Today’s Lady News: Judge Rules “Fetal Personhood” Ballot Initiative Is Misleading

  • A Nevada judge has ruled that a fetal personhood ballot initiative, which seeks to criminalize abortion by declaring a fertilized egg a “person,” is misleading and fails to explain its effects to voters. The judge ruled that the ballot initiative needs to make clear that the fetal personhood initiative would criminalize birth control and in vitro fertilization, as well. [
  • The Lowell Sun newspaper in Lowell, Massachusetts, mocked Chaz Bono’s transgender transformation by printing lyrics to a song that’s supposed to be sung to the tune of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Very classy, folks. [Hufffington Post]
  • Could male rappers pass a version of the so-called “the Bechdel test” in which he has a conversation with a woman that’s not about himself or a business transaction? [Slate]
  • Dr. Keith Ablow on Fox News has been named “Misinformer Of the Year On LGBT Issues” by the media watchdog group, Media Matters. [Media Matters]
  • There’s a problem with the word “homewrecker.” [Madame Noire]
  • Feminist columnist Katha Pollit on the death of Christopher Hitchens, her colleague at The Nation and a thinker with a shoddy record writing about women. [The Nation]
  • A French women’s magazine has named Anne Sinclair, the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (the former head of the IMF who was accused of sexually assaulting a NYC hotel maid last spring), the “woman of the year.” [Slate]
  • The beauty queen Mrs. Botswana has penned a letter on the lack of diversity in the top 14 contestants in the Mrs. World Pageant. There was not a single black woman or a woman of African descent in the top 14. [Madame Noire]
  • Footage has emerged of military police in Cairo, Egypt, dragging a female protestor, ripping her clothes off and beating her. [BBC]
  • Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Cairo to protest the brutal treatment of women by military police. [Guardian UK]