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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Rate Up Amongst Poor Women

  • The abortion rate is down overall, but up amongst poor women, the non-partisan sexual research organization Guttmacher reports. Between 2000 and 2008, abortion rates declined amongst most groups of women, but not women whose family incomes are less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Poor women’s abortion rate increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2008. Maybe anti-abortion activists will someday get it through their heads that mothers and fathers actually like to food feed, clothe and shelter their children? [Guttmacher]
  • Psychotherapy is an increasingly female-dominated field, but some men are reticent to see a therapist unless he’s a male who may relate to his problems better. [New York Times]
  • Anna North at Jezebel on the media’s obsession with how “ugly” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistresses are. [Jezebel]
  • Why it sucks to be an NFL cheerleader. Sounds like it’s time for a little labor organizing, ladies. [TBD.com]

  • New Jersey’s state Senate advanced a bill to restore $7.4 million in funding to women’s health initiatives, which had been cut by Governor Chris Christie (R). [Daily Record]
  • Should gays and lesbians boycott attendance at heterosexual marriage ceremonies? This op-ed columnist thinks so. [New York Times]
  • Here’s a fascinating piece on the problem of white privilege in feminist organizations. [Daily Kos]
  • Feministe blogger Jill Filipovic on why the housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is being dragged into the media spotlight. [The Daily]
  • Writer Helen Havlak describes life as an asexual in Cornell’s Kitsch magazine. [Kitsch Mag]
  • The Los Angeles Times profiled “Glee”‘s Naya Rivera and discussed her character Santana’s coming out. [L.A. Times]
  • AdWeek has penned article after article dissing female editors. What gives? [NYmag.com Daily Intel]
  • What are the best companies for multicultural women to work for, according to Working Mother Media? [Forbes]
  • Women who surf aren’t just bikini babes, so stop stereotyping them that way, says a female surfer. [Guardian UK]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Police in Mexico freed 62 women from a sex slavery ring in Mexico City, including a 13-year-old girl. [AP]
  • Families in India are increasingly aborting girls if it is the second child and they already have a daughter, according to research published in the medical journal Lancet. The London Guardian reports this practice is more common among wealthier families who can afford the prenatal testing to determine the fetus’ gender and the abortion itself. [Guardian UK]
  • Six hundred and seventy nine female employees of the International Monetary Fund have signed a letter to The New York Times in protest of an article the paper ran on Friday which depicted the IMF as a male-dominated workplace where women are constantly sexually harassed and afraid of wearing skirts. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • Elizabeth Sidney, a leader in the Liberal Party and the Liberal Democratic Party in the UK and a founder of the group Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality, has died at age 86. [Guardian UK]

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