Today’s Lady News: PA Pulls Controversial Date Rape Drinking Ad

  • The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Commission has pulled a date rape awareness PSA that came under fire for appearing to blame the victims of date rape for drinking too much. The poster, which I wrote about last week, depicted a woman’s legs with her panties around the ankles and the words “02:19 A.M. She didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no.” [Ad Week]
  • Speaking of rape: atheists are distrusted as much as rapists, according to a study by the University of British Columbia and the University of Oregon. Come on, people. Let’s redirect some of that mistrust at politicians, shall we? [Washington Post]
  • The state of North Carolina is considering ways to redress forced sterilizations of thousands of girls, boys, men, and women between the 1930s and the 1980s. People were sterilized for reasons like being poorly educated or having been raped and some were threatened that their family’s government aid would be revoked if they didn’t undergo the procedure. [New York Times]
  • Veteran entertainment journalist Kim Masters on why the odds are still stacked against women in Hollywood. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • An anti-gay Republican politician from Alabama donated sperm to lesbians wanting to have children. I don’t know why I am including this in Today’s Lady News; I just think it’s funny. [Raw Story]
  • Does H&M’s “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” collection trivialize the experience of rape survivors? At least one blogger says yes. [Fashionista
  • Why 2012 will be the year for women in tech. [Forbes]
  • Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on how she balances her career with parenthood. [New York Times]
  • Black women are less prone to severe menstrual cramps and PMS compared with white and Latina women, according to a study in Psychological Medicine. [Madame Noire]
INTERNATIONAL
  • A Saudi woman was executed for “witchcraft and sorcery” after she tricked people into giving her money while claiming she could cure their illnesses. [BBC]
  • Wearing a face-covering veil, such as the burqa or niqab, while taking the oath of citizenship has been banned in Canada. [Guardian UK]
  • Meet the women who design the UK’s video games. [Guardian UK]
  • “Color Rwanda” is a coloring book to help children who were born from rape during the Rwandan genocide. [Curiosity Counts]
  • Feminists in London held a Muff March protest on Saturday to protest “designer vagina” surgery. [Guardian UK]
  • The head of a TV station in Tunisia went on trial last week for “undermining” Islamic values by airing the animated film “Persepolis,” based on the graphic novels of the Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, about her coming-of-age during Iran’s 1979 revolution. [France 24]
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