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Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Abuse Their Kids, Study Says

  • The child abuse rate in lesbian households is zero percent. Yup, zero percent for both physical and sexual abuse. That’s according to the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study from the UCLA School of Law. [Huffington Post]
  • Meet King Peggy — also known as Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI — an American woman who reigns as king in a Ghanian village. King Peggy was living in Maryland two years ago when she got a call she had been chosen to lead a community of 7,000. This story is completely awesome and I wholeheartedly suggest you read it. [NPR]
  • Oof. Susana Martinez, New Mexico’s governor-elect, had to be reminded by a reporter from Latina magazine about what the DREAM Act is. (For the record, it would allow children of illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. if they go to college or serve in the military.) [Latina]

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Portia De Rossi Believes “The Beauty Myth”

“The word ‘feminism‘ has completely disappeared. No one wants to associate themselves with that because the culture did a fantastic job of making feminists ugly, and saying that ugly is the worst thing a woman could possibly be. So anyone associated with feminism, or anyone who willingly calls herself a feminist, is considered ugly. So everyone wound up distancing themselves from that word. It is really disappointing. Keeping reading…

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Today’s Lady News: “16 & Pregnant” Girl Kicked Out Of House For Not Getting Abortion

  • According to our friends at The Stir, refusing to have an abortion got Emily, the young Alabama girl on this season of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant,” kicked out of her mom’s house. On this week’s episode, Emily moved an hour away to her dad’s house and had to start high school at a new school while pregnant. Really sad. [The Stir]
  • Nebraska’s Dr. Leroy Carhart, the last abortion provider to publicly admit to providing late-term abortions, said he will be expanding his practice to three more states because Nebraska has been so successful restricting abortion. The first clinic will open in Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., on Dec. 6. “We need a place where we can help our patients, without the harassment of the courts,” said Dr. Carhart. [KETV]
  • Antoine Dodson and family are moving to Hollywood to film a reality show. That has to be the weirdest thing that has ever happened as a result of an attempted rape. [Colorlines]
  • Iran failed to get a seat on the new United Nations agency for women’s rights called UN Women. However, Saudi Arabia, which prohibits women from driving and won’t let a woman travel without permission from a male guardian, did get a seat. [AFP]

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Frisky Q&A: The Comediennes Behind The Web Series “Vag Magazine”

Even those of us who proudly call ourselves feminists can admit that sometimes other feminists can be a wee bit extreme. That’s why “Vag Magazine,” a new webisode series about a cabal of young feminist hipsters who buy out fashion magazine Gemma with proceeds of their Etsy shop and replace it with uber-P.C. mag Vag, had me peeing my pants laughing. (Pants, of course, being what I wear, as skirts and dresses are tools of the patriarchy.) Staff members Sylvie, Fennell, Bethany, Heavy Flo, and Reba have big dreams for Vag, but Meghan, the lone holdover from Gemma, is increasingly terrified at how little sense these ladies make.

I watched five episodes of “Vag Magazine” — you can watch a couple more after the jump — and I knew I just had to talk to its creators, Upright Citizens Brigade alums/comediennes Caitlin Tegart and Leila Cohan-Miccio. After the jump, read my chat with Caitlin and Leila about third-wave feminists, their hilarious cast of improv stars-to-be, the MarieClaire.com piece about “fatties,” and what it’s like for ladies in comedy. Oh, I’m sorry, womyn in comedy. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Why George W. Bush Opposes Abortion

  • In an interview with Matt Lauer, President George W. Bush said that he became anti-abortion when his mother, Barbara Bush, showed him a fetus in a jar that she had just miscarried. A fetus in a jar, people! Dubya wrote about the incident in his new memoir, Decision Points, and told Lauer, “There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life.” He drove his mother to the hospital after the miscarriage and she gave him permission to recount this story in his memoirs. [Telegraph UK]
  • Actress Jill Clayburgh, who portrayed strong, feminist women onscreen, passed away on Friday at the age of 66. She received an Oscar nomination for 1978′s “An Unmarried Woman” about a woman who puts her life back together after her husband leaves her. [New York Times]
  • CNN covered the #ihadanabortion hashtag on Twitter, just like we did! [CNN]

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Google Gal Accuses Twitter Guy Of Sexual Assault — On Her Blog

Remember last month when feminist writer Germaine Greer suggested that women “name and shame” men who commit sexual assault online? Well, that has actually happened: A female Google employee has made waves across the internet for writing on her blog, NerdChic, that she was forcibly groped by a Twitter employee last week at a tech conference. She also noted that she reported the incident to the Atlanta police. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Duke Greeks Hosted Slutty Halloween Parties

  • Two Greek societies at Duke University sent Halloween party invitations to students that some say are inappropriate. Fraternity Sigma Nu implored women to dress as “a slutty nurse, a slutty doctor, a slutty schoolgirl, or just a total slut,” while Alpha Delta Pi’s email read, “Dear bitches, I mean witches.” (Note: Alpha Delta Pi is a sorority, but the Daily News article describes it as a “the off-campus fraternity Alpha Delta Pi.”) I don’t know, but I don’t find this that offensive. It’s just Halloween, people. [New York Daily News]
  • Clark Atlanta University will open The Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Academy at its school of social work, partially with funding from Verizon, to train students to research the issue. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
  • TIME spoke with Dr. Warren Hern, the last remaining abortion provider who publicly admits to doing late-term abortions. “I have been committed to this work since I started in 1973. I will continue doing it,” Hern said. “The people who disagree should leave me alone. It is the clear policy of the American anti-abortion movement to kill every doctor who does abortions. It is not a secret.” [TIME]

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Today’s Lady News: “Apprentice” Contestants Accuse Donald Trump Of Inappropriate Comments

  • Two contestants on “The Apprentice” have accused host Donald Trump of making sexist and inappropriate comments in the boardroom. “So much of the boardroom discussion concerned the appearance of the female contestants — discussing the female contestants’ looks — who he found to be hot,” said Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, the woman whom Trump “fired” last week. “[Trump] asked the men to rate the women — he went down the line and asked the guys, ‘Who’s the most beautiful on the women’s team?’” Added contestant Gene Folkes, “I think it was most uncomfortable when he had one [female] contestant come around the board table and twirl around.” I am shocked — shocked! — that the man who owns the Miss Universe organization would be accused of this behavior. [New York Post]
  • A record number of female candidates ran for Congress this Election Day, with 152 female candidates winning their primaries, according to Women’s Policy, Inc. However, only 87 women will be in the Senate and House of Representatives when Congress does its business after January — three less than before. This ends a 30+ year run of more and more women in the two chambers each session. Depressing! [Politics Daily, CNN Opinion]
  • Jeanne Ruby, the French woman who ripped off a Muslim woman’s veil in a so-called “burqa rage,” has been ordered to pay $1,140 to the Muslim lady she attacked at store in Paris. [Washington Post]

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Christina Aguilera Is Single And Serving Up Grrrl Power

“Every woman has the ability or the drive to do it all and have it all. Men aren’t as strong and capable as we are. We’re machines.”

Christina Aguilera in Redbook, just days after announcing her separation from Jordan Bratman. I’m not sure I totally agree with her statement. It sounds like it could be a passive-aggressive dig at Jordan. What concerns me more is that this may be a foreshadowing of another “Dirrty” phase. Don’t do it, Xtina. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »

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