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Today’s Lady News: Spain Considers A Ban On Plastic Surgery Commercials Before 10 PM

  • Spain might soon pass a law banning TV commercials about plastic surgery, dieting, and beauty products before 10 pm. The law reads: “Broadcasters cannot carry advertisements for things that encourage the cult of the body and have a negative impact on self-image — such as slimming products, surgical procedures and beauty treatments — which are based on ideas of social rejection as a result of one’s physical image or that success is dependent on factors such as weight or looks.” [Advertising Age]

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Is Scott Brown The Male Sarah Palin?

The more I hear about Scott Brown—who whooped Martha Coakley in the special election for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat on Tuesday, becoming the first Republican to win in the uber-liberal state of Massachusetts in 30 years—the more he sounds eerily familiar. Seriously, this guy is the female male version of Sarah Palin. Don’t believe me? Check out the parallels between the two. Keep reading »

Women To Watch At The 2010 Winter Olympics

As we settle into the sad realization that were only midway through winter, a few lucky ladies are getting in their last month of practice before the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The games kick off in Vancouver on Feb. 12, but this group of girls have been growing up and getting ready since they first set foot into a snowboard, skis, a sled, or skates. With a talented mix of both seasoned and fresh competitors, one thing is certain—they are all hungry for the gold. Here is your guide to America’s leading ladies in all things sport and snow.

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Today’s Lady News: Cindy McCain Supports Gay Marriage … No, Seriously, She Does

  • Cindy McCain came out in favor of same-sex marriage for the NOH8 campaign, following in her daughter Meghan’s footsteps. [BuzzFeed]
  • In more McCain-y news, Sarah Palin will campaign for McCain in March when he runs for re-election in Arizona. Am I the only one who is shocked they still support each other? I guess where Sarah Palin goes, journalists and video cameras follow. [CNN]

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“Cougar” Ad For Air New Zealand Is Equal Parts Funny And Offensive

Off-fun-sive? Hilari-sexist? Don’t mind me: I’m just trying to think up a word to describe ads that I know demean women, but I actually think are pretty funny. Take this commercial for Air New Zealand, a faux-nature documentary about “cougars” and their prey. I’d be happy if I never again heard the word “cougar,” “puma” or “cheetah” to describe a sexually active woman in her 40s—but at least these folks are tongue-in-cheek about it. What do you think? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ask Men Survey Finds “Older” Women The Most Desirable

  • Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson: Ask Men recently surveyed six million people online to rank the 99 most desirable female celebs, and “older” women in their 30s and 40s made up 40 percent of the list! Emmanuelle Chriqui, 32, was voted the number one most desirable actress and other favorite starlets include Padma Lakshmi, 39, and Halle Berry and Salma Hayek, who are both 43. [Vancouver Sun]

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Female Breadwinners Are On The Rise: Have Your Relationships Been Affected?

Over the past 37 years, the woman’s role in a family has changed enormously. According to a Pew Research Center report released today, more men in 2007 than 1970 are married to women who are more educated and make more money than they do themselves. A lot of things are at play here, creating this trend of smarty-pants female breadwinners, one of which is that in the 30 to 34 age group, more U.S.-born women than men have college degrees. Along with more of us going to college, we’re also making more money than we were 40 years ago. In 2007, median earnings of full-time female workers were 71 percent of what comparable men made, compared with 52 percent in 1970.

And while the economic downturn has been a total bummer for all of us, it actually hasn’t been as terrible for women. Because more “male” industries have been affected, women have actually seen gains: In December 2009, we constituted 47.4 percent of the employed. Among couples that had two breadwinners until recently, it’s likely that the man is now out of work and the woman is the primary breadwinner. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

  • British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
  • For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will show women’s basketball in a marquee “College Game Day,” along with the male teams. “Look how society tends to embrace things men do,” said UConn basketball player Tina Charles. “By now, [men's basketball players] are used to this. It’s nothing new for them. But I feel this will be a turnaround [day] for women’s basketball. Finally, we’re being acknowledged for the things we do. There will be a lot of little girls watching us.” The one-hour game day telecast will showcase some of the best players on the UCONN team. [Hartford Courant]

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Onion Spoof: Law Makes Woman Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting An Abortion


This Onion News Network spoof is amazing: a bunch of talking heads discuss a fake Arkansas law requiring a woman to pick a baby name and paint her nursery either pink or blue before having an abortion. Maybe she should have to sit in the nursery for an hour each day and look at baby booties, too!

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Today’s Lady News: Woman Has Beef With Florida Hospital Over Court-Ordered Bed Rest

  • Samantha Burton, 26, of Florida, hired the ACLU to strike down a court order sought by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after she was confined to bed rest against her will during a difficult pregnancy. In March 2009, Burton began to go into premature labor during her 25th week of pregnancy and went to the hospital. But when they told her she may have to be on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, Burton said she had to take care of her two toddlers at home. The hospital then received a court order to force Burton on bed rest to “preserve the life and health of [her] unborn child.” Sadly, Burton eventually ended up miscarrying. But now the ACLU is on the case over the alleged violation of Burton’s right to make her own medical decisions and arguing the court-ordered bed rest set a dangerous precedent for other pregnant women who may engage in risky behaviors. [ABC News]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announced she will make reducing childhood obesity the “legacy” of her husband’s term. Oops, I thought her legacy was buff upper arms. [New York Times]
  • Mattel wants you to vote on Barbie’s career for 2010. The options are: environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor or computer engineer. Naturally, I voted “news anchor,” then realized this bitch is probably going to steal my job out from under me. [Barbie.com]

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