President Obama Apologizes To “Best Looking Attorney General”

  • President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize for calling her the nation’s “best looking attorney general” while introducing her at an event. [Politico]
  • Also, three things Kamala Harris should be known for that don’t involve her looks. [ColorLines]
  • Uganda has proposed a ban on miniskirts with this sterling logic: “We know people who are indecently dressed: they do it provocatively and sometimes they are attacked. An onlooker is moved to attack her and we want to avoid those areas. He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed.” [Guardian UK]
  • The president of Uruguay was caught on a microphone calling President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner of Argentina an “old hag.” [BBC]
  • Also, Obama may not support today’s decision by a federal judge to make the morning-after pill accessible to girls ages 16 and younger without a prescription. “He believes [the age restriction] was the right, common sense approach to this issue,” according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. [Think Progress]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama accidentally called herself a “busy single mother.” Whoopsies. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Victims of sexual assault will no longer have to report that they have sought counseling when undergoing a background check in the military or high-level intelligence. [Politico]
  • Lessons from Steubenville for Torrington, Connecticut, the next town with a high-profile rape case involving high school students. [Salon]
  • Following his comments about Rick Ross (who recently rapped about drugging a woman and raping her), here are five ways that Talib Kweli can be a better ally to women in hip hop. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • Meet Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, a classic young adult novel about the aftermath of a girl who is raped by an older boy at a party. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • Remembering Roger Ebert, the feminist. (Well, sort of.) [Bitch Magazine, The Heresy Club]


  • A foundation set up to honor Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-0ld Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for her advocacy on behalf of girls’ education, will further the education of 40 girls in Pakistan ages 5 through 12 who would otherwise be forced to work in domestic labor. [Guardian UK]
  • Professional cyclist Peter Sagan pinched the butt of a “podium girl” during a photo op for the Tour Of Flanders ride. [Guardian UK
  • What happens when women are “illegal”? [Feministing]
  • On the rise of female Arab filmmakers. [BBC]

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