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Today’s Lady News: Meg Whitman Accused Of Employing An Undocumented Maid

  • Meg Whitman’s undocumented maid claimed in a press conference today that she was fired after she asked the California gubernatorial candidate and her husband for help gaining legal status. Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for the Whitman/Harsh family for nine years and claimed they never asked for her legal status before employing her. When Santillan was let go, she claims Meg Whitman told her, “From now on, you don’t know me and I don’t know you.” Her campaign, which touts that Meg Whitman is “tough as nails” on illegal immigration, says the former housekeeper is lying. [Guanabee, Guanabee, MegWhitman.com]
  • Someone asked President Obama about his support for late-term abortions at a recent town hall-style Q&A. The president replied that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare” and that families “should be the ones making the decision” to have children, not the government. He did not directly address the late-term abortion question, however, other than to say laws prohibit them and “people still argue and disagree about it.” [CNN]

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Meet A Group Of Feminists Who Aren’t Afraid To Go Topless

Well, that’s one way to get the job done: A feminist group in the Ukraine has gone to extreme measures to get out their message. Members of FEMEN, a Ukrainian feminist group, have taken to topless protesting to get their point across. The group supports everything from equal pay and anti-sex trafficking bills to fighting for increased voting rights and against unfair utility taxes.

Founded in 2008 by a group of fed-up Ukrainian college students, FEMEN aims to rally young women to feminist causes. “I set up FEMEN because I realized that there was a lack of women activists in our society; Ukraine is male-oriented and women take a passive role,” explains founder Anna Hutsol. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Radio Show Says Lady Candidate Has A “Tight Little Butt”

  • The WRKO radio show in Boston referred to Republican state treasurer candidate Karyn Polito on air as having a “tight little butt,” after a listener called in asking if she was “hot.” Polito responded that their comments were “over the line” and not “right.” Oh, damn, where’s that post I wrote earlier today about sexist campaign slurs? [Boston Herald]
  • But wait! There’s more! You know you want to hear what Rush Limbaugh thinks of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. “I’d rather look at [herl] than Mike Castle,” Limbaugh said. “I think she’s kind of cute.” Oof. [Media Matters for America]
  • Depression is no more likely to occur in teenagers who have abortions than with teenagers who carry the pregnancy to term, according to researchers from Oregon State University and University of California San Francisco. Researchers culled data on 289 teens and found a negative psychological outcome of abortion was not pronounced. [UPI]

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Study Finds Sexist Comments Hurt Female Candidates In The Polls

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Sexist slurs hurt a female candidate’s campaign more than her policy stances, according to a study on voter attitudes. That’s bad news for the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Senator Kristen Gillibrand, who have been called “she-goat,” “mean girl,” and ” “the hottest member of the Senate,” respectively. A small survey, sponsored by the Women’s Media Center, the Women’s Campaign Forum Foundation, and Political Parity, as part of their “Name It, Change It” campaign to fight campaign sexism, also found that the typical advice to women to “ignore the attacks” was misguided. Instead of ignoring sexist characterizations, Ms. Candidate X most benefited by bashing down the remarks early on. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Transgender Teen Stripped Of Homecoming King Title

  • A transgender teen was stripped of his Homecoming King title because he’s still technically registered as a female. [Jezebel]
  • Today in “Website Not To Bookmark”: “She’s Hot, But…” in which guys submit one-liners about a hot woman in their life who is attractive save one pesky, massive flaw. “She’s hot, but she has hairy legs.” “She’s hot, but she has the worst underwear.” How about “She’s hot, but she won’t have anything to do with me because I am a douchebag”? [Lemondrop]
  • Speaking at a party for GOProud, an organization for gay conservatives, Ann Coulter told the crowd, “Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black,” and then explained that the 14th amendment only applies to African-Americans, and not women, the LBGT community, or other minorities. What about gay African-Americans? Do they not exist? [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Indianapolis Bakery Won’t Serve Gay Cupcakes

  • Just Cookies, a bakery in Indianapolis, refused to take an order from a gay student group because their request for rainbow cookies and cupcakes (to celebrate National Coming Out Day) violates the “values” of the bakery. [Change.org]
  • Jordan’s Queen Rania had some thoughtful words on anti-Muslim sentiments during her appearance on the “Today” show this morning. Watch the whole segment! [MSNBC]
  • The head of PersonhoodUSA, an anti-abortion group, says that “fertilized egg” is as offensive as using the n-word. [KRDO.com]

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Today’s Lady News: How The Health Care Law That Goes Into Effect Today Will Help Women

  • Portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — i.e., the new health care reform law — go into effect today, including several that will affect women and girls. Beginning today, health care plans must offer preventative screenings and counseling without charging out-of-pocket costs. (Birth control, however, is not considered a “preventative service” for some reason.) Also, health insurers can no longer to refuse to sell policies for kids with “pre-existing conditions.” All Americans will get this benefit in 2014. [Washington Post]
  • Sarah Palin has hinted at a presidential run, saying she will throw her hat in the ring if other Republican candidates don’t step up. It’s neither a confirmation nor a denial, really. [ABC News]
  • A male politician in Indonesia asks, “Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school?” He then suggests girls should undergo virginity testing before they’re allowed access to public education. [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Meryl Streep Wants A Lady Museum

  • Meryl Streep has pledged $1 million towards the creation of a Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill about the museum’s creation and about allocating a place for the institution near the National Mall. The bill doesn’t ask the government to pony up any of the cash because it will all be funded privately. [Washington Post]
  • The White House recently announced that Larry Summers, the controversial ex-president of Harvard University, is leaving the National Economic Council at the end of the year. Word on the street says President Obama wants to replace him with a female CEO. [Politico]
  • Today kicks off the “40 Days of Life” protest, for which opponents of abortion will pray and fast outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, through December. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has released a statement calling the protests outside their clinic harassment. Anti-abortion protesters in Tulsa are joining the “40 Days of Life” protest, too. [KBTX, Tulsa World]

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The Anti-Porn Men Project: Dudes Take A Stand Against Violent Porn

If aliens landed and took stock of pop culture from the past decade, they might conclude that men on Earth are boobie-crazed sex beasts enslaved by their own desires, and that pornography is as essential to a man’s life as air. Two male activists are seriously troubled by the ubiquity of porn in Western men’s lives, the degradation of and violence against women in porn, and how they believe the objectification of women warps men’s minds. Earlier this month, Matt McCormack Evans and Jonathan Wragg started The Anti-Porn Men Project, an online space where they hope to have an educational discussion with other dudes about pornography, separate from the one still burning — albeit faintly — among mostly ’60s- and ’70s-era feminists. Keep reading »

Ladies, Who Wants To Rent Their Ass Out To Kentucky Fried Chicken?

In a “creative” new advertising campaign — really, they used the word “creative” — Kentucky Fried Chicken is giving college girls $500 bucks to walk around campus wearing sweat pants that promote their Double Down sandwich across the ass. It’s a bun-less sandwich and the co-ed girls have the words “double down” across their … oh, nevermind, you get it. Shh, let’s not tell them that Victoria’s Secret and just about every college in the country has beat them to this idea!

KFC is pleased to have found so many broke college kids wannabe billboards willing to be exploited take monetary compensation for being objectified and ogled their time … Keep reading »

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