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Quotable: Elisabeth Moss Is Peggy Olson, Hear Her Roar

“A lot of older fans come up to me and say, ‘I was Peggy’ or ‘my mother was Peggy’. It makes you incredibly grateful for what they put up with. That kind of movement, that bravery, had obviously existed long before the ’60s. It’s hard to imagine how they did it, in a way. I have such admiration for these incredible women. And I don’t think they ever decided, ‘I’m going to break through the glass ceiling.’ The glass ceiling wasn’t invented until later. Peggy just wants to be recognized for who she is. She doesn’t want to be recognized as ‘I am woman, hear me roar.’ She just has good ideas and thinks, ‘Why can’t you listen to my ideas too?’”

Elisabeth Moss on her “Mad Men” character, Peggy Olson [Times of London UK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Abortion By Computer?

  • Abortion providers in Des Moines, Iowa are using videoconferencing — or “telemedicine” — to administer RU-486, the abortion pill. Women can sit next to a nurse at a clinic and with a click of the mouse, the doctor can open a drawer to provide her a dosage. Opponents of abortion rights say administering the abortion pill via telemedicine could compromise women’s safety. Abortion rights supporters say using telemedicine for RU-486 helps women who live in rural areas where clinics don’t exist — in part because of opponents’ activism to shut them down. [New York Times]
  • Next week, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approval for a new type of emergency contraception, called ellaOne, which can be taken up to five days after sex. Currently, doctors advise women who have had unprotected sex to take the existing form of E.C., called Plan B, up to three days after sex. [Salon.com Broadsheet]
  • Chris Brown had to postpone a concert in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this week after he was denied a visa following his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, last year. Said a government official, “We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offense. Public safety is one of our primary concerns.” [The Sun UK]

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Quotable: Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Watch Zac Efron Movies For The Acting

“Girls are immediately going to say, ‘Oh, she’s trying to sell sex.’ Well, I love Zac Efron, but what’s he selling? He’s gorgeous, he’s hot, [but] I don’t go see his movie because I’m like, ‘He’s such a fantastic actor.’ He’s a great actor, but he’s hot. He’s just not in a leotard with his legs out. He has his shirt off. So what’s the difference? In “High School Musical” … he’s in basketball shorts and his cutoff tank top and all the girls are dying. It just isn’t as obvious when guys do it. I was on tour with the Jonas Brothers my first year and boy bands get away with a lot. For girls, it’s always going to be harder. That’s not an excuse, it just means we have to work harder.”

Miley Cyrus might be the new reigning queen of barely legal publicity stunts, but she still has a point about double standards. [Access Hollywood] Keep reading »

Abby Sunderland, Missing Solo Sailor Girl, Actually Not Missing After All

Disaster averted! Sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, who is attempting to set a world record by sailing around the world solo, has been found by aerial searchers in the Indian Ocean. Yesterday, while sailing east of Madagascar, Sunderland had told her father she was experiencing 35-knot winds and 25-foot waves. An hour later, she set off two of her emergency rescue beacons, one on her life vest and one on her lifeboat. Fortunately, the third emergency beacon, which automatically goes off when her vessel is under 15 feet of sea water, had not gone off. Keep reading »

“Secret Diary Of A Call Girl,” The Movie?

Be still, my heart: “Secret Diary of a Call Girl” might be a made into a movie! Actress Billie Piper told the U.K.’s Sun newspaper that the Showtime show will end after four seasons, but that may not be it for her character Hannah/Belle. “I’m about to start filming the fourth series and then that will be it,” she said. “I’m not sure it has legs past four seasons so we’re trying to develop a movie.” Do it, Billie! Quit while you’re ahead. I’d be first in line when Belle hits the big screen. [The Sun] Keep reading »

Quickies: Bethenny Frankel Is Not Allowed To Have A Straight Male Assistant

  • Bethenny Frankel needs an intern! On her new show, “Bethanny Getting Married,” the preggo Housewife tells her fiancé she’s meeting with some 23-year-old applicants. Jason has one (slightly controlling) rule: no straight guys. [BravoTV.com]
  • Sources tell gossip blog TMZ.com that Lindsay Lohan‘s assistant, Elinore, has quit because she is “exhausted” and has “had enough.” Rough week you’re having, Lindz. [TMZ]
  • The “Karate Kid” is back — with Jackie Chan and Will Smith’s kid — and so is Ralph Maccio in this Funny or Die video. [Manofest]
  • Mariah Carey has allegedly decorated the inside of her and Nick Cannon‘s nursery pink for a girl. Cue the butterflies, glitter and totally age-inappropriate bling. [Guanabee]

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Today’s Lady News: Samantha Bee On Tuesday’s “Ladies’ Night” Election


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  • Samantha Bee, have we told you lately that we love you? [The Daily Show]
  • On Tuesday night, a Queens, New York, sex offender beat his girlfriend, Tiffany Pettiford, to death with a baseball bat while his other girlfriend (?) and two children watched. Isaiah Smith, who was convicted in 1990 of raping a 10-year-old girl, allegedly suspected his girlfriend was cheating on him because she had left for several days. Pardon me, but why was someone who raped a child let out of prison in the first place? [New York Daily News]
  • The International Ski Federation has voted to create a women’s World Cup circuit beginning with the 2011-12 season with the goal of bringing women’s ski jumping to the Olympics in 2014. [Vancouver Sun]

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High School Boys Busted For Creating A Fantasy Sex League

Oh, high school, I don’t miss you one little bit.

Last summer, virgins students at the all-boys Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, organized a “fantasy sex league” where they could earn points for bedding certain girls, The Washington Post reports. The boys planned to “draft” girls they knew onto teams, throw a series of parties which those girls would attend, and then tally up the points.

Fortunately, these Tucker-Maxes-in-training were caught before the first party took place. Three students received an in-school suspension. But after reading the creepy details of what these boys did, that punishment does not nearly fit the crime. Keep reading »

Russian Model With Circus Boobs Says Turbulence Ruined Her Plastic Surgery

It probably hurt, but Russian model Iren Ferrari learned a valuable life lesson about plastic surgery: Ferrari is suing a Swiss airline after she says turbulence burst her size 44J breast implants. But I will take take her word for it that they are as fragile as big, sexy water balloons. Ferrari claims the rocking plane threw her surgically altered body into her facing seat and her lawyer helpfully added, “The space between the seats was too tight for her breasts.” Maybe if Chesty LaRue wins the $120,000 she’s asking for, she can get her circus boobs a breast reduction. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »

“Hey Baby”: Women Kill Men Who Sexually Harass Them In New Video Game

Riddle me this: are the people who design video games all messed up and demented? A new video game called “Hey Baby” lets a female avatar run around with a gun, shooting men who sexually harass her with the usual obnoxious crap, like “You know you want it!” and “I love you!” When she shoots her harassers, headstones rise from the ground with his catcall in place of his name. Keep reading »

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