Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Gets A Documentary Called “The Undefeated”

  • A documentary about Sarah Palin called “The Undefeated” is set to premiere in Iowa next month. Just last week Palin and her husband, Todd, watched the final cut off the video at the new home they’ve reportedly bought in Arizona. The film was financed and made by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, who last year debuted a documentary about the Tea Party, “Generation Zero,” on the Fox News Channel. The documentary is about Palin’s record in Alaska, focusing on her life before she and her family shot to international fame. Bannon reportedly wants to help reacquaint the country with Palin’s core values in an effort to make her a more viable candidate for a presidential run. Anyone interested in checking out “The Undefeated”? [Real Clear Politics]
  • The House of Representatives banned teaching hospitals from using federal funds to teach med students how to perform abortions. Women’s health advocates say it is crucial for doctors to know how to perform abortions, even if they choose not to do so in their own practice, as they may be faced with the need to perform one as a life-saving procedure. Ugh. Everyone who voted for this should be forced to watch “The Cider House Rules.” [AP]
  • MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” and a “talk slut” on air. Extremely inappropriate. [Change.org]

  • Last month a Utah law went into effect which forbids indicating “through lewd acts,” like exposing or touching yourself, that you are willing to accept money for sex. [Jezebel]
  • Frisky contributer Lena Chen, who wrote a sex blog while a student at Harvard, on the sexual shame women are made to feel for writing honestly about sex. [Salon]
  • Meet Belinda Blase, organizer of a grassroots Latino issues group called the Tequila Party which is gaining popularity in the Southwest. [Guanabee]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Tijuana, a Mexican border city, has suspended 15 cops who forced women to strip in exchange for not arresting them. [Washington Post]
  • Warning: this National Geographic piece about child brides is not for the faint of heart. [National Geographic]
  • Chile’s parliament introduced a bill last month that would reclassify groping in public as a more serious crime. Some countries separate men and women entirely on public transportation. However, Chile hopes that if groping is punished more severely, more women will seek to punish men who do it, the men will learn, and eventually the sexual harassment will stop. [Stop Street Harassment]
  • Two women have accused French junior minister Georges Tron of sexual harassment, including administering foot massages and putting his hands down the pants of one woman. Some say French women now are emboldened by condemnatory reactions to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, following his alleged sex assault. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Life, an abstinence-only and anti-abortion group, is going to advise the UK’s rewrite of its sex ed curriculum. Excellent idea. Abstinence-only sex had has worked so well here in the U.S. [Guardian UK]
  • Meet Pippa Mann, 27, the first-ever British woman to qualify for the Indy 500 race. [BBC]
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