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Today’s Lady News: 5 Myths About Planned Parenthood

  • Five myths about Planned Parenthood that it’s about time we cleared up! Are you reading, Congressional Republicans? [Washington Post]
  • After Match.com agreed to screen its users against a sex offender database, the woman who sued the company after she was sexually assaulted on a date has revealed her identity. Carole Markin, a Los Angeles TV executive who filed the lawsuit anonymously as “Jane Doe,” applauded Match.com for agreeing to screen users. “I’m happy that they heard my message,” Markin said. “But I’m cautiously optimistic. They’re a big company, so we’re waiting to see what will happen.” [AOL News]
  • Women are more likely to quit engineering jobs due to negative work environments rather than trouble balancing work/family, according to a study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. [Montreal Gazette]

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Should There Be A Domestic Abuser Registry?

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If a new bill introduced in New York goes through, people convicted of domestic violence or stalking would be required to register with a Domestic Violence Offender Database. Anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense against a family or household member would be required to join the registry, which would identify the school at which he or she is enrolled, the place of employment he or she works, and offender’s home address. The registry would be set up similar to, and accessible to the public like, the sex offender registry already in place.

The bill was prompted by the murder last week of 23-year-old Sarah Coit, who was allegedly stabbed and then beheaded by her boyfriend Raul Barrera on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Raul Barrera had several DV incidents on his record. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jennifer Egan Wins The Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

  • Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit From The Goon Squad won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced today. Has anyone read it? What did you think? [AP]
  • Match.com has agreed to screen its users to weed out sex offenders after a customer blitzed the media with her tale of being sexually assaulted on a date. [The Root]
  • Curious how many male vs. female writers write for late-night comedy shows? Why, here’s a handy charticle about that very topic. [Buzzfeed]
  • Here’s what Congress would look like if it actually represented Americans based on demographics, i.e. a lot less old white dudes. [Feministing via GOOD Magazine]

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School Superintendent Says “Our Worst Enemy Is The Young Ladies”

“Our worst enemy is the young ladies. The young girls are bad. I don’t know what they’re drinking today, but they’re bad.”

That’s Jersey City, New Jersey’s Schools Superintendent Charles T. Epps Jr. speaking to a group of Jersey City pastors last Wednesday. Epps was speaking about his efforts to recruit more mentors in the city’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Do I even need to tell you how f**ked up it is that these words came out of the school superintendent‘s mouth? This is what sexism looks like, people. Facepalm. [NJ.com via Clutch Mag] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: This Is What A Life-Size Barbie Looks Like

  • This is what the proportions of a life-size Barbie doll would look like. She’s made by anorexia survivor Galia Slayen and stands 6 feet tall with a 39″ bust, 18″ waist and 33″ hips. Barbie wears a size 00 skirt that Galia used to wear when she was sick from her eating disorder. This year, Galia displayed Barbie at her school, Hamilton College, during its first National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. [MSNBC]
  • California’s state Senate passed a bill yesterday that would mandate public schools’ history classes teach students about gay, lesbian and transgender icons. (FWIW, Asian/Pacific Islanders and people with disabilities would also be required in the curriculum.) [The Week, San Fransisco Chronicle]
  • France may make it illegal to pay for sex, in order to criminalize clients of sex workers. Proponents of such legislation say it will help sex trafficking victims, who they claim account for 80 percent of sex workers. [Guardian UK]

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Men, You Might Be A Feminist If …

The other day, I read a post on the liberal politics blog, The Daily Kos, called “What Does A Feminist Man Look Like?” and unfortunately I found it a little thin. But I’ve been lucky enough to know a fair number of feminist-minded, progressive men and I could spot one from a mile away. Or I could just tell you about him. What follows is by no means a complete list, but it’s a decent summation of a guy who believes women deserve every bit of dignity, respect and agency given to men.

Men, you might be a feminist if you … Keep reading »

Pap Smears At Walgreens?!


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Did you know you could get your annual Pap smear at Walgreens? Yes! The stirrups are right over in aisle two next to the Pond’s skin cream and the Bonne Bell lip gloss. And breast exams? Right near the AAA batteries, please.

At least that’s what you might think if you watch “Fox & Friends” and believe every word they say. They were trying to justify the Republicans’ attempts to defund family planning money from Planned Parenthood because, duh, all women’s reproductive health needs can be met at the local Walgreens.

Stephen Colbert did a hilarious bit about this the other night on “The Colbert Report,” which you simply must watch. (Language NSFW, use headphones.) But now a group of feminist activists are planning actions to highlight this ignorance. Yup, you guessed it — they’re asking people to go to Walgreens and ask for a Pap smear. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tina Fey & Jane Curtain Talk Sexism At “Saturday Night Live”

  • Oprah Winfrey invited the lovely Tina Fey, Jane Curtain, Tracy Morgan, Dana Carvey and Chevy Chase as guests for a show about “Saturday Night Live.” It turns out that John Belushi was a sexist jerk, his former co-star Jane Curtain revealed. “[Belushi] said, ‘Women are just fundamentally not funny,’” Curtain recalled. “He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces that were written by women.” Wow, I never thought an episode of “Oprah” would make me feel stabby. [NYmag.com Vulture]
  • I can’t even begin to describe the stupidity you will witness if you click this link, but I will tell you it involves Glenn Beck, Planned Parenthood, and the word “hookers.” You’ve been warned. [Huffington Post]
  • The American Library Association’s list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2010 is out and nearly all were written by women! Let’s hear it for Lush by Natashas Friend, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Crank, by Ellen Hopkins, Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones, and Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, edited by Amy Sonnie. [Guardian UK]

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Today’s Lady News: It’s Equal Pay Day

  • It’s Equal Pay Day! Here’s your friendly reminder that women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. When race is factored in, the numbers get even more depressing: African-American women earn 62 cents and Latinas earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by a white dude. [Feministing]
  • Can you take more bad news? Over a 40-year career, women will make roughly $700,000 less than their male counterparts. The Week has figured out how it all adds up. [The Week]
  • A Texas Senate committee has advanced a “compromise” bill which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be given a sonogram, listen to the fetal heartbeat, and listen to a detailed description of a fetus. (Texas’ Senate and House had both passed versions of the bill before, but the House version was more strict and scary. This latest bill in the Senate is a “compromise” because it exempts women who have been victims of rape or incest.) Gov. Rick Perry, who doesn’t support legal abortion, is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. [Houston Chronicle]

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France’s Ban On Face-Covering Muslim Veils Goes Into Effect

France‘s ban on face-covering Muslim veils, like the niqab and the burqa, took effect yesterday. French citizens and tourists alike will be fined $215 for covering their faces in public or they must attend a class on French citizenship. Anyone who forced a woman to wear a veil in public faces a year in prison and a $43,000 fine — and fines are steeper if the person being forced to wear a veil is a minor. Muslim students are already banned from wearing headscarves in classrooms.

At least two women were taken in by police yesterday for daring to cover their faces with Islamic veils in public and a 27-year-old woman received the country’s first-ever fine for wearing a veil. Keep reading »

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