“It was really the best night of my life. You know, this is the most important person in the world to me and she’s going through the best night of her life. It strikes me as weird that other people wouldn’t be in that situation. I feel bad that they don’t have that kind of relationship with their sisters.”
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- Quebec Premier Jean Charest has introduced legislation that would forbid Muslim women from giving or receiving public services while wearing a niqab, or a face-covering veil. Charest said that wearing other religious symbols, like a head-covering veil or a cross, would be allowed, but a concealed face is inappropriate. Critics, however, say the proposed ban is racially and religiously discriminatory. [Toronto Star]
- Police in London issued their first warning to a male employee at Heathrow over the airport’s X-ray security scanner. They issued a harassment warning to a 25-year-old male who made a crude remark about a colleague’s breasts when she walked through the scanner. [AFP]
- President Obama is allegedly trying to tackle an image problem — that his administration is a “boys’ club” that makes women feel excluded. Late last year, he invited the highest-ranking women on his staff to dinner at the White House to ask their opinions personally. The “boys club” criticism gained traction last year after Obama hosted several basketball and golf games with all- or mostly-male groups of staff. One senior official, who was at the dinner, told the AP that the women said they felt the men who were hanging out with Obama in less formal settings had more access to him. [AP]
It’s not always us ladies who have to deal with Bill or Betsy’s TMI convos at the water cooler: Men filed 16.4 percent of all sexual harassment claims in 2009, up from 15.4 percent of all claims in 2006, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Employment lawyers told The Wall Street Journal that they are increasingly seeing “locker room” behavior, like raunchy talk or sexual innuendo, in sexual harassment claims from men. But experts say some men are reluctant to report it because they don’t want to look like they’re weak, whiny or, strangely, gay, for reporting the abuse of power. Of course, women still file the overwhelming majority of sexual harassment claims at work. But the fact that guys deal with this crap at work, too, proves that sexual harassment is not a case of a woman “encouraging” or “asking for it.” [Wall Street Journal] Keep reading »
Beginning on July 1, President Obama’s health care reform bill will impose a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning services. Congress claims the tanning tax will raise $2.7 billion over the next decade for health care costs.
But that’s not all the government is up to: Today the Food and Drug Administration is meeting to discuss even more restrictions on tanning. Keep reading »
Not that you’d know if from the Heidi Montag Freakshow, but fewer Americans had plastic surgeries last year than four years before. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, operations dropped 19 percent from 2005 to 2009, from 2.1 million procedures to 1.9 million. Unfortunately, the ASAPS hypothesizes the recession is the reason why fewer Americans went under the knife — not because we collectively got a healthier body image. Even Dr. Elliot Jacobs, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon interviewed by the London Guardian newspaper, said (gleefully, we can assume), “As long as a woman or a man has a mirror available, there will be a continued interest in plastic surgery.” Depressing. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »
- Leaders of a church meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, have been accused of not allowing women to speak during a discussion about firing the principal of the church’s school. The principal, John Hartwig, was fired on Sunday; Hartwig had been vocal about his belief that women should be treated more respectfully within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Church. Women who were at the meeting to discuss Hartwig’s firing said their questions during the meeting had to be asked by men. On Tuesday, the reverend of the church released a statement, saying, “We have a wide number of households and a representative spiritual leadership of males who were asked to speak on behalf of their families so the meeting would not be over five hours.” [WISC Madison]
- Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, was recently hired by ABC News to host the Sunday morning talk show “This Week.” But in an online chat with readers, The Washington Post‘s TV critic, Tom Shales, criticized “that hair of hers — yipe.” Shales added, “What’s the deal with that, as David Letterman might say.” [Washington Post]
Gays should be allowed to marry because it is their civil right to do so. But also because they, too, should have to deal with the dreaded wedding magazine onslaught that comes each spring. (Trim your tummy before the big day!, 10 ways to get him involved! Kill me now, please?) Introducing Equally Wed, a same-sex wedding mag for both gay and lesbian couples. There are articles about gay-friendly honeymoon destinations, how to buy a masculine or feminine tux, and, of course, tons of gown/bridesmaid/ring stuff. There’s even a state-by-state guide to places where same-sex marriage is legally recognized! Not only are we psyched gays now have to suffer the same bridesmaid dress foolishness that we have to, we’re psyched so many vendors in the wedding biz are embracing our lesbian and gay loved ones, too. Maybe where retail goes the law will follow? [Equally Wed] Keep reading »
Yesterday President Obama signed historic health care reform (HCR) legislation into law. But today, as part of an agreement with anti-choice Democratic politicians whose support was needed to pass HCR, the president will sign an executive order issuing limits on abortion.
After the jump, we’ll explain what this executive order means and how it came to pass.
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Yesterday, Esquire magazine’s Twitter feed asked its readers, “What about manhood do you know now that you wish you’d known at eighteen?” The response from a writer I know caught my eye — “Good credit is better than good sex!” — and I thought, Hey, that doesn’t just apply to manhood! That applies to womanhood, too! So I asked my fellow Frisky bloggers to answer this question:
What about womanhood do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18?
Our responses, after the jump … Keep reading »