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Al-Jazeera Anchors Quit After Being Harassed About Makeup And Hair

Five female anchors recently resigned from Al-Jazeera news network as a result of the harassment they say they were receiving from co-workers. The women claim that several employees, including a senior editor, would constantly insult their appearance, saying the women should cover their hair for their broadcasts and wear less makeup. Things escalated, from employees badgering the anchors to offensive remarks being made about the women’s “total lack of decency.” Losing the five anchors will hurt the company, especially because they were among Al-Jazeera’s most recognizable faces. Along with the walk-outs, complaints have also been filed by female employees of the Qatar station for the same type of harassment. Al-Jazeera has cleared the senior editor of any wrong doing, stating that he had the power to decide “the spirit and principles of the channel and the image it wishes to present.” The network also said that ideological differences, which arise in many different ways, are a consistent issue in their newsrooms. [Newser]

What do you think of all this? I say there is a line between telling someone she should lighten up on the hairspray and harassing an employee to the point where she no longer feels comfortable at work. Have you ever left a job based on the way a boss or other employee made you feel? Keep reading »

Too Sexy For Citibank? Pretty Female Banker Sues

The Village Voice has chronicled the long, depressing tale of Debrahlee Lorenzana, an ex-banker for Citibank who is now suing her former employer. It is the story of a gorgeous woman (a single mother who worked long hours climbing up the corporate ladder) who seems to have been hired by a group of men to be the office eye candy. According to the Voice, her two male managers “started making offhanded comments about her appearance,” specifically her makeup, hair and clothes. The attention given to her appearance quickly turned negative, with vibes coming from her superiors that insinuated this hot-to-trot banker babe was distracting the men.

When she complained through the proper channels — her managers, Human Resources, and eventually two regional vice presidents — she says no one took accountability for resolving the problems. In August, Lorenzana claimed she was fired and told she was not a good fit for the culture at Citibank. Her attire was mentioned in the termination discussion; her work performance was not. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Cupcake Baker Calls Customer A “Fat C-Word” On Twitter After Complaint

  • Crumb, a custom cupcake shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, has interesting ideas about customer service. A Crumb customer named Diana complained over email to co-owner Carrie Nickerson about chocolate ganache sold under the tagline “So Good It Makes Fat People Cry,” and Nickerson wrote back to Diana, “We offend everybody equally. You are the one with hate in your heart, not us.” She then called Diana a “fat c–t” on Twitter (though she later deleted it) and tweeted, “There are way too many uptight people in this world.” [The Gloss]
  • Pregnant women in northern Italy will be offered $5,500 not to have an abortion. The money will be doled out in 18 monthly payments. Italy, you know parents have to raise a child for 18 years, right? [BBC]

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British Sexual Harassment PSA Tells Men To Stop Being Gross

I wish America would show stuff like this on television: the Welsh government in the U.K. has released a PSA about sexual harassment. It outlines all the ways dudes think they’re being really suave when they’re actually being totally douchey. I really like that the message isn’t just a blanket “sexual harassment is bad!” but it shows how getting honked, whistled and leered at all adds up. [One Step Too Far, BBC] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Scientists Ban Women From Mock Mission To Mars

  • Russian scientists have banned women from a mock mission to Mars. They don’t want the women to create “sexual tension” during the 18 months they are locked in a capsule. Because, you know, an all-male group won’t have any sexual tension at all. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Constance McMillen, the lesbian Mississippi high schooler who sued her school to allow her to bring her girlfriend to prom, is the guest of honor at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s prom next weekend. [WLBT]
  • Two so-called “child brides” in Afghanistan, ages 13 and 14, were publicly whipped for running away from their husbands dressed as boys. A bystander videotaped the flogging and leaked it to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Apparently, when the girls were caught by police, they were turned over to the local warlord instead of the country’s shelters for battered women. [New York Times]

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Is Sarah Palin Allowed To Call Herself A Feminist?

Once upon a time, Sarah Palin was just a pit bull in lipstick. But speaking on May 14 to a PAC that finances anti-abortion female congressional candidates, Palin not only called herself “feminist” but praised the “emerging, conservative feminist identity” and the “pro-woman sisterhood.” (Never one to miss an opportunity to inject ferocious animals into the conversation, Palin praised “mama grizzlies,” too.)

Now, it’s not difficult to understand how the estrogen contact high, which surely comes from speaking to a group that finances female congressional candidates, could give one a sense of kinship to the sisterhood. But considering how feminists are generally not considered the type of people who would require women to pay for their own rape exams, you wouldn’t be alone in wondering what the heck was going on when Palin dropped the “f-bomb.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Marquette University Rescinds Their Job Offer To Lesbian Dean

  • Marquette Univeristy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, appointed Jodi O’Brien, a sociologist and an open lesbian, as dean of the school in April, but then rescinded the offer in early May. The school told her some of her published writings on sex and same-sex marriage were at odds with the school’s Jesuit teachings. [ABCNews.com]
  • The World Health Organization has asked for more action against the tobacco industry for targeting women and girls, especially in developing countries. Women are the biggest growth market for the tobacco industry. [National Post]
  • Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy’s commissioning ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden commended the 11 women in the graduating class who will the first to have the opportunity to serve on subs. Biden also noted it’s the 30th anniversary of women graduating from the Naval Academy. [AP]
  • The New York Times calls ultrasounds the “new front” of the abortion wars. [New York Times]

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Apparently, U.K. Men Need A PSA To Be Reminded Not To Rape

Advertising blog Copyranter is unimpressed with this rape awareness ad, which one of their readers snapped a pic of in a bar bathroom. The ad pictures a woman wearing panties with a stop sign on them and the text reads, “Have sex with someone who hasn’t said yes to it and the next place you enter could be prison.” Copyranter sniped, “Call me confused, but showing a half-naked woman in a rape awareness ad being viewed by plastered horny pissing men is just bloody stupid, right?” Actually, I believe anything that makes a person think about consent is valuable. What do y’all think? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Howard University Misplaced Hattie McDaniel’s “Gone With The Wind” Oscar

  • Howard University has admitted it lost the Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Upon her death in 1952, McDaniel, who was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, bequeathed her statue to the HU drama department. [Essence]
  • Effective today, Indonesia’s conservative Islamic Aceh province has banned stores from selling tight clothes and distributed 20,000 long skirts to Muslim women. Women will receive a long skirt if they’re caught by Islamic police violating the no-tight-pants dress code. [AP]
  • Phillip Merling, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested yesterday and charged with alleged aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. [USA Today]

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Quotable: Radio Host Believes “In Keeping Wives Under Control”

Caller: Dr. Williams, how the heck are you? My wife just came in and made me lunch after she was mowing the yard.
Walter E. Williams: “Good, good. You have her under control.”
Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Williams: “I guess you’ve learned a lot from me.”
Caller: “I’ve been listening to you for a long time. She does a lot more chores than she used to, so I appreciate that.”
Williams: “Okay! And I believe in keeping wives under control.”
Caller: “You’re a good man.”

— Radio host Walter E. Williams, who was filling in on The Rush Limbaugh Show and making us vom. [MediaMatters.org] Keep reading »

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