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Today’s Lady News: A Low Libido Just Won’t Do!

  • This weekend, The New York Times Magazine profiled psychologist Lori Brotto, who is helping revise the definition of a woman’s low libido for the psychiatrist’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (D.S.M.). The American Psychiatric Association will re-publish the manual in 2012 or 2013, and Brotto is helping to shape how doctors diagnose and treat a low urge towards doin’ it. What might surprise you? Throughout her studies, Brotto has found many women who report a low libido are perfectly capable of feeling pleasure. The problem seems to lie, instead, in their mind’s relationship to sex. [The New York Times Magazine]
  • New York magazine wonders just how pro-choice is America, really? [New York]
  • Spelman, a historically black women’s college in Atlanta, is participating in its first Pride Week to support its LGBT students. [Inside Spelman]

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Today’s Lady News: Fake “Rape” Was Apparently A Prank By Sacred Heart Lacrosse Players

  • A lawyer for one of the lacrosse players involved in an incident at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on Sunday night said three male students didn’t actually rape an 18-year-old female student, but held her down and joked about raping her. Therefore, these three young men were charged with conspiracy to commit sexual assault. Timothy Sanders, the lacrosse player with whom the victim was having consensual sex and who held her down when his friends entered the room, has also been charged with unlawful restraint. The lawyer called it a “sophomoric prank”—understatement of the year, sir!—and said the victim of this sexually humiliating situation “deserves an apology.” Does he not see how pranking a girl that she is going to be raped goes beyond just plain douchey behavior? [Huffington Post, Newsday, Boston Herald]

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Glamorizing Or Objectifying? Women’s B-Ball Stars In Ball Gowns

The stars of Florida State University’s women’s basketball team can now be seen lounging in ball gowns and limousines. The team’s new website has debuted with a series of glamour shots that have, um, something to do with basketball — we think? While some of the team’s tall beauties are embracing basketballs, others seem to be practicing for a future as car show models. Is that what FSU officials envision for their players’ post-academic careers? Some women seem to think so. The university’s press release says the pictures are all about how “women athletes are powerful and beautiful.” But if they really believe that, why wrap these ladies in shiny, floor-length skirts and take away their gear? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Another Week, Another College Gang Rape

  • Oh, man, this story hits close to home because, literally, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is in my hometown. According to police, on Sunday night an 18-year-old victim was allegedly having consensual sex with 19-year-old student Timothy Sanders, when he called his two friends from his SHU lacrosse team, Nicholas Travers and Zachari Triner, to join him. Sanders allegedly held the victim down while Travers and Triner sexually assaulted her; when she screamed and struggled, Travers and Triner fled the room. Police said Sanders allegedly asked the victim if he could continue to have intercourse with her. Police have charged all three with conspiracy to commit first-degree sexual assault, while Sanders was also charged with first-degree unlawful restraint. [Connecticut Post]

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Boys’ Clubs Are Back At British Universities — Why?

Most colleges these days have a women’s group and lots of colleges have a Women’s Studies, or even better, a Gender & Sexuality Studies program. But recently, male students at Oxford University and Manchester University in the U.K. have started their very own “men’s groups” to work through their issues with the current state of dude-dom.

According to an article in the Guardian, the men’s groups, which are called Man Collective and MENS Society (Masculinity, Exploring, Networking and Support), respectively, have caused quite a bit of controversy across the pond, with critics saying they’re just glorified frats promoting sexist, macho behavior.

Could it be that modern day “men’s groups” are just a grown-up version of the He-Man Woman Haters Club (from “The Little Rascals”)? Keep reading »

15 Things A Woman Can Do And Still Call Herself A “Feminist”

There’s an article this week in the Daily Mail UK admonishing a TV newscaster in England for wearing “more makeup than a drag queen” during a recent news report. The biggest problem was that she’s a feminist news correspondent. “Is it possible to be a feminist while wearing false eyelashes?” the writer — a self-defined “old-school feminist” asks. Uh, yeah, it is! And after the jump, 15 other shocking things it’s possible for a woman to do and still call herself a feminist.
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Today’s Lady News: Method Soap Commercial Thinks Sexual Harassment Is A Joke

  • Pervy talking soap bubbles that sexually harass a woman while she takes a shower? Catcalling and antagonizing a woman is so hilarious, Method. And to think, I actually used to buy your soap, too.

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Today’s Lady News: Polanski’s Lawyer Says He’s Been Punished Enough For Drugging, Raping Teen

  • Roman Polanski’s attorney said he has already been punished enough by serving 42 days in prison back in 1978. You know, after he gave drugs to and raped a 13-year-old girl? Forty-two days! Polanski is currently in jail in Switzerland and may be in prison for up to two years if he’s sent back to the U.S. for a trial. [L.A. Times]
  • Lady buffaloes in California are being put on birth control because they’re screwing like bunnies. Sorry, folks, I just thought slutty buffaloes would make you giggle on a Friday afternoon. [L.A. Times]
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Today’s Lady News: Conan O’Brien’s Fat Jokes Get Him In, Uh, Big Trouble

  • Conan O’Brien is the subject of pissy Tweets by plus-sized actresses Kirstie Alley and Star Jones after cracking jokes about Alley’s size. Example? A recent earthquake drill in California might have just been a response to Alley jazzercising. [New York Daily News]—Ah, fat jokes: the province of lazy comedians. Maybe he could mix up his repertoire and do ugly jokes, too? And for her part, maybe Alley could practice what she preaches and stop drawing so much attention to her own weight.
  • An analysis by George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services found that the Stupak-Pitts Amendment to Obama’s health care reform bill would “produce industry-wide effects, leading to the elimination of health plan coverage for nearly all medically indicated abortions.” The GW study arrived at this conclusion after examining how “the health benefits services industry adjusts its products over time to conform to the regulatory environment in which it operates.” [George Washington University Medical Center]

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Today’s Lady News: Jaycee Dugard’s Family Speaks Out Against Proposed Porn

  • Jaycee Dugard’s family has spoken out against adult filmmaker Shane Ryan, who is at work on a pornographic film called “Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave,” based on Dugard’s ordeal. In a statement, the Dugards’ spokeswoman called the film “exploitive, hurtful and breathtakingly unkind.” [New York Daily News]
  • Poor women in developing countries will be most negatively affected by global warming, according to a new report by the United Nations Population Fund. Weather-related natural disasters are likely to affect how they get their food, water and energy. [BBC]

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