Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Disses Redefining Rape


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  • Leave it to Kristen Schaal at “The Daily Show” to give the best assessment of Republicans’ attempts to redefine rape in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. “Rape with benefits” and “rape-ish” are sooo becoming part of my vocabulary. Thankfully, the phrase “forcible rape” has been cut from the bill. [The Daily What via The Daily Show, Washington Post]
  • Former Oklahoma State Senator Herb Rozell suggested a pregnant woman who was nominated to the State Board of Education would be “worthless” because she would give birth during the legislative session and be totally obsessed with diapers or something. Rozell has been condemned by OK’s Governor Mary Fallin and other lawmakers, including two who said, “In this day and age, to have that type of attitude about a woman’s ability to serve is offensive, discriminatory and just wrong.” [Tulsa Beacon]
  • Starting salaries for female doctors are $17,000 less than for male doctors, according to a study published in Health Affairs. Oh, hell no. [Wall Street Journal]

  • A new bill in the House of Representatives called the High School Athletics Accountability Act could level the playing field for high school girls who play sports by requiring high schools to report the numbers of girls versus boys involved in athletics. [Ms. Magazine]
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will debut a new exhibit on women in rock on Friday, May 13, focusing on girl groups, disco divas, and all things Madonna! Frisky road trip? [ArtsDaily.org]
  • Phyllis Schafly wants to cut the Violence Against Women Act because she blames it for marriages “broken by false allegations of domestic violence.” That doesn’t even deserve to be dignified with a response. [Media Matters for America]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Well, what do you know? The women of Italy are not too pleased about Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s many alleged affairs with girls barely out of high school. [NY Times]
  • How will womens’ lives change in Egypt following the recent civil unrest? [LA Times]
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