused to prosecute a rape case in 2005 because he said the victim, who had been drunk during the assault, had a case of “buyer’s remorse.” Oh no, Ken Buck, you did not go there. [Feministing]
  • Allow me to self-promote: My article about the media policing Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s sexuality has been published in Extra, the magazine of media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. [FAIR]

  • Memo to Valerie Jarrett: your claim that the White House is concerned over the recent spate of young gay adults committing suicide would be a lot more convincing if you did not refer to their sexual orientation as “lifestyle choices.” [Queerty]
  • California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman gave it to Jerry Brown during last night’s debate regarding an incident where one of his campaign staff called her a “whore” in a voicemail which was leaked to the press. Moderator Tom Brokaw told Brown “to many women [the word "whore"] the same as calling an African American the ‘N’ word.” Brown replied, “I don’t agree with that comparison. “This is a five-week old private conversation picked up on a cell phone with a garbled transmission, very hard to detect who it is. I don’t want to get into the term and how it’s used. But I’ll say the campaign promptly apologized and I reaffirm that apology tonight.” Whitman then spoke up and chided Brown for using “a deeply offensive term for women.” After the debate, Whitman told reporters, “I was stunned by Gov. Brown’s insensitivity to what that word means to women.” [Politico]
  • D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, noted for her attempts at education reform, has announced she will be stepping down at the end of the month. [Politics Daily]
  • A transgender woman is suing the LGPA over a requirement that says all golfers must be “female at birth,” which violates her civil rights. Lana Lawless, 57, had gender reassignment surgery in 2005. [Sports Daily Fix via Feministing]
  • Lawyer Patricia Herzog, who argued a case before the Supreme Court that a woman who put her husband through medical school was entitled to a share of his earnings if the couple split, passed away at age 88. Herzog, a self-taught lawyer, had been representing a divorcing woman named Janet Sullivan who paid for her husband’s med school and argued that an education, like a house, should be considered community property. While SCOTUS debated the case, California passed the Sullivan Law in 1985, which said a spouse should be reimbursed for paying for education that helped the other’s earning power. When asked once by a reporter if she was a feminist, Herzog replied, “What else can you be?” [Los Angeles Times]
  • An executive at the Chicago Tribune emailed a link to employees which showed a dancing woman who pours alcohol on her bare breasts. After this email provoked complaints, the exec who sent it apologized to staff, calling his actions “inappropriate” but adding he meant it to be “an example of what NOT to do.” [UPI]
  • Frisky contributer Chloe Angyal noticed contestants in The Washington Post‘s “Next Top Pundit” contest are awfully pale and male. Of 50 contestants, only 11 are women and as far as Angyal can tell, only 6 of those 50 are people of color. [Feministing]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Women make better politicians than men because they aren’t controlled by their libido and testosterone, claimed Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister. “It helps in the sense that we don’t necessarily project our own egos into cutting a deal, making our point across, convincing people, reducing them to a partner that has lost in the process,” she said. “It’s probably overgeneralised what I’m saying and I’m sure there are women who operate exactly like men. But in the main … I honestly believe that the majority of women in such positions approach power … in a slightly different manner.” I get what she’s saying, but that sounds pretty sexist to me. [Telegraph UK]
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