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Today’s Lady News: Ladies, Talk To Your Tomatoes

  • A recent study by the Royal Horticulture Society in Britain found that women who talk to their tomatoes grow bigger plants. If only this worked with boobs! [Newsday]
  • Constance McMillen, the lesbian student who sued her school district when it told her she could not bring her girlfriend to prom, has transferred to a high school in Mississippi’s capital of Jackson. McMillen would not reveal which school she is attending but will graduate in June. [AP]
  • An evangelical Christian group, The National Association of Evangelicals, said in order to reduce the number of abortions, they would be willing to partner with groups that offer birth control and provide other services. [USA Today]

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Today’s Lady News: France To Fine Women Who Wear Face-Covering Veils In Public

  • Today, the French government passed a bill to fine a woman $185 if she wears a face-covering veil in public. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the fine would send a message that it is wrong for women to cover their faces in public, such as with a burqa or niqab. But critics say the “burqa ban” is anti-Muslim and fans the flames of racial tension. [Washington Post]
  • Parents took to the school board meeting of Hillsborough County, Florida, yesterday to debate whether Bellamy Elementary in Tampa was right to ask a mother not to breastfeed her 2-year-old in the school lobby, while waiting for her child. Florida law says mothers can breastfeed their children in public, but the school says it needs to maintain order. [St. Petersburg Times]
  • Louisiana’s state senate passed a bill yesterday requiring that a women receives an ultrasound before she has an abortion and that she hears an explanation of the fetus’ development. The original bill was amended to allow women to decline to view the ultrasound screen. The bill now heads to Louisiana’s House. [NOLA.com]

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Women Board Members In Fashion, Beauty, And Retail Industries On The Rise

Women have made huge progress in the workplace over the last several decades, and the findings of a new study commissioned by WWD prove that we’ve come a long way, especially in industries with largely female consumers.

The study looked at how many women serve on the boards of various fashion, beauty, and retail firms in the U.S. and other countries. Among a selection of 17 of those types of companies in America, women represent 23.8 percent of board seats compared to 21.3 percent, the average for the Dow 30. Keep reading »

Bonetown: “The World’s First Action-Adventure Porno Video Game”

OK, makers of “Bonetown,” you win: we will draw more attention to your racist, sexist, morally depraved video game by writing about it.

“Bonetown” touts itself as “the world’s first action adventure porno video game,” but it’s more like thoughts from the internet’s most ignorant trolls set to animation. You know, the trolls who think racism and sexism have been “solved” so it’s really hilarious to perpetuate stereotypes about minorities and women. It’s unclear what the game part of “Bonetown” actually is, which is actually why it’s scary. Rather than a game, “Bonetown” appears to be more like SecondLife for players who delight in glorifying such ignorance as funny. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: NY Midwives Lose Home Birth Rights & Sarah Palin Talks About Bears

  • New York City midwives have lost the right to deliver babies at home, as a result of the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Since 1992, the progressive Manhattan hospital provided the approval required under NY law for at home midwifery services. [Guardian U.K.]
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics says a “ritual nick” to the genitals of newborn baby girls might “save some girls from undergoing disfiguring and life-threatening procedures in their native countries.” NPR explains more about this new policy statement and what it actually means. [NPR]
  • Sarah Palin warned during a speech today that “mama grizzlies” are going to “take this country back” during the November elections. Whatever that means. [Salon]

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Today’s Lady News: 25 Percent Of Women Feel “Meh” On Getting Pregnant

  • A new study suggests that one in four women feels ambivalent about getting pregnant, essentially saying they could take or leave having kids. [Baby Chums]
  • Which may explain why women are waiting longer to have children and are more likely than ever to have them without being married. [Baby Chums]
  • Blogger Lena Chen discusses the “Rethinking Virginity” conference she planned at Harvard University and corrects those who think “rethinking virginity” means an overarching endorsement of abstinence and the abstinence movement. [Slate]
  • The murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love has caused the University of Virginia to “consider changes to campus public safety policies and state laws to enable more information sharing between police and college administrators.” Love’s ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been arrested and charged in her death. [Security Info Watch]

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Has The Glass Ceiling Been Shattered?

In an article that jumps to conclusions more than any I have seen recently, Bloomberg News is reporting that the glass ceiling has been shattered. The proof? The top 16 female CEOs are raking in salaries that average out to be 43 percent higher than the male CEOs. Also, female CEOs got a 19 percent raise in 2008 while dudes got a 5 percent pay cut. Some examples: Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz is making over $47 million and Irene Rosenfeld of Kraft Foods is raking in $26.3 million. The article quoted a male CEO, who said, “When you see numbers like this, one can truly say that the glass ceiling in corporate America has been shattered,” and implied that women are being over-compensated so companies don’t get hit with sexism charges.

In my opinion, Bloomberg needs to slow it down. Keep reading »

Gardasil’s Scare Tactic Ads Do More Harm Than Good, One Woman Says

Lux Alptraum has written an intriguing piece for Jezebel, “The HPV Vaccine’s Misguided Scare Tactics.” Alptraum argues that Merck, which manufactures Gardasil, the HPV vaccine, uses scare tactics in its commercials to push women to get the HPV vaccine, thereby driving more money into Merck’s deep pockets. One commercial features an animated woman going to the gynecologist for her annual pap smear and finding out she has full-blown cervical cancer. The music is grim. The tone is doomed. An alarmist vibe permeates the tale. In fact, Alptraum says, women who get annual pap smears are highly unlikely to develop cervical cancer, if HPV is caught early. In addition, the woman in the ad is white, while the fastest growing group of women getting diagnosed with cervical cancer is Hispanic women. Alptraum isn’t against Gardasil; she got it. But we agree that terrifying women is no way to get them to pursue good gynecological health practices. Watch the ad, read the story, and decide for yourself. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Betty White Celebrates Her “SNL” Triumph & Danny Dyer Gets Fired

  • After hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, Betty White went out and partied with the cast until 3 a.m. She cannot possibly get any cooler. Can she? [Life & Style]
  • A quote in this article about feminism — called “Are You A Faminist?” — refers to the birth control pill and abortion as “selfish and self-advancing,” while the article says that modern women are more about “the fam” then “the fem,” as if the two are mutually exclusive and OMG STFU, this article is stupid. [NY Observer]
  • Much to the disappointment of women’s groups, Michigan Democrat Connie Saltonstall ended her campaign to replace retiring Representative Bart Stupak after her party rallied around another candidate, Gary McDowell, who shares Stupak’s antiabortion stance. [Washington Post]

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Quotable: Martha Stewart Is Anti-Feminist But Pro-Pies And Tarts

“I don’t think in a male or female way. I don’t differentiate between male and female. I never have. I’m not considered a feminist. … Do we really need to waste time saying, ‘I’m a feminist’? I never thought about glass ceilings. I never thought about glass floors. I was thinking about how many pies can I come up with for my pies-and-tarts book. Those are all original ideas.”

— Domestic goddess extraordinaire Martha Stewart, who I wish would explain what “glass floors” are. [New York Times Magazine] Keep reading »

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