- A Republican state representative compared women to livestock earlier this week, while he spoke in favor of criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks. Speaking to the restriction on abortion even when the fetus isn’t expected to live, Terry England said, “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive — delivering pigs, dead and alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” Yes, your reproductive health care was just compared to that of a barnyard animal. [Raw Story]
- Job growth has been stronger for men than women during most of 2010 and 2011. But interestingly, the last few months have been stronger in job growth for women. Well, we do earn more advanced degrees, so … [New York Times]
- I co-sign everything Emily McCombs at xoJane has to say about kinky sex and feminism. (And humbly submit my own writings on the subject here and here. [xoJane] Keep reading »
God bless Gloria Allred: the attorney has fired off a letter to the Palm Beach County Attorney’s Office to notify them that their most noxious resident, Rush Limbaugh, broke the law. (Again.) It turns out Florida has an obscure defamation statue classifying the “false and malicious questioning of a woman’s chastity” as a misdemeanor. Which, of course, is exactly with Limbaugh did when he called Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his nationally syndicated radio recorded in Florida.
Let’s be real: Florida should repeal such a sexist law. I mean, really, “a woman’s chastity”? But I’m not going to be pretend I would be tickled if Rush Limbaugh did get in trubs for defamation. [Huffington Post]
I don’t care too much about celebrity couples, the flings and breakups and and marriages and babies. I’m far too cynical for all that: there’s so much smoke and mirrors going on in Hollywood that half that stuff is publicist B.S. anyway.
But I read the article in this week’s New York Times Magazine about “Friends With Kids” director/star Jennifer Westfeldt and her co-star/boyfriend, a little actor you may have heard of named Jon Hamm. They both sound like normal people who are bewildered by all scrutiny on them just because they’re famous and they’ve carried on a happy-sounding, healthy-sounding relationship for 14 years. How the hell do they do it? And how can I steal their secrets?
- David Duchovny’s lawyers went off on the New York Post when it ran an article by a psychologist who trashed sex addiction as “nothing more than a pop-psychology phenomenon.” The actor said he suffered from sex addiction when he separated from his wife Tea Leoni back in 2008 and wants no association with the psychologist who’s written a book denouncing the illness. [New York Post]
- Demi Moore’s daughter Scout Willis tweeted some weird shit from her Twitter account, like “I hate capitalism like I hate my parents, but they both serve me so well,” but a rep says it was just for a school assignment at Brown University. [Us Weekly]
- A cop pulled over Amanda Bynes for talking on her cell phone while driving and she drove off while the cop was writing her a ticket. [PopBytes]
- Ten daring babies escaping their cribs. There’s also some adorable videos of baby pandas doing this very same thing. Just saying. [The FW]
- We know you need an update on Justin Bieber’s pet snake named Johnson. [PopCrush] Keep reading »
- Rihanna tweeted a topless pic of herself from the set of a music video, although her arms and some hairy thing is covering her boobs. What is that thing? [Twitter.com/Rihanna]
- Eva Longoria and Eduardo Cruz — he’s Penelope Cruz’s younger brother — have split. [US Weekly]
- JWoww is being sued by her former landlord because a couple scenes from “Jersey Shore” were filmed in parts of a home she rented from him without permission. [The Celebrity Cafe]
- Sandra Bullock and Brett Ratner released a joint statement blasting In Touch for claiming they hooked up at the Oscars. “We both had a great time after the Oscars, just not with each other,” they said. [PopBytes]
- Lady Gaga is supposedly “cringing” over a Lifetime biopic of her life is based on Fame Monster, the unauthorized biography about her published last year. [PopCrush] Keep reading »
- Virginia Governor Bill McDonnell has signed into law the bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary ultrasound. Technically this bill is a step up from a previous iteration of the bill, which would have required an invasive transvaginal ultrasound (also medically unnecessary) before an abortion. [New York Times]
- Women in Texas are losing options for health care at Planned Paernthood clinics and elsewhere amid the abortion fight. Texas has recently slashed funding from PP clinics. [New York Times]
- On “America’s Next Top Model,” the first Native American contestant Mariah Watchman, and the Pocahontas controversy. [Racialicious] Continue reading