Today’s Lady News: Egyptian “Virginity Test” Doctor Acquitted

  • An Egyptian doctor who forced “virginity tests” — aka sexual assault — on female protesters detained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square has been acquitted by a military tribunal. Victims claimed these “virginity tests” were aimed to scare and humiliate women from protesting. [Huffington Post]
  • At last count, 141 companies have dropped advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show following the incident where he called  Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on-air. Big-name brands distancing themselves from Limbaugh include Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, McDonald’s, American Express, Yahoo, Wal-Mart, NBC-TV, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, the Home Depot, Discover Card, Domino’s Pizza, Exxon Mobil and even the U.S. Army. [Think Progress]
  • On the rise of the “angry white woman” in the current reproductive rights debate. [Madame Noire]
  • Is the Obama reelection campaign’s recent focus on women condescending? [XX Factor]
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, a historic church in York Pennsylvania, is getting its first black female pastor, Yvette Davis. [Madame Noire]
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad plans to, again, attempt her swim from Cuba to Florida. [Huffington Post]
  • I’m surprised it took this long for Feminist Harry Potter to become its own Tumblr blog. [Feminist Harry Potter]
  • “The Good Wife” did an episode on women opting out of work. [XX Factor]
  • Florence Wolfson Howitt, who wrote a diary as a teenager in Manhattan during the 1930s which was later published in 2008 as The Red Letter Diary, died last week at age 96. Howitt’s diary lay in a steamer trunk in a basement on the Upper West Side for 64 years until it was found and given to a young woman in the building who happened to work at The New York Times. [New York Times]
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