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Today’s Lady News: “Pirates Of The Caribbean 4″ Casting Says No To Fake Breasts

  • An alleged casting call for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ told pirate wench wannabes to leave their big boobs at home. Moviehole.com claims a casting call for extras had these specific requirements: “Beautiful Female Fit Models. Must be 5’7-5’8, Size 4 or 6 – NO BIGGER OR SMALLER. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. MUST have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants.” It’s great they are embracing a more “natural” look, but other than that, looks like same-old, same-old in the casting department. [Moviehole]
  • Lawmakers are pushing for “potty parity” at D.C. federal buildings. The bill would require a 1-to-1 ratio of male and female restrooms be required when new buildings go up for renovation, if feasible. [ABC News]
  • Legislators in Missouri discussed a bill yesterday that would ask a woman to provide the “medical, social or economic reason” she sought an abortion. The woman would not have to provide a response, however. State Senator Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Peters) said he thought the information would be useful for politicians who create legislation on abortion. [KOAM-TV]

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Today’s Lady News: Stripper Sues Club For Unpaid Wages, Claims “Exploitation”

  • Exotic dancer Quansa Thompson is suing her former employer, a D.C. strip club called The House, for unpaid wages under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Thompson says the club only paid dancers $20 per day and they are allowed to keep whatever was left of their tips after giving the DJ and bartender a share. Plus, dancers had to pay the owner $80 for missing a shift, even if they were sick. After missing work one day, Thompson said she was banned from the club when she spoke to a union and threatened to sue her boss. Her lawyer says the strip club gets away with it by classifying dancers as independent contractors and said their practices amount to “exploitation.” [Washington Post]
  • Remember we told you about a store selling black Barbie dolls on sale while white Barbie dolls were full price? The Root imagines what the discount black Barbie would say if she could talk. [The Root]

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What Does Feminism Mean To You?

Feminism” is a loaded word for many, and it has changed over time. These days, a homemaker can still call herself a feminist, and so can those of us who get waxed. Since it’s National Women’s History Month and all, we thought we’d explore the label a bit by asking women across the country what feminism means to them, and how it plays a role in their lives today. Do you call yourself a feminist? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: The World’s First Gender-Less Person

  • A British expat has been acknowledged as the world’s first “gender-less” person — on paper, at least. Norrie May-Welby, 48, of Australia, was born a man but had a sex change operation at age 28. These days May-Welby prefers to be called a “neuter” and the British birth certificate does not officially acknowledge a gender. “The concepts of man or woman don’t fit me,” May-Welby said. “The simplest solution is not to have any sex identification.” [Telegraph UK]
  • Anti-abortion protesters have arrived at spring break in West Palm Beach, Florida. Personhood FL Spring Break Tour 2010 has parked two “truth trucks,” showing photographs of aborted fetuses, in Port St. Lucie today. It is still headed to Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and other cities. [TCpalm.com]

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Behold, The “Control A Woman” Remote Control Toy

Did you hear? Sexism is totally OVER! Women everywhere are paid the same as men, we’re treated with the same level of respect, and we’re never sexually assaulted or abused, ever. So go ahead, log on to Amazon.com and buy this hilarious “Control A Woman” toy remote control. Its buttons read sophisticated stuff, like “Clean,” “Clean,” and “Remove Clothes” — why, there are even up/down buttons “Stop Whining” and “Stop Nagging.” I’m so thoroughly pleased that women are so safe, secure and empowered around the world that we can laugh about pointing a remote control at a woman and pressing “mute.” (Oh, and ladies? You can buy your own “Control Your Man” remote, too.) Why is Amazon even selling these degrading toys? [Amazon.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Quotas For Female Managers Introduced At Big European Company

