Today’s Lady News: NYC Public Schools To Require Students Take Sex Ed

  • Beginning this year, New York City’s public middle school and high school students will be required to take sex education classes. Classes include directions on how to use a condom and discussions about STDs and pregnancy. Wait, what, this didn’t already exist? Apparently not. The New York Times reports this is the first time in almost 20 years students are required to take sex ed in this level of detail. [New York Times]
  • The New York Times Magazine has a piece coming up this weekend about “pregnancy reduction,” which is when someone who is pregnant with twins or other multiples aborts some of the fetuses so that they only give birth to one child. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Women only hold one-quarter of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, which is the same level they did in 2000. [Think Progress]

  • GOP Presidential nominee Rick Santorum says water is water and beer is beer and somehow this is a metaphor for marriage meaning gay people can’t have equal rights to straight people. [Feministing]
  • Glenn Beck hired not just a lady, but a black lady, to host a show on his online GBTV network. (I am relieved to hear it is online. Can you imagine if Beck had an entire channel like Oprah?) Amy Holmes describes herself as an independent, is a former CNN analyst, and will be anchoring from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning on Sept. 12. [the Black Snob]
  • What do you mean when you say you want a book or movie to have “strong female characters”? [Tiger Beatdown]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The “human rights commissioner” of Ghana said it “isn’t clear whether [being gay] is even criminal,” and therefore the country is not ready to give equal rights to lesbians and gays. [Think Progress]
  • The government of Quebec and a gay rights group published a guide yesterday on how to care for lesbian, gay and transgender senior citizens and prevent sexual orientation-specific elderly abuse. [AP]
  • Because men are traveling elsewhere for work, nearly-whole villages in rural Armenia are filled with exclusively women. [BBC]

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