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NJ Parents Freak Over Boys’ “Crossdressing” Fashion Show At Elementary School

It’s never too early to reinforce gender roles!

Wilkins Elementary School in Maple Shade Township has canceled its third grade class’ Women’s History Month fashion show after (wait for it … ) a parent complained that the boys and girls were both asked to create an outfit from a period of women’s history, like the ’20s or the ’70s. Teacher Tonya Uibel sent home a packet for parents (which included photos of style icons like Madonna and Twiggy) and said kids should create an outfit to better understand how women’s fashion and women’s roles have changed over time. Keep reading »

Tina Fey: Not Feminist Enough?

I knew this was going to happen: Tina Fey hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and yesterday morning, our fellow lady blogs were all abuzz with complain-y posts. Bloggers I read and respect, including Sady Doyle at Feministe, Jessica Grose at Double X, and Irin Carmon at Jezebel, took to their blogs to react to Fey‘s hosting gig. And I understand why women were watching, fingers poised to the keyboard: Whip-smart and witty Fey is a role model for millions of women and girls.

Still, I’ll bet Jude Law didn’t have to deal with being over-analyzed to death the Monday morning after he hosted. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Nebraska To Require Mental Health Screening For Abortion

  • Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill today that will require mental health screening for women seeking an abortion. The language of the bill specifies doctors need to ascertain whether a woman has been pressured into ending her pregnancy. The bill is expected to receive Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature soon. [Washington Post]
  • Mattel, Inc., the maker of Barbies, says a coordinated effort by adult female computer programmers flooded the Barbie.com vote for the doll’s next career. Little girls voted for Barbie’s next career to be “news anchor.” But a viral campaign from GeekGirlCamp.com that implored adults, “Please help us in getting Barbie to get her Geek on!” helped make “computer engineer” Barbie’s next job. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maternal deaths have dropped in the past 18 years, from half a million per year in 1980 to less than 350,000 in 2008. It’s not all good news, though. More than half of all new moms died in six countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [BBC]

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The Gentlewoman Tells The Stories Of Successful Women (And Their Compromises)

This weekend, I finally got my hands on a copy of The Gentlewoman, the new UK-based women’s style magazine from the company behind Fantastic Man. It’s definitely a departure from most fashion glossies, with long, in-depth conversations with women: some well-known, some I’d never heard of, but all fascinating. While talking about their lives, a couple of them mentioned making compromises in order to get what they want from work and life. Keep reading »

Way More Women Becoming Millionaires

While there’s no doubt that the recession hit all of us hard, there is one group that seems to be making lemonade out of lemons. A recent U.K. business report found that self-made, female millionaires are up 40 percent in the last five years. Woo-hoo! The number of millionairesses has skyrocketed because while most men invested their money in stocks, which suffered greatly, women invested heavily in the property and businesses to hit it big. Specifically, stay-at-home women who had innovative business ideas—like making sexy lingerie for large-busted ladies or gluten-free sandwiches for Starbucks—made more money than women trying to shatter the glass ceiling in the workplace. A great argument for working smarter, not harder. Now all I need is a genius idea. Maybe a robotic boyfriend or something? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Meet Eri Yoshida, Baseball’s “Knuckle Princess”!

  • Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
  • Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]

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Look, We’ve Got A Syllabus For A “Male Studies” Class!

Pharmacy Refused To Sell The Pill, Condoms, Porn — And Closed

Birth control pills. Condoms. Porn. Cigarettes.

What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 13-Year-Old “Bride” Dies After Arranged Marriage

  • OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words “sexual assault” once in this article? Recently a religious decree in Yemen forbade the marriage of girls younger than 17 years old, which prompted top Islamic leaders there to declare supporters of the ban “apostates.” [AP]
  • The City Council of Austin, Texas, ruled this morning that so-called “crisis-pregnancy centers” that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services must post signs on their premises clarifying this. Supporters of abortion rights say CPCs, which are not medical clinics, are often located near actual abortion clinics and try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. [Austin American-Statesman]

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Are Androgynous Athletes Changing The Game Of Beauty?

You know, as a writer, I understand the impulse to manufacture trends in cases where there are none. Got to generate that copy, yo’. But the New York Times‘ “Brittney Griner, Basketball Star, Helps Redefine Beauty” is really one of the stupidest pieces of pseudo-trend journalism that I’ve ever read.

If you’re not aware, Griner, 19, is a Baylor University freshman (the team made it to the women’s Final Four), and she is a whopping 6’8″. Yes, she really is that tall. I’m 6’1″, and I can hardly imagine what it would be like to be 4 inches shy of 7 feet. But is this a … trend? Keep reading »

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