Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

  • Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed “program,” if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it’s not expected to be made into law. Um, will someone tell the Brits that abstinence-only education is not working out too well for us? Do they have “16 & Pregnant” on MTV over there? [Guardian UK]
  • North Carolina’s House judiciary committee debated a bill yesterday that would further restrict reproductive rights in the state by requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion and requiring doctors to describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the woman. [ABC News]
  • Legislation that would make it more difficult for young women to obtain abortions without their parents knowledge is headed to Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it. [Palm Beach Post]

  • Meet 15-year-old Saheela Ibraheem of New Jersey, who has chosen to attend Harvard University after being accepted to 13 colleges. Saheela, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, skipped two grades. [Black Voices]
  • Judy McGrath, chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, is stepping down after 30 years at the helm. Viacom has not yet named a successor. [The Wrap]
  • “Glee”‘s Naya Rivera — who plays Santana Lopez, a lesbian cheerleader — will host the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco later this year. [The Wrap]
  • Here’s 25 facts about rape in America from our pals at Ms.. [Ms. Magazine]
  • A Los Angeles judge has tossed out actress Nicollette Sheridan’s sexual harassment lawsuit against her “Desperate Housewives” boss Marc Cherry. The judge has allowed Nicolette’s wrongful termination lawsuit to stay. (She claims she was subjected to sexual harassment and eventually written out of the show after disputes with Marc.) [The Wrap]
  • How do you know if menstrual cups like The Keeper are right for you? [The Hairpin]
  • My friend Erica Watson, a stand-up comedian who was also in the movie “Precious” (!!!), talks to Bitch magazine about her one-woman show, “Fat Bitch.” Love you, Erica! [Bitch Magazine]
  • Scientists have created an all-female species of lizard. HELLS YEAH. [The Mary Sue]

INTERNATIONAL

  • South Africa is establishing a team to focus on hate crimes after a gay rights activist Noxolo Nogwaza was murdered. [BBC]
  • In honor of Cinco de Mayo, 14 Mexican lesbians to love! [After Ellen]
  • It is not quite so easy to be an out lesbian blogger in a country like Syria. [Jezebel]
  • Alberta Health Services in Canada has debuted a new website to talk about sexual health. [CTV.ca]
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