Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin’s Memoir Coming This Summer

  • Bristol Palin’s memoir is set for publication in summer of 2011. Yes, her memoir. Damn, why don’t I ever hear about these kinds of ghostwriting gigs? Actually, I don’t think I could ghostwrite whatever party line Bristol’s going to tow about abstinence with a straight face. [Gawker]
  • The Protect Life Act, introduced by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), would allow doctors to choose whether or not to save the life of a pregnant woman over that of her fetus. Be afraid. Be very afraid. [Feministing]
  • “The View”‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck called Bill Maher a “chauvinist bigot” after he said that in exchange for Egypt releasing detained journalist Lara Logan, they should put her “hotness” on an airplane back to the U.S. and get shipped Hasselbeck instead. [Oh No They Didn’t]

  • “Injustice at Every Turn,” a study of 6,450 transgender people by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, has found that 46 percent have tried to commit suicide at one point — which is 26 times the national average. And it’s no wonder they do when you read some of the scary and disappointing data in this excellent piece by journalist Nancy Goldstein. [The American Prospect]
  • Watch yourself, Indiana: at least 13 different abortion-related bills have been introduced in the state legislature. []
  • Ellen Rosenbush has been named the first-ever female editor of Harper’s magazine. [New York Observer]
  • AOL has purchased the liberal politics blog, The Huffington Post, and appointed co-founder Arianna Huffington in control of editorial content. [NY Times]
  • Elizabeth Spiers has been named the editor of The New York Observer newspaper. Spiers was the first-ever editor of and most recently ran the show for our friends at Crushable and The Gloss. [New York Observer]
  • Here’s 45 must-follow Tumblr blogs for black women. [For Harriet]
  • Some thoughts on women and book criticism. [Bookslut]
  • You know you’ve always wondered what it’s like to be a Playboy editor. [Jezebel]
  • Tina Fey has a piece in this week’s issue of The New Yorker about being a working mom and how she felt when her daughter came home from school with a book about a mommy who’s a witch and always flying off to meetings on her broomstick. [The New Yorker]
  • Watch Lea T, a transexual model, talk to about her career! [Styleite]


  • Literally heartbreaking: a 14-year-old girl in Bangladesh was sentenced under sharia law to 100 lashes after being raped (she was accused of having an affair). She lost consciousness after 80 lashes and died shortly thereafter. This makes me feel ill. [Ms. Magazine]
  • NY Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof on women in Egypt’s revolution. [NY Times]
  • City Univeristy in London will launch an investigation into the number of women used as sources on TV and radio. [Journalism UK]
  • Feminists in Tel Aviv, Israel, are pissed about a beauty salon where all the workers go topless. [Examiner]
  • Israel’s Health Ministry said the number of abortions performed has dropped by almost 20 percent in recent years. [Israel Today]