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FDA Considers Putting The Morning-After Pill On Drugstore Shelves

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Conservatives losing their marbles to start in five … four … three … two … one: the FDA has until tomorrow to decide whether the morning-after pill Plan B will be available on drugstore shelves (as opposed to behind the counter) without a prescription for anyone of any age. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B is almost 90 percent effective in preventing a pregnancy. The sooner Plan B is taken after unprotected sex, the more effective it is. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Gloria Steinem Says Women Should Occupy Wall Street

  • Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem on why women should join Occupy Wall Street. [San Francisco Gate]
  • Sharon Bialek, who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment, said she feels “vindication” now that he has suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination for presidency. Cain suspended his campaign on Saturday citing “distractions.” Last Monday, a woman came forward and claimed they had been having an affair for 13 years. [Talking Points Memo]
  • A man in New York City shot his wife and daughter today in an apparent domestic violence incident. [WhyLeaveAstoria] Keep reading »

Cain Launches “Women For Herman Cain” Website Trashing “Pathetic Husbandless Women”

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I wish I was making this up. I really do. But no. This is real (emphasis mine): 

“Dear Mrs. Cain Don’t pay attention to these pathetic husbandless women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can’t find a husband or keep one. They are like stalkers who try to latch on to any man who shows a bit of kindness or attention to them. When these unstable women come out of the woodwork to make accusations about Herman just say, ‘Honey, get a life, I believe my husband.’ We want you to be our First Lady Mrs. Cain!”

That, my friends, is a “testimonial” from “Barbara of Nipomo, California” on the brand-spanking-new Women For Herman Cain website that launched this morning. 

Just makes you want to go right out and vote for Herman Cain, doesn’t it, ladies? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Release Of Afghani Rape Victim Ordered

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  • Afghanistan’s president ordered the release of a woman known as Gulnaz, 21, who was imprisoned for “adultery” after a relative raped her two years ago. When Gulnaz said her cousin’s husband sexually assaulted her, she was sentenced to prison for 12 years unless she agreed to marry her attacker. Gulnaz has currently been raising her daughter in prison. [CNN]
  • As part of its response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State has announced it will divert $1.5 millions dollars from their athletics department and donate it to an organization that benefits victims of sexual abuse. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: iPhone’s Siri Won’t Help You Find The Morning-After Pill

  • Siri on the iPhone won’t tell you where to find the morning-after pill, but it will help you find Viagra. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Plus, 10 things Siri on iPhone will help you get instead of an abortion, like escorts. [Raw Story]
  • Ohio’s State Senate president, a Republican, said his party plans to advance a “fetal heartbeat bill” that will seek to criminalize abortion at any point after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which could be as early as six weeks. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

What Ad Agencies Created When Asked To “Rebrand Girls”

It’s a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in some rural areas of China that girls are aborted after their gender is known and as a result there’s a drastic imbalance in the population.

But even in countries where baby girls are brought into the nursery, parents can have a hard time when they learn they’re decorating it pink instead of blue.  This has a lot to do with existing sexist prejudices that adversely impact females in society — like lack of access to education and employment — that privilege males and incentivize parents to have boys.

So the magazine Fast Company thought up something completely innovative: it asked a half dozen ad agencies to rebrand girls with mock advertisements. Oh, if sexism were only as simple as bad advertising! The agencies primarily focused on targeting parents — er, consumers — in the U.S. and China and several opted to highlight perceived reasons that girls are better than boys, rather than just appreciating girls for their own sakes. For that reason I’m not sure I like all of these, although all the mock ads are certainly creative.

Take a click through and tell me in the comments what you think! [Fast Company]

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