Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

  • Why Social Security is a feminist issue. [Bitch Magazine]
  • The Presbyterian Church will begin ordaining lesbian and gay ministers on Sunday, when nine people are scheduled to be ordained. [Think Progress]
  • Women have finally been allowed on the special ops team in the U.S. Army for the first time ever. [The Mary Sue]
  • Vin Weber, a former Republican Congressman and co-chair of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s campaign, thought it would be a good idea to tell reporters it will be hard to beat Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination for president because she’s got “a little bit of sex appeal.” Oh, politicians, you make it so easy. [The Hill]
  • Why men should be included in the abortion discussion, according to Frisky contributer Courtney E. Martin. [Good Men Project]
  • Google+ will not allow you to keep your gender private. [The Mary Sue]
  • How to cover a rape case as a reporter. Or rather, how not to. [Feministe]


  • Tween girls in India are persuading their parents that they are too young for marriage. It’s sad that they even have to do this, considering marriage is illegal for girls under age 16. [Guardian UK]
  • A military colonel from the Democratic Republic of Congo surrendered with 200 of his men after they were accused of mass rapes of Congolese women and girls. [AFP]