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The Dalai Lama Wants His Successor To Be A Lady

It’s hard not to like the Dalai Lama, especially since he’s a card-carrying feminist. According to a story on Double X, one of the Dalai Lama’s strongest memories was witnessing Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day in 1959, when 15,000 women gathered to peacefully protest China’s invasion of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet shortly after and in his 50 years in exile has strongly supported women’s rights in a culture where women are supposed to be the “jewel of the home.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Behold “Crazy Cat Lady,” The Board Game

  • Let me guess—all the crazy cat lady game pieces in the oh-so-ironic “Crazy Cat Lady Game” are single? [Urban Outfitters]
  • A former patient of Dr. Phil McGraw, Oprah’s self-help guru, has accused him of sexual assault. Shirley Dieu filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Dr. Phil trapped her in his production office and groped her breast. [NY Daily News]
  • Were you appalled yesterday when you learned that after November 1st in Oklahoma, all data regarding a woman’s abortion will appear online per state law? Then brace yourself, dearies. Here’s some of the utterly useless information that state is collecting about each woman who wants to terminate her pregnancy: date of her abortion; county in which abortion is performed; her age; her marital status; her race; her years of education; her state of residence; her total number of previous live births, miscarriages and abortions. SCARY.[Think Progress]
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    David Letterman’s Dalliances Are Not A Feminist Issue

    One of the country’s largest feminist groups, National Organization for Women, has weighed in on the revelations that “Late Show” host David Letterman slept with several of his interns and assistants. In a statement released on Tuesday, NOW said:

    “The latest Letterman controversy sheds new light on the widespread objectification of women in the workplace. Most women can attest to the fact that many workplaces are plagued with inappropriate behavior by men in power. As ‘the boss,’ he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace — and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees — including employees who happen to be women — in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation. The National Organization for Women calls on CBS to recognize that Letterman’s behavior creates a toxic environment and to take action immediately to rectify this situation. With just two women on CBS’ board of directors, we’re not holding our breath.”

    Usually, I agree with NOW’s pro-women’s rights stance on lots of subjects — for what it’s worth, I was president of the NOW chapter at my college. But I only have one thing to say about the stink they’re making about Letterman’s employee-diddling:

    Bitch, please. Keep reading »

    Dudes Say Don Draper Is The Most Influential Guy Of 2009

    Guess who AskMen.com readers voted the most influential man of 2009? Don Draper, who, technically, is a not a “real” man but a fictional character. Sure, I love me some hot Hamm every Sunday night, but, at the end of the torrid hour, I realize that “Mad Men” is just a television show and that Don Draper is just a caricature of a man struggling with his own demons, unwilling to face his problems head-on. So why are guys so obsessed with Don, to the point that they treat him as an actual person? Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma Law Forces All Abortion Details Online

  • An anti-choice Oklahoma law goes into effect on Nov. 1 requiring the data of every abortion performed in the state to be posted on a public web site. The doctor performing the abortion must answer deliberately misleading questions like, “Was there an infant born alive as a result of the abortion?”. Though the doctor isn’t revealing the woman’s name or address, Broadsheet said the first eight questions of the questionnaire would identify any woman living in a small town. “They’re really just trying to frighten women out of having abortions,” Keri Parks, director of external affairs of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma said. [Salon.com Broadsheet]
  • The FBI said that in 2008 reported rapes were at their lowest level in the past 20 years. Roughly 89,000 women reported a sexual assault in ’08, compared to 109,062 women who reported rapes in 1992. [USA Today, UK Times Of London] — The use of DNA in rape reporting could be sending more repeat rapists behind bars. But it’s also possible that the number of rapes hasn’t actually gone down and only the number of reported rapes is decreasing.
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    Today’s Lady News: Roman Polanski Isn’t So Into This “Jail” Thing

