Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

  • Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party’s Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that “God intended” pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The election is ever so close. [AP, Guardian UK]
  • A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that Planned Parenthood in Indiana cannot be denied government funding under Medicaid even if the state objects that clinics provide abortion care. The ruling affirms “patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.” [Democracy]
  • The “Floral Kiss” laptop and six other patronizing for-women-only products. [The Week]
  • Bitch magazine editor-in-chief on why she didn’t run the Caitlin Moran interview. (ICYMI, here’s a post in which I go into the back story.) [Bitch Magazine]
  • Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes is just what it sounds like: one big ol’ headdesk. [Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes via Feministing]
  • Dear Rihanna: That Nude fragrance isn’t your “nude.” [Clutch Magazine]
  • There was a violent altercation today between two men outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grants Pass, Oregon: one man was abortion protester Christopher Tolhurst and the other was Ted Clair, father of a 22-year-old woman who had been at the clinic earlier in the day and was allegedly punched by Tolhurst after she kicked over his signs. Witnesses say Ted Clair showed up to confront the man who allegedly hit his daughter and punched Tolhurst numerous times in the face before Tolhurst took out a knife and stabbed Clair. Neighbors who live near the clinic said Tolhurst “would yell obscenities” and had been “screaming at people” near the clinic. It should be noted that this particular PP clinic only provides health services to women, not abortions. [New York Daily News, CBS News]
  • Rebecca Watson spoke out about sexual harassment in the skepticism/atheism community … and then received rape threats. [Slate]
  • Meet Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union, and find out more about the amazing things she’s doing for freelance workers. [Fast Company]
  • Filmmaker Julia Loktev, whose new film “The Loneliest Planet” stars Gabriel Garcia Bernal, talks about a theme in her movie: “I think being a feminist means thinking about the complexity of gender roles.” [The L Magazine]
  • On “Nashville” and taking television targeted towards women seriously. [Think Progress]
  • A new documentary by VICE explores the pervasiveness of eyelid surgery in Korea. [Jezebel]
  • British sportscaster Jacqui Oatley, the first female commentator for “Match Of The Day,” says she has “had to grow extra layers of skin” to succeed within the boys’ club. [Guardian UK]
  • A Muslim WWII spy and war heroine Noor Inayat Khan is finally being honored with a statue in Britain. [Guardian UK]
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