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Today’s Lady News: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Suggests You Marry A Woman

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  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg advises young women that if you want a career and a marriage with someone who will share equally in parenting and household chores, you should marry a woman. I only think she was partly kidding. [The Mary Sue]
  • A bill which could close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic has passed the state Senate and is headed to Governor Phil Bryant’s desk.  The bill would require all doctors working at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at the local hospital; of the three doctors who work at the clinic, only one has admitting privileges because the other two docs live out of state due to threats against their safety in Mississippi. [Sun Herald]
  • Joan Walsh of Salon.com addresses the idea that men need women, marriage and family to “civilize” them. Dude readers of The Frisky, I would be curious to hear your thoughts. [Salon.com] Keep reading »

Whale Vomit Won’t Be In Your Perfume Much Longer

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Whale vomit is not just the name of my terrible new band. It’s also an ingredient in high-end perfumes that could soon be going extinct. Ambergris, or whale vomit, is expelled from the mouths of sperm* whales to keep sharp objects out of their tummies; the ambergris interacts with saltwater and eventually washes ashore looking like rocks. It is then sold for around $10K, making it a factor in whale hunting; fragrance companies use ambergris in their perfumes to prevent scents from dissipating. Keep reading »

Meet Lila Rose, Anti-Abortion Crusader & Co-Opter Of Feminism

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Lila Rose, a twentysomething anti-abortion activist who conducts “sting” operations on Planned Parenthood, penned a piece last week for the news site Politico about the voice she says has been absent from the debate over women’s health care: “that of the anti-abortion feminist.”

Now, it’s not a news that a feminist would also be opposed to abortion; there have always been feminists who have made the individual choice not to have an abortion when presented with an unwanted pregnancy. The problem is when women who call themselves feminists and are also anti-abortion try to climb into my bed, my OB/GYN office, my medical records, and tell me what to do — women like Lila Rose, who writes:

We are women who view the intentional killing of children not as a constitutional right, a matter of privacy or a necessary evil but, rather, as profoundly anti-woman and the antithesis of love. … We are women who believe that something precious is lost when fertility is intentionally excluded from marriage, a sacred bond and a total giving of each spouse to the other. We are women who believe that sex and pregnancy aren’t just health issues; they are also inextricably linked with family, morals, faith and values. And we are women who love everything about being a woman, including being mothers. Keep reading »

Model Commits Suicide After Internet Trolls Attack

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Bullying: it’s not just for kids. Claudia Boerner, 32, British model from a competitive cooking TV show, committed suicide recently, apparently because she being viciously attacked by Internet trolls. Trolls trashed Claudia’s appearance, ridiculed her “fake boobs,” and accused her of being an attention-seeking show-off on “The Perfect Dinner,” a cooking competition that airs in Germany.  A message on show’s website said they were shocked by her death and said Claudia Boerner “struck us as a friendly, open-minded young woman.”

It just goes to show all of us that no matter how someone presents herself or himself to the world, there is more going on underneath. You never know how a person may take your hurtful words. And, yes, writing nasty comments about people on the Internet — even absolute strangers — is bullying.  [Daily Mail UK]

Lena Dunham Addresses “Labia Saturation Point”

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“I think Sarah Silverman had a quote where she was like, ‘Sometimes with an old guy with misogyny you’re just like, “You cute old guy. You misogynist.” I almost feel like ['Two & A Half Men' co-creator Lee Aronsohn, who complained last week that too many women have shows on TV ] is holding on desperately to a world that no longer exists … I felt especially bad for him because it’s not even a funny joke. If you had a good quip, I’d be like, ‘Well, you’re a dick, but at least you’re a good comedy writer!’ But with that, I was like, ‘Come on, dude. “Labia saturation point”?’ It’s also so dumb. There’s three shows on TV about women, so I guess we really reached our limit. It’s not like three-quarters of the world is comprised of women, you idiot. 

I almost wanted to do a tweet, but I didn’t do it: ‘Since we’ve reached our labia saturation point on television, I’ve decided not to release “Girls.”‘ Like, ‘HBO’s behind me on this decision and we’re so sorry for anybody we’re disappointing, but we really can’t over-vagina the TV. Lee has spoken.’”

– Lena Dunham, creator of “Girls,” responds to Lee Aronsohn’s fretfulness last week over reaching “peak vagina on television.” Lena’s got a point: if you’re going to be a sexist asshat … at least be a funny sexist asshat. [Huffington Post]

Morning Quickies: Bobbi Kristina Brown Wants To Play Whitney Houston Onscreen

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown is reportedly telling friends the only person who should play her mama Whitney Houston in a biopic of the singer’s life is her. Rihanna has also expressed an interest in playing Whitney on the big screen. [TMZ]
  • Britney Spears’ fiancé Jason Trawick will share co-conservatorship over the pop star with her father, Jamie Spears. Brit Brit’s dad will remain in full control of her finances. [Celebrity Cafe]  
  • Star magazine claims Kate Middleton is pursuing in vitro fertilization to try and get pregnant because she is “too thin” to conceive, which smells like a pile of hooey to me. [Celeb Dirty Laundry]  
  • Paparazzi snapped an upskirt photo of Miley Cyrus without undies. Those people can be so sick. [PopCrush]
  • In defense of “Fat Betty Draper.” [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
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