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Creepy Politician “Doesn’t Want” Female Interns Because Sexism Keeps Him “Good”

Lawmaker's Lewd Comment
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Connecticut State Rep. Hewett makes lewd comment about "snake" to 17 year old. Read More »
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Last week Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) creeped out America with his lewd and inappropriate comment to a 17-year-old girl about the “snake” under his desk. (He meant his dick.)  Now Hewett has explained to the Hartford Courant that this was not his typical behavior.  How has he kept his record clean? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Teen Pregnancy PSAs Pissing Everyone Off

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  • New York City’s Human Resources Administration has introduced new PSAs about teen pregnancy which serve up a dose of “real talk” to teens with statistics about teen parents. The ads have been derided as “terrible” and “horrible” for shaming teen moms and focusing mostly on the girls’ choices and not the boys. You can see the whole host of ads at the link. What do you think of these PSAs? Let us know in the comments. [NYC.Gov]
  • Yesterday Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe vetoed his state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize abortions after 12 weeks, and today the Arkansas State Senate overrode his veto. The bill would still have to be overridden by the Arkansas House to take effect, however. UPDATE: The House passed the bill today, meaning Arkansas has adopted the most restrictive ban on abortions in the U.S. [NBC News, New York Times]
  • At long last, President Obama is set to sign the Violence Against Women Act into law on Thursday. Hooray! [USA Today]
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Taylor Swift, Amy Poehler, & Tina Fey Prompt Dumb Conversation About Feminism

Taylor Talks Exes
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Her exes aren't forbidden to write songs about her. Read More »
Taylor Gets Goated
"I Knew You Were Trouble When You Walked In," now with screaming goats! Read More »
Leave Taylor Alone!
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Amy Poehler and Tina Fey

Once upon a time at the Golden Globes, hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey made a little joke at Taylor Swift’s expense. It wasn’t even an especially mean joke, really, but it still poked fun at Swift’s reputation for getting around. “You know what, Taylor Swift? You stay away from Michael J. Fox’s son,” they said, as the camera panned to Swift’s that’s-not-funny face. Fox himself even weighed in on it. (He later apologized.) There were rumors that Taylor Swift was upset about all the negative attention — who wouldn’t be? — and it turns out she took comfort in an unlikely place: the wisdom of Katie Couric.

In her new Vanity Fair profile, Swift was asked about how she deals with “mean girls,” which everyone is assuming is a reference to Fey and Poehler (but not Katy Perry, who has behaved like a snot towards Swift as well, if blind item gossip is to be believed). “Katie Couric is one of my favorite people,” Swift told the magazine. “Because she said to me she a heard a quote that she loved that said ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.’ (Which is actually a quote from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.)

Cue 6,000 headlines screaming that Taylor Swift has told Tina Fey and Amy Poehler that they’re going to hell.

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Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was one of the women in the House of Representatives who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the house last week.  Her reasoning, “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”  Those groups include same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.  Really? [Think Progress]
  • Speaking of VAWA, at least Rep. Blackburn was honest.  Some GOP members who voted against it are now claiming to be pretty proud of supporting it.  Huh? [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

“Said To Lady Journos” Is My New Favorite Tumblr

No "Feminist" Blog
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Beliefnet wouldn't use the word "feminist" on a blog. Read More »
Men Quoted In Media
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Men overwhelmingly quoted in media about women's rights. Read More »
Women On Front Page?
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Be a male writer or one of the Middleton sisters to get on the UK's front pages. Read More »

Once upon a time, I was a spritely young newspaper reporter and got a very gross introduction to the way some men treat female journalists. My own dad would jokingly refer to me as the “girl reporter” and tell people my job was to run through the office yelling, “Stop the presses!” (It wasn’t.)  A reporter from another paper used to make sexually suggestive comments to me all the time. He once sent a Vermont Teddy Bear to my parents’ house as a gift to me. It was weird. Keep reading »

The NY Times Publishes Its Stupidest Piece About Feminism (And The Cannibal Cop!) Ever

Cannibal Cop
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NYPD officer arrested for plot to kidnap, rape, and cook women. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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Feminism has failed, you guys. Finished! Kaput! Dunzo! To what can we attribute this latest death knell? A writer for The New York Times thinks that feminists have not been sufficiently upset about New York Police Department Officer Gilberto Valle, aka the “Cannibal Cop,” who plotted to kidnap, rape and cook women, including his own wife. Part of the problem is that writer Ginia Bellafante’s thesis doesn’t seem to be very well flushed out: Bellafante fondly recalls the time in the 1980s when a woman stomped around the Upper West Side with a blown-up cover of Hustler featuring a woman shoved into a meat grinder, demanding people sign a petition (presumably against pornography).  From there, Bellafante segues into recapping Officer Valle’s creepy, cannibalistic plot and wondering why “there’s been more vocal outrage over Seth McFarlane’s distasteful Oscar jokes than there has been over the uncountable numbers apparently willing to think about women in the same terms as shell steaks.”

Um? Maybe because cannibals eating women isn’t really feminism’s most pressing problem? Keep reading »

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