Today’s Lady News: Two Muslim Women Fined In Belgium For Wearing The Veil

  • Two Belgian teenage girls, ages 16 and 17, have been fined $200 each for wearing face-covering Muslim veils in public. It has been illegal to wear a niqab or burqa veil in public in Belgium since July. However, their fines have been paid off by a French businessman who believes the women should express their religion however they so choose. [Telegraph UK, International Business Times]
  • A former sheriff in Missouri has plead guilty to forcing women to expose their breasts to him during searches. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Will the rumored “Sex and the City” prequel movie/TV show/whatever-it-is-going-to-be keep the characters’ abortions in the plotlines? On the TV series, in the episode when Miranda is initially considering having an abortion, Carrie confessed to terminating a pregnancy when she first moved to New York. Samantha confessed to having three abortions in the same episode. [Think Progress]

  • Reporters covering Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, including CNN’s Don Lemon, report her so-called bodyguards are roughing up journalists who ask too many questions or ask questions when they’re not supposed to. [Politico]
  • The police recording of a 911 call dialed by the wife of Ohio State Sen. Kris Jordan (R) has been released by the Columbus Dispatch. During the call, wife Melissa Jordan had said, “He’s had some drinks. He was pushing me around, throwing stuff.” Later in the call, Melissa Jordan said, “He’s mad! He’s got a gun!” When cops arrived at the Jordan home, the state senator told them, “She got a little upset. Girls do that.” Oy. The wife ended up not pressing any charges, so I guess we’ll never know. [Gawker, Talking Points Memo]
  • Ten awe-inspiring documentaries about powerful women. [Tres Sugar]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Anyone read The Wetlands, that extremely dirty book about a German teenager’s sex life? [Yes, that is how I learned the terms "dewlaps" and "ladyfingers"! -- Editor] The author Charlotte Roche has a new book out, Schossgebete, about sex within marriage. [Guardian UK]

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