Today’s Lady News: Sean Hannity Will Not Pay For Your Birth Control, You Whore

  • Why does anyone go on Fox News “talk shows” when they just get screamed at? Sean Hannity burst a vein in his neck bellowing about how if he is not having the sex, he shouldn’t be “paying for” the birth control under the new health care reform laws. People should have “responsibility,” you see, and pay for their own birth control or practice abstinence. Abstinence, as you know, is wonderfully realistic for horny Americans! I wonder if Hannity objects as strongly to paying for other people’s lung cancer treatments, other people’s cirrhosis, and other people’s Five Guys-induced diabetes, which are all things Hannity is already “paying for.” Don’t they have a “responsibility,” too? Anyway, not having sex is clearly a topic this man is familiar with. [Media Matters]
  • Meet Rosie, a golden retriever therapy dog, who recently sat on the witness stand with a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped her. Dogs like Rosie cuddle and nuzzle child victims as they sit on the stand and help them keep calm while recounting their stories. Critics are concerned, however, that a cute puppy dog elicits too much sympathy from the jury and will sway opinions. (Yes, this is a Lady News story, because Rosie is a lady dog!) [New York Times]

  • Some people say Michele Bachmann’s “crazy eyes” Newsweek cover was sexist. Joan Walsh, the former editor-in-chief of Salon.com, explains why it’s really not. [Salon]
  • Speaking of Bachmann, she took maternity leave twice when she worked for the federal government in the Internal Revenue Service. But what do you know? When it came time to vote to give paid parental leave to federal employees, she voted against it. Twice. [Think Progress]
  • On domestic violence and telling people “I can handle it.” [Feministe]
  • Hmm. How do we feel about beach volleyball players renting out advertising space on the backside of their bikini bottoms? [AdWeek]
  • Police have nabbed an 18-year-old man accused of groping 12 women on New York’s Upper East Side. Over the past seven months, the man walked up behind the women and grab their buttocks, crotch or chest. GROSS. [NY Daily News]
  • The lovely Sen. Rick Santorum compared gay marriage to “marriage between mothers and daughters,” also commonly known as incest. Not dignifying this with a response.[Think Progress]
  • On being a black woman dating with a doctorate. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • People in countries with more gender equality have more sex. [Feministing]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Nearly one in three girls in Tanzania is sexually abused before she turns 18, according to a report by the United Nations. Among boys, that figure is closer to one in 10. [BBC]
  • Meet Thailand first-ever female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. [The Daily Beast]

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