Today’s Lady News: The New York Times Appoints Jill Abramson As First Female Executive Editor

  • Jill Abramson has been appointed the first female executive editor of The New York Times, replacing current top dog Bill Killer Keller. Abramson has been managing editor since 2003 and was Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter before that. [New York Times]
  • Abortion is “morally acceptable” to 39 percent of Americans polled in a new Gallup poll on major issues, while 51 percent find abortion “morally wrong.” (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [Economist]
  • The British author V.S. Naipul thinks female writers suck, especially Jane Austen. What a bonehead. [Gawker]

  • Indiana recently voted to block Medicaid recipients from receiving care from Planned Parenthood. Fortunately, the Health and Human Services Department has put the kibosh on that foolishness. [Huffington Post]
  • This Nokia N8 Pink mobile phone is for ladies because it is pink. [The Mary Sue]
  • The Crunk Feminist Collective, a group of women of color bloggers whom I love, unpacks Rihanna’s new “Man Down” music video in which she shoots a man after he rapes her. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • Esquire rounded up a list of 75 books all men should read and only included one by a woman. One. One. One! In response, here’s 250 books for women that all men should read. [Joyland Magazine]
  • The blog Feministe strongly disagreed with our recent post on “how being drunk is a feminist issue,” as did the blog Feministing. Check out their thoughts for yourself. [Feministe, Feministing]


  • The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof profiles a 10-year-old girl in India who may be sold to a brothel. [New York Times]
  • This is shocking: 32 teenaged girls, ages 15 to 17, have been rescued from sex trafficking at a “baby farm,” where they were impregnated and forced to bear children. The babies were then allegedly sold for adoption or “witchcraft.” [BBC]

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