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Today’s Lady News: Texas Governor Takes Aim At Abortion Rights

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry wants to fast-track a bill requiring women seeking abortions to have a sonogram taken of the fetus, hear a doctor’s description of its development, and listen to its heartbeat. Perry extolled the bill while speaking at an anti-abortion rally on the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. [Yahoo News]
  • A committee in Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would repeal same-sex marriage in the state and ban recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. [Advocate]
  • Last week, Surgeon General Regina Benjamin put out a “call to arms” in support of breastfeeding. We’re all about using boobies to feed babies! (Thanks to commenter earnold14 for the link!) [SurgeonGeneral.gov]

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Today’s Lady News: Black Women May Have Bigger “Healthy” Waist Size

  • The size of a “healthy” waist may be bigger for black women, according to a study in the journal Obesity. [Reuters]
  • Anti-abortion activists are gathering this weekend in Washington, D.C., to protest against last weekend’s 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Police say four women whose bodies were found on Long Island beaches worked as escorts on Craigslist and may have been killed by a serial killer. [Wall Street Journal]

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Today’s Lady News: ESPN Dude Fired For Calling Colleague “Sweet Baby” To Sue

  • Ron Franklin, the ESPN announcer who was fired for calling his female co-worker, Jeannine Edwards, “sweet baby” and an “a**hole,” is suing his former employer. He has a right to be sexist, damn it! [New York Daily News]
  • The #1 movie I wanna see out of Sundance? “Miss Representation,” a documentary about how women are represented by the media. [L.A. Times]

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WTF: Iran To Ban Female Soccer Fans From Live Broadcasts

Women in Iran are already banned from watching soccer matches in stadiums, and pending government approval, Iranian women may soon be banned from watching soccer games aired live in movie theaters because it increases the likelihood of “inappropriate behavior,” i.e. sexy-sexy-time. A state police agency called for the ban, which will restrict women from congregating in mixed-gender theaters in major cities to watch the games, as is popular in Iran. Frankly, I’m surprised that women were even watching soccer matches alongside men in the first place, given how intermingling of the sexes is verboten. We hope that if the ban goes through, women are given their own movie theaters in which to watch games. Anything else would be sexism, pure and simple. But considering Iran already has a crap record for women’s rights, I’m not counting on it. [CNN] Keep reading »

Military Commission To Recommend Women For Combat Roles

Women soldiers should be allowed to serve in combat alongside male soldiers, a military commission is set to recommend in March. Presently, women soldiers are not allowed to be assigned to combat roles out of concerns they have weaker physical abilities, yet women can be attached to units that do fight in combat. Therefore, military experts say, women are already technically fighting in combat through that “loophole.” But because women soldiers are not recognized for doing so, the experts continue, they are falling behind in their military careers. According to the investigatory commission, which was established by Congress and the White House, the military has been concerned that “women in combat impede mission effectiveness because they cannot handle the same equipment or tolerate the same physical stress as men.” Yet experts say those concerns were based on more traditional modes of warfare where physical strength perhaps was more important. More modern warfare, some experts say, places less emphasis on physical strength and in any case, the women who have fought in combat through the “loophole” have done so quite capably. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Columnist Declares February A Sarah Palin-Free Month

  • Washington Post op-ed writer Dana Milbank has pledged to make February a Sarah Palin-free month in his column. Perhaps we should follow in his footsteps … [Washington Post]
  • Why isn’t Condoleezza Rice married? That’s the pressing question TV host Piers Morgan asked the former Secretary of State when she visited his new talk show on CNN. [Black Voices]
  • A Washington state rep introduced a bill this week that would require so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” to publicly disclose their anti-abortion agenda to wannabe patients. (Typically, “crisis pregnancy centers” set up shop near actual abortion clinics to purposefully confuse women, and once inside, they’ll make the women watch anti-abortion videos and lie to them about health effects of abortion.) Not surprisingly, Care Net, the nation’s largest chain of Christian “crisis pregnancy centers,” which operates 38 sham clinics in Washington, is hopping mad. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
  • Birth control pills don’t cause weight gain, according to a new study of rhesus monkeys at the Oregon National Primate Research Study Center. So if you’re worried about your slutty pet monkey getting fat from The Pill, fret not. [New York Daily News]

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Cutesy Pink Infographic Patronizes Women In Tech (Yet Again)

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“Infographics” are the big buzzwords on blogs. They’re funny! They’re brightly colored! They go viral! Even when they go viral for the wrong reasons ’cause they’re sexist and offensive! Yesterday, an infographic called “Which Female Tech Influencer Are You?” from something called WPromote hit the web. Following the chart and answering questions like, “Which hairstyle do you prefer?”, “White wine or tequila with worm?” and “Who is your dream man?” you find out which well-known woman in tech you most resemble. Your options are Marissa Mayer, Google VP; Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Natalie Messenet, founder of Net-A-Porter; Caroline McCarthy, tech writer for CNet,com; and Sarah Evans, a PR pro.

Something tells me the COO of Facebook and a VP at Google have more on their mind than their “dream man” or their favorite type of footwear. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Watch Out, Reproductive Rights

  • Republicans’ plans for health care reform include doing whatever it takes to restrict abortion rights. Gird your loins, ladies! [The Hill]
  • Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman called pundit Arianna Huffington “sweetheart” on “Morning Joe,” as the two bickered about WMDs and Iraq. [Jezebel]
  • A national anti-abortion group, Americans United for Life, has announced that Oklahoma is #1 among states for legislative restrictions on abortion. Um, congratulations? [NewsOK.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Bill O’Reilly Sees No Media “Gender Bias” Against Sarah Palin

  • Bill O’Reilly said on “The O’Reilly Factor” last Thursday that he did not see any gender bias in the media’s coverage of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Palin herself has said the media’s treatment of her has been sexist at times. You know, this actually makes me feel a little bad for these two women: it must suck to have a man from your side of the aisle be dismissive of the B.S. you go through. [Daily Caller]
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords may be out of the hospital on Friday, her husband has said. Her next stop will be a rehabilitation center in Texas to overcome injuries from the gunshot wound to the head she sustained during the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, two weeks ago. We wish her a swift recovery. [MSNBC]
  • George Bronk, 23, of California, has plead guilty to breaking into 3,200 women’s email accounts and searching for nude photos of them, which he then posted to the Internet. Bronk allegedly read Facebook profiles looking for answers to Yahoo’s standard security questions. He was able to find nude or semi-nude photos from 172 women. Creeps: they walk among us. [PC World]

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