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Today’s Lady News: NY Times Asks If Female Empowerment Is Killing Romance

  • The New York Times published a piece asking, “Is female empowerment killing romance?” You mean will spinsters successful women die along with their 17 cats? Ugh, we’ve heard that myth before. (Also, check out how Jill Filipovic at Feministe unpacks the New York Times piece here.) [New York Times]
  • A sexual assault prosecutor penned an open letter to Elizabeth Seeburg, the St. Mary’s freshman who this September reported an alleged sexual assault by a member of Notre Dame’s football team and killed herself soon after. Note Dame did not turn over her case file to the prosecutors office until days ago, after her story became national news; the school has also refused to release police records about Seeburg’s alleged assault to her parents. Many assume Notre Dame is coddling the accused player and knowing that they would be unhelpful may have led Seeburg to take her own life. [Jezebel]
  • The Pentagon released its study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” today. Surprisingly, 70 percent of service members believe allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would have positive, mixed or no effect. Might a repeal of “DADT” soon follow? [Huffington Post]

  • Attention, comic book nerds: here’s an interview with the creators of Batwoman #0. [Comic Book Resources]
  • The New York Times dance critic describes ballet dancer Jenifer Ringer, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” as looking “as if she’d eaten one sugar plum too many; and Jared Angle, the Cavalier, seems to have been sampling half the Sweet realm.” Classy. [New York Times]
  • Jeannette Hayner, 91, the first woman to serve as state Senate majority leader in Washington state, passed away on Friday. She was one of two women in her graduating class at law school, but interestingly did not see herself as a trailblazer for women. [The News Tribune]
  • The female golf players in the LPGA have voted to allow transgender women golfers to play on the tour. Previously, the LPGA had a policy that only golfers who were “female at birth” could play. (Thanks to commenter William Paul for the story.) [ESPN]
  • An article on why Latinas stand to benefit the most from healthcare reform, such as eliminating co-payments for birth control. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • In “No Secret Anymore,” the 2003 documentary now available on DVD, the lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon talk about falling in love in 1950 and spending over 50 years together as a couple. Martin passed away two years ago. [AfterEllen.com]
  • I’m kind of in love with this site, Cranky Town. It’s a website for girls who’ve got their period for the first time. It’s got the deets on how menstruation works and funny cartoon girls and animals give advice on what products to use: everything from tampons to pads to the cup and the reusable cloth pads are represented. I’m kinda in love with the “lady squirrel.” [Cranky Town]

INTERNATIONAL

  • A video to raise awareness about domestic violence in South Africa shows Johannesburg residents complain about loud drumming within minutes, but ignore the sounds of a woman’s screams. [Guardian UK]
  • Seeing as today is World AIDS Day, playwright Eve Ensler (“The Vagina Monologues”) penned a piece for the London Guardian about how one of the changes that needs to happen for HIV transmission in women to lower is “shifting the dynamics of power” that honors women’s sexuality. [Guardian UK]
  • One hundred years ago, female artist Stanislawa de Karlowska was not allowed to join a well-regarded artists collective called the Camden Town Group. Only 16 men, including her husband, were allowed in the group but women were forbidden. Now in an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery, curators are making sure de Karlowska gets her due. [Guardian UK]
  • Argentina held its first-ever debate on legalizing abortion during the first semester in the deeply Catholic country. Presently, abortion is forbidden except in the case of rape or threat to the mother’s life or mental health. [Washington Post]
  • Franca Sozzani, the editor of Vogue Italia, celebrates black women and brown women and fat women, despite the fact that the rest of her industry is often thin and white. [Washington Post]
  • A Supreme Court in British Columbia, Canada, has overturned the will of a man who left all his assets to his one son and ignored his four daughters. The judge ruled the will was unfair to the daughters and ordered it be evenly dispersed. [CBC.ca]
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