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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 »

In Defense Of “Angry” Feminists

AskMen really thinks of everything. Its latest tip of the hat to womankind: a column devoted to helping men navigate the murky waters around “angry feminists.” The helpful article — written by a woman! — gives guys four simple tips for dialoguing with feminists of the pissed-off kind. Among the helpful hints: don’t claim to also be a feminist; don’t talk about sex; don’t prove her right (by being a jerk); and simply just don’t bother. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Texas Preschool Won’t Admit Girl With Lesbian Parents

  • Olivia Harrison has two mommies. Therefore, St. Vincent’s Cathedral School in Bedford, Texas, will not admit the 4-year-old girl to its preschool. Apparently, the school was fine during the application process but got upset when both mothers showed up for a parents’ night. Discrimination: exactly what kids should be learning in preschool. [CNN]
  • Meet the man who is trying to make Ford — one of the biggest modeling agencies in the world — a little more diverse. [NYMag.com]
  • When a gay couple marries, who takes whose last name? [AP]

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Skinny Jeans Are The Downfall Of The American Man, Says Lady Who Needs A Hug

Sometimes I like to write in a dry style. When I do this, it’s amusing to read comments by commenters who don’t understand that I’m being sarcastic. So I hoped this op-ed which popped up in my Google alerts, “Skinny Jeans, John Wayne, And The Feminization Of America,” was also being very dry. But in fact this author, Jane Gilvary, is quite serious that men in skinny jeans are the downfall of America. How about this gem?

“… real men don’t wear skinny jeans. Real men also don’t wear V-neck tees, or accessorized scarves, and they avoid purple and pink like the plague. The mere idea of a pedicure or waxing makes a real man nauseous. If a woman hangs out with this kind of girly-man routinely, it’s only because she wants to share his wardrobe and his non-fat caramel macchiato.”

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Today’s Lady News: Missouri Women Seeking Abortions To Be Told Life Begins At Conception

  • On August 28, an anti-abortion law in Missouri will go into effect, which will require that “the life of each human being begins at conception” and “abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being” be written on brochures handed out to women seeking abortions. Missouri already has a 24-hour waiting period for a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy. [StLToday.com]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama has a new portrait appearing at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The work by Mickalene Thomas, an African-American female painter, looks a little Andy Warhol-ish to me! [Essence]
  • Check out baseball prodigy Chelsea Baker, 13, who’s pitched two perfect games and been recognized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Anti-Abortion Group Compares Fetuses To Slaves

  • Personhood Colorado, an anti-abortion group that tries to get fetuses designated as “people” so that abortion is legally considered murder, has a controversial new campaign comparing fetuses to slaves. Upcoming radio ads will be voiced by a fictional slave named George Stevens who will talk about how people are not property. Can you say “tasteless”? [The Denver Daily News]
  • “Bro”-zilian waxes for men are probably not as much of a “new trend” as Salon.com claims, nor are they a sign of equality, either. [Styleite.com]
  • Remiss as I am to give this any attention whatsoever, here’s a guide on how to deal with the dreaded “angry feminists.” Apparently, overcoming sexism and achieving equality between men and women is supposed to be as pleasant for everyone as possible?! Sounds radical! I’ll make a note of that and try to be happier in my posts about female genital mutilation, rape and pay inequity. Anyway, this stupid articles quotes a bunch of different women with totally, totally different viewpoints, like suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Valerie Solanas, a crazy person who tried to murder Andy Warhol. Clearly, AskMen.com’s “relationship correspondent” needs to brush up on her women’s history. [AskMen.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says No Muslim Veil During Work

  • A hostess for a Disneyland Resort restaurant has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after she was told she could not wear a head-covering Muslim veil, the hijab, during work. She was told she could only wear her veil to work if she was “backstage,” or out of the public’s eye. [Los Angeles Times]
  • NASA and Mary J. Blige have teamed up to encourage women to start careers in science and technology. For me, “Mary J. Blige” doesn’t bring to mind “astronauts,” but whatever. [Space.com]
  • At the current rate pay increases are going, it will take another 57 years for British female managers to earn as much as male managers, according to a new study out of the U.K. Currently, the women managers earn $15,600 a year less, due to men having more seniority and bigger bonuses. [AP]

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Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein Are Getting Their Own Show!

I have never been to Portland, Oregon, but I can imagine how annoying some people who live there might be. Possibly even more annoying than the ones who live in Brooklyn. So I thank the heavens for “Saturday Night Live”‘s Fred Armisen and ex-Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein, who will enlighten us all when their new sitcom, “Portlandia,” debuts on the IFC channel. Keep reading »

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