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Today’s Lady News: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Headed To The World Cup Final

  • The U.S. women’s soccer team is headed to the World Cup final! Let’s have a repeat of 1999! Goooooaaaaaal! [AP]
  • Oprah Winfrey named herself the CEO of OWN, her new television network, which debuted in January. Winfrey replaced her original CEO of OWN just two months ago. I guess she decided if you want something done right you have to do it yourself! [The Wrap]
  • Women in Oakland, California, respond to the race-baiting anti-abortion billboards that have sprung up in their city. I love the woman who says, “Definitely don’t put that on the sisters.” [Reproductive Justice Blog]
  • An all-girls football league is coming to New York City’s public high schools. [Gothamist]

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Wants More Women To Run For Office

“I believe too many women are sitting on the sidelines and aren’t engaged in the issues that affect them. I’m particularly concerned about younger women — women 40 and under who are not engaged at all. Some of it has to do with the fact that women are busy; they’re focused on their careers; they’re focused on raising children. But a lot of women also believe that their voice doesn’t matter, that their views are not important, and that their vote doesn’t make a difference. And that’s really what I want to challenge with American women.

Right now, less than one percent of women in Congress are under 40. I want to really work over the next few years to bring more women off the sidelines and get them engaged. To care about the policies and decisions that are being made because I don’t want them waking up a year from now, two years from now, 10 years from now, and realizing that they don’t agree with the laws that are being written and the agenda of this country because they didn’t participate.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is my number one favorite politician right now, precisely because she utters quotes like this. Instead of being preachy about why we need more women in politics “just because” (which is how we could end up with President Michele Bachmann), Sen. Gillibrand is simply and succinctly pointing out that legislation is passed by those who care enough to make it work. Horrified that your state doesn’t recognize gay marriage or de-funded Planned Parenthood? Do something about it — run for office. If you don’t, someone else will! [Marie Claire] Keep reading »

Pucker Up, Pooches, With The School Of French Kissing For Dogs

The School of French Kissing For Dogs would gross me out if I didn’t see Amelia smooching her pup Lucca on a regular basis. (You know she eats garbage off the street, right?) [Lucca does not use tongue ever. -- Editor] How soon until PETA busts a nut over this UCB skit? It’s comedy, guys! And it looks like doggies got peanut butter out of it. And, you know, some lovin’. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Funny Or Die’s “Mob Wives” Spoof Is As Good As The Real Show

Missed the first season of “Mob Wives“? This Funny or Die spoof with Sophia Bush and Drea de Matteo is not far from the real thing. Add in more brawling, though. I am so grateful that watching “Mob Wives” taught me that if I’m ever in a fight at a dinner party, I should take my heels off first. [Funny Or Die] Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Dakota Fanning’s New Pixie Cut & Ryan Reynolds Dating Charlize Theron

  • OMG, Dakota Fanning got a pixie cut and it’s adorable! Fanning is filming “Now Is Good” where she plays a girl with leukemia who makes a list of things to do before she dies. [Celebuzz]
  • Casey Anthony’s mom Cindy Anthony won’t be tried for perjury. [US Weekly]
  • Hat designer Philip Treacy defended Princess Beatrice’s wackadoodle headpiece at William and Kate’s wedding. “In the future, we’ll look back and think she looked wild,” Treacy predicted. [Guardian UK]

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Evening Quickies: Weezer Hosting An Indie Rock Cruise & What Sex With Charlie Sheen Is Actually Like

  • Weezer is hosting an “indie rock cruise” from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, next January! Bands slated to play/re-enact that “Titantic” I’m-king-of-the-world scene include Yuck, Wavves, Free Energy, Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr. Honestly, Weezer is more “Top 40″ than “indie” at this point, but maybe organizing a Carnival cruise is one of those hipster things, like wearing Hush Puppies, that is so hipster it makes the mainstream indie again? [PopDust]
  • Sarah Jessica Parker is on the cover of Vogue again. Again! [Just Jared]
  • Emma Watson said she had no idea Daniel Radcliffe struggled with alcohol because “as far as I know, he never took a sick day. He was like the most professional, amazing guy ever.” [Us Weekly]
  • Even Richard Simmons is getting in on this planking action. At least, that’s what I think this photo is. [Dlisted]

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Today’s Lady News: Three Girls Win The Google Science Fair

  • Three girls are the winners of the Google Science Fair, a co-ed science competition. Lauren Hodge studied the effects of different marinades on the level of carcinogens in chicken (wait, is this something I should be afraid of?), Naomi Shah studied indoor air quality and asthma, and Grand Prize Winner Shree Bose studied ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment for women who have built up a resistance to chemotherapy drugs. You can read more about these amazing kids here. I am honestly blown away. Who says girls are bad at math and science?! [Geek Feminism]
  • Reminder: the BMI (body-mass index) is only a set of guidelines! [Already Pretty]
  • One atrocious finding of the UN Women’s 2011 Progress of the World’s Women report? For every dollar earned by a white man in America, a black woman earns an average of 39 percent less and a Latina earns an average of 48 percent less. [Think Progress]
  • Things you might believe about lesbians if all you knew about them was what you saw on reality TV. [Queerty]

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“Jersey Shore” Season 4 Promos Offend Italians, Art Historians

Nothing is sacred to “Jersey Shore,” not even world-renowned priceless art. The season four promos, plugging the just-wrapped season the GTL gang filmed in Italy, depict juiced up and Snooki-fied works of art.

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Racist Doctor Writes Prescription For Mom To Spank Her 5-Year-Old Biracial Son

Oh, Texas.

A mother appeared before the Texas Medical Board last week to complain about an ER doctor at Huguley Memorial Medical Center who treated her five-year-old boy for a finger infection and wrote a prescription for her to “apply large paddle to bottom of child anytime he needs it.” What’s even more WTF about this story? The physician, Dr. Carl W. Gossett, who is white, asked the child’s race first. When she informed him her son was biracial, the doc asked, “How does your family feel about that?”, meaning, you know, teh interracial sex. Keep reading »

“NY Post” In Trouble For Accusing Hotel Maid Of Prostitution

Fireworks weren’t the only thing exploding over 4th of July weekend: that’s also when The New York Post published a scathing front-page article about the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault which, among other things, called her a prostitute. The paper quoted an unnamed source “close to the investigation” who said, “There is information … of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it’s not for bringing extra f**king towels.” It basically insinuated the woman was being pimped out by her union.

The newsprint probably wasn’t even dry before the hotel maid, a refugee from Guinea who lives in the Bronx, filed a libel lawsuit against the Post. Now, as media reporters, like Erik Wemple at The Washington Post, look closer at the Post‘s so-called reportage, the prostitution allegation looks even fishier. Instead, it looks more like a smear to make this woman just look like some whore. Keep reading »

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