KitchenAid’s Tacky Tweet About Obama’s Grandma & Women’s Issues Go Undiscussed At First Presidential Debate

Jess is out sick today, so I’ve collected links for Today’s Lady News. I’ve used a quote from each piece as a brief summary (rather than interpreting myself) and you can click further to read more if it interests you. We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Lady News tomorrow!

  • “[During the debates] KitchenAid took to its official Twitter page to try and make light of the President mentioning his grandma, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, and tweeted the following: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’.” [Madame Noire]
  • “Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election. You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too. But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed to talk for 90 minutes straight in a domestic policy debate without discussing women’s reproductive rights.” [Feministing]
  • “Given all the unfettered candidate talking points and potpourri of disconnected issues, you’d think someone would have uttered the word “women.” But, alas, it went unsaid. In an election cycle where women’s hearts and votes are being fiercely battled over while our rights and needs are getting hammered by Republican vote after Republican vote, you’d think we might come up once. Nope.” [The Nation]
  • “Recently published in the American Political Science Review, a new study on violence against women conducted over four decades and in 70 countries reveals the mobilization of feminist movements is more important for change than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or the number of women politicians.” [SF Gate]
  • “Todd Akin’s campaign has responded to […] story from earlier this week that revealed, among other things, that Akin believes that abortion providers trick women who aren’t pregnant into getting abortions for profit. Unlike with his “legitimate rape” comments, however, this time Akin is doubling down, claiming that this is a common practice.” [Slate]
  • “Women are doing some amazing work in Computer Science and Engineering, how come we don’t know about them? We all know the about the stereotypical hot start-up out of Silicon Valley led by some twenty-something white guy but we don’t hear much about women entrepreneurs, computer scientists, researchers and business leaders in tech. How come?” [Huffington Post]
  • “A new study reveals that endorsing social hierarchies make people less likely to ask for what they want in bed — and this could impact what kind of protection they use.” [Buzzfeed]
  • “A pornographic website says it has launched a fundraising effort for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, but the nonprofit says it wants nothing to do with the campaign.” [MSNBC]