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Today’s Lady News: Politician Shows His Junk To Woman After Offering A Ride Home From Work

  • A local politician in Platte City, Missouri, has been charged with sexual misconduct after he allegedly drove a woman home from her job at the grocery store, unzipped his pants, asked her, “would this satisfy you?”, if she was being pleased sexually at home and to touch her vagina. According to a county prosecutor, the woman told Charles Cook, “I would appreciate it if you would pull up your pants. I don’t want to have sex with you. I don’t want to do anything with you. I just want to get home.” Cook allegedly then pulled up his pants and took her home. Who knew “Can I have a ride home?” was a sexual come-on? [KCTV5]
  • New York’s governor signed legislation yesterday to guarantee labor rights for domestic workers — who in the NYC area tend to be women, especially immigrants and women of color — including overtime pay and paid time-off. It is the first such law in the nation. [New York Post]

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Today’s Lady News: What Meghan McCain Thinks Of Sarah Palin

  • Meghan McCain’s new book, Dirty Sexy Politics, is out today. Sen. John McCain’s daughter speaks to “Good Morning America” about being a young Republican woman and opens up for the first time about Sarah Palin. “I respect [Palin] as a feminist, as a Republican feminist,” Meghan says. Meghan also talks about how when Bristol Palin’s pregnancy came to light, she felt that the campaign ran the risk of glamorizing teen pregnancy. “I just think the pro-abstinence campaign isn’t necessarily the most effective one,” McCain says. [Politics Daily]
  • The model Bar Refaeli — or someone pretending to be Bar Refaeli — tweeted on Sunday and Monday about starving models and plastic surgery, but her agency ONE Management claims she has neither a Twitter nor a Tumblr blog and “these statements are made by imposters.” On Sunday she allegedly tweeted, “Seriously plastic surgery is not helping your impact on young women or your looks! Some people are addicted to drugs and others are addicted to alcohol. Me? I’m addicted to pomegranate juice.” On Monday, Refaeli allegedly tweeted: “I get so sad when I see 15 year old pale extremely skinny models at the agency looking all shaky and hungry … when will it end?” The tweets were linked to her official Tumblr account. As of right now, the Twitter feed has since been changed to be protected and the page for the Tumblr has disappeared. [Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Iran Calls French First Lady Carla Bruni A “Prostitute”

  • A state-run newspaper in Iran called Carla Bruni, the French first lady, a “prostitute” after she penned an open letter to an Iranian woman who is facing the death penalty for adultery. Slut shaming at its finest! [BBC]
  • DVDs of the Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” are being sent to rape crisis centers and college groups around the country as an inspirational flick for victims of sexual violence. The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network is also partnering with the distribution company for the Swedish version of the flick to integrate it into an educational program. [ABC News]
  • Bikini-clad strippers protested outside of a church in Warsaw, Ohio, on Sunday after members of the church protested outside of their strip club. The church had been photographing the license plates of the club’s patrons and then asking them if their mothers and wives knew where they had been. [Huffington Post]

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Where Are The Ladies At? 18 Reasons Your Company Might Be A Sausagefest

For those of us interested in gender parity in the workplace, it was a crazy weekend. On Saturday, a blog on The Wall Street Journal‘s website published a piece about the dearth of women entrepreneurs in tech startups and what various folks are doing to balance the ratio. Then on Sunday, writer Michael Arrington, a senior editor at the technology blog TechCrunch, wrote a somewhat-snippy response called “Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men” that revealed both his frustration and defensiveness. Arrington’s position? If women aren’t becoming entreprenuers, it’s their own fault. In fact, women may have it easier launching startups, Arrington wrote, because everyone is so aware of the gender imbalance that the women may get preferential treatment. Keep reading »

Lanvin’s “Marry Me!” Fragrance Skips Subtle Marketing Tactics

You can thank the “Mad Men” episode about Pond’s Cold Cream for reminding us of an era when advertising appealed directly to a stereotyped female psyche. As Freddy says about Pond’s: “If young girls started using it, maybe they’d find a husband and they wouldn’t be so angry … if you use Pond’s you’ll get married.” We’re thinking the folks at Lanvin drew inspiration from Sterling Cooper Draper Price, as their new fragrance “Marry Me!” is anything but subtle, cutting right to the chase with its white dress-clad model and company. Ladies, buy this perfume, and your guy will propose. Gag. [Fragrantica] Keep reading »

