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Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

  • Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan was let go, she claims Meg Whitman told her, “From now on, you don’t know me and I don’t know you.” Her campaign, which touts that Meg Whitman is “tough as nails” on illegal immigration, says the former housekeeper is lying. [Guanabee, Guanabee, MegWhitman.com]
  • Someone asked President Obama about his support for late-term abortions at a recent town hall-style Q&A. The president replied that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare” and that families “should be the ones making the decision” to have children, not the government. He did not directly address the late-term abortion question, however, other than to say laws prohibit them and “people still argue and disagree about it.” [CNN]

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Celebs To Watch: The Up-And-Coming Ladies Of “Mad Men”

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We’re all about the retro eye candy on “Mad Men” — not just Don Draper, but the parade of lovely ladies who click-clack through the halls of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Thank you, casting department! Let’s acquaint ourselves with the new kids on the block, shall we?

After the jump, meet Cara Buono, who plays Dr. Faye Miller; Zosia Mamet, who plays Peggy’s lesbian friend, Joyce; and Jessica Paré, who plays the secretary Megan … but we have a lil’ hunch she’ll be calling herself Mrs. Don Draper one day. Just a suspicion.

Today’s Lady News: Radio Show Says Lady Candidate Has A “Tight Little Butt”

  • The WRKO radio show in Boston referred to Republican state treasurer candidate Karyn Polito on air as having a “tight little butt,” after a listener called in asking if she was “hot.” Polito responded that their comments were “over the line” and not “right.” Oh, damn, where’s that post I wrote earlier today about sexist campaign slurs? [Boston Herald]
  • But wait! There’s more! You know you want to hear what Rush Limbaugh thinks of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. “I’d rather look at [herl] than Mike Castle,” Limbaugh said. “I think she’s kind of cute.” Oof. [Media Matters for America]
  • Depression is no more likely to occur in teenagers who have abortions than with teenagers who carry the pregnancy to term, according to researchers from Oregon State University and University of California San Francisco. Researchers culled data on 289 teens and found a negative psychological outcome of abortion was not pronounced. [UPI]

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Study Finds Sexist Comments Hurt Female Candidates In The Polls

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Sexist slurs hurt a female candidate’s campaign more than her policy stances, according to a study on voter attitudes. That’s bad news for the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who have been called “she-goat,” “mean girl,” and ” “the hottest member of the Senate,” respectively. A small survey, sponsored by the Women’s Media Center, the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, and Political Parity, as part of their “Name It, Change It” campaign to fight campaign sexism, also found that the typical advice to women to “ignore the attacks” was misguided. Instead of ignoring sexist characterizations, Ms. Candidate X most benefited by bashing down the remarks early on. Keep reading »

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Calls In Bomb Threat On Plane Carrying Man To His Wedding

There are crazy exes and there are cuh-ra-zy exes. The woman who called in a bomb threat on an airplane carrying her ex-boyfriend to his wedding takes the cake. Canadian police said they received a report of a man carrying a bomb on a flight from Toronto to Karachi, Pakistan, where the man planned to get hitched. After an emergency landing in Stockholm, Sweden, 273 passengers were evacuated from the plane (seriously, this is my worst nightmare) and a SWAT team arrested the groom. No bombs were found on the plane, of course, and the ex-girlfriend admitted to authorities she was just trying to ruin his big day. Clearly, this bitch has never heard of getting wasted and showing up to the nuptials unannounced. Congratulations, lady: In the Crazy Ex Olympics, you would win! [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Diablo Cody Teams Up With Charlize Theron For Her Next Flick, “Young Adult”

OK, OK, so “Jennifer’s Body” bombed. But Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter behind “Juno,” is the kind of lady who dusts herself off to try again. Our girl Diablo is teaming up with “Juno” director Jason Reitman again for “Young Adult,” a screenplay she has written about a woman who returns to her hometown and tries to reconnect with the guy she once dated. He’s married with a kid, however, and could care less about her popping up in his life again. Scrumptious Patrick Wilson will allegedly play the male lead, with comedian Patton Oswalt as his schlumpy best friend; Charlize Theron is confirmed to play the female lead who is chasing after her old guy. Damn, the makeup department’s really gonna have to uggify Charlize to make that plot believable. I don’t know a single surburban dad would who wouldn’t drop everything to worship at her feet if she sashayed back in town. Anyway, go, go, go, Diablo! [SlashFilm] Keep reading »

Chanel Model Heidi Mount’s Husband Accused Of Rape During London Fashion Week

Fashion Week drama! Shawn Mount, the husband of Chanel model Heidi Mount, was arrested last week after an alleged sexual assault on a 24-year-old at London Fashion Week. Police say Shawn Mount, a hairstylist who has worked for Vogue and Ralph Lauren, is accused of raping the woman in a five-star hotel in central London in the middle of the night on September 20. Keep reading »

Girl Talk: My Bikini Waxer Suggested I Get Liposuction

I am a hairy person. Think of the hairiest person you know, then think hairier. Think “Harry and the Hendersons” hairy. Anytime I am within a tongue depressor’s distance of an aesthetician, they find something new to wax. (This is how I learned the hard way that upper-lip waxing is not something you should agree to do lightly.) I’m super laid-back in the vanity department, so I am pretty used to waxers offering — nay, begging — to rip hot wax off my eyebrows, my upper lip, my arms, my legs and my lady parts. What I am not used to, however, is the suggestion that I fly to Colombia to get liposuction. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: How The Health Care Law That Goes Into Effect Today Will Help Women

  • Portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — i.e., the new health care reform law — go into effect today, including several that will affect women and girls. Beginning today, health care plans must offer preventative screenings and counseling without charging out-of-pocket costs. (Birth control, however, is not considered a “preventative service” for some reason.) Also, health insurers can no longer to refuse to sell policies for kids with “pre-existing conditions.” All Americans will get this benefit in 2014. [Washington Post]
  • Sarah Palin has hinted at a presidential run, saying she will throw her hat in the ring if other Republican candidates don’t step up. It’s neither a confirmation nor a denial, really. [ABC News]
  • A male politician in Indonesia asks, “Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school?” He then suggests girls should undergo virginity testing before they’re allowed access to public education. [Feministing]

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Barbie’s First-Ever TV Commercial

Long before she was a TV news anchor in a pink miniskirt, Barbie was just a “girl” with a “purse and hats and gloves galore” in this 1959 commercial. It’s apparently the first Barbie ad to ever appear on television. The times — and Barbie — sure have changed, huh? [YouTube] Keep reading »

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