  • Filmmaker Roman Polanski has been denied a request to be released from jail after Swiss officials busted him in Zurich over a week ago for a 1977 incident in which he gave a 13-year-old girl drugs and alcohol and then raped her. Polanski served 42 days in jail for the rape, but had been living abroad since 1978, when he fled the country on the day he was scheduled to be sentenced for additional time. [Fox News]
  • The mother of a convicted rapist might be headed to jail after she used her position as a social service worker to find damaging info about her son’s victim. Victoria Munson of Johnstown, NY allegedly performed dozens of illegal computer searches on social service and motor vehicle databases looking for dirt on the woman her 25-year-old son raped. [NY Daily News]—Because having sped through a red light once means you had it coming when you were raped.
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    Menstrual Activists: The New Breed Of Artists, Writers, And Protestors Destigmatizing Your Period

    I got my first period in the sixth grade. When my mom took me to the grocery store to buy pads, I remember glaring at every man that crossed our path, thinking, “You don’t know what it’s like to be controlled by your body! You’re walking around all nonchalant in your Dockers, not a care in the world.” I was immediately and irrevocably pissed off that I had to bleed out of my vagina once a month for most of the rest of my life. But I also felt solidarity, holding my mom’s hand and browsing the maxi pads. I guess that’s why I’m not surprised that the Guardian ran a story this week about women who’ve started a new breed of feminism called “menstrual activism.” Menstrual activist activities range from crafty to political to comedic to environmental. Since a woman uses about 11,400 tampons in her life, lots of menstrual activism involves championing products that aren’t treated with bleach or pesticides, and that can be reused. But you aren’t so interested in that—you want to hear about women dressing up as tampons and wearing period blood lipstick, right? Oh, OK. Keep reading »

    Are You A Rage-aholic?

    Last week, I was in line at the grocery store. I had just finished a hardcore workout at the gym and was starving, so I popped in to pick up a few things. Meanwhile, my Blackberry was going off … emails, questions, work to be done. My mom was calling. My friends were texting about plans for the evening. And most unfortunately, the old woman in front of me was hell-bent on saving $1 on six cans of chicken broth with an expired coupon. Of course the checkout girl wouldn’t let her use the coupon—she smacked her gum and rolled her eyes instead. The old woman persisted in broken English: “One dollar off chicken broth! It say one dollar off chicken broth!” This scene went on like a broken record until finally the checker had to leave her station and get the manager. This process took no less than 20 minutes and the line continued to multiply. The voice inside my head started screaming, until finally I blurted out, “There are other people waiting here! F**k the soup!” It was the F-bomb heard ‘round the grocery store. I immediately felt ashamed as I looked around at all the other seemingly calm shoppers. What happened to me? Why did I fly into a rage? Keep reading »

    A TMI Tweet About Work, Wisconsin & A Woman’s Right To Choose

    Have you been keeping up with how the media’s all atwitter over a tweet sent by blogger and entrepreneur Penelope Trunk? She wrote a very strange message on her Twitter, essentially telling the world that she was in a board meeting and was having a miscarriage. The response to this 140-character blurb has been extreme, even in the lady blogosphere: Keep reading »

    Frisky Q&A: Tucker Max Talks “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” Feminism, Sex, And Why He Loves Women

    Love him or hate him, Tucker Max is in your face. The author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, a debauched chronicling of his booze-fueled sexual hijinks which has spent the last four years on the The New York Times bestseller list and most recently been turned into a feature film, Max is the king of “fratire” and the enemy of feminist bloggers everywhere. His crude erotic tales through subterranean America are populated by midgets and strippers; generally, women do not fare well in the face of his f**k-’em-and-dump-’em M.O. Protesters have boycotted his movie and accused him of promoting “rape culture.” Good or bad, Tucker seems to relish the attention. In Tucker-esque fashion, one young woman bragged: “I Slept With Tucker Max, the Internet’s Biggest Asshat.” So, is Tucker Max for real? Or is he a savvy marketer plugged into what 21st century men really want? We talked to Max about his movie, his sex life, and his detractors. The recently released “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” isn’t faring well at the box office. That didn’t make him any less cocky. Keep reading »

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