Today’s Lady News: School Board Member Resigns After Making Bigoted Comments About Gay Kids

  • A Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, school board member resigned from his position last week after he wrote bigoted comments on his Facebook page on October 20th, the day activists around the country wore purple to show solidarity with gay and lesbian youth who killed themselves. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” Clint McCance wrote. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” (Note: Horrendous types typos [HAHA look at that typo I made while pointing out his typos!!! -- Extremely Tired Editor] and grammar all his.) McCance apologized and told Anderson Cooper, “I don’t wish death on anyone.” [MSNBC]
  • Anti-choice female governors are poised for victory during today’s elections. Yikes! [WomensEnews]
  • Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem explain how today’s election will affect women — probably, in her view, for the worst. [Big Think]

  • University of Alabama students were none too pleased when an “open-air preacher” came to campus and said things like “Men should be the bread-winners and women the bread-makers” and “I bought my wife a cookbook.” Students also did not appreciate being called “STD-ridden whores.” [University of Alabama Vanguard]
  • Watch spoken word artist Jasmine Mans perform “Nicki Minaj, or The Mis-Education of Barbie.” I don’t actually like the poem, but she’s a kickass performer. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift says college women want to be “treated like princesses.” Um, what? Man, I hate it when older feminists hate on younger feminists. Soooo not constructive. Here’s an article by Eleanor Clift of Newsweek talking about … stuff. [Politics Daily]
  • The Crunk Feminist Collective weighs in on Jay-Z’s apology for his past sexist lyrics and dating in the hip-hop generation. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • “Six Feet Under” writer and “United States of Tara” showrunner Jill Soloway talked with the lesbian blog AfterEllen.com about how to get more women represented on TV. [AfterEllen.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The Uganda newspaper which published the names and photographs of lesbians and gays has been ordered by a judge to stop. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and gay rights activists thought publishing the names of known homosexuals would lead to lynchings. So far, the newspaper published 14 names and pics but threatened to publish 100 total. [BBC]
  • The first woman to be elected president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has vowed to push for gender equality in her country, as well as fight poverty. [BBC]
  • The U.K.’s most well-known young feminist Kat Barnyard, author of The Equality Illusion, spoke with the BBC about how feminism still hasn’t won its “old battles. [BBC]
  • Meet a nun named Dr. Ruth Pfau, who is considered Germany’s “Mother Teresa” in Pakistan. Fifty years ago, Dr. Pfau trained doctors on how to manage leprosy. She said it’s important to her that even the sickest people in society feel like they have their dignity. [BBC]
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