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On Snobby Feminists

Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The idea that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the notion that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously support a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to label themselves a “feminist” out of fear for negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Seriously, Marmite gets a better wrap. Keep reading »

On Snobby Feminists

Feminism has a lot of PR problems. Millions of people around the world actually believe men should be the heads of families and companies, women are designed to be their help-mates. The beliefs that women are better parents than men and men are better bosses than women are pervasive, to say nothing of the belief that the sole purpose of a women’s sexuality is to be a receptacle for male genitalia. Famous people who obviously are in support of a woman’s right to be whatever she wants to be hesitate to call themselves a “feminist” because of negative connotations of the word. And to top it all off, every few years some magazine declares, “Feminism is dead!” Keep reading »

Hey, Ines Sainz: You Can Be Sexually Harassed And Still Not Feel “Offended” Or “Attacked”

Before this weekend, perhaps only Miss Universe Pageant fans or sports fans in Mexico had heard of Ines Sainz. But today, we know her as a beautiful sports reporter who was sexually harassed by members and staff of the New York Jets football team. Or wasn’t sexually harassed at all. Or is skeptical about whether to label what happened to her. In any case, Ines Sainz may not call what happened to her “sexual harassment,” but she did say this to The New York Post last night: “I felt very uncomfortable … Women should be treated professionally, and they deserve to be treated with respect.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NY Jets Accused Of Sexually Harassing Sports Reporter Ines Sainz

  • Ines Sainz, a sports reporter for TV Azteca in Mexico, claims players and coaches from the New York Jets catcalled her and used rude language while she was at a practice this weekend to interview Mark Sanchez. Apparently, it got so bad when Sainz was in the locker room that another female reporter spoke up for her and player Kris Jenkins yelled at them both, “This is our locker room.” Roger Goodell, the National Football League boss, launched an investigation of the Jets’ behavior on Sunday night. [New York Daily News]
  • To add insult to injury, conservative pundit Tucker Carlson’s web site, The Daily Caller, illustrated their story about Ines Sainz with a slideshow called “Baby Got Back,” featuring photos of her boobs and butt. [The Daily Caller]
  • A lesbian couple living in Tennessee had their house torched and the word “queers” spray painted on their garage doors, possibly by their neighbors. [Queerty]

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Women Still Aren’t Equal, Says Steinem. What Do You Think?

We’ve come a long way, baby — but if you ask Gloria Steinem, the de facto mother of modern feminism, we still have a really long way to go. Last week, Steinem, speaking to a crowd at Franklin and Marshall College, said, “I don’t know how to break it to you, but it will take another century and a half” for women to gain equality with men.

While women have made many gains, argued Steinem, the fight isn’t over — and is actually in “the second stage.” “That’s when people tell you [feminism] used to be necessary, but it’s not anymore,” she said. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Peace Activists Plan “Wear A Hijab” Day On 9/11

  • As a counter protest to the Koran-burning in Florida, peace activist Charell Charlie of California is planning a “Wear A Hijab” event at The Grove in Los Angeles. She is inviting men and women of all faiths to don a hijab veil (for women) or kufi head covering (for men) in silent solidarity with Muslims in America on September 11th. “We are non-Muslims who plan to wear the hijab or kufi on 9/11 as a gesture to American Muslims that they are full citizens of this country and deserve the same rights as the rest of us. We intend to prove to Muslims around the world that people of peace outnumber those who hate,” she said. “Let’s stand up and stand out to demonstrate that not all Americans are bigots.” [LAist.com]
  • Yesterday a federal court in California ruled that the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which forces gays and lesbians in the military to stay in the closet or risk being discharged, is unconstitutional. [CNN]

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Women In The Workplace Just Keep Mucking It Up

We ladies are just all butterfingers in the workplace! Thankfully, Citi has created a helpful list of things we women are doing wrong in the office. Transgressions include: “being naive,” “smiling inappropriately” and giving “limp handshakes.” So that’s why we get paid so much less than men! It’s not the institutionalized sexism or anything! Thanks for clearing that up, guys. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Chris Brown Tweets About Fat “Hoes”

  • Boyfriend-of-the-year Chris Brown has been tweeting for the #fatstrippernames hash tag on Twitter and coming up with creative ways to use the word “hoe,” like “double stuffed orehoe” and “Dorithoe.” He does have PR people, right? [The Gloss]
  • The Senate Crime and Drugs sub-committee announced it will investigate whether police departments nationwide are doing justice to sexual assault victims by thoroughly investigating reports. The committee was prompted by an exposé by the Baltimore Sun newspaper which found Baltimore cops have been mishandling rape reports. [Baltimore Sun]
  • An Indiana hospital whose emergency room denied treatment to transgender patient Erin Vaughn, and mocked her as a “he-she,” has changed its policy so all employees must undergo training on gender identity. [SheWired.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Betty White, Comic Book Star

  • Betty White joins Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama in her very own “Female Force” comic book, debuting in stores this November. A hipster collector’s item or spawn for the next generation of “Golden Girls” fans? [MSNBC]
  • If you are a woman running for elected office in Afghanistan, prepare to have fellow Afghanis send emails to media outlets calling you a prostitute. [Reuters]
  • Seven Mexican women who claim they suffered miscarriages have been released from prison, where they had been sentenced to up to 29 years on the suspicion they had had abortions. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Louisiana Abortion Clinic Shut Down By State Health Department

  • An abortion clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, closed on Friday after a new law went into effect allowing the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals to close any clinic believed to be posing a health or safety threat. [KSLA]
  • The Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger received a six-game suspension after rape accusations, but on Friday the NFL commissioner reduced it to four games. Yeah, that’ll show him. [Jezebel]

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