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Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Abuse Their Kids, Study Says

  • The child abuse rate in lesbian households is zero percent. Yup, zero percent for both physical and sexual abuse. That’s according to the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study from the UCLA School of Law. [Huffington Post]
  • Meet King Peggy — also known as Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI — an American woman who reigns as king in a Ghanian village. King Peggy was living in Maryland two years ago when she got a call she had been chosen to lead a community of 7,000. This story is completely awesome and I wholeheartedly suggest you read it. [NPR]
  • Oof. Susana Martinez, New Mexico’s governor-elect, had to be reminded by a reporter from Latina magazine about what the DREAM Act is. (For the record, it would allow children of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they go to college or serve in the military.) [Latina]

  • Female U.S. veterans are more less likely than their male peers to abuse substances, according to an analysis of 2002 to 2009 data from the annual National Survey of Drug Use and Health. [U.S. News & World Report]
  • Meet Georgia’s Rep. Stacey Abrahms, the first woman and the first black person to lead a caucus in the state legislature. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Former First Lady Nancy Reagan will host a debate for 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in spring 2011. [USA Today]
  • Laine Tadlock of Illinois said she lost her job at Benedictine University, a Catholic school, after she announced her marriage to another woman in a local newspaper. Her former employers claim she quit. [AOL News]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Ramstein Airbase in Germany to serve service members and their families a meal for Veterans Day. [The Grio]
  • “The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler penned a list of the world’s most powerful feminists, somewhat randomly, for Forbes. It’s nice to see Forbes define “power” as something other than money or top-down influence. [Forbes]
  • Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh called the people involved with the “Name It Change It” campaign, which called out sexism in the 2010 elections, “nags” and “feminazis.” Sigh. [Feministing]
  • Newsflash: beer ads are not so sensitive when it comes to the ladies. [Crushable]
  • Blogger Aymar Jean Christian of Televisual, cross-posting at Racialicious, asks, “Where is the black Julia Roberts?” [Racialicious]
  • Congratulations to Frisky contributors Courtney E. Martin and Lena Chen, who last night spoke at a MORE magazine panel discussion about younger feminists alongside The Beauty Myth author, Naomi Wolf! [Wall Street Journal]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Princess Hijab, the elusive Parisian graffiti artist who spray-paints Muslim hijab veils (watch video here!) on advertisements in the Paris subway system, spoke with a reporter from the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. (The paper refers to Princess Hajib the character as “she” but refused to say whether the street artist is a male or a female.) The Princess said her favorite brand to target is H&M and she only does about four or five ads a year. Her work only stays up for about an hour before it’s ripped down by officials. [The Guardian]
  • New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan and urged Afghani president Hamid Karzai not to turn back the clock on women’s rights. [WCAX]
  • In other Afghanistan news, the country has gotten its first national women’s cricket team. Coaching will take place at girls’ schools and a “women only” park. [AFP]
  • A Christian mother of five has been sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, allegedly for touching a water bowl used by Muslim laborers and for allegedly demeaning the Prophet Mohammed. [AFP]
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