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Today’s Lady News: Mike Huckabee Slams Natalie Portman For Having Baby “Out Of Wedlock”

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Mike Huckabee opened his big gaping maw to condemn Natalie Portman for having a baby “out of wedlock” with her fiancé, Benjamin Millipied. Huckabee criticized Portman on a conservative radio show.
    “One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

    I see the point Huckabee is getting at, but I’d say the bigger problem isn’t the single moms but the dads who choose not to be in their kids lives or who aren’t worthy of being there. Why cast judgment on the single mothers alone? [The Huffington Post]

  • Speaker of the House John Boehner is reinvigorating the fight to ban gay marriage, in response to President Obama recently instructing the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Idaho’s state senate has passed a bill that would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks. [KTVB]
  • Anna Holmes, the former editor of Jezebel.com, has a must-read piece in The New York Times op-ed section on how the popularity of sluts, bitches and hos on reality TV contributes to a culture in which guys like Charlie Sheen enjoy “disposable women.” [New York Times]
  • The (male) CEO of Hermés likened a buyout from LVHM to “rape.” Yes. Because that’s exactly what it’s like. Idiot. [NYmag.com's The Cut]
  • Kirsten Powers, a FOX news contributer, penned a piece for The Daily Beast web site claiming that women wouldn’t have less abortions if they had more access to birth control — or as she puts it, “Planned Parenthood’s birth control myth.” [The Daily Beast]
  • The National Organization For Women and the National Women’s Law Center filed “friend of the court,” or amicus curie, briefs on behalf of the women who are suing Walmart for gender discrimination in promotion and pay. [Feminist.org]
  • Constance E.R. White has been named the new editor-in-chief of Essence, a lifestyle magazine for black women. [Black Voices]
  • There’s only one lesbian on the list of TV Squad’s 100 most memorable TV characters. FAIL. [After Ellen]
  • One very brave nine-year-old girl walked into a bank to say her mom was too drunk to drive and had her mama arrested. What a little heroine — think of the lives she might have saved. [The Stir]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The very act of going to school puts some girls in Tanzania, Africa, at risk for rape. [BBC]
  • The young female sheriff of Praxedis G. Guerre, Mexico, is seeking asylum in the U.S. with her family after death threats from criminals. [MSNBC]
  • A “feminist activist carnival” put on by a women’s studies department in York, England, will feature an art installation of 150 women’s donated panties. [BBC]
  • A sushi restaurant in Japan staffed by only female chefs has traditionalists pissed. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Helen Mirren says she wants to play the titular role of Hamlet! Why not? She played a dude’s role in another Shakespearean play, “The Tempest.” [Guardian UK]
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