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Au Revoir, “Mademoiselle”: French Town Ditches “Sexist Title”

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A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word “mademoiselle” — which means unmarried woman — on official documents.

Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using “mademoiselle” on January 1 and  will henceforth refer to all women as “madame,” which is the term for married women or older women. ”This is about getting rid of anything that could be seen as discriminatory or indiscreet,” the town hall of Cesson-Sevigne said in a statement. ”Having two different terms to distinguish between married and non-married women is discrimination against women as there is no such differentiation for men.”  Keep reading »

Is Sydney Spies Too Sexy For Her High School Yearbook?

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Colorado high school student Sydney Spies was banned from her yearbook for submitting this photo as her senior portrait. The photo was rejected by student editors and the administration at Durango High School for being too sexy. “We are an award-winning yearbook. We don’t want to diminish the quality with something that can be seen as unprofessional,” said the student editor. But Sydney is not accepting the decision to leave her out of the yearbook just because she’s wearing a scarf around her breasts (or is that a tube top?) and tooching her booty. She’s decided to stage a protest to fight for her freedom of expression. Her meeting with the principal is forthcoming. I am in sheer awe of how good she looks in her senior portrait. I was fat with acne in mine. If I had any business wearing a scarf as a top, maybe I would have. But then again … it’s not really my style. [Dlisted]

So what do you think? Is Sydney’s pic too racy or should her photo be allowed in the yearbook?

Today’s Lady News: Man Arrested For Abortion Clinic Firebombing Over New Year’s

  • An Alabama man has been arrested for allegedly firebombing an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, on January 1. Bobby Joe Rogers was homeless yet seen at the almost daily anti-abortion protests outside the clinic. [Washington Post]
  • Today’s end-of-year jobs report showed 200,000 new jobs created in December — but therein contained jobs gained for men and lost for women. Shocker of shocks, white men have gained the most jobs over the past year. Don’t pop the champagne just yet, Obama. [NYmag.com]
  • Eve Arnold, a pioneering photojournalist who was one of the first women to join the Magnum Photography Agency, died Wednesday at 99. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Against Abortion, Unless It’s To Save His Own Wife’s Life

  • Interesting fact about Rick Santorum: his wife, Karen Santorum, had an abortion in 1996 during her 19th week of pregnancy (roughly the fifth month). Karen Santorum’s fetus caused an infection inside her and had to be removed to save her life. The fetus was delivered and could not survive outside the womb, as doctors had predicted. First of all, that is indescribably sad. It was brave for the couple to discuss this on NPR, as they did in 2004 with host Terry Gross. Second of all, how can Rick Santorum oppose all abortion in all cases when terminating a pregnancy saved the life of his own wife? Eh. Don’t answer that. [Jezebel]
  • MSNBC has given a weekend talk show to Melissa Harris-Perry, a Tulane University political science professor who frequently appears on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Congratulations! [The Wrap]
  • Columbia and Yale will now reimburse LGBT employees who are taxed when their same-sex partners sign on to their health insurance. The schools are located in New York and Connecticut, respectively, which both recognize same-sex marriage. However, the federal government doesn’t recognize gay marriage and so lesbian and gay employees who are legally married are still taxed as “single.” [Queerty Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: Finals And The Curse Of The Perfect Girl

The number one question my high school friends ask me when we chat now is, “So are you sick of being around all those girls yet?” Despite the fact that I have attempted to explain my decision to attend a women’s college a seemingly infinite amount of times, I always answer  ”no.” Being around women has been a really supportive experience, a nice change of pace and a really beneficial academic experience so far.

Or at least that was my answer up until finals.  Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabia’s Lingerie Law To Go Into Effect

  • Saudi Arabia will begin enforcing a law that requires lingerie shops to only employ women, so that men and women do not have to come in contact with each other while buying undergarments. [BBC
  • Washington’s Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, announced today that she will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. In a press conference today, Gov. Gregoire said, “Some say domestic partnerships are the same as marriage. That’s a version of the discriminatory, separate but equal argument of the past. For decades that argument was used to keep African Americans separate in schools, at their apartments, at drinking fountains. After all, the argument went, those separate places were just as good. But we, Americans knew, separate is not equal and finally the law caught up.” [Think Progress]
  • The real losers of last night’s GOP caucus in Iowa? American women. [Women Are Watching] Keep reading »
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