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Today’s Lady News: 14-Year-Old Wants Gay Marriage Voted Down As A Birthday Present

  • A 14-year-old girl asked the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee  yesterday to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage for her birthday. The girl, being called “Sarah” in the press, told the committee it “would be the best birthday present ever if you would vote no on gay marriage.” (Fortunately, the Maryland Senate is expected to eventually approve the bill.) [Raw Story]
  • Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) has pulled her support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure after the breast cancer charity announced it will halt funding to Planned Parenthood. [Think Progress]
  • The Women’s Professional Soccer League has suspended its 2012 season to it can address financial and legal problems. [Feministing]
  • Photographer Paul Phillips in Harlem is raising Kickstarter funds for a photo essay called “Beauty In Black” to portray the beauty of black women. [Madame Noire]
  • Blogger Jennifer Armstrong has launched a blog about “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its feminist principles. Put that Nick at Nite addiction to good work, girl. [Mary Tyler Moore Show Book] Keep reading »

How To Support Planned Parenthood In Light Of Susan G. Komen Halting Its Grants

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure has halted grants to Planned Parenthood. Read More »
Breast Cancer On Facebook
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Yesterday, cancer survivors, their loved ones, and loved ones of those who succumbed to the disease, reeled to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, halted grants to Planned Parenthood.

The charity caved to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation at the behest of an anti-abortion politician (more about that here). Another factor is surely the hiring of Komen’s senior VP for Public Policy, Karen Handel, an ex-politician who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin (more on that here).

Despite the fact Susan G. Komen’s grants to Planned Parenthood mainly were used for breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them, anti-abortion groups have targeted those charitable donations because some Planned Parenthood clinics also perform abortions.

But enough about ideology trumping ethics. What are we going to do about it? Keep reading »

Caitlin Flanagan Addresses “Hysteria,” Says Teen Girls “Need More Protection”

Teens And Vaccines
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The HPV vaccine won't make teen girls more slutty, survey finds. Read More »
Teen DV On The Rise
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Domestic violence by and against teenagers is on the rise. Read More »

Conservative lady-splainer Caitlin Flanagan is handwringing over the teen girls again. No, not only in her new book, Girl Land, which frets about “eighth-grade girls who know how to roll on condoms because they’ve learned that in school.” She’s also fretting in last weekend’s New York Times op-ed page regarding the teen girls in LeRoy, New York, who came down with Tourette’s-like symptoms like tics and barking. Flanagan, who writes for The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, tied it to other cases of female mass hysteria — emphasis on the word female here — including “the Salem witch trials” and “poltergeist hauntings.”

Her diagnosis of this hysterical outbreak? Teen girls “deserve more protection.” Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Susan G. Komen Cancer Charity Halts Grants To Planned Parenthood

  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, has halted grants to Planned Parenthood — seemingly caving to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation. Susan G. Komen grants mainly were used for breast exams (and other breast health services) for women who otherwise could not afford them. But anti-abortion groups have targeted those charitable donations because some Planned Parenthood clinics also perform abortions. A CEO of a Planned Parenthood in Virginia, which received a 2010 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, told the AP, “We’re kind of reeling … cancer doesn’t care if you’re pro-choice, anti-choice, progressive, conservative.” [Washington Post]
  • Meet Ava Duvernay, the first black woman to win the best director prize at Sundance for her film “Middle of Nowhere.” [ColorLines]
  • Ladybloggers: we have oh-so-many feelings. [n+1]
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Today’s Lady News: Three Canadians Convicted Of So-Called “Honor Killings”

  • Three Afghan-Canadians have been convicted of murdering three teenaged girls and their dad’s first wife in so-called “honor killings.” Two of the daughters were reportedly killed because they wanted boyfriends against their fathers’ wishes; the father also said his daughters dressed in Western clothes. The eldest daughter at one point left home to live in a shelter because of abuse at home, which is reportedly when their father, brother and mother decided to kill the four women. What a terribly sad story. I am heartened, at least, to see the killers punished. [BBC]
  • GOP presidential wannabe Mitt Romney has trashed President Obama’s recent decision requiring religiously affiliated employers to offer birth control coverage in their health plans — despite the fact he made a similar decision himself as governor of Massachusetts. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: On Attending A Women-Only College

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When I initially began the college application process, I had absolutely no interest in attending a single sex institution. In fact, I knew exactly what I wanted in a school. I wanted to go to a small liberal arts college in New York City that was full of intelligent, impassioned and driven students; dedicated professors who would take a personal interest in their students rather than put them on the backburner in favor of their own research or hand them over to TAs; an amazing alumni network with plentiful internship opportunities; an excellent women’s studies department; and an emphasis on writing across the board.  And that school is Barnard College — a school that also happens to be single sex.  Keep reading »

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