Today’s Lady News: Remembering Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

  • Here’s some of the many remembrances of the poet, essayist and feminist activist Adrienne Rich, who died yesterday at 82. In particular, I point you to this beautiful, spare poem by Marge Piercy in honor of Ms. Rich. [NY, The Millions]
  • Arizona’s State Senate defeated the bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer health insurance that covers birth control for their employees if it conflicted with the employer’s own “moral or religious beliefs.” [Think Progress]
  • A committee in Oklahoma’s State House voted yesterday to advance a so-called “fetal personhood” bill that would criminalize all abortions by declaring a fertilized egg a “person.” [NECN]
  • Well, somebody had to tell all of Esquire’s female readers to stop being so uppity. [Esquire]
  • The book Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston turns 75 this year. [Feministing]
  • New strategy by the anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage? Recruit the “next generation” of Ivy League-educated pro-chastity, anti-premarital sex “elites.” [Think Progress
  • A 29-year-old woman in St. Louis died of blood clots in her legs after she was accused of trespassing in an ER when she refused to leave and hauled to a jail cell. [Clutch Magazine]
  • What the TV show “Skins” — first a UK show, now an American one on MTV — can teach us about sexuality and labels. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Today in questionable strip club advertising: a “Trayvon Martin party.” [Tits & Sass
  • Meet the Afghan girls who live as boys. [BBC]
  • A new, cutting-edge crowd map traces sexualized violence in Syria in real time. [Women Under Siege]  
  • Meet the women rebelling against the “pink-ification” of breast cancer. [Guardian UK]
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