Today’s Lady News: MTV & VH1 Won’t Air Kanye’s “Monster” Video

  • Both MTV and VH1 agreed not to air Kanye West’s music video for “Monster,” which grotesquely eroticizes dead women, despite a new disclaimer about how it isn’t meant to be “misogynist.” I am sure he will find a way to write a song about how he’s been victimized by this. [Adios Barbie]
  • North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed an awful anti-abortion bill which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours, receive counseling, and get an ultrasound before she could have the procedure. (Thanks, commenter LR52185, for the link.) [News-Observer]
  • Christine Lagarde, the finance minister of France, was selected to be the first-ever woman to run the International Monetary Fund today. She will replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who riddled the IMF with sex scandals and then was forced to step down after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid. [NY Times]

  • Much ado is (rightfully) being made about New York state’s decision last weekend to legalize gay marriage. But let’s not forget our transgender brothers and sisters who are still fighting for their basic human rights. [The New Republic]
  • A town clerk in rural New York state is refusing to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples, i.e. following the state’s new law, and also claims not to know any gay people. [Politico]
  • Activists in New York City today rallied outside the courthouse where the NYPD “rape cops” Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were sentenced for “official misconduct.” Moreno and Mata were acquitted of all other charges against them. [Raw Story]
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her first public appearance at a NASA ceremony since she was shot in the head by a mentally ill gunman in January. [Salon]
  • North Carolina’s National Guard will pin Elizabeth Dickens Austin as its first-ever female brigadier general tomorrow. Congratulations! [News-Observer]
  • Actress and model Elaine Stewart died Monday at age 81. [PopEater]
  • Margaret Tyzack, a Tony-award winning stage actress and star of “The Forsyte Saga” and “I, Claudius,” died Saturday at age 79. [New York Times]


  • Abortion providers in the UK, such as Marie Stopes (which is similar to Planned Parenthood), may be stripped of their ability to counsel women before an abortion. Instead, women seeking abortions would be sent to so-called “independent” counselors. [Guardian UK]
  • Myanmar (also knows as Burma) deported actress Michelle Yeoh, who was in the country to meet with human rights activist and Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been kept under house arrest by the Myanmar government for years. [The Daily Beast]
  • Women are crashing through barriers in the finance world in the Middle East. [New York Times]
  • Women in the town of Barbacoas, Colombia, are withholding sex “Lysistrata”-style, until a road gets fixed. [Jezebel]

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