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Today’s Lady News: Indiana Cuts Funding To Planned Parenthood

  • Millions in funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana has been cut off after Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill yesterday, affecting services like STD testing, birth control, and cancer screenings via Pap smears. Indiana has become the first state in the U.S. to cut funding from PP clinics — the new pet project of anti-abortion activists. A federal judge refused PP’s request to block the law from going into effect earlier today. [The Root, Yahoo News]
  • Last month, the chief of Navy chaplains instructed that same sex marriages could be performed on Naval bases if the marriages would be legal within the state the base resides. Yesterday. the Navy reversed its decision on same sex marriages on Navy bases, reportedly due to an outcry from Republican lawmakers. [Advocate]
  • Out of concern for modesty, a hipster website removed all the sexually suggestive men from this photograph of the Situation Room. I’m sure everyone will understand, right? [Free Wililamsburg]

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RIP Kate Swift, The Woman Who Stopped Us From Saying “Stewardess”

Once upon a time, a flight attendant was called a stewardess. Police officers and fighterfighters were policemen and firemen. And all women were addressed based on their marital status as “Miss” or “Mrs.” But not anymore, in large thanks to writer Kate Swift, who died on Saturday at age 87. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tennessee Wants To Ban Teachers From Saying “Gay” Until 9th Grade

  • Tennessee’s state legislature is noodling a “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would prohibit teachers from using the word “gay” in the classroom until the 9th grade. (Yeah, seriously.) The Tennessee Senate is expected to vote on the bill this Thursday. [Queerty]
  • Stephanie Coontz’s Mother’s Day piece for the New York Times op-ed page is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought critically about stay-at-home moms, working moms, and how best to be happy after having children. [New York Times]
  • Also in honor of Mother’s Day, Save The Children released its annual report, “State Of The World’s Mothers.” The best places in the world to be a mom? Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. The worst place? Afghanistan. The United States only comes in at #31 among the 43 developed countries ranked. Um … “USA, USA”? [Save The Children]

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Hasidic Newspaper Edits Hillary Clinton Out Of Famous Bin Laden Situation Room Photo

Remember that iconic photo of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the White House Situation Room watching the raid in Pakistan which killed Osama bin Laden? (Top photo!) Well, a conservative Hasidic Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn for Hasids completely edited Hillary Clinton and the other woman in the Situation Room out of the photo. (See bottom photo!) They’re gone entirely! It’s a Situation Room full of dudes.

In Hasidic culture, unrelated men and women do not socialize with each other; in some communities, men and women don’t even work alongside each other. Some say Hillary Clinton and counterterrorism analyst Audrey Tomasen were Photoshopped out because the Hasids didn’t want to depict women in positions of authority or because the women mixing with men with whom they are not related is sexually suggestive. (Hillary’s pantsuits are so sexually suggestive.) The newspaper, Der Zeitung, has not commented on to why they erased the women from the pics. But who cares what their reason is? Erasing two women from a moment that will go down in the history books — that they experienced — is sexism, plain and simple.

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Today’s Lady News: Steven Tyler’s Abortion

  • Back in the ’70s, Steven Tyler got his 14-year-old girlfriend pregnant (most likely while high on loads of drugs). At the suggestion of their friends, she had an abortion, which is described in the 1975 oral history of Aerosmith, Walk This Way, as an experience that really “messed Steven up.” In Steven’s new memoir, Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?, he touches on his relationship with the young woman and their drug addiction: Steven later left the young woman for Bebe Buell — Liv Tyler’s mom — and she became suicidal. A right-wing writer for National Review, a conservative magazine, is now using Steven’s story to illustrate an example of “post-abortion syndrome,” a quack diagnosis that is not acknowledged by medical professionals. Steven Tyler’s drug abuse, philandering and anger management problems were all “symptoms” of a grieving post-abortive father, according author Kevin Burke. Ugh, this pisses me off to no end. No one except for Steven Tyler can say for sure exactly what encouraged his lifelong addictions and I find it gross and opportunistic than some right-winger is shrieking, “It’s because of the abortion!” [Jezebel, National Review]

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On Men Who Like Fat Chicks

“Guys Who Like Fat Chicks.”

