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Today’s Lady News: Crazies To Protest Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

  • Is resting in peace too much to ask for Elizabeth Edwards, who died on Tuesday from cancer? The anti-gay fundamentalist group Westboro Baptist Church will protest her funeral this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, supposedly for leading a covetous and godless life. Yeah, that won’t be even more traumatic for her kids Jack, Emma Claire and Cate Edwards. Let’s hope the mainstream media just ignores those a**holes. [CBS News]
  • The “Brenda Starr” comic strip will cease to run after January 2, the Tribune Media Company has announced. “Brenda Starr” has been a redheaded, world-traveling reporter for over 70 years. While she once appeared in over 250 newspapers, she lately only appeared in three dozen. Now she’ll go with the “Cathy” cartoon to that great lady cartoon strip in the sky. [The Wrap]
  • Ultrasounds may not be needed before taking the “abortion pill,” mifepristone, particularly because the extra cost added on by having a sonogram can make ending a pregnancy financially out of reach for some people, according to a new study. Ultrasounds usually cost $350 to $650 and are typically used to find how far along a pregnancy is; however, they are not necessarily medically necessary to safely use mifepristone, said Gynuity Health Projects in New York City. [Reuters]

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Helen Mirren Does Not Worship At The Altar Of The 18-Year-Old Male Penis

Helen Mirren is one of those people who, when she talks, you listen. This Tuesday, the Dame received the Sherry Lansing Leaderships Award — so named for the former CEO of Paramount Pictures — at The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast. Although consummately gracious for receiving her award, Helen criticized the subtle sexism of Hollywood, which puts older actresses out to pasture while keeping older male actors in the stables and produces films that “worship at the altar of the 18- and 25-year-old male and his penis.” Helen’s summation? “Quite small, I always think.”

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Today’s Lady News: Dr. Oz Spanked For Naughty Nurses Segment

  • Time for some triage, Oprah: “The Dr. Oz Show” is in trouble for stereotyping naughty nurses! A November segment featured six women — uh, not nurses — dressed in retro nurse costumes with red lingerie peeking out and high heels as they danced around host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Klassy! A group called The Truth About Nursing called the segment a “sexist caricature of nursing” that further demeans the predominantly female profession. “The Dr. Oz Show” apologized and called it an “attempt at humor.” [AP]
  • The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article which said Planned Parenthood would be offering gift certificates for abortions. This article got picked up by other news outlets, despite the fact that it’s patently untrue: Planned Parenthood is, in fact, offering coupons for preventative services, such as birth control pills, but the coupons are not available for abortions. [Care2.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Online Vote Abortion Poll Hoax Comes To A Merciful End

  • The online poll by a Minnesota couple regarding whether they should have an abortion is, mercifully, over. Factoring in duplicate votes, 78 percent of voters told Pete and Alisha Arnold to have an abortion, but not accounting for duplicate votes, 74 percent told the Arnolds to have a baby. Too bad it doesn’t matter anyway because the whole thing was all an anti-abortion hoax! [Gawker, USA Today]
  • Time magazine’s 2010 “Person of the Year” poll is out and, of 27 competitors, only six are women and three of those women are grouped together. I’m thinking this means Time‘s person of the year is going to have a penis. [Time.com]
  • Today is the 16th 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot 14 women at the Polytechnique engineering school because he blamed feminists for his problems. [Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca]

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“Pink Stinks” Parents Group Are Anti-Pink Toy Crusaders

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There’s good news across the pond for parents who want their little girls to believe they can grow up and be anything they want: A parents group called Pink Stinks, which pressures toy companies and stores to rise above marketing based on traditional gender roles, seems to have been successful in getting the Early Learning Center to change their pink ways — at least a little bit. Keep reading »

Robyn Mouths Off On How Women Are Treated In The Music Industry

“I had an idea of trying to make pop music in a way that wasn’t restricted by the structure of how the industry had shaped pop music, but it was hard to do. Now the industry is shrinking back and has regulated itself. It’s good the record companies are having to think about what they are supposed to be doing. … The problem is the narrow-minded and stupid way older generations and structures look at what the differences between men and women are. It’s not politically correct any more to not be a feminist which is good, but for me, feminism is still necessary and that sucks.”

— Swedish pop star Robyn speaks the truth. Maybe she could tutor wayward little Miley Cyrus in a Big Brother/Big Sister program? [AFP] Keep reading »

Did Chivalry Kill Feminism?

In the 1950s, the rules of dating etiquette were clearer. A man knew it was not only acceptable but expected for him to open the door for his date, pull out her chair and pay for the meal. These days, the line between appreciated chivalrous acts and condescending behaviors is fuzzy at best. The feminist movement brought women the right to vote and earn equal pay, but it sure made the practice of dating more confusing in the process. It would be a dateless man indeed who didn’t acknowledge a woman’s right to make her own decisions when it comes to her life, her money, her body, and her mind — but how do you reconcile that respect with the kind of attitude a man is encouraged to project on a date? Read more Keep reading »

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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