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Today’s Lady News: GA Lawmaker Compares Women To Cows & Pigs

  • A Republican state representative compared women to livestock earlier this week, while he spoke in favor of criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks. Speaking to the restriction on abortion even when the fetus isn’t expected to live, Terry England said, “I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive — delivering pigs, dead and alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.” Yes, your reproductive health care was just compared to that of a barnyard animal.  [Raw Story]
  • Job growth has been stronger for men than women during most of 2010 and 2011. But interestingly, the last few months have been stronger in job growth for women. Well, we do earn more advanced degrees, so … [New York Times]
  • I co-sign everything Emily McCombs at xoJane has to say about kinky sex and feminism. (And humbly submit my own writings on the subject here and here. [xoJane] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ultrasound Now Required Before An Abortion In Virginia

  • Virginia Governor Bill McDonnell has signed into law the bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary ultrasound. Technically this bill is a step up from a previous iteration of the bill, which would have required an invasive transvaginal ultrasound (also medically unnecessary) before an abortion. [New York Times
  • Women in Texas are losing options for health care at Planned Paernthood clinics and elsewhere amid the abortion fight. Texas has recently slashed funding from PP clinics. [New York Times
  • On “America’s Next Top Model,” the first Native American contestant Mariah Watchman, and the Pocahontas controversy. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ohio Bill Would Require Men Seeking Viagra To Get Sex Therapist OK

  • Men looking for a prescription for Viagra would first need to get a sex therapist’s permission, a cardiac stress test, and confirmation that “the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions” under a new bill introduced by State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland). The bill is meant to underscore the inequality in the anti-abortion bills that require women to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds and other procedures. [Business Week]
  • Tracie McMillan, the journalist and author who was attacked yesterday by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show during his rant about “overeducated young single white women,” talks back. [The Atlantic Wire
  • Speaking of Rush, let’s stop insulting people by comparing them to sex workers and sluts. [The Gloss] Keep reading »

Hitched: I Love My Dad, But I Don’t Want Him To Give Me Away

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I think I just got away with telling my dad he won’t be giving me away at my wedding — and the world didn’t fall apart.

I’d been putting it off, the telling him, partly because I never know whether my dad is going to care. I know he cares a lot about high-quality French fries and Chevy sport utility vehicles that rolled off the line between 1996 and 1999 (must have tailgate and be black, red or white). But the emotional stuff is a total gamble.

There was the time he tried to keep one of my high school boyfriends from using our upstairs bathroom because “he might have VD,” which I now realize was code for “Andie, you are wasting your time on this guy.” He cried when I tried on my wedding dress for him, but not when he dropped me off at college halfway across the country.

So I had no idea how he would react if I told him that I don’t want to be given away on my wedding day. Maybe he would be fine with it. Or maybe it would genuinely hurt him. But there’s not much that hurts me more than being treated like a piece of property. Keep reading »

President Obama Called Sandra Fluke Because He Wouldn’t Want Sasha & Malia Called “Horrible Names”

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“I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about. Even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her. And that we want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves arguments and disagreements and debate. And we want you to be engaged. And there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

– President Obama in a press conference yesterday, on why he called Sandra Fluke, the woman who Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” and “prostitute” because she testified to Congress about using birth control. (More on that here and here.) The president also said, when asked about whether there is a “war on women” taking place regarding reproductive rights, “One of the things I’ve learned being married to Michelle, is I don’t need to tell her what it is that she thinks is important.” Damn straight. [The New Yorker]

Today’s Lady News: Rush Limbaugh Rails Against “Overeducated, Young, Single White Women”

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  • Now that he’s wagged his finger at brazen hussies, Rush Limbaugh is fulminating about “overeducated white women.” Yes, today Rush railed against the author Tracie McMillan, who wrote a new book on food inequality called The American Way Of Eating: Undercover At Wal-mart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields, And The Dinner Table. Apparently he is offended that this 1999 NYU grad wrote a book about food inequality when she studied political science in school, or something? I’m not even sure. Anyway, this is what he said today: “What is it with all these young, single white women? Overeducated doesn’t mean intelligent.” But at least he didn’t call her a slut, right? [Media Matters]
  • Speaking of Rush, as of this afternoon, a total of 32 advertisers have dropped from Rush’s radio show, including AOL, Sears, Allstate Insurance, Geico, and John Deere. Check the link for the full list.  [Think Progress]
  • Eight current and former women in the U.S. military allege they were raped, assaulted or harassed while serving their country and retaliated against when they reported the abuse. [AP]
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