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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 »

Today’s Lady News: Orlando Protestors Stalking Abortion Providers

  • Anti-abortion protesters in Orlando aren’t content to simply picket outside of abortion clinics — they’re stalking, too! A week-long protest by Operation Rescue/Operation Save America also includes harassing doctors at their homes. Two doctors had their homes leafletted, while an associate of one of the doctors had her property trespassed and photographs of her family’s vehicles taken. Creepy. Meanwhile, the actual protests at the abortion clinics only drew about 40 people, which included children brought by their parents. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Watch Sen. Al Franken school a dude from Focus On The Family during this morning’s hearing about DOMA. The FOTF guy cites a study and says children do best with a mother and a father as a parent. Franken’s, like, “Oh, you mean the study that says kids do best in a stable two-parent household, regardless of parents’ gender? Yeah, thought so.” [Think Progress]
  • Oh, joy: there’s another anti-abortion group claiming that Planned Parenthood is behind a genocidal plot to rid the world of black people. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition is claiming abortion is “the number one killer” of black Americans. [Think Progress]

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Today’s Lady News: Pssst! Did You Hear Michele Bachmann Might Have Menopause?

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann may suffer from migraines, according to a conservative website which is possibly trying to smear the politician. The Republican presidential contender “suffers from stress-induced medical episodes that she has characterized as severe headaches,” according to The Daily Caller, which quoted “three people who have worked closely with Bachmann.” The Caller claims these “episodes” occur roughly once a week and “incapacitate” Bachmann for days at a time, occasionally landing her in the hospital. Asked one aide who spoke anonymously, “As president, when she’s in crisis management mode, is she going to have the physical ability to withstand the most difficult challenges facing America?” Some in the blogosphere are wondering if this leak is trying to insinuate that Bachmann cannot handle the stresses of leadership, possibly because she is a woman. Another theory is that “migraines” is a code word for “menopause,” which may also make Bachmann unpalatable as a candidate. Others say there is nothing sexist at all about reporting Bachmann may suffer from migraines (or whatever). What do you think? [Daily Caller, NYmag.com Daily Intel, XX Factor, Care2]

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Douching Is All About “Empowerment,” Says Summer’s Eve PR

Yesterday, thanks to Summer’s Eve douching products, I learned that my vagina is “the most powerful thing on Earth and that samauri warriors and medieval jousting was all about fighting over a good, clean vagina. It turns out there are more douche-y douche commercials where that came from. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: GOP To Recruit More Women To Run For Office

  • The Republican State Leadership Committee launched a campaign this week to recruit more women and Hispanics to run for office. Although the group set a goal to recruit 100 Hispanics to run for the state or federal level, it’s unclear how many women they’re after. [Yahoo]
  • How states could ban abortion — even if Roe vs. Wade is not overturned. [The Nation]
  • Seven feminist takeaways from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two.” [Ms. Magazine]
  • In defense of domestic partnerships for straight couples, by Frisky contributer Nona Willis Aronowitz. [GOOD]

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Frisky Q&A: Kate Monro, Author Of “The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost & Found”

When a friend introduced me to the author Kate Monro over email, explaining she’d just published a book filled with virginity loss stories, I knew that I would love it, sight unseen. The First Time: True Tales Of Virginity Lost And Found (Including My Own) totally delivered! Monro, who used to work for the band Blur and for Dazed and Confused magazine, began collecting stories on a blog called The Virginity Project. For her first book, Monro collated vignettes from Brits and Americans, from grandpas to high school girls, who all reminisced about their first time with fondness, earnestness and occasional heartbreak. It may have been a long time since any of us has been a virgin, but if the bare humanity on display in The First Time is any indication, we could do well to revisit it.

Kate Monro lives in the UK, so we had to conduct our interview over email — but I’d like to imagine we chatted over cups of Earl Grey and some Tim Tams while staring off into the London fog. Our Q&A, which was edited for length and clarity, begins after the jump. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The Broadway Show “Hair” Will Marry Gay Couples Onstage

  • The Broadway show “Hair” will marry a bunch of gay couples live onstage in front of the audience after the July 25 show! New York State’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect the day before. Gay people getting married surrounded by naked hippies? Conservative heads = exploding. [Washington Post]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cannot wait to get off the “merry-go-round” and return to “private life” in the next 18 months. [NYmag.com Daily Intel]
  • Do the Emmy Awards only reward Latina stereotypes? [Latina]
  • Anna Holmes, founder of Jezebel.com, on the late Betty Ford and the restrictions America puts on its First Ladies. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Afghan Women Protest Street Harassment In High Heels & Head Scarves

  • Afghan women held a protest in high heels and head scarves in Kabul today to protest street harassment. “The idea behind street harassment is that women should not be out of their houses,” organizer Noor Jahan Akbar, 19, told Reuters. [Reuters]
  • The actress Geena Davis was in D.C. yesterday lobbying for the Healthy Media for Youth Act, which would encourage positive role models for both girls and boys in children’s media. [Politico]
  • Turns out Michelle Obama is really hard to smear with racist bunk. [Salon]

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Today’s Lady News: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Headed To The World Cup Final

  • The U.S. women’s soccer team is headed to the World Cup final! Let’s have a repeat of 1999! Goooooaaaaaal! [AP]
  • Oprah Winfrey named herself the CEO of OWN, her new television network, which debuted in January. Winfrey replaced her original CEO of OWN just two months ago. I guess she decided if you want something done right you have to do it yourself! [The Wrap]
  • Women in Oakland, California, respond to the race-baiting anti-abortion billboards that have sprung up in their city. I love the woman who says, “Definitely don’t put that on the sisters.” [Reproductive Justice Blog]
  • An all-girls football league is coming to New York City’s public high schools. [Gothamist]

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Wants More Women To Run For Office

“I believe too many women are sitting on the sidelines and aren’t engaged in the issues that affect them. I’m particularly concerned about younger women — women 40 and under who are not engaged at all. Some of it has to do with the fact that women are busy; they’re focused on their careers; they’re focused on raising children. But a lot of women also believe that their voice doesn’t matter, that their views are not important, and that their vote doesn’t make a difference. And that’s really what I want to challenge with American women.

Right now, less than one percent of women in Congress are under 40. I want to really work over the next few years to bring more women off the sidelines and get them engaged. To care about the policies and decisions that are being made because I don’t want them waking up a year from now, two years from now, 10 years from now, and realizing that they don’t agree with the laws that are being written and the agenda of this country because they didn’t participate.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is my number one favorite politician right now, precisely because she utters quotes like this. Instead of being preachy about why we need more women in politics “just because” (which is how we could end up with President Michele Bachmann), Sen. Gillibrand is simply and succinctly pointing out that legislation is passed by those who care enough to make it work. Horrified that your state doesn’t recognize gay marriage or de-funded Planned Parenthood? Do something about it — run for office. If you don’t, someone else will! [Marie Claire] Keep reading »

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