I assumed the worst when I read that headline. Can you blame me? As I started to read the Village Voice article about men who are attracted to obese women, I prepared myself to be offended by men who objectify and fetishize a stigmatized, marginalized group of women to get their rocks off. Luckily, what I read was surprisingly respectful and nuanced. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UK Politicians Support Girls-Only Abstinence Education

  • Politicians in the UK advanced a bill that would require British girls — yes, only the girls — to receive additional sex education that emphasizes the benefits of abstinence. This sex ed “program,” if you could even call it that, is aimed at girls ages 13 to 16. It narrowly passed, but fortunately it’s not expected to be made into law. Um, will someone tell the Brits that abstinence-only education is not working out too well for us? Do they have “16 & Pregnant” on MTV over there? [Guardian UK]
  • North Carolina’s House judiciary committee debated a bill yesterday that would further restrict reproductive rights in the state by requiring women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion and requiring doctors to describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the woman. [ABC News]
  • Legislation that would make it more difficult for young women to obtain abortions without their parents knowledge is headed to Florida’s Governor Rick Scott, who is expected to sign it. [Palm Beach Post]

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What Is “The Smurfette Principle”?

Who do “Inception,” “Transformers” and “The Muppets” all have in common? I was scratching my head on that one. All three movies are examples of “the Smurfette principle,” explains Anita Sarkeesian of the blog Feminist Frequency. “The Smurfette principle” is a common trope in movies and TV shows that try to be palatable to male audiences by having an ensemble of nearly all male characters with one token female character, who is oftentimes uber-feminine (Miss Piggy) or super hot (Megan Fox) or otherwise unthreatening. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Tweets To Obama “No Pussyfooting” On Osama Bin Laden Pic

  • Sarah Palin weighed in on the Osama bin Laden death photo debate on Twitter — because we all care what the former governor of Alaska thinks about it!!! — to tell President Obama, “Show photo as warning to others seeking America’s destruction. No pussy-footing around, no politicking, no drama; it’s part of the mission.” Translation: This was probably the only way Sarah could use the word “pussy” in reference to Obama in a tweet and not get in trouble. [BuzzFeed]
  • An Iowa bill that will ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — which is when anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain — was basically dead inside a state legislature committee, but a group of politicians used a loophole to send it to the Iowa Senate. The bill may be up for a vote as soon as next week. [Des Moines Register]
  • Twenty years after she was raped at a college party, Liz Seccuro received an apology letter from her rapist. [Guardian UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Who Gets Abortions In The U.S.?

  • Who gets abortions in the U.S.? The Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan reproductive health organization, sought to profile the women who get abortions in this graphically-curious video released on April 28. Most women who are get abortions are in their 20s. Six out of 10 women who terminate a pregnancy already have kids and many have two or more kids. Needing to care for their existing children is often a primary reason for why women who already have kids choose to end a pregnancy. Three out of four women who have abortions describe themselves as religiously affiliated and Catholic women have abortions at approximately the same rate as women overall. In 2008, four out of 10 women who had abortions lived below the federal poverty line. White women account for 36 percent of abortions, followed by black women at 30 percent and Latinas at 25 percent. [YouTube]
  • A Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the team for refusing to cheer for her alleged rapist was denied a U.S. Supreme court review yesterday. Months ago, a federal appeals court said the young woman, known only as H.S., was cheering for her school and not for herself and therefore was obliged to follow the dictates of the team. H.S. claims she was raped in 2008 by Rakheem Bolton, a member of the football team, at a party. Bolton plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2010. Blech, what a gross story. [San Francisco Chronicle]

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