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Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”

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Birth control will be covered by most employers under health care reform. Read More »
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Birth control should be covered by health care plans, says report. Read More »
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Mitt Romney called the morning after pill "abortive pills." Read More »
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  • Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC  conference today that insurers shouldn’t cover the cost of birth control because it “costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?” He continued, adding “Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.” Regardless of what your opinions on health care reform are, Rick Santorum is just WRONG. It’s not “just a few dollars.” It’s not a “minor expense.”  My birth control pills had a co-pay of $60 — that’s with insurance — so I stopped taking them because they were out of my budget. [Think Progress]
  • Yes, let’s all fight about Liz Lemon on “30 Rock” some more. [NPR]
  • No female TSA agents on duty meant a Denver woman was not allowed to board a flight. She was not even allowed to sign a waiver and approve a male TSA agent pat her down.  How ridiculous! [KDVR
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg on the New York Giants’ Brandon Jacobs, who suggested Gisele Bundchen “look cute and shut up,” and how sexism silences wives of famous men. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Math Teacher In Trouble For Giving Her Student Morning-After Pill

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Mitt Romney called the morning after pill "abortive pills." Read More »
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The iPhone's Siri won't help you find the morning-after pill. Read More »
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This is a sad story that underscores how the age requirement on the morning-after pill doesn’t work:  a math teacher in Austin, Texas, resigned after she was caught having helped a student acquire the morning-after pill. Two weeks ago, a 16-year-old came to her teacher, Tracy Lee Steinberg, 32, in tears and told her she was afraid that she was pregnant. Steinberg told the student she had a bright future and that she would help the 16-year-old get the morning-after pill, which is only available over-the-counter without a prescription for women ages 17 and up. Steinberg got money for the Plan B from the student and the student’s boyfriend, purchased it at a Planned Parenthood, and the student took it.

But when the student started experiencing normal side effects of Plan B like nausea, the student — surely in fear — told her mother she’d taken the morning-after pill and that Steinberg had gotten it for her. The mother called the school district and the administrators notified Steinberg she’d be put on leave. Instead, Steinberg offered to resign. Keep reading »

Rick Santorum Frets Your Ladylike “Emotions” Are Bad For Military Combat

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“I want to create every opportunity for women to be able to serve this country … but I do have concerns about women in front-line combat. I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission because of other types of emotions that are involved. It already happens, of course, with the camaraderie of men in combat, but I think it would be even more unique if women were in combat. And I think that’s not in the best interests of men, women or the mission.”

Yesterday the Pentagon announced new rules that will open up 14,000 more positions for women in the military that put them closer to combat positions, like missile launcher crew members and tank mechanics. The new rules go into effect this summer. But Sen. Rick Santorum told CNN’s John King he’s not too sure us ladies would be able to handle combat roles because of “other types of emotions” getting in the way, whatever that means. Fear? Having a sadz because of our periods? Does it matter? Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Sasha & Malia Obama Aren’t Allowed To Pig Out

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The White House was not amused by Ty's dolls of the First Kids. Read More »
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The FLOTUS says she won't discuss weight with her daughters. Read More »
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Barack Obama jokes about what Malia's first car will be. Read More »
  • Michelle Obama said that even though they live in the White House, Sasha and Malia “can’t go in the refrigerator and get what they want,” she told Billy Bush. ”They can’t pick up the phone and order anything. They’re kids,” she said. “That’s the point that I make to them: You live in the White House, but you’re a child.”  It figures the Fitness Bot First Lady would strategize her daugthers’ diets with military-like  (or Madonna-like!) precision. [US Weekly]
  • Halle Berry has filed child custody paperwork to move her three-year-old daughter Nahla to france, where her fiance Olivier Martinez lives. This is pissing off Nahla’s dad, model Gabriel Aubrey, but is proooobably a wise move anyway because Halle is getting death threats from a stalker (who used to threaten Madonna!). This scary dude escaped from a mental institution last week and Halle apparently is freaked out. [Uptown Magazine]
  • Amelia’s dog Lucca will be happy to hear Uggie from “The Artist” is on the list of the 10 best dog movies ever. [The FW]
  • Paul McCartney’s finally got a solo star on the Hollywood walk of fame. [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Ellen DeGeneres is sending Sophia Grace and Rosie, those two little girls in the pink tutus, to the 2012 Grammy Awards this weekend to cover the red carpet! [PopCrush] Keep reading »

British PSA About Male Rape Proves It’s Hard To Please Everybody

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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
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Real Men Get Raped PSA

The issues of male rape and sexual abuse get plenty of sensationalistic air time on “Law & Order: SVU,” but not so much substantive awareness in our day-to-day lives. While it is true that reported sexual abuse of girls and women is far more prevalent than male abuse, I also assume acknowledging or discussing male sexual abuse brings up uncomfortable feelings amongst guys about masculinity and what it means to be a “strong man.” There’s even vicious stereotypes that dog gay guys — who are routinely denigrated as being “not manly enough” — that they must have been sexually abused as kids. In a way, that’s kind of all you need to know about what some (perhaps many) people think of male sexual abuse survivors. 

So it makes sense then, from a messaging standpoint, that to reach male victims of sexual abuse, the UK group Survivors UK would address “masculinity” head-on. Their new campaign, which launches this week in time for a rugby tournament in London, features a rugby ball (speared by a nail, I think?) and the slogan: “Real men get raped: and talking about it takes real strength.” Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Lady Gaga Talks Bulimia

Jane Fonda's Bulimia
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Jane Fonda has come clean about having bulimia in the past. Read More »
Exploiting Anorexia
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Will a new reality TV show exploit women with eating disorders? Read More »
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  • Lady Gaga spoke to high school girls earlier this week about having bulimia as a teen and fighting with her Italian dad over his spaghetti and meatballs.  [PopCrush]
  • Oh dear. This is roughly how much money Lindsay Lohan is spending on her legal fees. [Betty Confidential]
  • Naomi Watts has been cast as Princess Diana in a biopic about the princess’s life which will be called “Caught In Flight” and focus on the two years before she died in a car crash. [FoxNews]
  • Secrets behind the love hormone oxytocin. [Gurl.com] Keep reading »
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