- The Navy announced today that women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time ever beginning in 2012. Twenty-four women — for guided-missile attack subs and ballistic-missile subs at bases — will begin training to be sub officers this summer. “We’re going to look back on this four or five years from now, shrug our shoulders and say, ‘What was everybody worrying about?’” said Rear Admiral Barry Bruner. [AP]
- President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and at military posts around the world to fly at half-mast today out of respect for civil rights and women’s rights crusader Dorothy Height, who passed away last week at age 98. She was laid to rest this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. [Essence]
- A record number of Republican women are running for seats in the House of Representatives in 2012 and the overall number of women running for office will be the highest ever. So far, 239 women will run for the House and 31 will run for the Senate, beating 1992′s “Year Of The Woman” record (when 222 women ran for the House and 29 for the Senate). [Washington Post]
Profile for Jessica Wakeman
“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”
Getting photographed smoking out of a bong is dumb. But getting photographed smoking out of a bong while topless?
“Pretty Wild” reality star Tess Taylor — the one Alexis Neiers calls her “sister,” even though the two are just friends who are not biologically related — was snapped sans bra with a big ol’ bong and the pics were posted on a D-list gossip blog, TheDirty.com. Tess Taylor’s lawyer fired off a cease and desist letter to The Dirty’s editor, Nik Richie, claiming the nude photos were posted “illegally” and they violate her privacy. (At least Richie courteously Photoshopped little pink hearts over Taylor’s nips.)
The rest of you don’t cry every day? Oh, uh, me neither. But I did tear up at the trailer for “Mother and Child,” a film starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and Kerry Washington, about how three women’s lives are affected by adoption. Karen gave a baby up for adoption at 14; Elizabeth grew up as an adopted child; and Lucy can’t get pregnant so she and her husband are trying to adopt. “Mother and Child” debuts in NYC and LA on May 7th and in theaters elsewhere after. Just the sob-worthy drama you need for your mama to see on Mother’s Day! [Sony] Keep reading »
Wronged wife Sandra Bullock dropped the bombshell-of-all-bombshells when she announced on the cover of People magazine yesterday that she adopted a baby boy in January. And while I’m happy as a clam for Sandra and little Louis Bardo Bullock, I also find the way the media’s handling the story to be quite odd.
The New York Daily News‘ cover today says “Sweet Revenge!” and teases an article on their website about Sandra’s adoption with the line, “She doesn’t need a big baby like Jesse — she’s got a real one now.” Metro (a free newspaper handed out in big cities) trumpets, “Sandy’s Trump Card? Her Secret Adoption.”
I’m sorry, but why is a newborn baby a “trump card” or “sweet revenge”? Keep reading »
- Women in Iran sporting suntans can expect to be arrested for their “social misbehavior,” the Iranian police chief has warned. Iranian law decrees women’s skin must be fully covered. [AOL News]
- Florida’s Senate passed an amendment to a health care bill today that will require a woman to have and view an ultrasound before she has an abortion. The woman can decline to view the ultrasound, but she must complete a form saying she declined to look at the ultrasound “of her own free will.” Rape victims are exempt from viewing the ultrasound if there is evidence of the crime. [TampaBay.com]
- An article by Salon.com’s Broadsheet contributer Lynn Harris has inspired Reps. Joseph Crowley and Mary Bono Mack to introduce legislation called the Girls Protection Act to combat female genital mutilation. FGM is already illegal in the United States, but the Girls Protection Act would make it a federal crime to transport a minor outside the country for the purpose of FGM. [Salon.com's Broadsheet]
Did you watch this video of Shallon Lester, former New York Daily News gossip columnist, telling men she judges them by their jeans? Well, there’s more where that came from! On June 1, MTV is debuting “Downtown Girls,” a reality TV show about — wait for it — rich, beautiful 20- and 30-somethings who appear to live and/or party at a huuuuge apartment in downtown Manhattan. There’s Nikki the “rich girl”; Gurj Bassi, the “crazy Brit” (who’s on Twitter); Klo, “the slightly older, definitely wiser one”; Victoria, “the ditzy one”; and, of course, Shallon, who is now a writer at Glamour and “observes everything and tries to make sense of it all.” And judges men based on their jeans.
Breaking news: half-naked women — especially while washing cars dressed like slave Princess Leia from “Star Wars” — get publicity. We’ll have to watch “Attack of The Show,” which threw Saturday’s slave Princess Leia car wash fundraiser, to see if the program actually gets charitable donations, though. [HeatVisionBlog.com] Keep reading »
If you thought the Boobquake was a stupid activist statement, hold onto your panties! No, seriously, hold onto your panties: Axe Body Spray is hosting the “Axe Undie Run Challenge” at 10 colleges around the country to see who can donate the most clothes to local homeless charities … and also, to get a bunch of 18-year-old freshman girls half-naked on the quad. Keep reading »