Today’s Lady News: Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin A Vagina (Only In More Vulgar Terms)

  • Comedian Bill Maher, who fancies himself “edgy” or something, called Sarah Palin a “dumb tw*t” on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Because, you know, he’s edgy! The National Organization for Women swiftly responded with a rolling-their-eyes statement. “Stop degrading women with whom you disagree and/or don’t like by using female body terms or other gender-associated slurs,” said Lisa Bennett, NOW’s communications director, in a statement. “If you think someone’s an idiot or a danger to the country, feel free to say so, but try to keep their sex out of it. Sexist insults have an impact on all women.” [Examiner]
  • Breestfeeding women are perceived as less competent, according to a study out of Oxford University. Oh, joy, more bias against mothers! But what about breestfeeding four-year-old girls? [Miller-McCune]
  • Three transgender people have filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene claiming that the requirement that they undergo several sex change surgeries before they can legally change their gender on their birth certificate is prohibitive. (Some transgender people, for example, take hormone therapy but cannot afford/choose not to have the actual sex change surgery performed.) [Raw Story]

  • Remember the ex-Miss San Antonio beauty queen who claims she was de-throned for gaining weight? Jurors are now reviewing poster-size bikini photos of Domonique Ramirez as they contemplate the implications of her weight gain and weight loss. I find the whole thing sad. [Guanabee]
  • Apple approved an iPod app manufactured by the “ex-gay” group Exodus International that claims to “cure” homosexuality. [Yahoo]
  • Senior Matthew Cucchiaro, a philosophy student, has resigned as diversity director for the student government at the University of Colorado at Boulder after a satirical blog post that said “women are not as smart as men,” among other things. [Chronicle of Higher Education]
  • A Chicago researcher has received a $1.8 million grant to build sensor-equipped breasts with simulated tumors that can test future doctors’ breast exam skills. [Washington Post]
  • Speaking of boobs, Facebook won’t allow users to post pics of babies wearing beanies that look like nipples. That seems fair under their strict “no nudity” policy. However, I want to know what mommies out there are dressing their babies in nipple hats. [The Stir]
  • A Georgia trucker who was a serial rapist has gotten 12 life sentences for the kidnapping of seven women in his truck between 2005 and 2009. At last, punishment that fits the crime. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Let’s check in with New York City Council Speaker — and proud out lesbian — Christine Quinn. [New York Observer]
  • Eight ways that black men can fight rape. [ColorLines]
  • Parents: what to do when your elementary school-age child slut shames a classmate. [Good Vibrations Magazine]
  • Do most men consider themselves feminists? Sex bloggers Em and Lo ask around. [Em & Lo]
  • Remembering the late rapper Nate Dogg’s lyrics — including the sexist ones. [ColorLines]
  • Check out seven-year-old Zahra Kell, the youngest girl to land an invert while wakeboarding! (I don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m nevertheless impressed.) [Women Talk Sports]
  • Meet Anna Rodriguez, who was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame for her advocacy against the sex trafficking of women and children. Rodriguez, a native of Puerto Rico, is founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. [Naples News]
  • Sara Ruddick, a philosopher who defended mothering in her 1989 book Maternal Thinking: Toward A Politics Of Peace, died on Sunday at age 76. Ruddick was a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the New School for Social Research in NYC for 40 years. [New York Times]


  • The constant threat of rape and other sexual violence is ever-present for women and girls who were victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake. (Thanks, commenter Tacoma_Roma!) [BBC]
  • Virginity tests are being forced on Egyptian women protestors, who are told if they are found not to be virgins that they will be tried for prostitution. Awful. []
  • Let’s take another look at women’s changing roles in Egypt after the recent revolution. [BBC]
  • The British clothing company Officers Club 1979 got spanked for a promotion for a Ayia Napa that depicted large women’s breasts stuffed in a bikini with the words, “Awesome views!” [Marketing Week UK]
  • Clothing company Rivers Australia is under fire for an ad campaign promising “deadly deals” that shows a woman’s high-heeled, fishnet-stocking-ed feet lying motionless under a couch. Eroticizing dead women? Ew. [Brisbane Times]
  • Singer Marianne Faithfull has been named Commander of the Arts and Letters, one of France’s highest honors, by the country’s Minister of Culture and Communication. The musician divides her time between Paris and Ireland. [BBC]

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