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New Anti-Abortion Movie “Gates Of Hell” Glorifies Killing Abortion Doctors

One of the more cuckoo claims of anti-abortion extremists is that abortion is all about “black genocide.” You know, Americans want abortion legal mostly so we can cut down on the black population or something. That is the flawless logic behind these, these and these billboards targeted at black people in urban hubs like New York City and Atlanta. The latest WTF-ery is a new movie called “Gates Of Hell” about … wait for it … black men who hunt down abortion providers as “payback” for the “genocide.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Peeping Tom Hides Inside A Port-A-Potty

  • EW! Some dude hid inside a Port-a-Potty at a yoga festival to watch ladies take a dump (and jerk off, maybe?). According to Boulder, Colorado, police, a security guard “tried to detain the suspect, but he ran away, covered in feces.” As if being a Peeping Tom on its own isn’t bad enough. [Gawker]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally spoken out in support of Saudi women who are protesting the law that forbids them from driving. [UPI]
  • Almost half of college-educated gays and lesbians are closeted at their jobs, according to a new poll by the Center for Work-Life Policy. [GOOD]

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New Anti-Abortion Ad Calls Abortion The New Slavery

Tactics used by anti-abortion groups just keep getting uglier. The latest “ugh!” is courtesy of the Radiance Foundation, whose new billboards target black women and read “The 13th Amendment freed us. Abortion enslaved us” and “Abortion makes three-fifths human seem overly generous.” The billboards purposefully appeared on June 19, or Juneteenth, which is the anniversary of the end of slavery in America. Said Ryan Scott Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation:

“When you look at what abortion has brought to the black community, it can’t be typified to anything other than present-day slavery. It’s just like slavery, because you have a class of people who are considered less than human, and therefore they can be treated like property.”

Why, yes, having reproductive rights is just like slavery. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann, Anti-Gay Pol, Is Using Katy Perry’s “Firework” Anthem

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is staunchly anti-gay, is using Katy Perry’s song, “Firework,” an anthem to tolerance and acceptance, on her campaign trail. Katy, get on this, quick! [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Six Planned Parenthood clinics will close in Minnesota after cuts to federal Title X funding. Here’s how Indiana Planned Parenthood responded to recent budget cuts to its clinics. [UPI]
  • The new flick “Horrible Bosses” seems to have confused the terms “sex criminal” with “maneater.” [Feministing]
  • How to be a feminist boyfriend. (Or husband. Or girlfriend. Or wife.) [Sexy Feminist]

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How Indiana’s Planned Parenthood Will Cope With Defunding

In the past few months, three states have enacted new laws to strip their Planned Parenthod clinics of funding. State and federal funds never paid for abortions because they are prohibited to do so by federal law. Alas, conservative politicians in Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina want to punish Planeed Parenthoods for providing abortions at all.

What are the consequences of this low-down, dirty, anti-women move? Employees lose their jobs and other services get cut. The Indianpolis Star checked in with the Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and the $1.3 million in budget cuts — about 1/10th of its budget — are depressing. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Told Their Kiss “Violates The 10 Commandments”

  • Remember that commandment that says “Thou shalt not kiss thy girlfriend at a Minnesota Twins game?” Nope, me, neither. But some busybody security guard at Target Field took it upon himself to tell a lesbian couple that they couldn’t kiss at the stadium because “we don’t play grab-ass here” and it was breaking the 10 commandments. A spokesman for the Minnesota Twins said the guard received both a verbal and a written reprimand, but still kept his job. [CityPages.com]
  • Oh, look, scientists have “proved” men are funnier than women. Rolls eyes. [The Mary Sue]
  • A study of black female inmates in North Carolina suggests black women with lighter skin are given shorter prison sentences. [Clutch Magazine]

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What Walmart’s Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Victory Will Mean For Women

Over a million women cannot sue Walmart as a class in a class-action lawsuit for sexual discrimination, the Supreme Court ruled today. The the womens’ class-action lawsuit, the largest in history, comprised past and present Walmart employees who said they were systematically oppressed by the company, paid less and denied promotions at stores throughout the country. The New York Times reports the court felt the lawsuit was filed improperly regarding class action rules.

So what will this decision mean for women? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Women Flout The Driving Ban

  • Today is the day Saudi Arabian women are holding a mass protest by breaking the law and driving. Our thoughts are with them! [Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast]
  • Brazil is considering a quota for Sao Paulo Fashion Week which requires that 20 percent of its models be black. If only American fashion shows would do the same thing. [Daily Mail UK]
  • A boarding school in Kenya offers fathers a traditional dowry to secure their girls an education. [CNN]

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Girl Talk: How My Parents Made Me A Feminist

A few weeks ago, on a first date, a guy told me about how watching his mother — a strong, intelligent woman who held the family together — made him into a feminist. Then he asked me what it was that made me start caring about women’s equality. I’m sure he expected that I was going to tell him a traditional “how I became a feminist” story: Dad hauled me to my first pro-choice march kicking and screaming, or my parents were radical separatist lesbians, or Mom was a famous liberal journalist and progressive ideals were in their blood.

Not. At. All.

My blood is the thick, viscous fluid of dirty martinis. My parents contributed to me becoming a feminist, sure. But it was only because as I was a young sprout blossoming into a beautiful flower, they were … kind of sexist. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Gabrielle Giffords Released From Hospital

  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was released from a Houston hospital yesterday after six months of recuperation for a bullet wound to the head inflicted by a mentally disturbed young man at a public event in Tucson on January 8. [The Week]
  • New York City residents are staging a protest tonight after a police officer told a woman riding a bike in a short skirt that she was “distracting” drivers. Bicyclists are meeting at 7 p.m. in Columbus Circle — in short skirts, of course! [Gothamist]
  • Remember that Philadelphia editor who blamed CBS reporter Lara Logan for her sexual assault while reporting in Egypt because she has great boobs? Change.org is calling for Dan Rottenberg to be fired and keep Philadelphians safe from his sexist victim-blaming. [Change.org]

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