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Today’s Lady News: Federal Abortion-Funding Ban To Be Introduced In Congress

  • Two House representatives plan to introduce a bill to permanently ban federal funding of abortion. For the past 24 years, a law called the Hyde Amendment has ensured that federal money does not pay for abortions. However, it is a temporary law and has to be passed by Congress each year. The bill introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) would make the ban permanent. [The Hill]
  • Shirley Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department employee who is African-American, said she plans to sue Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger who posted an edited video online which led to her resignation. The video was of a speech in which Sherrod appeared to be saying that she discriminated against a white farmer who needed her help. Breitbart posted the video and Sherrod was asked to resign from her job. However, the full tape indicates that the discrimination was only a thought Sherrod had in her head and she actually helped him. [CNN]
  • YouTube asked the Second City Network, a comedy troupe, to censor a video skit which shows lesbians kissing. Second City uploaded a new “clean” video with a note, “If you think YouTube is homophobic, leave a comment below!” [YouTube]

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Today’s Lady News: California Voters Polled On Female Politicians’ Hair

  • Pollster firm Public Policy Polling actually asked registered California voters whose hair they prefer more, Senator Barbara Boxer or her challenger, Carly Fiorina. Ugh. [Gawker]
  • Riot police in Cambodia beat female sweatshop workers when 3,000 of them went on strike yesterday. At least nine women were injured in the melee. The women work at a factory that creates garments for Gap, Benetton, Adidas, and Puma and claim they are paid less than $2 a day. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” laid the smackdown on feminist bloggers who have criticized the lack of women on-air at the show. “I get really frustrated when people claim that ‘The Daily Show’ is sexist when I’ve worked with Jon Stewart on four separate projects and he is the least sexist person ever,” Winstead said, “They’re not trying to not hire women, they’re trying to hire the best possible people for the show. You can call it a boy’s club, it’s not. It’s a nerd club.” [Bloggasm]

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Today’s Lady News: Erin Andrews Wants Tougher Punishments For Pervs

  • Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who was filmed nude in hotel rooms without her consent, joined Congressmen this morning to clarify a federal stalking law and increase the maximum available sentence for stalkers to five years. [Huffington Post]
  • Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, has stirred up controversy after it recently appointed a white fashion director. Critics of the appointment say that the fashion and magazine industries have historically ignored black women and a black woman’s lifestyle magazine should be a place to showcase a black fashion director’s talents. [The Cut]
  • Children adopted by gay and lesbian parents fare just as well developmentally as those adopted by heterosexual parents, according to a study of 106 couples by the University of Virginia and George Washington University. Gay couples are banned from adopting kids in Florida, Mississippi, and Utah. [Washington Post]

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Girl Talk: My First Bikini Wax

I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay, to form an opinion at all — about a part of my body seen by no one but me? No, I decided, it didn’t. In fact, a woman’s vagina is so personal and so private that I thought it would be pretty un-feminist to feel shame that it didn’t look quote, unquote “pretty.” (And yes, I’ve seen Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” like, eight times.) Besides, who would want to let an aesthetician down there with her tongue depressor dipped in hot wax? Surely someone of heartier stock than I.

Then I had my first bikini wax at age 26 and surprised myself by liking it. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sophia Bush Slams Urban Outfitters Over “Eat Less” Shirt

  • “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush has penned an open letter to Urban Outfitters, demanding the company issue a public apology for its women’s T-shirt that says “Eat Less.” “Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores,” Bush wrote. “And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporters I have to do the same.” [SophiaBush.com]
  • An all-male panel of men who work at “The Daily Show” say the men who work at “The Daily Show” are not sexist at all. [NYMag.com]
  • Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will hold a series of meetings this fall with mag editors and ad execs to discuss airbrushing, Photoshopping and hiring models who are far skinnier than the average woman. [Guardian UK]

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Girl Talk: How I Got Stuck In A Job Interview Straight Out Of The “Mad Men” Era

In honor of the season four premiere of “Mad Men” on Sunday, July 25th at 10/9 Central on AMC, this weekend The Frisky is re-posting a few of our favorite “Mad Men”-inspired essays.

