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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Asked, “Which Designers Do You Prefer?”

  • Speaking on a panel in Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by a moderator, “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton asked, “What designers of clothes?” and the moderator answered yes. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Clinton asked, apparently with a laugh. The moderator responded, “Probably not. Probably not.” Well-handled. [Styleite]
  • Failed Tea Party/Republican Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell — “I’m not a witch!” — has scored a book deal with St. Martin’s. [Gawker]
  • Keith Olbermann slammed Bristol Palin on a recent show, dubbing her “the worst person” for being a spokeswoman for abstinence. Bristol Bristol’s ghostwriter hastily penned a response on Facebook Notes to say “accusing me of hypocrisy is by now an old canard.” One thing is for sure: both of these people are extremely, extremely annoying. [Facebook]

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Today’s Lady News: Metal Band Gwar Disembowels Sarah Palin Effigy Onstage

  • The monster-costumed death metal band Gwar disemboweled a Sarah Palin effigy onstage at a concert. I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but that’s hella disturbing even for “death metal.” (Apparently the band “kills” lots of public figures onstage, both males and females. So it’s not necessarily misogynist, but I still can’t help but be freaked out by what kinds of people enjoy seeing her effigy “die” onstage.) [Daily Beast]
  • Crap, how could I have missed this one? Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give her up bus seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. [ColorLines]
  • A civil union bill passed in the Illinois state senate on Monday that affords gay couples some of the same benefits as married couples, like the right to visit a partner in the hospital. The bill has already passed in Illinois state House. Illinois now joins California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in giving civil unions or domestic partnerships to gay couples. [Feminist.org]

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Today’s Lady News: NY Times Asks If Female Empowerment Is Killing Romance

  • The New York Times published a piece asking, “Is female empowerment killing romance?” You mean will spinsters successful women die along with their 17 cats? Ugh, we’ve heard that myth before. (Also, check out how Jill Filipovic at Feministe unpacks the New York Times piece here.) [New York Times]
  • A sexual assault prosecutor penned an open letter to Elizabeth Seeburg, the St. Mary’s freshman who this September reported an alleged sexual assault by a member of Notre Dame’s football team and killed herself soon after. Note Dame did not turn over her case file to the prosecutors office until days ago, after her story became national news; the school has also refused to release police records about Seeburg’s alleged assault to her parents. Many assume Notre Dame is coddling the accused player and knowing that they would be unhelpful may have led Seeburg to take her own life. [Jezebel]
  • The Pentagon released its study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” today. Surprisingly, 70 percent of service members believe allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would have positive, mixed or no effect. Might a repeal of “DADT” soon follow? [Huffington Post]

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Thank You, Emily Dickinson

This past weekend, I got to visit the Emily Dickinson museum, which is basically just the house she was born and died in Amherst, MA. I’ve always been a fan of Emily, but walking through her house and hearing more of the personal details of her life made me appreciate her more. Perhaps what struck me the most was her little, white house dress that was on display. It was a perfectly tailored white button-down frock, the kind of thing that women wore to sleep in or to do chores around the house. But what was interesting about it was that Emily wore it out in public, which was grounds for ridicule back in the late 1800s. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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Today’s Lady News: Bosnian Rape Victims To Complain To UN About Angelina Jolie’s New Movie

  • Women who were raped during the Bosnian war have warned they will complain to the United Nation’s refugee agency about the love story Angelina Jolie is currently filming about victims of the war. Jolie serves as the refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador. The victims are still upset by rumors that Jolie’s flick depicts a woman who falls in love with her rapist. (Why didn’t Jennifer Aniston think of this?) [ABC News]
  • Surprise, surprise: Sarah Palin got a bit creative with feminist history in her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Let’s do a little fact-checking, shall we? [The Daily Beast]
  • Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a model in New Jersey, has been charged with giving unlicensed “butt-boosting” implants to six women, sending them to the hospital. The 28-year-old injected women with silicone sealant, which is used to caulk bath tubs, and covered the injection sites with Krazy Glue. Eeek! [Black Voices]

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Indian Village Bans Unmarried Women From Having Cell Phones

Unmarried boys, of course, are free to dial away as much as they please. Keep reading »

Nicki Minaj On The Ole Twig and Berries

“I have the same power as these boys. There’s nothing different between me and the boys — except they have a twig and berries. … I think girls are sexy, but I’m not gonna lie and say I date girls. Sex is the last thing on my mind right now anyway.”

Nicki Minaj released her genius album, Pink Friday, this week and explains to Rolling Stone that (a) she’s as bad-a** as any male artist and (b) she isn’t actually gay or bisexual, as she’s implied before. [NY Post]
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Today’s Lady News: Couple’s Abortion Poll Was Totally A Pro-Life Hoax, Duh

  • The online poll about whether a Minnesota couple should have an abortion or bring the pregnancy to term? Totally an anti-abortion hoax. (Obviously.) Pete and Alisha Arnold confirmed to CNN that they bought the domain name BirthOrNot.com four months before she got pregnant and were trying to “make a point” about abortion. However, for the past week, the Arnolds have adamantly been insisting their poll was not a hoax. “My intent is not to deceive people, but at the same point, I do want people to talk about this,” Pete Arnold told CNN. “This seemed like a pretty good way to further the discussion.” Wrong and wrong. Also, Alisha Arnold has been fired form her job over this nonsense. [CNN, Gawker]
  • The transgender model Lea T will appear on Oprah’s show in February. Lea T has been in a Givenchy ad campaign and in French Vogue [Elle]
  • Major news: full episodes of “The Cho Show,” comedienne Margaret Cho’s 2008 reality show, are available online at LOGO’s website. I know what I will be doing over the four-day weekend! [LOGOtv]

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Today’s Lady News: Don’t Abort The Next Son Of God, Ladies!

  • Be careful, pro-choice, ladies: you could be aborting the next son of God! [USA Today]
  • A source claims Google gave a $6 million bonus to a female engineer who was simultaneously being wooed by Facebook and Google reportedly wanted to diversify the dude-liness of their team. [Gawker]
  • If you haven’t watched this video of a woman who screamed at a subway creeper (put your headphones on at work, kids), you must do so right this second. [Feministing]
  • Canada’s has debuted a new campaign warning dudes that a drunk girl can’t consent to sex. [Vancouver Sun]

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