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Today’s Lady News: Men Are More Likely To Leave When A Partner Is Seriously Ill

  • A study in the medical journal Cancer found that a man is seven times more likely to leave his partner if she is seriously ill than if the tables are turned. This might be due to the conditioning of women to be caretakers of their loved ones. [Times of London]—Insert tasteless John Edwards joke here.
  • Nan Robertson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, passed away last night. Robertson wrote The Girls In The Balcony about the fight for workplace equality among women employed by the Times and won the Prize for an article about her bout with toxic shock syndrome. Although Robertson’s TSS was not caused by a tampon, her experience helped raise awareness about the connection between tampons and TSS. [New York Times]
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    Unsafe Abortions Kill 70,000 Women Every Year

    Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 women each year, according to a recent study of 197 countries by the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. The three-year study also found abortions are happening in countries where they are legal just as often as in countries where they are illegal—despite the fact that 40 percent of the world’s women live in places were abortion laws are strict. Said Sharon Camp, Guttmacher’s president:

    ”Legal restrictions do not stop abortion from happening. They just make the procedure dangerous. Too many women are maimed or killed each year because they lack legal abortion access.”

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    Sandra Bullock Really Wants To Be The Poster Girl For Uniqueness

    Sandra Bullock has always annoyed the crap out of me with her repeated portrayal of the stock rom-com character—the gorgeous, “quirky” girl. Even more irritating perhaps is that she is trying to live her onscreen persona off screen. Sandra’s message to the women of the world is always a variation of the same theme—be unique, ladies! Thanks for the permission, Sandy. In a recent interview with Parade, she said:

    “Why is it that men are called ‘unique’ and ‘eccentric’ and ‘mavericks’ when they’re different, but women are labeled as ‘odd’ or just plain ‘weird?’ It’s about being unconventional and being true to who you are. Not fitting in often means you’re really standing out. If I can do anything in this time of my career, it’s to make it easier for girls who are growing up not to feel they have to wind up with someone to complete them. You know, I complete me. I’m just lucky that after I completed myself, I met someone who could tolerate me.”

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    Today’s Lady News: Woman Calls Cops Over Domestic Abuse, Gets Evicted

    • Chicago resident Kathy Cleaves-Milan is suing her former landlords, Elm Creek Apartments, for evicting her due to “criminal activity” after she reported to police her ex-boyfriend had shown up at her apartment brandishing a gun. The company said it was concerned about potential gun violence, but it was afraid Cleaves-Milan could not have paid her rent without her ex. An attorney for the ACLU Women’s Rights Project said her landlord’s actions put women in the position of being trapped with an abuser so they don’t lose their housing. [Chicago Tribune]
    • Last November, a police officer in London, responding to the U.K.’s version of a 911 call, left a woman in an apartment with a rapist without further inquiry. On Monday, Vitas Jalonis was found guilty of raping the 32-year-old victim. However, police officer Matthew Harris is now under investigation for responding to an emergency call from a neighbor who heard the victim screaming, but then taking Jalonis’ word for it when he answered the door and said everything was OK. Hours later, after the victim had been raped again, she called police herself and Jalonis was finally arrested. [BBC]
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    Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Run For President, Plans To Retire

  • Hillary Clinton told NBC’s Ann Curry she won’t run for president again and plans to retire after she wraps up her Secretary of State gig with Obama. [Politico]
  • All kinds of things were wrong with a front page story on the New York Times about the Roman Polanski case. The worst offense is how the author drew a parallel between Polanski giving a 13-year-old girl Quaaludes and raping her with the Woody Allen film, “Manhattan,” in which Allen’s character is dating an 18-year-old played by Mariel Hemingway. Thirteen and 18 are two entirely different universes when you’re talking about maturity levels, not to mention one was real life and one was a movie. [New York Times]
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    Today’s Lady News: Ralph Lauren Model Loses Stomach In Tragic Airbrushing Accident

  • Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton has a stomach, really she does! Don’t let this airbrushed-to-sh*t Ralph Lauren ad on the left fool you. [Daily Mail]—At least the company apologized, sort of. A spokesman for Ralph Lauren said “we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body.”
  • A transsexual with gender dysphoria in England who has been living as a woman for the past 10 years has been fighting since 2006 for the UK’s National Health Service to pay for her breast implants. The woman, known only as “C,” has already undergone hormone treatments to become more feminine but said a boob job is essential to her identity. [UK Telegraph]
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    The Dalai Lama Wants His Successor To Be A Lady

    It’s hard not to like the Dalai Lama, especially since he’s a card-carrying feminist. According to a story on Double X, one of the Dalai Lama’s strongest memories was witnessing Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day in 1959, when 15,000 women gathered to peacefully protest China’s invasion of Tibet. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet shortly after and in his 50 years in exile has strongly supported women’s rights in a culture where women are supposed to be the “jewel of the home.” Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Behold “Crazy Cat Lady,” The Board Game

  • Let me guess—all the crazy cat lady game pieces in the oh-so-ironic “Crazy Cat Lady Game” are single? [Urban Outfitters]
  • A former patient of Dr. Phil McGraw, Oprah’s self-help guru, has accused him of sexual assault. Shirley Dieu filed a lawsuit on Wednesday claiming Dr. Phil trapped her in his production office and groped her breast. [NY Daily News]
  • Were you appalled yesterday when you learned that after November 1st in Oklahoma, all data regarding a woman’s abortion will appear online per state law? Then brace yourself, dearies. Here’s some of the utterly useless information that state is collecting about each woman who wants to terminate her pregnancy: date of her abortion; county in which abortion is performed; her age; her marital status; her race; her years of education; her state of residence; her total number of previous live births, miscarriages and abortions. SCARY.[Think Progress]
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    David Letterman’s Dalliances Are Not A Feminist Issue

    One of the country’s largest feminist groups, National Organization for Women, has weighed in on the revelations that “Late Show” host David Letterman slept with several of his interns and assistants. In a statement released on Tuesday, NOW said:

    “The latest Letterman controversy sheds new light on the widespread objectification of women in the workplace. Most women can attest to the fact that many workplaces are plagued with inappropriate behavior by men in power. As ‘the boss,’ he is responsible for setting the tone for his entire workplace — and he did that with sex. In any work environment, this places all employees — including employees who happen to be women — in an awkward, confusing and demoralizing situation. The National Organization for Women calls on CBS to recognize that Letterman’s behavior creates a toxic environment and to take action immediately to rectify this situation. With just two women on CBS’ board of directors, we’re not holding our breath.”

    Usually, I agree with NOW’s pro-women’s rights stance on lots of subjects — for what it’s worth, I was president of the NOW chapter at my college. But I only have one thing to say about the stink they’re making about Letterman’s employee-diddling:

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    Dudes Say Don Draper Is The Most Influential Guy Of 2009

    Guess who AskMen.com readers voted the most influential man of 2009? Don Draper, who, technically, is a not a “real” man but a fictional character. Sure, I love me some hot Hamm every Sunday night, but, at the end of the torrid hour, I realize that “Mad Men” is just a television show and that Don Draper is just a caricature of a man struggling with his own demons, unwilling to face his problems head-on. So why are guys so obsessed with Don, to the point that they treat him as an actual person? Keep reading »

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