Today’s Lady News: Focus On Amanda Bynes’ DUI Arrest Is Sexist

  • A “friend” of Amanda Bynes (um, probably her publicist) tells gossip blog Radar Online that party-hardy comparisons to Lindsay Lohan after Amanda’s recent DUI arrest are “sexist.” The friend said, “Comparisons between the two are just ridiculous as Amanda has never been arrested for drug possession or for stealing anything … Amanda doesn’t harbor any negative feelings towards Lindsay, she doesn’t even know her, she just thinks it’s sexist that the two are being compared. Men in Hollywood that get arrested for DUIs don’t face the same scrutiny that women do and this is what really irks Amanda.” It’s true. It’s so, so true. [Radar Online]
  • Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder held a forum today to emphasize the importance of reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, which is being stalled in Congress. [, Think Progress]
  • Amendments to Ohio’s state budget would require that federal funding for uninsured women’s health be prioritized first to places other than Planned Parenthood clinics, because they provide abortions. [NECN
  • Three years ago, California mother Karyl Ketchum battled school administrators in court over their handling of the Corona Del Mar High School football players who threatened to shoot and rape her 17-year-old daughter. As part of the settlement, Ketchum worked with the school district to create mandatory training for staff and students on sexism, homophobia and bullying. Now Ketchum has developed an online course for education students at Cal State Fullerton, where she teachers gender studies, called “Understanding and Addressing Bullying.” [OC Weekly]
  • A Colorado State Senate committee has advanced a bill that legalize civil unions.  It is now headed to the State Senate. [KDVR]
  • Does the Secret Service prostitution scandal indicate an internal macho culture? [CNN]
  • MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry held a roundtable discussion last week on being transgender in America — watch a clip! [Bitch Magazine]
  • Legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summit, who has won more college b-ball games than any man or woman in the sport, announced she is stepping down because of a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. [Washington Post]
  • An Iranian cleric has condemned gays and lesbians as “lower than animals … dogs and pigs.” [Think Progress]
  • Meet Daphne Selfe, an 83-year-old supermodel! [Betty Confidential]
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