  • Deutsche Telekom, the largest telecommunications company in Europe, said it will double its number of female managers in the next five years by establishing a quota. The company plans to increase the number of women in middle- and upper-management from 12 percent today to 30 percent in 2015. [New York Times]
  • As a lesbian in the military, Jene Newsome of South Dakota abided by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. But when police arrived at her home with an arrest warrant for her partner and found a marriage certificate on Newsome’s kitchen table (the couple had married in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal), they informed the military and the 28-year-old Air Force sergeant was honorably discharged. [Essence]
  • A reader of The Sexist snapped a pic of an anti-binge drinking sign at the University of Waterloo in Ontario that warns you shouldn’t drink too much because you might “get raped.” Uh, last time I checked, you don’t “get raped”; rapists rape you. [The Sexist]

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A Woman Pees Standing Up And Loves It

It’s a pain to have to pee sitting down, especially in gross public restrooms, bars, port-o-potties, airplanes, outdoor camping trips … just about everywhere. That’s why, by the age of 10, most of us have perfected the art of the hover. It’s great—keeps you from coming into contact with any potentially hazardous germs and creates definition in the quads and glutes. Just kidding. Hovering sucks and we know it. Well, Salon writer Michelle Rabil discovered an alternative to the perils of the hover: peeing standing up. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Woman Named Head Coach Of A Football Team

  • In a historic move, Natalie Randolph, 29, a teacher at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., was introduced as the school’s head football coach this morning. As a former women’s professional football player, Randolph was a wide receiver for the D.C. Divas team. In 1985 a woman was named head football coach for a different D.C. high school, but was removed from the position one day later. [CNN]
  • Four women, including superstar Danica Patrick, will be racing this weekend in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This will be the first time ever that four women have started an IndyCar Series race. [USA Today]
  • A study of over 46,000 has found that women who took birth control pills beginning in the late 1960s lived longer than women who never went on the pill; the pill also, apparently, cut the risk of death from bowel cancer by almost 40 percent. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Sara Hurwitz Is The First Female Orthodox Rabbi

  • Sara Hurwitz made history last month when she was made the first Orthodox “rabba,” or female rabbi. After complaints from others in the Orthodox Jewish community, the rabbi who ordained her, Rabbi Avi Weiss, has promised he will not give the title of “rabba” to other women. When asked about the controversy, Hurwitz said, “You know, there’s certain language that people have been using for centuries. Any traditional language being associated with something new is difficult for people. And having women as spiritual leaders is a new phenomenon, and so we’re all trying to figure out what the right language is.” [Heeb]
  • Disney is apparently rejiggering their script for a movie about Rapunzel over concerns that it would not appeal to boys after disappointing numbers for their last flick, “The Princess & The Frog.” The title will be changed from “Rapunzel” to “Tangled.” [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Representative Eric Massa recently stepped down after a male staffer complained of workplace harassment. But after reading Massa’s quote on the incident in question, Bust magazine has quite rightly pointed out there is a sexual double standard going on when it comes to men and women being sexually harassed. [Bust]
  • In related news, aides to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi allegedly had concerns about former Rep. Massa’s inappropriate behavior as far back as October. Pelosi has said her staff only heard about Massa in February. Assuming this is true, it just goes to show men aren’t the only ones guilty of mishandling sexual harassment accusations. [Wall Street Journal]

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Why You Should Always Ask A Woman To Reveal Her Age

Today is my birthday. I’m 26 years old today — but I look much younger. With my big, brown eyes and round cheeks, people who don’t know me often mistake me for being in my early 20s or even in my teens. (It probably doesn’t help matters that my maturity hovers around the “Yo Gabba Gabba!” level at times.) Looking younger than my actual age is both a blessing and a curse. It is difficult, as a young-looking woman, to be taken seriously by older people when I discuss politics, society or culture. I’m not going to complain about being told that I “look so young,” though, when the latter is meant as a compliment. Who doesn’t enjoy compliments?

But I’ll admit I feel weird accepting those compliments sometimes. Why should I be flattered that I look young? Keep reading »

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