Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Says There’s A Double Standard For Crying

Sometimes there’s just so much lady news that I have to do a weekend post in addition to my regular daily post. So for your enjoyment, here is “Today’s Lady News: The Weekend Edition.” Damn, I feel all fancy, like NPR!

  • Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin addressed soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner’s habit for tearing up and rightly pointed out that there is a double standard when it comes to men and women politicians crying. “I don’t know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily,” she told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts. “I respect John Boehner because he has worn his feelings on his sleeve on things that are so important to him … and I give him that pass, too. But that’s one of those things where a double standard certainly is applied. I’m sure if I got up there and did a speech and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and our grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I’m sure that I would be knocked a little bit for that.” [ABC News]

  • Breastfeeding advocates project that more women will breastfeed their infants as a result of President Obama’s health care reform laws which requires nursing breaks for some women. [Los Angeles Times]
  • A Muslim woman filed a lawsuit against the city of Douglasville, Georgia, on Tuesday after she was arrested several years ago for refusing to remove her hijab (a head-covering Muslim veil) inside a courthouse. Lisa Valentine was ordered to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court, but was released in less than a day. [AP]
  • ESPN plans to air a segment with Lisa Howe, who was the soccer coach at Belmont University and claims she was fired for being a lesbian and announcing to her players that her partner was pregnant. The segment should run this weekend on ESPN’s show “Outside the Lines.” []
  • An Ohio woman came to the rescue of a police officer struggling with a guy on the side of the road. A man had been pulled over for a routine traffic stop but lashed out against the cop; when Angela Pierce saw what was happening, she pulled her car over, and punched the guy in the head repeatedly until he was subdued. “That could have been my father or grandfather,” Pierce said of her decision to help the cop. [CNN]


  • A bone found on a Pacific island could belong to legendary missing airplane pilot Amelia Earhart. Or, you know, it could not. [Telegraph UK]
  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi refused to allow a Renault commercial depicting women going into a bedroom together from airing on his television network, Mediaset. [Telegraph UK]
  • “Come On Sweet,” which is allegedly Thailand’s first film to depict a lesbian couple, has just opened there. [Facebook]