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Today’s Lady News: Golf Gal Wins Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

  • A Massachusetts judge has ruled in favor of golfer Elaine Joyce, in a sexual discrimination lawsuit she filed against the town of Dennis, MA. In 2007, Joyce was banned from playing in a men’s tournament at the town’s municipal Dennis Pines Golf Course despite the fact she has a single-digit handicap. Last week, a judge ruled the club violated Joyce’s civil rights. Golf course club officials have since changed their rules to allow women to compete in men’s tournaments. [AP]
  • Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed three bills placing restrictions on abortion into law this morning. One bill bans abortions based on a child’s gender, one allows medical employees to refuse to participate in abortions if it is against their religious beliefs, and one regulates the administration of RU-486, the abortion pill. [Tulsa World]
  • Jay-Z and Russell Simmons will rally this weekend at a “Stop The Violence” rally in Trenton, New Jersey, organized after a 7-year-old girl was sold for sex by her sister and gang-raped by numerous people at a March 28 party. So far, five men and boys have been arrested and police say they are seeking additional suspects. Ludacris and Chuck D. will also deliver taped messages to the rally’s attendees. [AllHipHop.com]

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The 5 Most Obnoxious Things People Usually Say While Discussing Date Rape

  1. That’s what happens when …

    “That’s what happens” is just another way to say “boys will be boys,” meaning it is another way to level some of the blame on the victim instead of squarely on the perpetrator where it belongs. Saying “that’s what happens” to the victim is dismissive and unust. Sexually assaulted by a drunk guy at a party when you were drunk, too? That’s what happens when you get drunk around a drunk rapist. Sexually assaulted walking home alone at 2a.m.? That’s what happens when you’re out alone in the middle of the night with no one to protect you from a rapist. Sexually assaulted when you were passed out and couldn’t defend yourself? That’s what you get for passing out and not being able to defense yourself from a rapist. You get the ida.

  2. Silence is the same thing as consent, or “Not saying no is the same thing as saying yes.”

    Everyone flips their shizz when anyone suggests that sex should have consent. (Google the words “Antioch college” and “rape” for proof of this.) Somebody — usually the type of woman or man who writes the anti-feminist stuff — immediately overreacts and makes accusations that you’re “ruining” sex by requiring that two people ask each other permission before they do anything together. No, no, and once again, no. No one seriously believes I should have to verbally ask my boyfriend “Can I kiss your lips?”, “Can I unbutton your pants?” or “Can I take out your penis and stroke it?” But there has to be some kind of consent — whether it’s verbal articulation, like “That feels good!” or “Yes, yes!” or just happy noises, like “Mmm!” — for sexual activity to be kosher. Especially during the first, or first couple, of sexual incidents. If I unbuttoned my boyfriend’s pants and started playing with his penis and he did not verbally or physically indicate to me that he liked and wanted to encourage this behavior, I would stop. I have no idea whatsoever why someone would kiss, grope, have sex with, etc. another person who is lying there passively and/or is not fully engaged. He or she not consenting — in fact, it doesn’t sound like they’re at all interested — so why is their sex partner persisting? That is how date rape happens.

Girl Talk: Why I Wore A Playboy Bunny T-Shirt In High School

There’s a period of time in high school that I’m not particularly proud of and, remarkably, it’s not the time I wore sparkly blue nail polish to prom: it’s when I wore my Playboy Bunny T-shirt. I’d half-forgotten about that thing until I read Playboy is selling official “Playboy Bunny costumes” in honor of their 50th anniversary. My knee-jerk reaction was to laugh. I mean, what a ridiculous costume. Do women actually feel sexy dressed up in a corset, cottontail and bunny ears?

Then I remembered I used to wear a T-shirt emblazoned with the Playboy Bunny logo. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lilith Fair Drops Reproductive Rights Group Off Charity List

  • Lilith Fair has dropped the National Abortion Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina, as well as several so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” from its Choose Your Charity Contest. Four days ago, the women’s music festival listed NARAL, several maternity homes, and several CPCs, as potential grantees of the charity contest. Abortion supporters complained, saying that CPCs (which often are located near abortion clinics) provide inaccurate information to women to dissuade them from having an abortion. Today, Lilith Fair announced it would be dropping the CPCs, as well as NARAL, from the list. However, at least one women’s health center that provides abortion was left on the list. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Next week, Austin, Texas, will consider a proposed ordinance for so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which will require them to notify visitors that they don’t make referrals for contraception or abortion. If the ordinance passes, Austin would become the second city, after Baltimore, Maryland, to require CPCs to clarify that they do not provide medical services. [Austin Chronicle]
  • More women than ever will be orbiting in space on Monday morning, after NASA launches three women on the shuttle Discovery. One woman is already circling the Earth in a Russian capsule. Two of the women will become the 53rd and 54th women in space. [AP]

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Scott Roeder Sentenced For Murdering Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller

