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Quotable: Tracy Morgan Can’t “Respect Or Honor” Women Without A Daughter

“I have three sons and I feel my cycle as Tracy Morgan won’t be complete until I have a daughter. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to really, really feel differently toward women … I think things will be different once I have a daughter. You need that feminine energy in your life. As a man, to really respect and honor women, you have to have a daughter.”

Tracy Morgan sounds like he intended this sentiment to be sweet, but it’s actually pretty douche-y, in my opinion. [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »

Iceland Bans All Strip Clubs

Iceland has passed a law to shut down all strip clubs, making it illegal for any business to profit from the nudity of its employees.

Well, duh. It’s cold up there.

Actually, no: politician Kolbrun Halldorsdottir, who first proposed the law, said on Wednesday, “It is not acceptable that women, or people in general, are a product to be sold.” Iceland began hammering that point home last year when it passed a law effectively banning prostitution by criminalizing the purchase of sex; the strip club law is simply the next step. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Stumps For McCain This Weekend

  • Today and tomorrow, Sarah Palin will hit the campaign trail in Arizona with her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, who is up for reelection. [CNN]
  • This May, Palin will also give the keynote address at an anti-abortion fundraiser in Washington, D.C. She’ll be speaking to donors to the Susan B. Anthony List. [Politico]
  • Yesterday, health advisers to the Food and Drug Administration met to discuss the skin cancer risks of tanning beds and mulled over banning artificial tanning for those under age 18. You can read more here about the “tanning tax” in Obama’s health care reform bill. [AP]
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“My Spirit Has To Be In You,” Said Very Creative Fortune Teller/Alleged Rapist

I am not trying to make light of this news at all, but I see the word “fortune teller” in a headline and I have to write about it: Cesar Duran of Torrance, California, who claims to be a fortuneteller, has been accused of sexual assaulting two girls, ages 14 and 16, after “reading” their fortunes. The first victim, the 16-year-old, testified she met Duran on a street where her told her to pick up a leaf and crumple it so he could tell her fortune. The fortune Duran “read” turned out to be bleak—she would be lonely and bad things would happen to her family—and he allegedly told the girl, “I can help you, but I have to be in you. … My spirit has to be in you.” Keep reading »

Quotable: SNL’s Will Forte Filmed His Sister Giving Birth

“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.”

Will Forte will never make us laugh at “Saturday Night Live”‘s Vagisil commercials the same way again [Bust Magazine] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Quebec Considers Restrictions For Women With Face-Covering Muslim Veils

  • 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]

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More Men Are Making Sexual Harassment Claims, Says The Gov

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 »

Frisky Books: What Are We Reading This Week?

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What’s The “Tanning Tax” And How Will It Affect Your Pasty-Looking Skin?

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 »

People Actually Got Less Plastic Surgery Last Year

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 »

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