Today’s Lady News: Bosnian Rape Victims To Complain To UN About Angelina Jolie’s New Movie

  • Women who were raped during the Bosnian war have warned they will complain to the United Nation’s refugee agency about the love story Angelina Jolie is currently filming about victims of the war. Jolie serves as the refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador. The victims are still upset by rumors that Jolie’s flick depicts a woman who falls in love with her rapist. (Why didn’t Jennifer Aniston think of this?) [ABC News]
  • Surprise, surprise: Sarah Palin got a bit creative with feminist history in her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Let’s do a little fact-checking, shall we? [The Daily Beast]
  • Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a model in New Jersey, has been charged with giving unlicensed “butt-boosting” implants to six women, sending them to the hospital. The 28-year-old injected women with silicone sealant, which is used to caulk bath tubs, and covered the injection sites with Krazy Glue. Eeek! [Black Voices]

  • Two women were physically and verbally attacked at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, three weeks ago, and called sexist and homophobic slurs. The school’s chancellor has only recently spoken out against the attacks. [WNCT]
  • A new report on the number of women on the boards of publicly traded companies in Massachusetts has dismal results. []
  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall, a black feminist scholar at Spelman College and president of the National Women’s Studies Association, opened up to The Root about her thoughts on Oprah, Michelle Obama and the president. [The Root]
  • Meet Amy Barber: by day she’s a gender studies professor for the University of Wisconsin—Madison, but by night she’s a DJ called Professor Shame. Next month she’ll be defending her doctoral thesis on the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. []


  • Kenya’s prime minister has threatened to arrest gays and lesbians who are caught in the middle of homosexual acts. [The Grio]
  • One in three men in South Africa admit to raping a woman, according to a small study of 487 men by the South African government. [Clutch]
  • The U.K. will continue its ban on women in close-combat roles to prevent the perils of “gender-mixing,” according to a review by the Ministry of Defense; though the government leaders admit women are “physically and psychologically” able to get the job done. [BBC]
  • A group of men who were caught in the women-only car of New Delhi’s subway system were forced by female passengers to do sit-ups on the platform. [TODAYOnline]
  • Meet Elizabeth May, the leader of Canada’s Green Party. She’s a lawyer and environmental activist for 40 years and ran the Sierra Club of Canada for seven years. She said she’s actually seen more sexism for women in politics recently. “I didn’t encounter anything that one would describe as sexism through the ’80s and ’90s. Now there’s a different treatment of women by the media which one could describe as sexist. I tie it to the advent of the anonymous quality of online posting,” May said. [Newsweek]
  • Members of Women Asylum Seekers Together in the U.K. are performing a play in London called “How I Became An Asylum Seeker,” by first-time female playwright Lydia Besong, about a woman who flees persecution in her home country but is refused refuge in Britain. Besong herself was tortured by the government of her home country, Cameroon. [The Guardian]
  • Egypt’s quota system for women in politics –they’re supposed to be make up at least 12 percent of the People’s Assembly over the course of a decade— does not make life easier for the female politicians. [Foreign Policy]
  • Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, author of The Blind Assassin and The Handmaid’s Tale, opened up to the London Guardian about everything from politicians to Twitter. [The Guardian]