Today’s Lady News: Psychology Today Fires “Black Women Are Ugly” Author

  • Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill banning abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy. Five other states have enacted laws banning abortions after 20 weeks. [Huffington Post]
  • A former youth minister in Plano, Texas, got probation for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Yes, probation. [Dallas News via Hay Ladies]
  • Views on Planned Parenthood will become the candidates’ litmus test for the 2012 presidential race. Groan. [Politico]
  • Songstress Alicia Keys visited the United Nations yesterday to speak up for women’s empowerment during the UN AIDS conference. [Clutch Mag]
  • Sexual assaults are underreported by the military’s Veterans Affairs, and when they are reported, officials do not often enough follow up in the proper ways, according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office. [New York Times]
  • The percentage of female gamers in the U.S. has risen to 47 percent, according to new statistics from the Entertainment Software Association. Can I get a huzzah? [The Mary Sue]
  • Men and women use different words on Twitter more often. [Mediabistro]
  • Immense respect goes out to Cate Edwards, daughter of the late Elizabeth Edwards and (ick) Sen. John Edwards. [NY Times]
  • Does the popularity of “Bridesmaids” mean more R-rated chick flicks are coming? [The Wrap]
  • I don’t know, brunch in bikinis sounds sleazy to me, but I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. [Gawker]
  • Actresses Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunited in Toronto to discuss “Thelma & Louise” on the movie’s 20th anniversary. [MovieLine]
  • Lena Pepitone, housekeeper for Marilyn Monroe, died at age 86. Her nephew claims Pepitone did repairs on the dress Monroe famously wore while singing “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy.” [NY Post]

INTERNATIONAL

  • An Australian woman who worked at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates talked to her consulate before reporting her rape by fellow hotel employees. The woman was jailed for “adultery” and is now suing the Australian government for the embassy’s bad advice about how to handle the situation. [BBC]
  • Twenty-six photographs by Linda McCartney will be on display in London’s Phillips du Pury & Company Gallery. [BBC]

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