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Today’s Lady News: FBI Definition Of “Rape” Criticized

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  • The FBI’s working definition of “rape” was roundly criticized on Friday at a meeting of police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocates. The definition of rape used by the FBI is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” But that definition does not take into account sexual assault cases where the victim was penetrated against their will orally, anally, with an object, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and male victims. Therefore, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report are drastically under-reported. In response, the FBI has agreed that the definition of “rape” should be revised. A subcommittee will take up the issue at an Oct. 18 meeting. [New York Times]
  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski has apologized, sort of, to the woman he  drugged and sodomized as a 13-year-old girl. “She is a double victim: my victim and a victim of the press,” Polanski told reporters at the Zurich Film Festival. That’s probably as good as it’s going to get, sadly. [Videogum]
  • Visiting Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show today, Rep. Nancy Pelosi condemned audience members’ booing of a gay soldier at a recent GOP presidential debate. [Think Progress]

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Jon Hamm Talks Rape Prevention, My Heart Swoons

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“It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet.”

Jon Hamm melts my heart a little more (proving such a thing is possible). Seriously, is this man for real?! All that handsome, all that talent, and he’s a feminist?  Jon spoke yesterday at a benefit brunch for the Rape Treatment Center in Beverly Hills, where he emphasized imparting good values on children while they are young. He’s 100 percent correct here and I’m psyched there’s such a prominent celebrity who gets it.

After the jump, Jon Hamm also opened up about the lack of male role models in his life and how it impacted him: Keep reading »

Saudi King Spares Woman 10 Lashes For Breaking Driving Ban

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Saudi Arabia is on a roll with this not-treating-women-too-much-like-2nd-class-citizens thing! Earlier this week King Abudllah announced that women could vote and run in elections. Then on Wednesday, a member of his staff told the AP a Saudi woman will be spared a punishment of 10 lashes for flouting the country’s ban on women driving.  The woman, Shaima Jastaina, was found guilty of driving without a license (as Saudi Arabia only issues such licenses to men) and sentenced to 10 lashes. Geez Louise, hold onto your testicles, boys, because it is like the office of Ms. magazine over there!  Just kidding: the official speaking to the AP declined to elaborate about the amnesty, which may signify the king is trying not to draw attention to it and risking angering Saudis who oppose the expansion of women’s rights. But two grand, pro-women gestures in one week is still something to celebrate. [Al-Jazeera]

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Today’s Lady News: French Women Say Au Revoir To “Mademoiselle”

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  • Parlez-vous feminism? French feminists are storming the Bastille (not really) over use of the honorific “mademoiselle,” which means “miss,” because they say it is demeaning to define women by their marital status. I wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the 1970s’ feminists who popularized use of the term “Ms.” as a general honorific for women. French feminists leading the protest are hoping “madame” will overtake “mademoiselle” as a counterpoint to “monsieur.” Good luck, ladies! I mean, women. Womyn? Wimmin? Just … good luck. [TIME]
  • Obligatory “What’s Your Number?” article about a woman’s number of sex partners. BREAKING NEWS: it doesn’t matter. [Vancouver Sun]
  • A seven-year-0ld girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire, an alien member of Teen Titans. (Thanks to reader Jim for the link!) [io9]

Today’s Lady News: Idaho Court Blocks Abortion Law

  • An Idaho woman won a court order on Friday to block a law that makes a woman who ends her own pregnancy a criminal. Jennie Linn McCormack was arrested and charged earlier this year for having an abortion with RU-486 pills she ordered online. By terminating her own pregnancy, McCormack ran afoul of a 1972 Idaho law. Enforcement of that law is now temporarily banned, pending a further ruling from the judge. The judge failed to advance a separate lawsuit by McCormack challenging Idaho’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks, claiming she no longer had legal standing to demonstrate she would be harmed by the law. [Wall Street Journal, Reuters]
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, has asked a Bronx court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against him by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. Strauss-Kahn claims he has diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be sued. Prosecutors for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, dropped criminal charges against him after she was found to have lied about some items on her immigration asylum paperwork. [The Griot]
  • After a recently published book accused the White House of being a sexist workplace, Vice President Joe Biden defended his boss on “The View” saying, “I look around … I don’t see any [sexism].” [The Hill]

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Today’s Lady News: On Being Over 50 And Pregnant

  • New York magazine has a controversial piece about whether it’s unethical — morally, biologically, etc. — to be 50+ and pregnant, which is now possible thanks to science. Rather than wrap my head around that conundrum, I’m going to marvel at what it must be like for this kid to have a big brother who’s 35 years older. [New York]
  • The first African woman to win a Nobel Prize has died at age 71. Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist and feminist, paid women to plant trees to fight erosion and create firewood. [New York Times]
  • Amber Rose says people hate on her all the time because she’s a woman. There’s probably a lot of truth to that. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Celebs who want you to know they are not feminists. [The Gloss]

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Women Can Vote And Run For Office, King Of Saudi Arabia Declares

Saudi Arabian women may now vote and run for office, King Abdullah declared on Sunday, ending a portion of the restriction on women’s rights in the region. Women in Saudi Arabia are still required to have a male chaperone (usually a male relative) to do most things and are still forbidden from driving. Therefore, the extent to which women actually can exercise their right to vote or to run for office may be limited. However, the king has indicated with this decree that the kingdom may be inching towards change. According to The New York Times, he told the country in an address, “We refuse to marginalize the role of women in Saudi society.” He added that women will be appointed to a government council that advises the monarchy on policy. Keep reading »

How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

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Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. A couple of years ago, I recall a conversation I had with my 13-year-old nephew who is quite intelligent and a bit beyond his years. He was saying that he and his friends had had a discussion about who had it easier, men or women. They decided that women did for various reasons. A huge conversation ensued, as you can imagine, with my nephew, his mother, his grandmother and grandfather, and me. I think decidedly, by the end of the talk, we might have changed his mind! But it was a great moment to have an intelligent discussion about gender and what it means to be male or female in today’s world.

There seems to be a lot more research being done lately about boys and gender stereotyping. Undoubtedly, we need boys who will grow up understanding and appreciating what it means to be female in our society as well as the world-at-large because they will benefit from that awareness and so will everyone else. There are plenty of adult men out there who support women’s rights and work equally as hard to continue to make sure that girls and minorities are at the forefront of the discourse about equal rights. The question is, are we raising boys who are sensitive to inequity, critical thinkers, and culturally aware? Keep reading »

Crashed The Car? Gisele Says Tell Your Man In Your Skivvies


Ladies, you’re always doing silly lady things like crashing the car, or burning the steak, or going over your credit card spending limit, aren’t you? It makes your boyfriend/husband/obedience trainer so mad! But! Instead of delivering the bad news the normal, direct way, why not try stripping down to your adorable matching lingerie set to let him know his new Prius is now permanently inoperable? Isn’t that what Gloria Steinem taught us to do? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Sadly, Miss Jessica is still the ill communication so Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition again! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Speedy recovery, Jessica! Keep reading »

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