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Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Saved Lives In Norway Massacre

  • Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are a married lesbian couple who were camping on the island of Utoya in Norway when the shooting massacre occurred. Together they saved 40 teenagers by taking their boat on four trips back and forth across the lake to bring the kids to safety. An astounding 92 people were killed in the massacre by a right wing extremist gunman. Who knows how many more may have died if not for Dalen and Hansen’s bravery? [Guardian UK]
  • Bill O’Reilly has somehow linked women’s health care and “breastfeeding stuff” to unemployment. My brain hurts trying to make sense of this. [Think Progress]
  • DC Comics chiefs are addressing their lack of female characters. [IndieWire]

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Today’s Lady News: Italy Wants To Ban The Burqa

  • It will be illegal to wear the burqa and other face-covering Muslim veils in public if a new bill can get the support of Italy’s Parliament. A draft version of the law has already been approved. Face-covering Muslim veils have already been banned in France and Belgium. [BBC]
  • A “boat club” in Illinois plans to hold a vote on admitting women as members. You let us know what it feels like to join 2011, okay, boys? [Chicago Tribune]
  • NBC claims their new show “The Playboy Club” is all about empowerment. Look, NBC. I’m going to watch your show. It looks fun. But let’s not kid ourselves here, OK? [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Bill Introduced To Forbid Your Pharmacist From Denying You Birth Control

Pharmacists would be forbidden to refuse to dispense birth control based on their religious beliefs under a bill re-introduced to Congress last week. The Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act would punish pharmacists who force women to either find another pharmacy to get their contraceptives — a problem if you live someplace like rural Idaho — or go without their Loestrin entirely. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Birth Control For Everybody!

  • Health insurers will be required to offer birth control without co-pays under the new health care reform laws after August 1, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors, released a report last month which said preventative health care for women should be covered and named birth control, STD screening, and HPV testing, among others, as the best practices. Despite pushback from religious groups, the HHS took their suggestions to heart. In a press release, HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius noted “These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need.” This is exciting! [CNN.com]
  • A federal judge has ruled that Kansas must resume giving federal funding to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the law defunding the state’s clinics is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten said the law seemed to be designed to punish Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: The Problem With Smurfette

  • Oh, Smurfette! Let us overthink your existence and whether it means something. [The Atlantic Monthly]
  • A new essay has been released by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks which revealed her white male employer once attempted to rape her as an 18-year-old. [AP]
  • Wannabe Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to attend two different events for anti-gay organizations while campaigning in Florida. [Think Progress]
  • A new documentary called “No Look Pass” follows Emily Tay, a basketball star at Harvard University who also happens to be lesbian and the daughter of Asian immigrant parents who aren’t so accepting of their unconventional child. [ColorLines]

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Gloria Steinem Remembers Going Undercover At Playboy Bunny Club

“At first, it was such a gigantic mistake from a career point of view that I really regretted it. I’d just begun to be taken seriously as a freelance writer, but after the Playboy article, I mostly got requests to go underground in some other semi-sexual way. It was so bad that I returned an advance to turn the Playboy article into a paperback, even though I had to borrow the money. Even now, people ask why I was a Bunny, right-wingers still describe me only as a former Bunny, and you’re still asking me about it — almost a half-century later. But feminism did make me realize that I was glad I did it — because I identified with all the women who ended up an underpaid waitress in too-high heels and a costume that was too tight to breathe in. Most were just trying to make a living and had no other way of doing it. I’d made up a background as a secretary, and the woman who interviewed me asked, ‘Honey, if you can type, why would you want to work here?’ In the sense that we’re all identified too much by our outsides instead of our insides and are mostly in underpaid service jobs, I realized we’re all Bunnies — so yes, I’m glad I did it.”

Gloria Steinem, 77, reminisces to Maria Shriver in Interview about her famous exposé on the Playboy Bunny Club. In 1963, Steinem went undercover as a Bunny for Show magazine and reported firsthand how the Bunnies were badly treated. (This was during the “Mad Men” era, you have to remember, when job listings were segregated as “Help Wanted: Male” and “Help Wanted: Female.”) The article helped Gloria become a household name and further inspired people to join the women’s movement of the 1960s.

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Today’s Lady News: North Carolina Passes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

  • North Carolina’s Senate has joined the House in overriding the governor’s veto on a bill to restrict abortion rights. Women seeking abortions will now have to have a sonogram, hear a description of the fetal development, receive counseling and wait 24 hours before having the procedure. Thanks a pantsful for making an already-difficult decision even harder on women, NC politicians. [Reuters]
  • The lawyer for Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who was allegedly sexually assaulted by ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said it is a vicious rumor that she was tape recorded planning to extort him for money. Newspapers had reported that Diallo had told a friend over the phone that Strauss-Kahn had a lot of money and she “knew what [she] was doing.” Now her lawyer has said that conversation was mischaracterized and it was her friend who suggested she could get money from the assault, which Diallo herself dismissed. Diallo also met with supporters on Thursday at a Brooklyn church, telling them, “I’m here because I had people call me a lot of bad names.” [New York Times, New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Summer’s Eve Pulls Their Racist Douche Ads Offline

  • Summer’s Eve pulled two of their racist douche commercials offline after an outpouring of complaints over their depictions of black and Latina women. Summer’s Eve’s PR defended their ads — like the sassy black vagina spoke with an “urban” accent and talked about how much money she spends on her hair — as “empowering” women and even said they had “in-house multi-cultural experts” who OKed the commercials. Actual women who don’t believe we need vaginal cleaning products thought otherwise. [Twitter.com/FleetSummersEve]
  • A Planned Parenthood clinic in McKinney, Texas, was attacked last night with a Molotov cocktail (a homemade bomb made from diesel fuel inside a glass bottle). Fortunately the inside of the clinic was not harmed and there were no injuries. This is called domestic terrorism, people. [McKinney Courier-Gazette]

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Today’s Lady News: There Are All Types Of Feminists!

  • The different types of feminists that exist. [Thought Catalog]
  • North Carolina’s House of Representatives voted to override a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue on a bill to restrict abortion rights. Perdue had vetoed the bill, which would require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound of the fetus, hear a description of the fetal growth, wait 24 hours, and undergo counseling. If the NC Senate also votes to override the veto, this legislation could actually be made into law. [WRAL]
  • Anders Breivik, the terrorist in Norway who shot up a youth camp this weekend, thought he was reclaiming “manliness” with his extremist views. [The Daily Beast]

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Today’s Lady News: Meet The Mom Who Chose An Abortion At 29 Weeks

  • Meet Dana Weinstein of Rockville, Maryland, the mother of a young son who had a late-term abortion when she learned the daughter she was pregnant with was missing part of her brain. At 29 weeks into her pregnancy, a sonogram revealed that “Baby W” would have physical and mental impairments for life, if she even survived birth. Because she had difficulty finding a doctor who could perform a late-term abortion in the D.C.-area, she had to fly to Boulder, Colorado, and stay there for one week; she racked up over $17K in medical bills, plus airfare and the hotel. Weinstein bravely spoke to Mother Jones about her late-term abortion because she is concerned about how increasing assaults on reproductive rights could affect women and families who befall the same tragedy that she has. [Mother Jones]

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