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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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Nafissatou Diallo, Maid Who Accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn Of Sexual Assault, Speaks Out

Nafissatou Diallo, the hotel maid who accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault two months ago, has finally spoken out. She granted interviews with both Newsweek magazine and ABC News, which aired her interview by Robin Roberts this morning. Keep reading »

“From The Back Of The Room”: New Documentary On Women In Punk Music

It’s been a kickass couple of years for women in music alternative scenes. Last year two books that dealt heavily with the Riot Grrl movement were published — Girls To The Front by Sara Marcus and Girl Power: The ’90s Revolution In Music by Marisa Meltzer — and a tour documentary about the band Le Tigre called “Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour” debuted this spring. And there’s more kickass-ness where that came from, ladies and gents! Check out “From The Back Of The Room,” a new documentary about women in the DIY punk scene which is currently doing screenings up and down the East Coast. The punk scene is super-embracing of people who want an alternative from mainstream culture. Yet the scene is not always the sexism- and racism-free haven you think it is going to be, says one woman in the film. I would love to see a screening of “From The Back Of The Room,” especially since Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill and Le Tigre appears in it. [Pitchfork] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Offensive PMS Milk Ads Pulled

  • The California Milk Processor Board killed their offensive PMS milk ads that depicted PMS-ing women as irrational and difficult and showed their browbeaten men handing over cartons of milk to quell their symptoms. The ads read things like: “I’m sorry I listened to what you said and not what you mean” and “We can both blame myself” and directed customers to a site called EverythingIDoIsWrong.org. Now that URL redirects to a site called GotDiscussion.org which runs an apology for the offending ads. The ad agency responsible for the PMS ads told The New York Times, “It certainly wasn’t our intention to offend people.” That is such BS. Of course they were trying to offend people! Why can’t advertisers just come out and say “We were trying to offend people and get attention because that’s how advertising works?” [AdWeek]

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Today’s Lady News: Ad Agency “Surprised” Women Don’t Like Those Summer’s Eve Douche Commercials

  • The ad agency that made Summer’s Eve’s offensive new “Hail To The V” douche commercials — starring a black vagina who talks about her hair and says “you best be headed to the store,” as well as a Latina vagina who says “Aye yi yi!” — is surprised you think those ads are racist. According to a statement from The Richards Group:

    “We have a wonderful client that recognizes no matter what they do, marketing in the feminine hygiene category is going to provoke a reaction. After listening to thousands of women say they want straight-talk and lighthearted communication on a historically-uncomfortable topic, Summer’s Eve gave us license to be bold, irreverent and celebratory across a multitude of mediums and to different audiences. We are surprised that some have found the online videos racially stereotypical. We never intended anything other than to make the videos relatable, and our in house multi-cutural experts confirmed the approach. The more important mission is to get women talking about taboo topics and we hope these negative sentiments don’t overshadow that effort.”

    “In house multi-cultural experts”? What? I guess if they — whoever they are — say racial stereotypes are OK, then of course, by all means, go ahead! [AdWeek]

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Not Acting Like “A Lady” Will Get You Dissed In Congress

Today from the “Seriously, Is Everyone In Congress Trapped In The 1950s?” file: a Congressman and a Congresswoman from Florida are unhappy with each other and he decided the best way to deal with this was to email her to tell her she is “not a lady.” Not a lady? Oh my stars!

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat, was apparently stepping on some toes while talking about Medicare. Eh, it happens. But Rep. Allen West, a Tea Partier/Republican, pitched a fit. Naturally, as you do in situations like this, he fired off an email with the subject line “Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman-Schultz” to former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a whole bunch of other people. Let’s see what he had to say! Keep reading »

I’m So Over Arguing About SlutWalks

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I have to say I’m dismayed by an upcoming piece in The New York Times Magazine by Rebecca Traister. Let me first say: I love Rebecca. She’s been the women’s political issues writer for Salon.com for nearly forever and last year she published Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women about the 2008 election. She’s been a personal mentor to me over the years and someone I’ve always respected and whose career I’ve hoped to emulate.

But I wonder if her recent piece on the current state of feminist activism in general, and SlutWalks in particular, in the Times magazine reveals a generational rift of opinion. Is it individual? Is it generational? It’s hard to say. But there’s no debating that there isn’t a word in the English language more controversial than “slut.” It only helps to multiply that controversy when feminists often virulently disagree about it. Keep reading »

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