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Today’s Lady News: “Apprentice” Contestants Accuse Donald Trump Of Inappropriate Comments

  • Two contestants on “The Apprentice” have accused host Donald Trump of making sexist and inappropriate comments in the boardroom. “So much of the boardroom discussion concerned the appearance of the female contestants — discussing the female contestants’ looks — who he found to be hot,” said Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, the woman whom Trump “fired” last week. “[Trump] asked the men to rate the women — he went down the line and asked the guys, ‘Who’s the most beautiful on the women’s team?’” Added contestant Gene Folkes, “I think it was most uncomfortable when he had one [female] contestant come around the board table and twirl around.” I am shocked — shocked! — that the man who owns the Miss Universe organization would be accused of this behavior. [New York Post]
  • A record number of female candidates ran for Congress this Election Day, with 152 female candidates winning their primaries, according to Women’s Policy, Inc. However, only 87 women will be in the Senate and House of Representatives when Congress does its business after January — three less than before. This ends a 30+ year run of more and more women in the two chambers each session. Depressing! [Politics Daily, CNN Opinion]
  • Jeanne Ruby, the French woman who ripped off a Muslim woman’s veil in a so-called “burqa rage,” has been ordered to pay $1,140 to the Muslim lady she attacked at store in Paris. [Washington Post]

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The “Bridalplasty” Trailer Is Here, Minus Actual Brides And Plastic Surgery

Bridalplasty,” the only reality show where the “winner gets cut.” Ha … ha? The trailer for “Bridalplasty,” the new reality TV show hosted by Shanna Moakler in which brides-to-be compete in wedding-related contests for plastic surgery prizes, doesn’t actually show us any of the brides-to-be. Or cosmetic surgery before-and-afters. Or crippling self-esteem issues that would lead one to radically change her boobs, lips and nose before walking down the aisle. Guess we’ll have to wait for this brilliant piece of television programming to arrive on the air. [Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Could Be Your Next Vice President

Female vice presidents haven’t been successful IRL. Apparently, it’s easier to get them “elected” on TV. HBO has picked up a new comedy called “Veep,” set in Washington, D.C., which focuses on Senator Selina Meyer “who finds being Vice President is nothing like she expected and everything everyone ever warned her about,” according to Deadline.com. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in talks to play the lead now that “The New Adventures of Old Christine” is off the air. Now, whom shall we cast as the knocked-up teenaged daughter and no good baby-daddy boyfriend? [Deadline] Keep reading »

Gay Guys Kiss In Pink’s New “Raise Your Glass” Video

God, I love Pink‘s music videos. “Raise Your Glass” is catchy as hell and how awesome is it that she’s singing at a gay wedding?

I would like to know what the eff is going on with the blindfolded women whose breasts are being milked, though. Is that some kind of statement about veganism? [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »

Your Handy-Dandy Guide To Sexism In The 2010 Elections

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Today’s Lady News: New Mexico Elects First-Ever Latina Governor

  • Susana Martinez of New Mexico was elected last night as the first Latina governor in American history. You can read about other women who won — or lost — in yesterday’s election in my story “The Ladies Of Election Day.” [MSN]
  • Voters in Colorado rejected a “fetal personhood” proposal that would have given a fetus the legal status of a person and therefore criminalized all abortions. [Washington Post]
  • A Washington anti-abortion extremist has been sentenced to home confinement for 180 days for terrorizing an abortion provider and his family. Donald Hertz will also serve five years probation for threatening Dr. Warren Hern of Colorado and Hern’s 92-year-old mother during three weeks after the murder of Kansas abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller. [Ms. Magazine]

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Portia De Rossi Talks Anorexia On Wife Ellen’s Show

If this clip from Portia de Rossi‘s appearance on her wife’s talk show tomorrow doesn’t make you tear up, your heart is made of stone. Portia opened up about her struggle with anorexia, which had her weighing only 82 lbs. at one point. “I don’t think anyone can really understand what it’s like to suffer from an eating disorder unless they’ve actually gone through it themselves,” Portia said. “I wanted to tell the story from the perspective of the person suffering and not a healthy perspective. I wanted to go back to that dark, horrible time and why I thought I was doing the right thing, why I thought I was doing the healthy thing.” When Ellen DeGeneres asks Portia what she thinks when she looks in the mirror now, Portia says, “I don’t think I’m perfect,” and you can just hear the love in Ellen’s voice when she says, “I do.” Alright, I’m crying again. [AfterEllen.com] Keep reading »

Baby Panda Born In Atlanta Zoo

Breaking cute thing news! A baby panda was born this morning to mama panda, Lun Lun, at Zoo Atlanta. Let me repeat that: A BABY PANDA!!!! Lun Lun, age 13, gave birth to a cell phone-sized cub inside a special “birthing den” in the zoo’s giant panda house. This is a huge deal because only 1,600 panda bears exist worldwide and, unfortunately, they do not seem to enjoy having sex. Artificial insemination is how Lun Lun’s gotten knocked up with her three cubs, including this one. Keep reading »

The Ladies Of Election Day: Who Won And Lost

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Depending on your political leanings, Election Day yesterday was either a smashing success or reason to stick your head in the oven. I’m particularly interested in women who run for office (although obviously the votes of men in Congress impact women’s lives as well), so I have been watching their races closely. I’ve rounded up 10 races with female candidates, both victories and defeats, including Christine O’Donnell, Kirsten Gillibrand, Meg Whitman, Sharron Angle, and Carly Fiornia. If you’ve seen other interesting articles about the female candidates I left out, please share them with all of us in the comments. And stay tuned tomorrow for a comprehensive roundup of sexist incidents — against both women and men — during the 2010 election. Please email me any incidents you’d like me to include at {encode=”jessica@thefrisky.com” title=”jessica@thefrisky.com”}.

Today’s Lady News: School Board Member Resigns After Making Bigoted Comments About Gay Kids

  • A Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, school board member resigned from his position last week after he wrote bigoted comments on his Facebook page on October 20th, the day activists around the country wore purple to show solidarity with gay and lesbian youth who killed themselves. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” Clint McCance wrote. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” (Note: Horrendous types typos [HAHA look at that typo I made while pointing out his typos!!! -- Extremely Tired Editor] and grammar all his.) McCance apologized and told Anderson Cooper, “I don’t wish death on anyone.” [MSNBC]
  • Anti-choice female governors are poised for victory during today’s elections. Yikes! [WomensEnews]
  • Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem explain how today’s election will affect women — probably, in her view, for the worst. [Big Think]

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