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Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Appoints Anti-Abortion Lawyer To State Medical Board

  • Oh, for f**k’s sake: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has appointed a lawyer for anti-abortion activists to the state’s medical board. Rick Macias has represented Operation Rescue, the biggest wackadoodle anti-abortion protest group in the country, which dogged the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller until he was eventually murdered at his Wichita church. Macias has also represented Kansans For Life, another anti-abortion group. He’s truly an excellent appointment to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which oversees the state’s abortion providers. My, my. What is the matter with Kansas? [Mother Jones]
  • President Obama has nominated an openly gay lesbian to West Point’s Board of Visitors. Brenda “Sue” Fulton is an alum of West Point’s first class to include lady cadets. [SheWired]
  • UN Women has released its first report, entitled “Progress Of The World’s Women.” [Tiger Beatdown]

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Is Lauren Astley, 18, Teen Dating Violence’s Latest Victim?

Just weeks ago, 18-year-old Lauren Astley of Framingham, Massachusetts, graduated from Wayland High School. On Sunday night, she was reported missing after she didn’t return home from her job at a local mall, where she had told co-workers she was meeting her ex-boyfriend after work. On Monday morning, her body was found in a marsh by a passing cyclist and her ex Nathaniel Fujita, 18, is the main suspect. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Obedient Wives Club Spreads Through Southeast Asia

  • (Cue Stefan voice) Southeast Asia’s hottest club is the Obedient Wives Club, where Muslim women cure problems like domestic violence and prostitution by being “submissive” to their husbands and giving them whatever they want in the bedroom. Good luck with that, ladies. Let me know how it goes. [Guardian UK]
  • The 14 men and boys in Texas who are accused of gang-raping an 11-year-old girl in November appeared in court today. [Yahoo]
  • A bill requiring California’s public schools to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender people in their history lessons is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. [Los Angeles Times]
  • If Casey Anthony were black. [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Oregon Jail Says “No Bail, No Abortion”

  • A jail in Oregon won’t let a 23-year-old pregnant woman have an abortion unless she posts 1/10th of her $65,000 bail. You see, her abortion is not an “emergency.” Um, hello? This woman is being treated for mental health issues! She doused herself with paint thinner! And lighter fluid! She sure sounds like an excellent candidate for unwanted motherhood to me. Sigh. [Yamhill Valley News Register via Reproductive Rights Reality Check]
  • The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the IMF, of sexual assault announced she will sue The New York Post and five of its reporters for libel after it published a story on Saturday claiming she was a prostitute. [Reuters]
  • Meanwhile, writer Tristane Banon has filed a complaint accusing Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2003. [Los Angeles Times]

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Saudi Woman Challenges Her Dad Over Male Guardianship Law

Imagine that you could not travel or go to school without your dad’s permission. You need him, your brother, or a male driver to take you anywhere you want to go in a car. He even has a say in who you get to marry.

This is life under Saudi Arabia‘s guardianship law — a combination of the legal code and religious doctrine within the kingdom. Men have guardianship over the unmarried women in their families, which usually means a father is guardian to his daughter (but in his absence, a son or uncle can fill in). When a woman marries, the guardianship switches over to her husband. Even when Saudi women are no longer minors, they are still treated like children in the eyes of the law.

One woman is trying to change all that: a 43-old-old doctor, going by the pseudonym “Samia” in press reports, is challenging her father’s guardianship in the Saudi Supreme Court. Keep reading »

Soapbox: Why I Must Consider Non-Monogamy

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...being polyamorous. Read More »
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How an open relationship works for one married couple. Read More »
Open Isn't For Everyone
John DeVore opens up about polyamory. Read More »

The other day, I was talking to one of my lesbian friends about the difference between gay and straight relationships. “Being a straight woman, who may want to get married someday, means I have to entertain the notion of having a nonmonogamous marriage,” I argued.

“Why?” she challenged me. (I get this reaction a lot. Especially from women, gay or straight, who tend to get defensive when I say something to this effect.)

“Not to consider it would mean I’m in denial,” I replied. Keep reading »

“New York Post” Calls Dominique Strauss-Kahn Accuser A Prostitute; Her Phone Call Worried Lawyers

Oof.

The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault was tape recorded on the phone within a day of the attack telling a man in prison, something like “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,” according to a source who spoke to The New York Times. This comes on top of this revelation, which piggy-bagged off yesterday’s bombshell that she had been dishonest about details in her asylum application from Guinea, including a gang rape. The accuser also had several shady deposits into her bank account, totaling near $100,000, from various men.

But wait, there’s more: The New York Post headline this morning is “DSK MAID A HOOKER.” Sources tell the tabloid the accuser works as a prostitute in the hotel, cleaning rooms but also sleeping with guests. The paper quoted a source “close to the investigation” who said, “There is information . . . of her getting extraordinary tips, if you know what I mean. And it’s not for bringing extra f**king towels.” It should be noted, however, that the New York Times has not reported that the accuser is a prostitute, only the Post. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Italian Company Fires All Women “So They Can Stay Home” With Kids

  • When an Italian company Ma-Vib faced budget problems, it fired all 13 of its female employees and justified it claiming the women could stay home with their kids now: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income.” I can’t even deal with the sexist … and the stupid … and the brain freeze … [Jezebel]
  • Slightly less worse than yesterday but still terrible: Kansas is denying a license to all but one of its abortion clinics temporarily today. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, is the only abortion provider to remain open. [Mother Jones]
  • Eleven highly dubious diets that people actually tried. [The Hairpin]

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Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeted At Blacks Appear In Oakland

Race-related anti-abortion billboards strike again! At least 25 billboards reading “Black is beautiful” with a picture of a black baby and the URL for an anti-abortion web sitehave been posted this month in Oakland, California. The billboards are paid for by the Radiance Foundation, an anti-abortion group which is also responsible for slavery-related billboards in Atlanta which read “The 13th amendment freed us, abortion enslaves us,” and billboards in Houston which read “Black & Unwanted.” The goal of the Radiance Foundation, as you may have guessed by now, is to suggest that legal abortion is a plot to exterminate black people. This is hogwash for a variety of reasons I’ve explained in detail in past posts like this one. Keep reading »

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