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Hitched: Yes, I Kept My “Maiden Name”

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“So, should I be calling you something different now?”

The bartender at my local bar walked hurriedly over to my table last week as I sat with my 5 p.m. Hefeweizen, wrapping up the day’s work on my laptop. He looked genuinely worried that, when I’d walked into the bar, he’d somehow offended me by calling me what most of my favorite bartenders over the years have ended up calling me, which is: “Mizz Grimes!”

I don’t know why they’ve all tended to pick up “Mizz Grimes,” but they have, and I love it. It makes me feel fancy and Southern, and there’s something about the way Texas bartenders say “Graiihhhhmmmz” as they’re grabbing a Lone Star or a High Life out of the cooler that just sounds right.

It was the first time someone who didn’t know me well, but who did know that I’d gotten married last month, had asked me about changing my name. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Catholic College Drops Entire Student Health Plan Rather Than Cover Birth Control

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  • A Catholic college in Ohio will drop its entire student health insurance plan beginning in the fall 2012 semester rather than cover birth control under its policy. Franciscan University would have been required to do so under Obama’s health care reform, given how the school is not a religious institution (i.e. it employs many non-religious “civilians”). It is not clear why the school didn’t opt for the compromise proposed by the government, which was to have the insurers pick up the tab if the employer wouldn’t. What a shame that the university would do this to their students.  [Huffington Post
  • This week marks the official beginning of women soldiers integrating into nine previously all-male units in the Army, which will open up 14,000 jobs. The policy change will eventually go Army-wide. [TIMEBoston.com]
  • Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a bill that allows a pharmacist to refuse to dispense a medication that he or she believes would terminate a life, like the morning-after pill. [Kansas City Star] Keep reading »

Slutty, Slutty Girl Scouts To Be Investigated By Bishops

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Those little tramps are at it again. The nefarious-cookie sellers are trying to pull a fast one on us! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched an official inquiry on the Girl Scouts out of concern that scouting materials contain links to other groups like Oxfam, the Sierra Club, and Doctors Without Borders, which support family planning and contraception. Apparently the connection here is that some Girl Scout troops are held in Catholic churches. Mind you, Oxfam works to end world poverty, the Sierra Club is an environmental organization, and Doctors Without Borders supports medical professionals in conflict zones. Nevertheless, those tenuous links to the Girl Scouts are “problematic,” say the bishops.

Sigh. Can’t we just leave the poor Girl Scouts alone already? [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Women’s Experience Of Violence Linked To Risky Sex

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  • Women who’ve experienced violence — whether it’s watching a violent crime or being abused themselves — are more likely to engage in risky sex, according to a new study. The journal Psychology of Violence found that women who’ve experienced violence are more likely to have unprotected sex and have a high number of sex partners. [Huffington Post]
  • The House Armed Services Committee advanced an amendment to the 2013 defense authorization bill that will protect service members, including chaplains, from getting in trouble for opposing gays serving openly the military. I see what you are doing there, folks, and it’s sneaky. [Navy Times]
  • Actresses Julianne Moore and Fran Drescher are two more celebs standing up for Jennifer Tyrell, the lesbian mom who was ousted from her son’s Boy Scouts troop for being gay. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Mama’s Day Cards For Every Mother

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  • We’re loving this Mama’s Day e-card from the group Strong Families, which seeks to be inclusive of all families and all mothers in all forms. You can check out all the other gorgeous Mama’s Day e-cards here. [Strong Families via Feministing
  • Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican in Illinois, has introduced a bill today called the Protecting Women’s Access to Health Care Act. The bill would prevent lawmakers from blocking family planning funds to Planned Parenthood simply because PP provides abortions. Recently, defunding PP has been a new tactic of anti-abortion lawmakers. [Huffington Post]
  • Colorado’s House Speaker said legislation to allow civil unions won’t get a vote, as the bill will die along several other bills. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today In People Are Terrible: Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Says Women Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Vote

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Today In People Are Terrible, a reverend named Jesse Lee Peterson has claimed women “can’t handle stress,” “go nuts,” and “freak out” and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

In a speech for his organization, BOND, a conservative African-American group which claims to promote “Men, Families and Faith,” Rev. Peterson longed for “the good old days” when “men were tougher” and “in charge.”  (Are we shocked to learn this gentleman is also a frequent guest of Sean Hannity’s on Fox News?)  Why, he even calls his own grandma “crazy” — and is nostalgic for the days when men like his grandfather would “deal with it.”

You can watch Rev. Peterson’s speech, or I’ve transcribed most of his  misogyny-spewing speech after the jump (with the most WTF-iest WTF parts in bold!): Keep reading »

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