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Today’s Lady News: Scientists Ban Women From Mock Mission To Mars

  • Russian scientists have banned women from a mock mission to Mars. They don’t want the women to create “sexual tension” during the 18 months they are locked in a capsule. Because, you know, an all-male group won’t have any sexual tension at all. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Constance McMillen, the lesbian Mississippi high schooler who sued her school to allow her to bring her girlfriend to prom, is the guest of honor at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s prom next weekend. [WLBT]
  • Two so-called “child brides” in Afghanistan, ages 13 and 14, were publicly whipped for running away from their husbands dressed as boys. A bystander videotaped the flogging and leaked it to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Apparently, when the girls were caught by police, they were turned over to the local warlord instead of the country’s shelters for battered women. [New York Times]

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Is Sarah Palin Allowed To Call Herself A Feminist?

Once upon a time, Sarah Palin was just a pit bull in lipstick. But speaking on May 14 to a PAC that finances anti-abortion female congressional candidates, Palin not only called herself “feminist” but praised the “emerging, conservative feminist identity” and the “pro-woman sisterhood.” (Never one to miss an opportunity to inject ferocious animals into the conversation, Palin praised “mama grizzlies,” too.)

Now, it’s not difficult to understand how the estrogen contact high, which surely comes from speaking to a group that finances female congressional candidates, could give one a sense of kinship to the sisterhood. But considering how feminists are generally not considered the type of people who would require women to pay for their own rape exams, you wouldn’t be alone in wondering what the heck was going on when Palin dropped the “f-bomb.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Marquette University Rescinds Their Job Offer To Lesbian Dean

  • Marquette Univeristy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, appointed Jodi O’Brien, a sociologist and an open lesbian, as dean of the school in April, but then rescinded the offer in early May. The school told her some of her published writings on sex and same-sex marriage were at odds with the school’s Jesuit teachings. [ABCNews.com]
  • The World Health Organization has asked for more action against the tobacco industry for targeting women and girls, especially in developing countries. Women are the biggest growth market for the tobacco industry. [National Post]
  • Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy’s commissioning ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden commended the 11 women in the graduating class who will the first to have the opportunity to serve on subs. Biden also noted it’s the 30th anniversary of women graduating from the Naval Academy. [AP]
  • The New York Times calls ultrasounds the “new front” of the abortion wars. [New York Times]

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Apparently, U.K. Men Need A PSA To Be Reminded Not To Rape

Advertising blog Copyranter is unimpressed with this rape awareness ad, which one of their readers snapped a pic of in a bar bathroom. The ad pictures a woman wearing panties with a stop sign on them and the text reads, “Have sex with someone who hasn’t said yes to it and the next place you enter could be prison.” Copyranter sniped, “Call me confused, but showing a half-naked woman in a rape awareness ad being viewed by plastered horny pissing men is just bloody stupid, right?” Actually, I believe anything that makes a person think about consent is valuable. What do y’all think? [Copyranter] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Howard University Misplaced Hattie McDaniel’s “Gone With The Wind” Oscar

  • Howard University has admitted it lost the Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for the 1939 film “Gone With The Wind.” Upon her death in 1952, McDaniel, who was the first black woman to win an Academy Award, bequeathed her statue to the HU drama department. [Essence]
  • Effective today, Indonesia’s conservative Islamic Aceh province has banned stores from selling tight clothes and distributed 20,000 long skirts to Muslim women. Women will receive a long skirt if they’re caught by Islamic police violating the no-tight-pants dress code. [AP]
  • Phillip Merling, defensive end for the Miami Dolphins, was arrested yesterday and charged with alleged aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. [USA Today]

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Quotable: Radio Host Believes “In Keeping Wives Under Control”

Caller: Dr. Williams, how the heck are you? My wife just came in and made me lunch after she was mowing the yard.
Walter E. Williams: “Good, good. You have her under control.”
Caller: “Absolutely, absolutely.”
Williams: “I guess you’ve learned a lot from me.”
Caller: “I’ve been listening to you for a long time. She does a lot more chores than she used to, so I appreciate that.”
Williams: “Okay! And I believe in keeping wives under control.”
Caller: “You’re a good man.”

— Radio host Walter E. Williams, who was filling in on The Rush Limbaugh Show and making us vom. [MediaMatters.org] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rabbi Bans Women From Running In Local Elections

  • The chief rabbi of the Elon Moreh settlement in the West Bank has banned women from running in local elections, writing in a newspaper that they can be represented through their husbands. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon wrote his decree in response to a young woman who wished to run for the office of local secretary. [BBC]
  • Oral contraceptives are the most popular form of birth control in the U.S., according to a study of over 10 million women by the National Center for Health Statistics. The report also estimated that 62 percent of women of childbearing age use some form of birth control. [U.S. News & World Reports]

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Quotable: Will.i.am Says It’s A Man’s World

“Soon I want to settle down and have lots of girl babies, because I don’t want to add to the destruction of the planet. It’s a man’s world and I think it’s gonna be a female that changes it all.”

— We know what color Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas wants to decorate his nursery. Is this quote sweet, though, or sort of depressing that he thinks men screw everything up? Discuss. [The Sun UK]

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Today’s Lady News: Is Sarah Palin A Feminist?

  • Lots of feminists were pissed recently when Sarah Palin referred to herself as a “feminist” at a fundraiser. Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum, who herself identifies as feminist, says, “If she has the guts to call herself a feminist, then she’s entitled to be accepted as one.” Do you agree? [L.A. Times]
  • Moms-to-be are using “hypno-birthing” — or self-hypnosis — to put themselves into a trance before giving birth. [New York Post]
  • Researchers say the stress of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks may have contributed to an increase in miscarriages of male fetuses — even among women who were not directly affected by the attacks. It should be noted, though, that the study only examined the miscarriage of male fetuses, because they are considered more sensitive to stressors than female fetuses. [CNN]

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This Is The Abortion Ad British Pro-Lifers Got So Upset About

Marie Stopes International, a women’s reproductive health care organization in Britain that is similar to America’s Planned Parenthood, ran a commercial on British TV on Monday night that had everyone aflutter. What, pray tell, was the problem? Could it be shocking imagery, like the images of bloody, aborted fetuses which can regularly be seen in public on sidewalks, on college campuses, and outside abortion clinics?

In fact, the commercial shows a couple of melancholy-looking women as the words “Are you late?” flash on screen and a voice-over says, “If you’re pregnant and not sure what to do, Marie Stopes International can help.” Very radical and crazy stuff, I know.

Do you think Marie Stopes International’s ad is more or less effective than an anti-abortion ad like the ones starring Tim Tebow and his mom, Pam Tebow, for the conservative group Focus On The Family, which ran during the 2009 Super Bowl? [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

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