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Today’s Lady News: Remembering Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

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  • Here’s some of the many remembrances of the poet, essayist and feminist activist Adrienne Rich, who died yesterday at 82. In particular, I point you to this beautiful, spare poem by Marge Piercy in honor of Ms. Rich. [NY TimesNYMag.com, The Millions]
  • Arizona’s State Senate defeated the bill that would have allowed employers to refuse to offer health insurance that covers birth control for their employees if it conflicted with the employer’s own “moral or religious beliefs.” [Think Progress]
  • A committee in Oklahoma’s State House voted yesterday to advance a so-called “fetal personhood” bill that would criminalize all abortions by declaring a fertilized egg a “person.” [NECN]
  • Well, somebody had to tell all of Esquire‘s female readers to stop being so uppity. [Esquire] Keep reading »

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

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A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island of Ibiza in August 2008. The prince claimed he had not been in Ibiza at the time and had in fact been in France with his family, which dozens of witnesses can allegedly confirm, his lawyers claim. It does not seem to be in dispute that the then-20-year-old woman was attacked, however. She sent a text message to a friend on the night of the alleged attack saying she thought her drink had been spiked;  when the victim was examined afterwards, her urine contained a sleep-inducing tranquilizer and semen. Apparently that DNA evidence has never been tested against the prince’s DNA. The victim claims that the case — which was already dismissed once before by a lower court for lack of evidence — is not being handled with due seriousness because the man she has accused is one of the richest, most powerful men in the world with stakes in NewsCorp and CitiGroup.

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Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

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  • While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.” Much respect to her for sharing her personal story in such a public way. [Huffington Post
  • Adrienne Rich, feminist poet and essayist, died yesterday at age 82. [L.A. Times]
  • Out students at West Point are filming the military school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Open Letter To The Man Who Propositioned Me For Sex On The Subway

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Dear Man Who Propositioned Me For Sex On The Subway,

Why is it that after I respectfully responded “no, thanks” to your subway sex proposition, you found it necessary to call me a “bitch”? Have you not seen the movie “Shame”? Even an exceptionally fantastic looking guy like Michael Fassbender (who, might I add, was playing a sex addict) found it difficult to come on to a girl while riding the train because he feared rejection.

But you sir, wearing that hideous shirt, those skinny jeans which were obviously washed one time too many because they revealed your ankles, a pair of busted Converse, with a chip-toothed, yellow grin, thought that your offer to leave the train with you on 23rd street “to hang out at your house” should have been received with excitement. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Allowed To Wear Shorts

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  • Female beach volleyball players at the 2012 Olympics will be allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops during their games or they can wear the traditional bikinis, according to new rules from the International Volleyball Federation. The allowance has been made to be culturally sensitive to some countries who may have reservations about women competing showing so much skin, the org explained. [AP]
  • Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is in hot water after publicly praising his daughters and wife for teaching him how to cook, clean and sew. [Huffington Post]
  • A Wisconsin conference for conservatives attended by several lawmakers this Saturday handed out anti-birth control literature to participants. [Think Progress]
  • Texas radio reporter Scott Braddock has allegedly lost his job for reporting on the state’s controversial, anti-abortion forced sonogram law. [Austinist Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Belvedere Vodka’s Rapey New Ad

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  • Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad recently where a man pulls an open-mouthed woman down onto his lap with the headline, “Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly.” The company tweeted later that they were sorry “if any of our fans were offended,” although not for the actual creepy ad. The ad appears to have since been pulled. [Jessica Valenti]
  • Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett dismissed criticism of the state’s new forced ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion, compassionately stating, “You just have to close your eyes.” [Huffington Post]
  • PA state senator Larry Farnese has introduced a bill that would require men seeking Viagra to first undergo a prostate exam, a cardiac stress test, and sex therapy. [Nerve]
  • You know things are bad for women’s rights in America when a Republican Congressman is urging women to donate their money to Democrats, who he calls “people who speak out on our behalf.” [Daily Kos] Keep reading »
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