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Today’s Lady News: Texas Edges Closer To Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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What’s A “Stay-At-Home Girlfriend”?

Linkbait — (noun), an article written online for the sole purpose of trying to draw traffic.

You’ve heard of stay-at-home-moms — now it’s time to meet a “stay-at-home-girlfriend.” Writing on the Brooklyn-based blog Brokelyn, blogger Quiana Stokes described how she recently lost her job and is now a “stay-at-home-girlfriend” in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, playing house and having the roast ready for her boyfriend when he comes home. Feminist bloggers are abuzz with Quiana’s “stereotypically Stepfordish rules,” like picking up after her boyfriend when he gets dressed in the morning, cooking dinner every night, keeping up her hair and nails, and fixing his favorite cocktails when he comes home from a hard day’s work.

Now, I’m going to say something that might surprise you about this proto-Betty Draper: frankly, I don’t think the article is that offensive. Keep reading »

Alleged Details On Lara Logan’s Assault In Egypt Emerge

“60 Minutes” reporter Lara Logan has still not spoken publicly about being attacked on February 11 in Egypt‘s Tahrir Square while she reported on civil unrest there, but alleged details have emerged in an Australian newspaper about the physical and sexual assault Logan endured. It has really, really annoyed me reading internet commenters who have parried back and forth about Logan being “raped” (usually while discussing whether she put herself in the position for such a thing to happen), when, in fact, “rape” is a complete assumption. In its statement regarding the attack on Lara Logan and her TV crew, all that CBS News said regarding the assault was, “In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating …” People made their own inferences that “sexual assault” meant “rape,” when, in fact, it appears it did not. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The Men’s Only Lawfirm

  • A law firm in Jacksonville, Florida, only takes on mens’ cases because they say the family law system is biased against fathers. Its slogan is “Men Only. Family Law Only,” which has gotten the attention of the Florida Bar Association for potential gender discrimination. The firm, which only has one female lawyer on staff, says they’re just focusing on mens’ rights, which may mean they’re focusing on “mens’ rights.” [Jacksonville.com]
  • Hong Kong has launched a nude cooking show, which will be hosted by a model with no actual culinary experience. [Village Voice]
  • Womens’ shelters in Kabul, Afghanistan, are bracing themselves for new rules which they fear would put women and girls escaping abusive families at risk. [NPR]

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Radio Station Contest Gives Away Mail Order Bride As Prize

Wash your eyes after reading this post: A New Zealand radio station is on blast from human rights groups, the international community, and the entire Ukraine for announcing a “Win a Wife” contest on Valentine’s Day in which the winner is flown to Eastern Europe, with interpreters, of course, to meet the mail-order bride of his dreams. The Rock FM — whose charming tagline is “Bands, Babes, Balls ‘n Bull” — will let the guy choose a woman from the database of Endless Love, an online “matchmaking” service between Ukrainian women and Kiwi men. After two teleconferences and as much instant messaging as they can handle — all translated for free, of course — they will then fly him from New Zealand to Ukraine on March 23 with a dozen roses, 12 nights of accommodation, and $2,000 spending money.

You know, I would be more offended by this if it didn’t sound so much like the plot of “The Bachelor.” Keep reading »

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Today’s Lady News: Will Texas Make Abortion More Difficult For Women?

  • Texas’ state senate passed a bill last night which requires a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound and be read a physical description of the fetus’ current development. Women would not be required to look at the sonogram or listen to the heartbeat and there is an exception made for women or girls impregnated by rape or incest. Governor Rick Perry wholeheartedly supports the bill. [Reuters]
  • Not content to let Rep. Michele Bachmann hog all the attention, Sarah Palin is weighing in on Michelle Obama’s public push for moms to breastfeed. [The Root]
  • 911 dispatcher Angela Sherrod of Louisville coached new dad, Mohamed Bojang, on how to deliver his wife’s baby. In her 20 years on the job, Angela had never helped deliver a baby over the phone before. Both mom and baby, Khadija Bojang, are doing well. Great job, everyone! [The Grio]

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Rep. Jackie Speier, Who Revealed Her Abortion On House Floor, Is Our Hero

Forget Ah-nold: this to me is what a hero is. While debating whether or not to de-fund Planned Parenthood (which passed 240-185) because the organization offers abortion services, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) revealed last night on the floor of the House of Representatives that she had an abortion on a desired pregnancy at 17 weeks. “[I am] one of those women [Rep. Smith] spoke about just now. … I lost the baby,” Rep. Speier said. “And for you to stand on this floor and suggest that somehow this is a procedure that is either welcomed or done cavalierly or done without any thought, is preposterous.” She was responding to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who apparently made a reference to women making the decision to have an abortion without any thought. Keep reading »

House Of Representatives Votes To De-fund Planned Parenthood

FUDGE. The House of Representatives voted 240-185 to block federal aid from Planned Parenthood.

According to The Washington Post, the pols are taking particular aim at funding through Title X, the “$327 million program founded in 1970 that covers family planning and reproductive health. By law, Title X funds can be spent on family planning and contraception but not on abortion services.” Out of concern and suspicion these funds are used to pay for abortions, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) is spearheading the effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood, while other Republicans are aiming to defund Title X entirely. And wouldn’t you know, Rep. Pence referenced that sting video by anti-abortion extremist group Live Action that was filmed inside Planned Parenthood clinics undercover as they counseled actors pretending to be pimps with teen prostitutes? Well played, Live Action and the Republican Party. Keep reading »

Female Competitor Gets A Shot At High School Wrestling Greatness

In my high school, we had a girl on our football team. I always thought she was pretty awesome because A) she had an insane level of knowledge of football statistics, B) she played pretty well, and C) no one ever made a fuss about her being there. Cassy Herkelman and Megan Black—two female high school students who’ve made it to this year’s Iowa state high school wrestling championship—aren’t getting quite the same treatment. In the competition’s 85-year history, this is the first time girls have competed. And while it’s mainly a non-issue, they are finding that not everyone is excited to wrestle them. Keep reading »

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