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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 »

Investigators Find Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser Has Lied About Some Stuff

The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, of sexual assault has lied to investigators numerous times about her past and has some dodgy connections to a drug dealer, according to a bombshell New York Times story published last night. The woman’s inconsistencies about her personal life — like telling investigators that she sought asylum in the United States because she was a victim of female genital mutilation in Guinea, which is not what it says in her asylum application — should in no way detract from her accusation that Strauss-Kahn assaulted her in his New York City hotel room and forced her perform oral sex on him. Initial reports of the hotel maid’s behavior after she was allegedly attacked — she was found crying in the hallway by another employee, she vomited, etc. — are common-sense consistent with how someone may act after a sexual assault. But it is all too easy to see how his defense attorneys will spin this: if the alleged victim is not credible about other things, who’s to say she isn’t lying now? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Kansas Denies Planned Parenthood License To Perform Abortions

  • The state of Kansas has denied Planned Parenthood a license to perform abortions, which means it is temporarily the only state in the nation where Planned Parenthood clinics have this restriction. This is terrifying, people. [NPR]
  • Rhode Island’s state Senate has advanced a bill to legalize civil unions. It now heads to the governor’s desk, where Gov. Lincoln Chaffee, an independent, has said he will sign it. [Think Progress]
  • Hotel maids are taking self-defense classes, following the recent alleged sexual assault of a New York City hotel maid by the former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. [New York Post]
  • Seven underrated female comedy writers to watch. [The Mary Sue]

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Michele Bachmann Doesn’t Call Herself A Feminist

I could not have been more annoyed when Sarah Palin called herself a “feminist.” It wasn’t because I think a hairy-legged, Diva Cup-loving separatist in Berkeley should get to decide what a feminist is. (I am quite sure she would take one look at my mani/pedi and send me back to the gallows for more pubic hair braiding.) No, it pissed me off because, while there are some aspects of Palin’s life that actually are rather feminist—she’s a woman in a traditionally male job, she’s a working mom with a mostly-stay-at-home husband, etc. — she went co-opting the word “feminism” as if its hers and hers alone. As this clip of Palin appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” illustrates, she uses the term “feminist” to suit her needs while at the same time trashing “women’s rights groups … and those [who] do not empower women.” Oh, so now you’re telling us what feminism is, lady who believes abortion should be illegal, gays and lesbians shouldn’t marry, and youngsters should be taught abstinence instead of comprehensive sexual health?

Thankfully, the feminists of America need not worry our pretty little heads about the next arch-conservative swooping in: Michele Bachmann has already come right out to say she is not a feminist. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Of Kansas Fights To Save Funding

  • Planned Parenthood of Kansas has asked a judge to stop the state from taking away federal funding to punish the family planning clinics for providing abortions. [Kansas City Star]
  • Ugh. You don’t even want to read things Ohio House politicians were saying as they voted to advance a bill to criminalize abortion once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. [Think Progress]
  • Behold, the Geek Girl Commandments and Bill of Rights. [The Mary Sue]

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Michele Bachmann: What Sexist BS Can She Expect While Running For President?

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Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced on Monday she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The feminist within me says, “Yay, someone with a vagina running for president!” Followed by a vehement, “OH HELL NO.” Just because a woman is running for president does not mean all women should support her. Just like Sarah Palin did, Bachmann painfully illustrates this point: She is bigoted against gays and lesbians, opposes legal abortion, and spoke out against a change in the IRS code to make breast pumps for nursing mothers tax deductible. Those are just a few of the policy reasons why Bachmann would make a terrible president. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: MTV & VH1 Won’t Air Kanye’s “Monster” Video

  • Both MTV and VH1 agreed not to air Kanye West’s music video for “Monster,” which grotesquely eroticizes dead women, despite a new disclaimer about how it isn’t meant to be “misogynist.” I am sure he will find a way to write a song about how he’s been victimized by this. [Adios Barbie]
  • North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed an awful anti-abortion bill which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours, receive counseling, and get an ultrasound before she could have the procedure. (Thanks, commenter LR52185, for the link.) [News-Observer]
  • Christine Lagarde, the finance minister of France, was selected to be the first-ever woman to run the International Monetary Fund today. She will replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who riddled the IMF with sex scandals and then was forced to step down after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid. [NY Times]

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Beyonce Doesn’t Trust Women With No Female Friends

“When women don’t have [female] friends, I’m afraid of them … I grew up around women, I believe that we can teach each other so much. I’m always thinking about how unselfish we are and the things we need to hear and how much pressure there is being a woman.”

Beyoncé shares a sentiment I happen to agree with. I am always skeptical of girls who say they don’t have lady friends, like it’s a badge of honor. More often than not, there’s something strange going on there. Even if a woman is a tomboy or prefers hanging with the dudes, it just seems off not to have a few close females in your life. Female friendships are definitely more complex than those with men, but I mean, you need someone who is gonna tell you when you’re outfit’s not working or you need to get over that a**hole already. While men can be supportive and wonderful, it’s just not the same. [ONTD] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Watch The “Brave” Teaser Trailer!

 

  • How excited am I for “Brave,” Pixar’s first-ever movie to give a female character the lead??!! [Think Progress]
  • An Indiana judge has stayed a new law which forbids Medicaid patients from using Planned Parenthood. The judge ruled the law violates federal Medicaid rules and “will exact a devastating financial toll on [Planned Parenthood Indiana] and hinder its ability to continue serving patients’ general health needs.” Damn straight. [Indianapolis Star]
  • But don’t rest on your laurels just yet: Texas may soon become the largest state to defund Planned Parenthood and yesterday Wisconsin’s governor signed a budget that cuts funding to its Planned Parenthood. [Think Progress, Think Progress]
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota officially announced this morning she intends to run for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. [NY Times]

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Today’s Lady News: A Plus-Size Model Tells All

  • Philippa Allam, a British plus-size model, opens up to Lucky magazine about her modeling career and where bigger women can shop. [Lucky Mag]
  • Apparently, grunting in women’s tennis is a problem? [Telegraph UK]
  • What do you do when you see another woman or girl being catcalled and sexually harassed in public? [Feministing]

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