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Today’s Lady News: Texas Gang Rape Of 11-Year-Old Stirs Racial Tensions

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  • The alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, in November by 18 men and boys has turned the town upon its head, according to the Houston Chronicle. The victim was allegedly Latina, while the guys who raped her (ranging from middle schoolers to a 27-year-old) were allegedly Black. Allegedly, a group of skinheads was seen in the town yesterday yelling racial slurs about Blacks. What a terrible situation. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, and the families of all those affected. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Also, the ombudsman/public editor of The New York Times has published a response to an article about the Cleveland gang rape in his paper which slut-shamed and victim-blamed the 11-year-old girl. [New York Times]
  • A Maryland House of Representatives committee has approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples. [Feminist.org]

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Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood, Anti-Abortion Extremists On Rival Bus Tours

  • Planned Parenthood, the network of women’s health clinics, and Live Action, an anti-abortion extremist group that wants to defund PP, are currently undergoing rival bus tours in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Iowa. If anyone attended one of the events, let us know what it was like in the comments. [Talking Points Memo]
  • A Saudi prince said that the ban on women driving should be abolished. However, he seemed to be suggesting women be allowed to drive so that Saudi Arabia could make 750,000 foreign male drivers “go home.” [Reuters]
  • A Pakistani lawmaker suggested that women “mentally torture” men and got yelled at to shut up by his female colleagues. [Washington Post]

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Guy Talk: How Men’s Rights Activists Get Feminism Wrong

When I was getting clean and sober in a Twelve Step program many years ago, there was one phrase from the literature that always resonated with me. We addicts have been, the book said, the “architects of our own adversity.” Yes, I thought the first time I read that. It’s time to stop blaming others for my own pain. It’s time to take responsibility.

That same phrase comes to mind when I think about Men’s Rights Activists (MRAs). I’ve been crossing verbal swords with the MRAs for many years, particularly since 2004 when I began to develop a public presence as a male feminist writer and professor. I learned quickly that not all MRAs were the same; some offered thoughtful criticism while others offered only nasty invective. (Look up “Hugo Schwyzer Mangina” if you need evidence of the latter.) Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Julianne Moore To Play Sarah Palin in HBO Movie

  • Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in an HBO film adaptation of Game Change, a book about the 2008 election by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Julianne as Sarah? Make a joyful noise! [Oh No They Didn't!]
  • Not surprisingly, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor found it quite annoying that so many news outlets commented on her single, childless status during her nomination and hearings. [The Atlantic Monthly]
  • What’s not to love about a 91-year-old lady who knits boobies for fun? [The Daily What]

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How USC Frat Boys Are Silently Judging You (And Plotting To Rape You)

The barfy things that frat boys do know no bounds. Fellow ladyblog Jezebel obtained an email yesterday which was allegedly written by a brother in USC’s Kappa Sigma fraternity instructing his brethren on how to “rate” their conquests. There’s a numbered scale, people. Oh, and rape jokes. Keep reading »

NYT Gang Rape Article Mentions Victim, Age 11, Wore Makeup And “Dressed Older”

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for The New York Times defended the article to Yahoo.com’s Cutline blog yesterday and the paper also published a critical letter to the editor online.

A tragic gang rape story out of Cleveland, Texas, has been made all the more worse by a New York Times article that tells us the 11-year-old victim hung out with teenaged boys, wore makeup, and “dressed older.” So many journalistic aspects of this New York Times article, written by James C. McKinnley, Jr., are so badly handled with regards to sensitivity towards sexual assault victims that it makes me want to haul their entire editorial team in for an educational session on rape myths. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Happy Feminist Coming Out Day!

  • In addition to today being International Women’s Day, today is the also first-ever National Feminist Coming Out day! If you’d like, please share with us in the comments why you’re proud to be a woman and/or why you call yourself a feminist. [Feministing, Feminist Coming Out Day]
  • Meet the five most pathetic female film characters of all time. Prepare to lose your s**t, fans of “The Princess Bride.” [Guardian UK]
  • Bisexual and lesbian women are more likely to have tried anal sex than straight women. So now you know. [Slate]

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Texas Politicians Want Rape Victims To Hear Description Of Fetus, Get Ultrasound Before Abortion

Texas, you are rivaling South Dakota in anti-abortion suckitude: the state’s House of Representatives approved anti-abortion legislation that many would call downright cruel. A woman who is a victim of rape or incest, or one whose much-desired fetus has dangerous fetal abnormalities, would be required to get an ultrasound and listen to a description of the fetus and then wait 24 hours before an abortion. But don’t worry, ladies. These kind politicians agreed that you can look away or put on headphones during this rigamarole so you don’t have to hear a fetal heartbeat. A doctor who doesn’t perform a sonogram before giving a woman an abortion could lose his or her license.

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Decorate With A Woman’s Severed Head!

Straight from the Kanye West book of severed heads in home decorating, here’s a vintage ad for a “stuffed” woman’s head to mount on your wall. (Click here to see the full ad!) It’s only $2.98, boys! The copy below would be funny if it wasn’t so creepy:

“One of the nicest qualities is that they don’t talk back! Accurately modeled to three-quarters life-size of real gals and molded of skin-textured pliable plastic, these heads are so lifelike they almost breathe. Saucy glittering eyes, full sensuous mouth and liquid satin complexion, combined with radiant hair colors, give astonishing realism to these rare and unique trophies.”

Um, EW. [Huffington Post via DangerousMinds.net] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mom Pissed Her Kid’s Photo Used In Black Anti-Abortion Billboard

  • The mother of the young African-American girl whose stock image modeling photo was used in a racially contentious NYC anti-abortion billboard hung by an extremist group in New York City (which was later taken down, after pressure was put on the billboard company that put it up) is pissed off. The billboard depicting Anissa Fraser, age 6, read, “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb.” Life Always said they will no longer use the photo of Anissa if her mother objects to it. [NY Daily News]
  • The number of white people and males who lead the military is problematic for the diversifying institution, according to a new report sent to President Obama and lawmakers today. [The Grio]
  • Police say Jalisa Granger, 21, of Rayne, Louisiana, died earlier this month while sheltering her toddler son from a tornado. Aww, go give your mom a hug, yes? [The Grio]

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