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Today’s Lady News: Iowa’s House Passes Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

  • Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the claim touted by anti-abortion activists that after 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain. The bill only offers an exception to save the life of the mother. It now heads to Iowa’s Democrat-controlled Senate, where it is unclear whether it will pass. [Reuters]
  • The International Olympic Committee announced today it would add women’s ski jumping to the 2014 Olympics. Last year, women ski jumpers filed a lawsuit in Canada to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but lost. [New York Times]
  • The CEO of Gearbox, which created the sexist video game Duke Nukem Forever, in which players get to slap women across the face to “calm them down,” says Duke isn’t “misogynist,” he’s just “ego-centric,” and that’s why the character acts so macho. Mansplaining at its finest! [Escapist Magazine]
  • Texas’ House of Representatives passed an amendment on Friday to establish “Student Centers for Family and Traditional Values” at universities, presumably to counteract the ill effects of the LGBT and women’s centers. [Hay Ladies]

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NYC Cop Allegedly Raped Drunk Woman In Her Apartment After 911 Call (While His Partner Napped)

A bizarre and troubling story out of New York City this week: police officer Kenneth Moreno, 43, is standing trial for the alleged rape of an intoxicated woman whom he and his partner were called to help.

What happened next is beyond f**ked up … and a “Law & Order: SVU” episode just waiting to happen. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bristol Palin Makes Bank Preaching Abstinence For The Candies Foundation

  • According to an investigation by Jezebel reporter Irin Carmon, The Candies Foundation paid $252,500 in fees in 2009 to pro-abstinence teen mom Bristol Palin, while only giving $35,000 to actual anti-teen pregnancy initiatives. Color us shocked. That PSA that Bristol Palin made sure paid big, didn’t it? [Jezebel]
  • Vince Neil of Motley Crue has been charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct for allegedly forcefully poking his ex-girlfriend in the shoulder blade with his finger in March while in Las Vegas. Neil reportedly began poking several people with his finger, including his ex, while saying “f**k you.” [TMZ]
  • Remember the anti-abortion billboards in Chicago depicting President Obama which imply women who have abortions could be “killing” the next great leader? Well, abortion rights activists hung banners over them. [Chicago Tribune]

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Today’s Lady News: Is Katie Couric Leaving Her History-Making Gig?

  • Rumor has it that Katie Couric is leaving her gig at the “CBS Evening News” — where she became the first-ever woman to anchor a nighttime news show — for a daytime talk show. [PopEater]
  • Jennifer Royle, a sports talk radio host, has filed an $800,000 defamation lawsuit against a rival host claiming he said she had inappropriate relationships with male athletes, looked like a stripper, and was unqualified for her job. [WEEI]
  • Committees in both Idaho and Alabama have advanced bills to ban abortion after 20 weeks, based on the anti-abortion activists’ claims that fetuses feel pain after that point. [KHQ, News Times]
  • Nothing warms the cockles of my heart more than when a legislator suggests women lie about rape or incest so they can get an abortion. Um, maybe if abortion were available everywhere, on demand, you wouldn’t have this problem, sir! [The Stir]

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“There’s A Misogyny In Audiences,” Says Director

“Nicholas Stoller, director of ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall‘ and ‘Get Him To The Greek,’ says, “There’s a misogyny in audiences, a much higher bar of required likability for women stars. You need to make the actress completely adorable, or else she’ll be thought of as the straight man or the bummer — which is why I focus so carefully on trying to write fully fleshed out roles for women in my movies.” To make a woman adorable, one successful female screenwriter says “you have to defeat her at the beginning. It’s a conscious thing I do — abuse and break her, strip her of her dignity, and then she gets to live out our fantasies and have fun. It’s as simple as making the girl cry 15 minutes into the movie.”

— A profile of actress Anna Faris in The New Yorker by journalist Tad Friend became a larger thinkpiece about the “required likability for women stars,” as one director put it put it. There’s a requirement that women on film are not too threatening to male — and one would assume, as well, female — audiences. You have to wonder why that is. I’ve always said that sexism still exists in 2011, only it is a lot less blatant than in years past. But if you ever needed evidence that sexism is alive and well, there you go. (If you’re curious, I wrote a post back in 2009 on this same general topic.) [The New Yorker via AnnaHolmes.Tumblr.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Readers’ Submission Edition!

Hello there, dear Frisky readers! As you’re reading this, I’m currently moving into my new single-girl apartment and likely getting yelled at by my father about how I have too many clothes and why I packed a box of rocks. (They’re books, I swear!) Alas, this means I’m not able to write up our beloved Today’s Lady News column. But never fear: You can submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW.

I’ll be back with our regularly scheduled Today’s Lady News on Monday. Thanks everyone! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Hijab-Wearing Muslim Girl In NY Assaulted By A Classmate

  • A Muslim girl on Staten Island in New York was shoved, punched, kicked and had her hijab (headscarf) nearly pulled off by a 12-year-old classmate, , reportedly because of her religion. The young boy had allegedly been harassing her for months and has been charged with a hate crime, which is a felony. People, this boy is IN THE SIXTH GRADE. [Gothamist, Staten Island Advance]
  • The New York Times has published a follow-up piece to the victim-blaming crapshow it ran earlier this month about an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, who was gang raped by 19 boys and men. The editors and/or reporter felt it necessary to mention that the girl wore makeup and dressed like she was older than 11. Let’s hope this one is a bit better? [New York Times]
  • Controversial writer/public intellectual Katie Roiphe asks, Is Tina Fey good for feminism? Uh oh, we’ve had this argument before. [Slate]
  • The Gossip’s Beth Ditto says Miss Piggy is one of her favorite feminist heroes. LOVE! [Aux.TV]

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Today’s Lady News: Woman Claims She Can’t Close Eyes After Plastic Surgery

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Abortion Is Why There’s No Money For Social Security, Says Politician

“The Social Security system, in my opinion, is a flawed design, period. But having said that, the design would work a lot better if we had stable demographic trends … we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees. Well, a third of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion. … [My wife and I] have seven children, so we’re doing our part to fund the Social Security system.”

— Quick, ladies, go have some babies! Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum blames legal abortion — yes, abortion — for Social Security being such a mess. Good one, Senator. Did it ever occur to you we’d have to feed, clothe and educate all those youngsters, too? Ever consider how footing those bills might set the country back? This silliness is only slightly less entertaining than the Tennessee Kentucky senator who asked why, if women can have abortions, he can’t have a super toilet. [The Hill] Keep reading »

Activists To March On Toronto For A “SlutWalk”

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All women are responsible for their own rapes, duh, which is why a Toronto police officer brilliantly advised the female students of Osgoode Hall Law School in January that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.” Yeah, a cop actually offered that as a “safety tip.” In response to this victim-blaming, “sluts and allies” are taking to the streets on April 3 for a SlutMarch. The activists organizing the event say they’re taking the term “slut” that the police officer used in a derogatory manner and re-appropriating as a point of pride, which I love. Canucks can find all the SlutWalk details here; we hope some Frisky readers will attend and tell us about it. Watch out, Toronto — the sluts are coming! (Thanks to commenter Taurwen for the post idea.) [SlutWalk Toronto, Excalibur CA] Keep reading »

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