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Today’s Lady News: Iceland’s Lesbian Prime Minister Marries Her Girlfriend

  • Iceland’s prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, married her girlfriend, Jonina Leosdottir, on Sunday, when the country’s same-sex marriage law became legalized. Congratulations! [AP]
  • Nevada’s Republican senatorial candidate, Sharron Angle, said she opposes legal abortion even in the case of rape and incest, while appearing on “The Bill Manders Show,” explaining, “I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives.” Angle also said she is “pro-responsible choice,” adding “there is a choice to abstain, [a] choice to do contraception.” [Huffington Post]

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Sexy Banker Wants State Investigation Into Citibank Sexual Harassment Claims

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In a news conference held yesterday, Debrahlee Lorenzana, the former banker who claims she was sexually harassed, called for a state investigation into her claims against Citibank. Earlier this month, The Village Voice published an exposè on Lorenzana’s claims, including that her two male managers “starting making offhanded comments about her appearance,” specifically on her makeup, hair and clothes, and that she was instructed how to dress so as not to draw attention to herself. Lorenzana was eventually fired. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Dove To Cast “Flawless” Women In New “Real Beauty” Campaign

  • Dove is casting new models for its “Real Beauty” campaign. Cool! Who are they looking for? “Real women.” Cool! What do these real women have to look like? “Flawless skin, no tattoos or scars.” Oh. [Styleite.com]
  • Remember Provincetown, Massachusetts, the town that voted to give all students in grades K-12 a condom if they want one? MA’s governor, Deval Patrick, poo-poos the idea. [CNN]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee has started the confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan, the country’s solicitor general. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third women to sit on the Supreme Court. [BBC]

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Is “Toy Story 3″ Sexist?

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Toy Story 3” has been receiving nothing but praise. It’s topped the box office for two weeks in a row and has pulled in $226 million so far. Not to mention that critics are lauding it as the saving grace in a horribly blah summer movie season. But Ms. magazine is not too happy about the movie’s success. The feminist publication recently posted an article on their blog about the sexism and negative stereotypes in the film. Natalie Wilson, who wrote the piece, admits that the kids’ movie is “fresh” and “clever,” but she also claims that it contains a few too many misogynistic and homophobic jokes for comfort. Keep reading »

Facebook’s “100 Biggest Sluts” Page Creator Could Face Stalking Charges

The Australian who created a Facebook page called “100 Biggest Sluts of Ballarat” will soon learn the list was not only cruel, but criminal! [FYI: Ballarat is a regional city in Victoria, Australia.] Police say the 60 women who contacted them after being called “sluts” on the nasty page (which has since been taken down) could each seek a charge of stalking against the site’s creator. Yes, stalking. Apparently, slut-shaming one’s fellow Ballarat-ians online is illegal. “Stalking covers quite a large range of actions and one of them is using the computer to offend or harass a particular person,” Detective Craig Dooley told Perth Now. Cops say they interviewed someone in relation to the incident, but are still looking for more info.

We hope this Facebook-ing fool never gets laid again. That’ll teach him/her to mess with angry sluts! [Perth Now and The Age] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Boss Fired After Giving Testicle Cyst Photo To Female Staffer

  • The editor of Philadelphia magazine did not have his contract renewed in part because he gave a framed photo of a cyst removed from his testicle to a female staffer. Um, sexual harassment anyone? Larry Platt apparently gave this photo as “gift” to a departing female staffer. Framed? Who would frame something like that? [Philly.com]
  • Pay attention, anti-abortion extremists! Human fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, according to a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. [AP]
  • Police say 10 “angry women” detained a 20-year-old man who was peeping inside the dressing rooms at a thrift store in Church Hill, Tennessee. The women blocked the doors to the shop until police arrived. Talk about teamwork! [AP]

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No Children Is The New Motherhood

According to a new study, way fewer women are having kids these days. The percentage of American women in their 40s who have never popped one out is up to 18 percent. That stat is double what it was in the ’70s. Whoa, that’s a lot of non-breeders. So what’s going on? Researchers say that this jump is caused by an easing of social pressure for women to be mothers and an increase in the quality and availability of education for women in the last 40 years. But interestingly, even though woman who are more educated are less likely to have children, the study showed that women with a master’s degree or higher are more likely to have children then they were 20 years ago. Are we thinking that this means that the work/motherhood balance is getting easier? [Newser] Keep reading »

Lingerie Football Could Be The Most Lucrative Women’s “Sport”

Apparently it’s not enough to play at Wimbledon with your bum hanging out, ladies.

Lingerie football, like puppy football, is not a real sport. But three cable networks are interested in broadcasting titillating tackles, according to Mitchell Mortaza, the Lingerie Football League’s founder. And why wouldn’t they want to broadcast it? According to the Orlando Sentinel, the games have the potential, from a business perspective, to be the most lucrative women’s sport — er, “sport.” The fact the women submit head shots for the pleasure of playing in bras, panties and garter belts apparently is negligible. “The women are comfortable once they understand how they’re positioned as athletes,” Mortaza told the Orlando Sentinel. “We don’t see it being an issue.” Yeah, I bet it’s really empowering, too! [Orlando Sentinel] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Female Scientists Earn Less Than Male Scientists Do

  • An international study of female scientists found a wage gap exists six to 10 years after finishing their PhD’s. Male scientists’ salaries can grow to be anywhere from 18 to 40 percent higher than their lady counterparts over time. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Underinsured African-American women die more often from breast cancer than underinsured white women, according to a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This occurs even when the women are treated at the same hospital by the same doctors, suggesting disparities in health care even before the women get diagnosed with breast cancer. [Reuters]
  • Police in Seattle say several women have reported a cyclist slapping them on the butt while they walk or jog in the park. Ew! [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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Today’s Lady News: NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Indicted In Teen Prostitute Sexual Assault

  • NFL star Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on charges of rape after allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old prostitute. The former Giants player was arrested on May 6 for allegedly having sex with a teen at a Holiday Inn in New York. If convicted, he faces four years in prison. [USA Today]
  • In other sports-y/rape-y news, pitcher Johan Santana of the New York Mets has been accused of sexual battery for an incident at a For Myers, Florida, golf course in 2009. [Buzzfeed]
  • “The Daily Show” has one female correspondent and will have a grand total of two if Playboy and Maxim cover girl Olivia Munn survives her tryouts. Irin Carmon at Jezebel spoke with comedy writers who’ve been past “TDS” staffers — on-air or in the writing room — about the “boy’s club” atmosphere and why “insecure, broken, needy, neurotic” humor was for men-only. [Jezebel]

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