Yesterday Kansas District Judge Warren Wilbert sentenced Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller at his church in May, to the harshest possible sentence. Roeder received a “Hard 50,” which means he must serve 50 years in prison before he will be up for parole.
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Today’s Lady News: Mississippi Will Vote On Abortion Ban In 2011

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  • Mississippi voters will mull a proposed ban on abortions in their 2011 election, since abortion opponents collected enough signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. [AP]
  • Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist and the murderer of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, is to be sentenced today. Dr. Tiller was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the nation. [Reuters]
  • American University’s student newspaper, the Eagle, has said it will apologize for running a column by 20-year-old student Alex Knepper, who took issue with women who say they are date raped. Activists have called Knepper and the student paper “date rape apologists” after he wrote that a woman who goes to a frat party, has five drinks, and goes back to a man’s room “is indicating that she wants sex” and should not “cry ‘date rape’” the next day. [Washington Post]
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Arizona Teacher Makes Chivalry A Classroom Rule

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Teacher Cord Ivanyi, a Latin instructor at Gilbert Classical Academy, was tired of seeing boys physically push aside girls as they rushed through the classroom door. So at the beginning of this school year, Ivanyi told his students the new classroom rules about chivalry: boys would hold doors for girls; boys would ask girls if they would like to be seated; boys would offer to take girls’ backpacks before they sit down; boys would stand if a girl leaves the room; and girls would be served first if food is in the classroom.

“All boys will understand chivalry,” Ivanyi told The Arizona Republic. “It’s teaching them social grace. It’s things they should know when they do go out on dates.” All the students, boys and girls, were reportedly awkward about the mandated chivalry at first. But Ivanyi, as well as girls quoted by various media outlets, say girls seem to be enjoying the chivalry and some chivalrous behavior is even extending beyond the classroom.

Mandated chivalry may be a well-intentioned idea. And it may well have taught some kids to be conscious of the basic concept of good manners, which is to be considerate of others’ well-being. But mandating chivalry in the classroom could not be a more misguided set of rules. Keep reading »

Tattooed Girls Aren’t Always Trouble

Did the heavily-tattooed Michelle McGee give tattooed women a bad name when the tale of her affair with Jesse James broke? Perhaps. It’s hard to find a site that hasn’t declared her a total sleaze. Granted, she slept with a married man, and her attitude seems pretty sour, but it was hard to ignore that some of the vitriol leveled at her had to do with all her tattoos. Unfortunately, although McGee denies it, a “W” and a “P” tattooed on the backs of her legs and various other stories suggest that she was involved in some way with or a fan of the White Power movement. Still, you can’t always judge a girl by her tattoos.

Frisky pal and tattoo blog Needles and Sins editrix Marisa Kakoulas, who we interviewed about her tattoos and other subjects, talked to the New York Post about the case of the inked mistress. While McGee may have given “in-your-face tattoos” a bad name temporarily, Kakoulas says, “it’s because of McGee that this type of discourse about the tattoo community is in the papers at all,” turning a negative into a positive. Read it! Keep reading »

5 Reasons To Watch UConn’s Women’s Basketball Team Kick Butt

Each year I try to combine my limited college basketball knowledge with my feminine mystique in an effort to create an awe-inspiring bracket for the men’s NCAA tournament. Now, as March Madness reaches its full fervor with the Final Four games this weekend, I have only chosen one of the four teams correctly. So much for my mystique. I’m sure a lot of other basketball-loving babes are having more luck than me. But what’s more important than the women watching the tournament are the ladies who are working it. The Frisky already took a look at the stats, scandal, and slogans for the cheerleaders of the Final Four, but what about the females who are on the court fighting for their own Final Four? The Women’s NCAA tournament gets a significantly smaller amount of attention than the simultaneous men’s competition, but this year the action and athletics of the women’s championship is finally getting a little more public appreciation, thanks to the insanely talented women on the University of Connecticut Huskies team. Read on to learn about the team and how they are already making history. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Photographer Says Facebook Removed Her Breast Photos

  • Australian photographer Gemma Rose-Turnbull says a Facebook administrator removed two of her photographs from the site’s “Photos” section because they depicted exposed breasts. One photograph showed a baby being breastfed, while the other showed a topless middle-age woman. Turnbull also had “sexy” photographs, such as from a wet T-shirt contest, which were left up by administrators. “I’ve spent five years doing this project and it really has validated it for me that mainstream media says that young, sexualized breasts are okay and that breasts that fall outside those dimensions are not okay,” Turnbull said. “So we don’t want to see old breasts. We don’t want to see breasts being used to feed babies.” [ABC.net.au]
  • An Illinois judge lifted a restraining order on a “parental notification” law yesterday. “Parental notification” require the parents of a teenage girl to be notified about her abortion within 48 hours of the procedure. Although the judge lifted the restraining order, he approved a grace period for appeals to the law to be worked through in court. [AP]
  • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill yesterday forbidding insurance companies on the individual insurance market to charge higher rates to women than men. Ritter said gender discrimination has allowed insurance companies to charge women rates 60 percent higher than those for men. [New York Times]

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