Cosmopolitan Magazine Thinks You Eat Like A Pig

The Cut picks this Cosmopolitan image as its “Best Story Illustration” from the August fashion magazines, but we beg to differ. Sure, the piglets are cute, but a girl eating like a pig is the message, and that doesn’t sound right. The caption on the left reads: “Keep eating like that and no one will be calling you Babe.” Agreed, no one needs to pack away an entire pizza, but all being equated to pigs makes us want to do is squeal. [The Cut] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: McEnroe Makes A Bad Call On Female Tennis Players

  • Tennis legend John McEnroe said in a CBS conference call that female tennis players just might not be up to the challenges of the game: “I think that it’s asking too much of the women. They shouldn’t be playing as many events as the men. … You shouldn’t push them to play more than they’re capable of,” McEnroe said. “They should be required to be in less events, there should be less events for the women. It seems it takes an actual meltdown on the court or women quitting the game altogether before they realize there’s a need to change the schedule.” Um, I think that’s what people used to say about female doctors and lawyers, too. [Salon]
  • Is Helen Mirren really sparking a trend of over-50s ladies in bikinis? We doubt it. But yay for body acceptance at all ages? [Daily Mail]

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Today’s Lady News: Watch The Censored “Family Guy” Episode This Weekend!

  • A never-before-seen episode of “Family Guy,” which was banned from FOX because Lois considers having an abortion in it, will be available for sale this weekend on DVD. In “Partial Terms of Endearment,” Lois becomes a surrogate mother but wants to terminate the pregnancy after the mom-to-be unexpectedly dies. Peter and Lois are forced to watch an anti-abortion video, which tells them, “Science has proven that within hours of conception, a human fetus has started a college fund and has already made your first Mother’s Day card out of macaroni and glitter.” Ha! [ABC News]
  • Walmart wants a sexual discrimination class-action lawsuit thrown out of court because the group suing would be so huge that it may change the definition of “class action” going forward. Depressing. [USA Today]
  • A mother of six from Atlantis, Florida, can’t afford to get her leaking breast implants removed. Ada Serrano said she went from a B-cup to a double-D because her husband — whom she later divorced — didn’t like her breasts. [WPTV]
  • California has appealed a 60-year-old law requiring the state to find a “cure” for homosexuality. [Miami Herald]

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Today’s Lady News: Huffington Post Taken To Task For Sexist Content

  • I love this Bitch magazine video, “The Huffington Post’s Sexist Link Bait Strategy,” by Anita Sarkeesian — and not just because my study for Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting about the lack of female bloggers on HuffPost’s front page is quoted in it. She asks why the site calls itself liberal and progressive when so much of its internet traffic comes from viewers looking at slideshows of celebrity nip slips. [Bitch]
  • Walmart is appealing an April ruling to authorize a class action lawsuit against the company for sex discrimination. Female employees past and present claim they received lower pay and were passed over for promotions. [Reuters]
  • Yesterday, Alaskan voters approved a law that requires a parent to be notified by a doctor if a teen girl, age 17 or younger, is seeking an abortion. The teen girl can skirt the law if she provides the doctor a notarized statement that she is being abused at home. Already 34 other states require that a parent be notified or give consent in order for an abortion to be performed. [Anchorage Daily News]

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If Jezebel Finds American Apparel Ads So Offensive, Why Does It Keep Publishing Them?

On feminist blog Jezebel, contributor and former model Jenna Sauers has made criticizing American Apparel one of her key beats. Yesterday, another American Apparel post by Sauers popped up on the site, but this time with a different, more defensive angle: “The Reason We Keep Showing American Apparel Softcore.” See, most of the time Jezebel posts about American Apparel, they run one of American Apparel’s raunchy ads with it. And since Jezebel finds the sexuality in those ads offensive, it looks a little hypocritical to keep running them. So, what gives? Keep reading »

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