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Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Fights St. Joseph’s University Over Valentine’s Day Contest

  • St. Joseph’s University is hosting a Valentine’s Day contest run by the alumni association asking alums to write about finding the love of their life at the school. The winners of the contest get a $100 gift certificate to their favorite restuarant. But when lesbian couple Megan Edwards and her fiancée Katie McTurk entered their love story in the How I Met My Hawk Mate contest, they were told “nope, no lesbos!” After a Facebook campaign by the couple (and a little bad media coverage!), St. Joseph’s University reversed its decision and is letting the lesbian couple compete. I’m glad the school finally did the right thing. (Thanks to reader Kiki for the link!) [Jezebel]
  • Startling fact: all seven members of Facebook’s board are white men. [Bloomberg]
  • LIVESTRONG, the cancer charity set up by Lance Armstrong, announced it will donate $100,000 to Planned Parenthood after all this Susan G. Komen for the Cure foolishness.  [MarketWatch] Keep reading »

Good “Christian Girl” Miley Cyrus Schools Her Fans About Gay Marriage

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When I shared a picture of my tattoo on my Twitter page and said, “All LOVE is equal,” a lot of people mocked me — they said, “What happened to you? You used to be a Christian girl!” And I said, “Well, if you were a true Christian, you would have your facts straight. Christianity is about love.” … I believe every American should be allowed the same rights and civil liberties. Without legalized same-sex marriage, most of the time you cannot share the same health benefits, you are not considered next of kin and you are not granted the same securities as a heterosexual couple. How is this different than having someone sit in the back of the bus because of their skin color?

I’ve always liked Miley Cyrus (although The Frisky as a whole jokes about her dopier moments) but I’m ready to trade up that “like” to “love.” Miley’s got a short article in the March issue of Glamour on why she supports gay marriage. She’s even recruited Billy Ray Cyrus to the cause. “My dad, who is a real man’s man, lives on the farm and is as Southern and straight as they come,” she writes. “He loves my gay friends and even supports same-sex marriage. If my father can do it, anyone can.” Here, here! [Glamour]

Adriana Lima Instructs Men The Ticket Into A Woman’s Pants Is A Bouquet Of Flowers

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Gisele says "Tommy" needs your prayers for the Super Bowl. Read More »
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John DeVore explains how to enjoy the most American of sports. Read More »
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Men, let’s not forget the real reason you should celebrate Valentine’s Day: so you can get laid. [Styleite]

HIV/AIDS Ad Is So Clever, Yet So Tacky

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Clever use of Facebook Places, Finnish condom PSA! Too bad you had to resort to slut-shaming to do it. Twenty sexual partners might sound like a lot, but all you need is one roll in the hay with one person with HIV. The number of partners a person has really isn’t the point. (And FWIW, there’s also a male version of this PSA where the dude had 35 sexual partners. Point still holds true.) [Copyranter via Buzzfeed]

Dear Prudence Advice Columnist Suggested Possibly-Date Raped Woman Is “Trying To Ruin Someone Else’s Life”

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Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
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Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
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“Trying to ruin someone else’s life is a poor way to address one’s alcohol and self-control problems.”

This is true. But is this really the most intelligent — to say nothing of compassionate — thing for an advice columnist to say to someone whose friend was possibly date raped?

No, Dear Prudence at Slate.com, it was not.

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Komen Reverses Decision On Defunding Planned Parenthood

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You can support Planned Parenthood even if Susan G. Komen won't. Read More »
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The importance of Planned Parenthood in women's lives. Read More »
Komen Website Hacked
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Hackers pranked the charity's website on Wednesday. Read More »
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7 things to know about the shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Read More »

Susan G. Komen for the Cure just released a statement this morning announcing it will reverse its decision to defund Planned Parenthood and continue to fund breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them. I wonder how many PR wonks burned the midnight oil writing this up. 

The statement references how grants to Planned Parenthood were halted by Komen because  the organization is “under investigation,” although, as the blog Reproductive Health Reality Check points out, yesterday Komen denied the defunding had anything to do with the investigation. It does not go into detail about how the “investigation” is actually just some BS from anti-abortion politician Rep. Cliff Stearns, who wants make sure that no public money has been spent on abortion, which is illegal. (You can read more about that here.) The statement also doesn’t address how the recent hiring of Karen Handel as Senior Vice President of Public Policy, a former candidate for governor of Georgia who ran on an anti-abortion platform. (You can read more about that here.) 

But no, Susan G. Komen assures us, yanking funding from Planned Parenthood had nothing to do with politics at all!

The statement, with emphasis mine, after the jump. Keep reading »

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