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Today’s Lady News: NYC Abortion Billboard Targeting Black Women To Be Removed

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South Dakota Bill Would Require “Crisis Pregnancy Center” Counseling Before An Abortion

South Dakota, will you stop f**king with us? Enough already! South Dakota’s House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring a woman seeking an abortion to be “counseled” first at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center.”

Proponents of the bill say they are trying to assess whether women are being forced to end a pregnancy, as a doctor would have to sign off that the abortion is “voluntary, uncoerced, and informed.” The bill, which refers to the woman as a “pregnant mother” (agenda, anyone?), requires the woman to have pre-abortion counseling and be informed what kind of help is available to them if they continue the pregnancy. The bill also requires the woman to wait 72 hours after first meeting with the doctor who’ll perform the abortion. That time period is what anti-abortion activists claim is giving women time to think, but in reality it makes scheduling the procedure more difficult for working women or women with children, as they have to go to not one appointment, but two. And considering the vast majority of counties in America do not have an abortion clinic, terminating a pregnancy can involve driving long distances in some parts of the country. Keep reading »

What’s Up, Pussycat?

Yesterday a scampish rogue IMed me with a link and the message, “To the only person who loves p**sy and fashion as much as I do.” Oh, dear, I thought, mostly because I don’t like p**sy. But I clicked to link and much to my surprise I’m kinda in love with Elisabeth Moch’s funky Gibson-Girl-slash-I-Can-Haz-Cheezburger cat people. Some people have too much time on their hands … and I like it. [Elisabeth Moch] Keep reading »

Cheapskate: The ModCloth Sale

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Attention, hipsters! Put down McSweeney’s and turn off “Portlandia” because it’s time for ModCloth’s Cabin Fever sale. Some of the goodies are up to 70 percent off, which will give you plenty of money left over to invest in that cupcake food truck you’ve been trying to start.

I poked around the ModCloth sale and tried to keep in mind Amelia’s Style 911 advice on how to dress feminine without veering into “young Blair Waldorf” territory. Did I do a good job or do I need further tutoring?

Poll: Whose Wedding Would You Rather Attend — Hugh Hefner’s Or Prince William’s?

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Quickies: Is Lindsay Going Back To Jail & Which “Teen Mom” Is Pregnant Again?

  • Lindsay Lohan is probably going back to jail. But maybe it’s all part of God’s plan, like Dina Lohan said? (Killer side-eye, BTW, Lindz.) [PopEater, The Superficial]
  • Rumor has it Beyoncé, Usher and Mariah Carey have played for the Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, which means they may have lined their pockets with what is politely referred to as “blood money.” Oof. Get your publicists on that one, stat, guys. [Oh No They Didn't]
  • The date is set for Hugh Hefner’s blessed union to Playboy model Crystal Harris: Saturday, June 18, at the Playboy Mansion. We await our invites. [Hugh Hefner Twitter]

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Howard Stern Tells Female Journalists To Stay Away From Egypt

“Did you see what they did to [physical and sexual assault survivor Lara Logan] that reporter from ’60 Minutes’? Let me tell you something — if you’re a female reporter sit this one the f**k out.”

— The oh-so-enlightened Howard Stern offers female journalists some advice, most likely before introducing naked triplets wrestling each other in JELL-O for a chance to go on a date with Joe Francis. Thank you, Howard. [Examiner]
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Today’s Lady News: John Wayne Bobbitt And His Severed Penis Visit “The View”

  • John Wayne Bobbitt, the man who notoriously had his penis cut off by his then-wife, Lorena Bobbitt, because he allegedly raped her and had allegedly been physically abusing her, told “The View” that she has never apologized. But rest assured, ladies, his “thingy” now works fine. [Radar Online]
  • President Obama has told the Department of Justice to stop defending the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act in court. Woo-hoo! [Queerty, BuzzFeed]
  • Jacksonville, Florida, mayoral candidate Mike Hogan made a joke in public about bombing an abortion clinic. Ha … ha? [WJXT]
  • Did you know there is a Muslim feminist punk movement? [Alternet]

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Oprah Talks To Transgender Model Lea T


Lea T has modeled for Givenchy and smooched Kate Moss on the cover of LOVE magazine: now the world’s most famous male-to-female transgender model is dishing the dirt on Oprah‘s couch. Er, armchair. I didn’t know this before, but Lea T was born Leandro Cerezo in Italy to a soccer star father and Catholic mother. I’m sure they are swelling with pride … at least until Oprah asked, “How do you, if I may ask, how do you hide your penis? You must have to strap that thing down in there?” Aaaaand scene. [ColorLines] Keep reading »

Anti-Abortion Foes Target Blacks With “Dangerous Womb” Billboards

The anti-abortion movement tries many tactics — guilt, misinformation, assuring women they’re smart and capable enough, more guilt — but one of the latest permutations has been framing abortion as a racial issue. Some anti-abortion activists are framing legal abortion as a way to deter black women‘s reproduction. The latest example is this billboard hanging in New York City’s highly trafficked SoHo neighborhood which reads, “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb.” The billboard was posted by the Texas-based anti-abortion group, Life Always, The New York Times reports, conveniently timed for Black History Month. Keep reading »

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