Today’s Lady News: GOP Debate Asks Michele Bachmann About “Submission” To Husband

  • The GOP held a debate last night for wannabe presidential nominees and Rep. Michele Bachmann was asked about statements she has made in the past that a husband should be the head of the household and a wife should be “submissve” to him. As the moderator asked, “As president, would you submissive to your husband?” the audience booed like mad. In response, Bachmann praised her husband and said to them, “submission” means “respect.” I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that pile of BS from her. They very well may respect each other deeply, but this looks to me like she’s flip-flopping on her belief of male headship of the household in front of the cameras. What do you think? [Think Progress]
  • Sarah Palin says something sensible about the notion that if she and Michele Bachmann both ran for president there would a catfight. “It’s kind of even a sexist notion to consider that two women would be kind of duking it out,” Palin said. “If I’m gonna duke it out I’m gonna duke it out with the guys.” [Politico]
  • Feminist icon Gloria Steinem visited “The Colbert Report” last night — you should watch! [Feministing]

  • This McSweeney’s article, “A Post Gender Normative Man Tries to Pick Up a Woman at a Bar,” is basically the best thing ever. [Mc Sweeney’s]
  • The Dominique Strauss-Kahn case will be made into a “Law & Order” episode. (Of course!) [Village Voice]
  • Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is going to appear on “Sesame Street”! [USA Today]
  • A 23-year-old lesbian woman in Brooklyn is suing her former employers for exposing themselves, rubbing up against her, asking for oral sex, and offering her $500 to watch her have sex with her girlfriend. [New York Daily News]
  • Advertisers will pay more to reach men who watch TV. Sorry, ladies. [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry discusses her new book, Sister Citizen, about the stereotypes of black women in our culture today. [New York Times]
  • Dr. Bernadine P. Healy, the first woman to lead the National Institutes of Health and the first doctor to lead the American Red Cross, died on Saturday at age 67. [New York Times]

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