It’s one thing to switch on the TV for “Mad Men” each week, vicariously sip whiskey and smoke stogies with Don Draper and Co., and experience (or re-experience) life in the 1960s. I, like most other women in America, jumped at the chance to give my look a makeover complete with red lips, the pencil skirts, the swooping coifs, and the tight cardigans that give Joan, Betty, and Peggy their sexy, vintage sizzle. Hell, I even found myself harboring the urge to tie on a frilly apron and bake something wholesome for my husband. It’s fun, escapist even, to dabble in outdated social stereotypes and play the victim to those womanizing ways that dominated the “Mad Men” era. We’re safe in the knowledge that times have changed, and we can go back to being empowered, successful, respected alpha-females whenever we feel like it. Or so I thought. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bus Driver Refuses Women Wearing Islamic Veils

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  • A 22-year-old Muslim student was refused a bus ride into London because she was wearing a niqab, which is a face-covering veil. The woman and a friend, who was wearing a hijab veil that covers her head only, claim the driver told them they were a “threat” to passengers. [BBC]
  • A new study from the University of Michigan found that African ancestry is linked to a more deadly type of breast cancer called “triple negative,” which contributes to evidence that indicates a genetic link. [Los Angeles Times]
  • “Mad Men” is bad for women. Just like Tina Fey and Taylor Swift and probably other things I like, such as kittens and peanut butter cups. [Salon.com's Broadsheet]

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6 Awesome Roles Intended For Men, But Cast As Women

Angelina Jolie looks so femme fatale-tastic staring out from the poster for “Salt,” with her black wig and heavily lined eyes, that it’s hard to imagine that the title role in the movie was actually written for a guy. But, yes, it’s true—Evelyn Salt was originally scripted as Edwin Salt. And lame name aside, the role was intended for Tom Cruise. It was only when Cruise backed out that the movie’s makers rethought the part and decided to cast Angelina instead. A seriously good move. [NPR]

Interestingly, this is not the first time a woman has played a role originally envisioned as a man. After the jump, some of our favorite examples. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Actor David Boreanaz Sued For Sexual Harassment

  • “Bones” actor David Boreanaz had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by actress Kristina Hagan. Hagan is being represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents another woman who is suing Boreanaz for sexual harassment as well. [RadarOnline]
  • Plus-size model Crystal Renn appeared on “Today” this morning to address a recent scandal in which pics of her were Photoshopped so that she appeared more like a size 2 than her normal size 10 or 12 frame. “I absolutely understand a reasonable amount of retouching, but to change my body completely, that is not what I’m about,” Renn said. “That’s not my message, and that’s so important to me.” [Oh No They Didn't]
  • A Texas bus driver has filed a lawsuit against his employer, claiming religious discrimination, after he was fired for refusing to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood. (Because he knew better than she did whether she was really just getting a pelvic exam or not.) Edwin Graning was fired the same day he refused service and is seeking back pay and other financial compensation. [CNN]

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Colorado Candidate Says Vote For Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

Politicians and stupid remarks go together like 90-degree days and Frappucinos. But you’d hope that in 2010, politicians would know better than to sling mud about each other’s gender. Recently, Jane Norton, a U.S. Senate candidate from Colorado, made the sexist comment that her opponent, Ken Buck, was not “man enough” to criticize her himself and instead had others do his dirty work. Then yesterday at a fundraiser, Buck sniped back with a remark about Norton’s femininity — by way of her footwear. When an audience member asked the Colorado cowboy why he deserved their votes, Buck responded, “Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels.”

In other words, because he’s not a woman. Or maybe a transvestite. But we think he meant a woman. Keep reading »

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