Today’s Lady News: Italian Town Considers A Miniskirt Ban

  • Castellammare di Stabia, a seaside town in Southern Italy, is considering a ban on miniskirts to “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence.” Translation: so men will stop catcalling? Offenders in miniskirts will receive fines of $35 to $696. Oh, hi, Italy, how about the men learn some self-control and stop sexual harassment, instead of policing women’s clothes? Just a thought! [AOL]
  • Fortune magazine’s list of 40 under 40 “youthful movers and shakers” only has five women on it. Yes, only five. [Fortune]
  • Actress Gabrielle Union will host a BET special on breast cancer, “Heart of the City: Chicago’s Cancer Divide,” this Sunday. It’s part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month lineup called “BET Goes Pink.” [Clutch Magazine]

  • After Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle told Sen. Harry Reid to “man up” during a recent debate, he has responded on “The Ed Show” this weekend: “I have never had to prove my manhood to anyone.” Weirdly, the host of “the Ed Show” had said Reid was “ball-less” this past July. For the love of all things holy, can we stop talking about politicians’ nether regions? It’s not only sexist, but gross! [Washington Post, Politico]
  • Remember that kooky pastor in Florida who was threatening to burn a Koran? A car dealership offered to give him a free car if he didn’t burn the Muslim holy book, so he didn’t, and he got a free black 2011 Hyundai Accent. But instead of keeping the vehicle, Pastor Terry Jones donated it to a women’s shelter in Jersey City, NJ. Um … thanks? []
  • Are black sororities still necessary? [Clutch Magazine]
  • My high school friend Nick Baumann has a piece on “pro-life” Democrats in Mother Jones magazine. Give him some page views, why don’t you? [Mother Jones]


  • Finland has a problem with domestic abuse. Yes, Finland! One in 10 Finnish females have been abused at home, according to government data. [AFP]
  • Turkey’s Higher Education Board has ordered teachers to stop expelling female students for wearing a headscarf to class. Headscarves are banned in schools, which presents a problem for this largely Muslim country. Some students are prepared to attend class by wearing a wig over their headscarf. [Reuters]
  • Anti-abortion protesters called Stop Genocide have been demonstrating in the Czech Republic, showing billboards of aborted fetuses and making comparisons to other genocides in history. [Prague Daily Monitor]
  • India’s changing sexual mores mean the Supreme Court must adapt to the new ways partners couple up and what constitutes a domestic relationship. [BBC]

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