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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Flip-Flops On HPV Vaccines For Girls

  • In 2007, Governor Rick Perry of Texas signed an executive order requiring that all girls receive the HPV vaccine in sixth grade, unless parents decided to opt-out. It was seen as a controversial decision at the time because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and the vaccine acknowledged that adolescent girls are sexually active. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, so many saw Perry’s decree as a net positive. Over the past several years, Perry has publicly stated he is proud of the decision and “I did what was right from my perspective.” This weekend, however, Perry changed his tune about the HPV vaccine for girls. Could it be because he accounced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend as well? Nahhh, that couldn’t be it. [NYMag.com]
  • A New Jersey bill ensuring rape victims do not have to pay for their own rape kits (a collection of DNA taken from a victim which can be used by police to identify the rapist) is still awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a quick, handy-dandy chart explaining where all the 2012 presidential candidates stand on basic rights for lesbians and gays. [MarriageEquality.org]

  • Newsweek spells out exactly how Dominique Strauss Kahn, former chief of the IMF, will fight back against Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel housekeeper who accused him of sexual assault. [The Daily Beast]
  • Meet Sensei Keiko Fukuda, age 98, who attained judo’s highest honor as a 10th degree black belt. [ColorLines]
  • “The bravest woman in Seattle” speaks. [The Awl]
  • From the women of “The Help” to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistress/maid to the housekeeper who accused Dominique Strauss Kahn of sexual assault, maids are stepping out of the shadows. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Business Insider asks whether fellow ladyblog Jezebel has “lost its feminist way.” [Business Insider]
  • Nancy Wake, a former journalist and a World War II spy, died earlier this month at 98. (Thanks to commenter EscapeHatches for the link!) [New York Times]
  • Patricia Baker, a same-sex marriage activist in Rhode Island, died recently at 55. Baker married her partner Deborah Tevyaw in Massachusetts but their marriage was not recognized in RI and Baker had testified before the government that her wife would not receive her benefits after Baker’s death. [Advocate]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Daughters growing up in families under China’s one-child policy are better educated than Chinese women at any point in history. [New York Times]
  • A transgender woman and a gay man married in Cuba this weekend, which may have been the country’s first non-traditional marriage. [BBC]

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