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Today’s Lady News: Biracial Girl Asked To Leave Classroom Because Of Her Hair Product

  • An 8-year-old biracial girl was taken out of her Seattle elementary school class for two weeks, allegedly because the product in her hair made the teacher sick. Charles Mudede, the girl’s father, said the girl was moved into the hallway and then another class after her teacher said the child’s Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion bothered her. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a complaint about the school with the Department of Education. [Seattle Times]
  • Shocker! The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study has found that kids raised by lesbians are socially well-adjusted and academically successful. The report, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, has followed 77 lesbian couples and their children since 1986. [CBS News]
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Men Really Are Bigger Babies When They’re Sick

In another study apparently done by the “No Duh” doctors, it is official—men whine more about illness than women. The experts call the condition “man flu” and suggest that men are probably exaggerating illness to gain “maximum sympathy.” The Engage Mutual study of 3,000 people also found that 50 percent of men like to classify a common cold as “the flu” and regular headaches as “migraines.” Researcher Karl Elliot says, “Men may have fewer bouts of genuine sickness a year—five compared to the seven suffered by women—but when ill, their attention seeking behavior makes sure their partner knows about it.” But even with the kvetching, men are actually less likely to take time off of work, with 76 percent struggling through. The survey also found that women are more likely to whine about their aches on a daily basis. But maybe the most interesting aspect is the sympathy and caring. Elliott explained, “Women score higher than men on being prepared to dole out the sympathy for an attention seeking partner, regardless of whether they believe they are genuinely ill, or not. But when it comes to doing the little things that make a partner more comfortable when they are ill, men and women seem to be more evenly matched.” Which means that your dude will get you Nyquil and draw you a bath, even though you’re all boogery and unattractive. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Trailblazing Journalist Helen Thomas Retires Following Controversy

  • Journalist Helen Thomas has announced she will retire after controversial comments she made last week about Jews and Israel. Thomas, 89, was a trailblazer for women journalists who covered U.S. presidents dating back to President Kennedy. Among numerous other “firsts” in her career, Thomas became the first woman to become the White House bureau chief for a wire service in 1974 and one year later she was invited to be the first female officer of the National Press Club. Last week, Thomas came under fire for saying that “Israel should get the hell out of Palestine” and that Jews in Israel should return to Germany, Poland, or the U.S. She has since apologized for her remarks. [Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post]

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It’s Illegal To Refuse To Breastfeed An Adult Male In Saudi Arabia

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A new law in Saudi Arabia has caused quite a bit of confusion. Are you sitting down? OK, so a strict version of Islam forbids women to come in contact with men who are not their relatives. And so the Saudis have issued a fatwa demanding that women who come into regular contact with unrelated men should breastfeed them so that they can be considered relatives. But the big issue is not the law, believe it or not. The heated debate is about the logistics of the law. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Wal-Mart Lawyers Warned Company Of Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

  • Wal-Mart is the focus of the largest sexual discrimination lawsuit in history, but in 1995 the company actually hired a law firm to research their vulnerability to such a suit. A subsequent report found disparities in pay and promotion among men and women employed by the company as well as Sam’s Club. Men were found to earn 19 percent more than women in some positions and were found to be five and a half times more likely to be promoted. In 2001, seven women filed a class-action lawsuit against Wal-Mart. [New York Times]
  • Black men are more frequently marrying women of other races, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center. Interracial unions now account for one in six new marriages in the United States, a new high. Blacks and Caucasians are the least common type of interracial marriages (1 in 60 marriages) and unions between Asians and Caucasians are the most common. [New York Times]
  • Are the Kardashian sisters — and 637 “bikini body” magazine covers — bringing a newer, more voluptuous body ideal to Hollywood? [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Arizona Gang Rape Teen Gets Probation

  • A 15-year-old boy who participated in the gang rape of an 8-year-old girl in Arizona has received probation from a judge. All of the children were immigrants from the war-torn country of Liberia. The boy, who held the girl down while she was assaulted by three boys, will remain in treatment for the next year and will be on probation until he turns 18. The judge said he will decide whether or not the boy must register as a sex offender once he’s seen how the boy has responded treatment. [Arizona Republic]
  • Attention California: Carly Fiorina wants to be your senator! The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard is gunning for Barbara Boxer’s seat. [New York Times Magazine]

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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 »

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