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Today’s Lady News: Afghan TV Show Says Shelters Force Women Into Prostitution

  • A multi-part Afghan television series has accused women’s shelters in Afghanistan of being brothels — even ones registered with the government. The 27-year-old TV host, Nasto Nadiri, is running for Parliament in September and is a critic of women’s rights campaigns, especially when affiliated with international NGOs. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maria Teresa de Nicolo, a former prostitute, has told a corruption inquiry that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave her gifts the night she shared his bed with two women. De Nicolo said that she and about 15 other women were invited guests at a private dinner for the prime minister and everyone received jewelry. [Guardian UK]
  • Iran has rejected an asylum offer from Brazil for a woman sentenced to death by hanging. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and originally sentenced to death by stoning. [CNN]

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Here She Comes, Italy’s 375-Pound “Miss Chubby” Beauty Pageant Winner

Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.

But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Miss Chubby. Yes, the country that invented Sophia Loren (and spaghetti bolognese and cannoli) acknowledges that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jessica Biel And Her Magical Half-Airbrushed Leg

  • Photoshop Disasters notices someone at Glamour UK forgot to finish airbrushing Jessica Biel’s leg. [Photoshop Disasters]
  • Brazil, an ally of Iran, has offered asylum for an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Although Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s sentence has since been downgraded to death by hanging, international human rights groups have been pressing Iran not to kill the mother of two. The United States has urged Iran to accept Brazil’s offer of asylum. [Guardian UK, AFP]
  • Erin Vaught went to the emergency room coughing up blood, but says she was refused help by Indiana’s Ball Memorial Hospital because she is transgender. [Queerty]

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No More Cowbell, Please

According to this 1946 Listerine ad, women with bad breath should wear a bell around their neck, so others will be forewarned. Copyranter adds it to his “most offensive sexist retro ads” ever list, and we concur. Save this look for Halloween. [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: TV Host Called A “Big Lesbian” By Newspaper Critic

  • Ladies, why do you gotta be all oversensitive and stuff? A critic for London’s Sunday Times newspaper wrote a recent piece that stated “Britain By Bike” host/sports journalist Clare Balding looks like a big lesbian. When people objected to that characterization, critic AA Gill responded by writing, “Some time ago, I made a cheap and frankly unnecessary joke about Clare Balding looking like a big lesbian. And afterwards somebody tugged my sleeve to point out that she is a big lesbian, and I felt foolish and guilty. So I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize. Sorry. Now back to the dyke on a bike …” After further complaints about Gill’s obnoxiousness and not-really apology, editor John Witherow wrote, “In my view some members of the gay community need to stop regarding themselves as having a special victim status and behave like any other sensible group that is accepted by society.” So there you have it: anyone who objects to being called a “big lesbian” in the newspaper just isn’t being sensible! [Guardian UK, Qweerty]
  • The first female Somali district chief in Kenya has been chased out of her home by male elders who wouldn’t support a woman in leadership. And yeah, rocks were thrown. [Women's eNews]
  • OK, I’m biased because I’m quoted in this article, but here’s a story about some Canadian pole-dancing classes for (eek!) students as young as age five. [Canada.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Federal Abortion-Funding Ban To Be Introduced In Congress

  • Two House representatives plan to introduce a bill to permanently ban federal funding of abortion. For the past 24 years, a law called the Hyde Amendment has ensured that federal money does not pay for abortions. However, it is a temporary law and has to be passed by Congress each year. The bill introduced by Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) would make the ban permanent. [The Hill]
  • Shirley Sherrod, a former Agriculture Department employee who is African-American, said she plans to sue Andrew Breitbart, a conservative blogger who posted an edited video online which led to her resignation. The video was of a speech in which Sherrod appeared to be saying that she discriminated against a white farmer who needed her help. Breitbart posted the video and Sherrod was asked to resign from her job. However, the full tape indicates that the discrimination was only a thought Sherrod had in her head and she actually helped him. [CNN]
  • YouTube asked the Second City Network, a comedy troupe, to censor a video skit which shows lesbians kissing. Second City uploaded a new “clean” video with a note, “If you think YouTube is homophobic, leave a comment below!” [YouTube]

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Today’s Lady News: California Voters Polled On Female Politicians’ Hair

  • Pollster firm Public Policy Polling actually asked registered California voters whose hair they prefer more, Senator Barbara Boxer or her challenger, Carly Fiorina. Ugh. [Gawker]
  • Riot police in Cambodia beat female sweatshop workers when 3,000 of them went on strike yesterday. At least nine women were injured in the melee. The women work at a factory that creates garments for Gap, Benetton, Adidas, and Puma and claim they are paid less than $2 a day. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” laid the smackdown on feminist bloggers who have criticized the lack of women on-air at the show. “I get really frustrated when people claim that ‘The Daily Show’ is sexist when I’ve worked with Jon Stewart on four separate projects and he is the least sexist person ever,” Winstead said, “They’re not trying to not hire women, they’re trying to hire the best possible people for the show. You can call it a boy’s club, it’s not. It’s a nerd club.” [Bloggasm]

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Today’s Lady News: Erin Andrews Wants Tougher Punishments For Pervs

  • Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who was filmed nude in hotel rooms without her consent, joined Congressmen this morning to clarify a federal stalking law and increase the maximum available sentence for stalkers to five years. [Huffington Post]
  • Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, has stirred up controversy after it recently appointed a white fashion director. Critics of the appointment say that the fashion and magazine industries have historically ignored black women and a black woman’s lifestyle magazine should be a place to showcase a black fashion director’s talents. [The Cut]
  • Children adopted by gay and lesbian parents fare just as well developmentally as those adopted by heterosexual parents, according to a study of 106 couples by the University of Virginia and George Washington University. Gay couples are banned from adopting kids in Florida, Mississippi, and Utah. [Washington Post]

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Girl Talk: My First Bikini Wax

I’ve waxed my eyebrows. I’ve waxed my upper lip. But when it came to waxing my ladyparts, I passed. I checked out. I just chose to be a noncombatant. I removed excess hair on my eyebrows and on my upper lip because it embarrassed me. But did it make sense to be embarrassed — nay, to form an opinion at all — about a part of my body seen by no one but me? No, I decided, it didn’t. In fact, a woman’s vagina is so personal and so private that I thought it would be pretty un-feminist to feel shame that it didn’t look quote, unquote “pretty.” (And yes, I’ve seen Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” like, eight times.) Besides, who would want to let an aesthetician down there with her tongue depressor dipped in hot wax? Surely someone of heartier stock than I.

Then I had my first bikini wax at age 26 and surprised myself by liking it. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sophia Bush Slams Urban Outfitters Over “Eat Less” Shirt

  • “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush has penned an open letter to Urban Outfitters, demanding the company issue a public apology for its women’s T-shirt that says “Eat Less.” “Shame on you. I will no longer be shopping at your stores,” Bush wrote. “And I will encourage the tens of thousands of female supporters I have to do the same.” [SophiaBush.com]
  • An all-male panel of men who work at “The Daily Show” say the men who work at “The Daily Show” are not sexist at all. [NYMag.com]
  • Britain’s Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will hold a series of meetings this fall with mag editors and ad execs to discuss airbrushing, Photoshopping and hiring models who are far skinnier than the average woman. [Guardian UK]

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