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Today’s Lady News: 10 Anthems For A Feminist Revolution

  • This. Just this: 10 anthems for a feminist revolution, written by Amy Klen, a former guitarist for Titus Andronicus and a founder of the feminist art collective Permanent Wave. [Spinner
  • What would you do if a man who raped you requested you “friend” him on Facebook? [New York Times]
  • Conservatives are piling on Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner, for his past support of abortion rights — which he claims to have cast off, by the way. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

  • Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word “gay” frequently used in a negative way (such as “that’s so gay”). We’re talking about elementary school here, folks. [GLSEN: Playgrounds & Prejudice]
  • Samantha Garvey, a high school senior and semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition who has been living in a New York homeless shelter, will be a guest at President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Samantha’s currently waiting to hear back from admissions at Yale and Brown. [Think Progress]
  • I’m sure you were all breathlessly waiting to hear what Jim Bob Duggar (that reality show dude who got his wife knocked up, like, 37 times) had to say about the transgender Girl Scout. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Goldie Hawn Recalls Sexual Harassment On The Casting Couch

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“I go to this big Park Avenue apartment; I’ve never been in so much wealth … He [writer Al Capp] thunders through the door … and he said, ‘Well I’m going to slip into something more comfortable.’ And something went off in my brain like, ‘More comfortable? OK, well I guess that means he’s going to go in and take off his raincoat.’ So he comes in in a dressing gown and he sits down on the couch and I’m thinking, ‘This isn’t looking too good.’ … He opened up his dressing gown and I looked at it. … It was scary. I said, ‘Mr. Capp I will never get a job like this.’ And he said to me, ‘Oh, I’ve had them all.’ And I said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter, but I’ll never do this,’ and he said, ‘Well, you’re never going to get anywhere in this business, you should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.’ And I started to cry and I said, ‘Well maybe I will.’ … [Years later] I was able to send Mr. Capp a telegram. I was doing ‘Laugh-In’ at the time, so I was pretty established … and I said, ‘Well congratulations, I guess I didn’t have to marry a Jewish dentist after all.’”

– Goldie Hawn opens up to Oprah (of course) about being 19 years old and propositioned on the casting couch by TV writer/humorist/cartoonist Al Capp. She apparently was approached walking down a New York Street by a casting director who set up a meeting with Capp — but upon arriving at the meeting, she realized Capp was asking for some quid pro quo. Props to Goldie for not giving in or ditching her dreams entirely after being sexually harassed. I feel sorry for all the other actresses this creep supposedly bedded (if he was not, in fact, bullshitting that part). [ Starpulse]

Today’s Lady News: Sexist “Letterman” Comedy Booker Removed From Job

  • The “Late Show With David Letterman” comic booker who made a sexist comment about female comedians in the New York Times this weekend has been removed from his job. Eddie Brill, who booked comics for the past 11 years and only booked one female comic on the show during all of 2011, told the newspaper he didn’t feel most female comics were “authentic.” He was reportedly removed from his post for speaking to the press without authorization, however — not for the content of his comments. [Mirth Mag]
  • Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., included LGBT folks in her call for unity in a speech in Atlanta on the celebration of her father’s birthday. [The GA Voice]
  • The New York Times takes a look at the historical role of priests’ wives. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Is Jay-Z Giving Up The Word “Bitch”?

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Over the weekend, the feminist blogosphere was all a-titter with the “news” that Jay-Z has sworn off using the word “bitch” in his rap lyrics after the birth of his baby Blue Ivy Carter. A poem posted online, which RollingOut.com claims was written by the rapper, says he’ll no longer use that “degradation.” Read it, after the jump! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Male Reporters Dominate Campaign Trail Coverage

  • Reporters on the campaign trail are skewing heavily male, according to an examination by the Columbia Journalism Review. According to NYU journalism professor Meryl Gordon, politics reporters at newspapers, glossy magazines and blogs are mostly men, and when there are women, there is usually only one or two. This, of course, is echoed in coverage on the campaign trail. [Columbia Journalism Review]
  • Props to Jessica Ahlquist, 16, of Rhode Island, who successfully won a legal battle over a religious prayer banner which was hung in the Cranston High School West auditorium. Jessica contacted the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU last year, which brought the case to a federal judge. Yesterday, the judge ruled that the prayer banner in a public school was indeed in violation and must immediately be removed. [Boston.com]
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