Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Saved Lives In Norway Massacre

  • Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are a married lesbian couple who were camping on the island of Utoya in Norway when the shooting massacre occurred. Together they saved 40 teenagers by taking their boat on four trips back and forth across the lake to bring the kids to safety. An astounding 92 people were killed in the massacre by a right wing extremist gunman. Who knows how many more may have died if not for Dalen and Hansen’s bravery? [Guardian UK]
  • Bill O’Reilly has somehow linked women’s health care and “breastfeeding stuff” to unemployment. My brain hurts trying to make sense of this. [Think Progress]
  • DC Comics chiefs are addressing their lack of female characters. [IndieWire]
  • Abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in 2009 in part because he performed rare late-term abortions. Now anti-abortion activists have set their sights on Dr. LeRoy, the last doctor in the country who openly admits to terminating late-term pregnancies, outside his Maryland practice. [Mother Jones]
  • A feminist on the difference between BDSM and abuse. [Feministe]
  • On men and women being judged differently as parents. [Good Men Project]
  • Please tell me wearing Spanx at the gym is not a “thing.” [Beaty Schooled Project]
  • Remembering The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s only novel, at age 40. [Poetry Foundation]
  • Brandy Hambrick, a.k.a. Ms. B’Havin’, on life as a female MC. [Cherry Grrl]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Ameneh Bahrami of Iran had acid thrown in her face in 2004 when she turned down a man’s marriage proposal. The incident left her blind and grotesquely figured her face. Last week, Bahrami spared her attacker the same fate, commuting an “eye for an eye” sentence which would have been legal under Iranian law. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Negah-e-Zan launched last year as the first magazine in Afghanistan about women’s empowerment and now has a circulation of 3,000. [UTNE Reader]

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