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Today’s Lady News: Women Kicked Off Roller Derby Team Because Rink Owner Stalked Her

  • A woman who was stalked by the co-owner of a New Jersey skating rink was kicked off her roller derby team so they could keep practicing there. Marc Giaquinto, manager of InLine Morristown, was convicted of stalking a team member of the Morristown Madams by showing up at her home and office unannounced and tweeting about her online. In the d-baggiest move ever, the management of InLine Morristown told the Madams the stalking victim would be arrested for trespassing if she came to the rink to skate, so they took a vote. The other members of the Madams (who, ironically, raise money for women’s charities!) voted to stay at the rink, which meant asking the stalking victim to leave the team. The only good news here is that several of the Madams quit the team in protest. But interestingly, the victim said she is more hurt by her team members than by Giaquinto. She told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “Roller derby is supposed to be about sisterhood and women supporting women. And they (the Madams) are turning their backs on me. I did nothing wrong. It’s the team that made me feel victimized, not the case.” [New Jersey Star-Ledger]
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    Today’s Lady News: A Lawsuit Is Filed In Illinois Over Parental Notification Law For Abortions

  • A Chicago doctor and a women’s health clinic have filed a lawsuit in Illinois over a “parental notification law.” If the law goes into effect on Nov. 3, it would require a doctor to tell the parents before performing an abortion on girls under age 18. Girls can bypass notifying their parents by going before a judge, but the judge has 48 hours to rule. Parental notification also isn’t required in the case of a medical emergency or if the girl declares in writing that she is the victim of sexual abuse. [Chicago Tribune]
  • School officials in Huntington Beach, California read aloud the child rape scene in Maya Angelou‘s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by way of encouraging the city council members to ban it. Book banning? In California? In 2009? Seriously? [Jezebel]
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    Today’s Lady News: Tyra Does A Show On Women Who Hit Their Boyfriends

  • Yesterday, Tyra Banks did a show on “battered men syndrome,” about when women hit their boyfriends. OK, Tyra, listen up: While physical abuse is just as wrong when it happens to men, the fact is woman-on-man violence is not representative of the actual face of domestic violence. According to the American Bar Association, 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually, compared with 835,000 men. Studies have also shown women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men. A show like yours just contributes to the mistaken belief that women are just as likely to abuse their partners as men and dilutes how power dynamics between women and men factor into abuse. [Jezebel]
  • The city of Puebla, Mexico has introduced pink taxi cabs driven for women, by women to respond to the problem of “leering drivers.” Oh, hi, Mexico? How about punishing the “leering drivers” who are sexually harassing female cab customers instead? [Feministing]
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    Betty Draper Book Club: So What’s With “The Group”?

    “Mad Men” acolytes with eagle eyes might’ve noticed that the book Betty Draper brought into the tub with her on last night’s episode was none other than The Group by Mary McCarthy. Published in 1963 but set in the 1930s, The Group is a subtly scathing portrait of a circle of educated, upwardly mobile New York society women who all went to Vassar College — at the time more of a finishing school than a bastion of liberal education – together. The book follows these eight frenemies as their lives unfold and unravel after graduation, seeing them through abusive marriages, extra-marital affairs, birth control, familial conflict, class war, Communist sympathies, lesbianism, suicide and the ever-elusive female orgasm. Keep reading »

    Your Pubic Hairs Are Freaking Me Out

    Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Ore. submitted a racy ad to Bitch Magazine, which refused to run it. The magazine, a self-described “feminist response to pop culture,” explained turning down the ad by stating, “We felt that our readers would feel that the ad goes against our mission statement to be anti-sexist.” Voodoo, where the menu includes Triple Chocolate Penetration and C**k-n-Balls, responded, “I thought Bitch would be happy the woman isn’t plucked and shaved, but all natural like a real woman.” Check out the full NSFW ad after the jump. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Don’t Call Meghan McCain A Slut

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  • Meghan McCain, 24-year-old daughter of Sen. John McCain, took to her column in the Daily Beast to declare “Don’t Call Me A Slut” after she posted a provocative pic on Twitter of herself late Wednesday night which prominently featured her boobs. “I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more ‘sexual’ than a flat-chested woman,” McCain wrote. “And once again I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up. Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut?” The Daily Beast
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    Jessica Valenti Of Feministing Proves Feminists Can Get Hitched, Too

    If you call yourself a “feminist“—which basically means you believe women deserve the dignity, rights and respect afforded to men—then you can relate to how peeps come out of the woodwork to tell you you’re either being “too feminist” or “not feminist” enough. Some people think feminism should be a spartan existence where there’s no frivolity allowed, on principle: no makeup, no “Sex & The City, and definitely no getting married!

    The dumbest criticism of feminists we’ve ever seen happened when some people freaked out over the engagement of Jessica Valenti, co-founder of Feministing (and one-time Frisky blog!) to her boyfriend, Andrew Golis, deputy publisher of the politics blog, Talking Points Memo. Gettin’ hitched, apparently, is “antithetical” to feminism. Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Men Are More Likely To Leave When A Partner Is Seriously Ill

  • A study in the medical journal Cancer found that a man is seven times more likely to leave his partner if she is seriously ill than if the tables are turned. This might be due to the conditioning of women to be caretakers of their loved ones. [Times of London]—Insert tasteless John Edwards joke here.
  • Nan Robertson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, passed away last night. Robertson wrote The Girls In The Balcony about the fight for workplace equality among women employed by the Times and won the Prize for an article about her bout with toxic shock syndrome. Although Robertson’s TSS was not caused by a tampon, her experience helped raise awareness about the connection between tampons and TSS. [New York Times]
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    Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women Every Year

    Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 women each year, according to a recent study of 197 countries by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. The three-year study also found abortions are happening in countries where they are legal just as often as in countries where they are illegal—despite the fact that 40 percent of the world’s women live in places were abortion laws are strict. Said Sharon Camp, Guttmacher’s president:

    ”Legal restrictions do not stop abortion from happening. They just make the procedure dangerous. Too many women are maimed or killed each year because they lack legal abortion access.”

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    Sandra Bullock Really Wants To Be The Poster Girl For Uniqueness

    Sandra Bullock has always annoyed the crap out of me with her repeated portrayal of the stock rom-com character—the gorgeous, “quirky” girl. Even more irritating perhaps is that she is trying to live her onscreen persona off screen. Sandra’s message to the women of the world is always a variation of the same theme—be unique, ladies! Thanks for the permission, Sandy. In a recent interview with Parade, she said:

    “Why is it that men are called ‘unique’ and ‘eccentric’ and ‘mavericks’ when they’re different, but women are labeled as ‘odd’ or just plain ‘weird?’ It’s about being unconventional and being true to who you are. Not fitting in often means you’re really standing out. If I can do anything in this time of my career, it’s to make it easier for girls who are growing up not to feel they have to wind up with someone to complete them. You know, I complete me. I’m just lucky that after I completed myself, I met someone who could tolerate me.”

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