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Why Are Women So Unhappy?

All right ladies, we have something seriously sad to chat about—our unhappiness. In fact, we are so increasingly unhappy that Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post is devoting an entire series of blogs to explore what the heck is up with us. Before you blame it on our society, know this: Study after study shows that our happiness has been in decline since the 1970s. Even more disturbing is that this trend spans all countries, cultures, socio-economic levels, ages, and marital statuses. Plain and simple, we are in a collective slump. Worst part? We don’t know why. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Julia Child: In America, A Feminist Icon; In France, Not So Much

Thanks to motion picture hit “Julie & Julia,” Julia Child’s image has been experiencing a feminist revival, as reflections on the movie have meditated largely on what the “French Chef” did not only for American cuisine, but also for the women who cooked it. True, there’s no denying Child was a woman who made a huge impact on domestic society. Yet, I’ve had to take issue with the quick compulsion by reviewers and blogs to laud her as a “feminist icon,” where the term refers to her as someone active in the women’s movement. To be sure, Child can now be classified as such for the overarching effects of her career, but promoting women wasn’t her original goal. It was to cook, write her book, pay homage to her beloved France, and find success. (If you read her autobiography, My Life in France, you know that after the publication of her cookbook she was actually quite conniving by choosing not to disclose much of her subsequent work to her female colleague, Simone Beck.)*

This week “Julie & Julia” came out in France, and The New York Times highlights an illuminating (and perhaps not greatly considered in this feminist dialogue) point—the French are excited about this film, but the draw has nothing to do with their own country and its cuisine. It’s all about Meryl Streep. Julia Child could not be farther from a feminist icon there. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Bikini-Clad Baristas Might Have To Get Dressed

  • Oh no! The city of Everett, Washington, has received about 50 complaints over baristas in bikinis who serve coffee at drive-through coffee stands. The city is considering an update to its lewd behavior ordinance. [Fox News]
  • A judge in England criticized police for taking 11 hours to respond to a teenager who called its version of 911 reporting she’d been raped. The 19-year-old woman made a call around 5p.m. and police did not arrive until around 4 a.m.[UK Daily Mail]
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    Today’s Lady News: Yale Lab Tech Raymond Clark III Questioned In Annie Le’s Death

  • Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician, was taken into custody for DNA samples last night (and subsequently released) as a suspect in Yale grad student Annie Le‘s death. Le, who had planned to marry Columbia grad student Jonathan Widawsky last weekend, went missing on Sept. 8th. She was seen on video entering, but never exiting, her lab and her body was later found stuffed inside one of its walls. Clark, who lives with his fianceé, Jennifer Hromadka, works the same laboratory as Le did, allegedly failed a lie detector test and had scratches on his body. Police said they will either arrest Clark or rule him out as a suspect this week. Meanwhile, a medical examiner pronounced Le’s cause of death was “traumatic asphyxia.” [NY Daily News, Fox News]
  • A high school in England banned female students from wearing their uniform skirts because girls were showing too much leg in them. The assistant headmaster of Bingley Grammar School told the Daily Mail it tweaked the dress code after some girls apparently rolled their skirts up higher and parents complained because “they felt their daughters were increasingly vulnerable.” All but the eldest girls in school are now required to wear black pants with their uniform instead. [UK Daily Mail]
  • —How typical, punishing the girls for their sexuality. What about making all the male students wear blinders instead? Keep reading »

    New Hampshire Teen Has The Titties To Test The Law

    Eighteen-year-old Cassidy Nicosia of New Hampshire really cares about equality. That’s why she decided to see what would happen if she walked down the streets of her town topless and packing heat in a holster. Now that takes some balls titties! Why did she do this? Cassidy is a member of the Free State Project, an effort to convince 20,000 peace-loving people to move to New Hampshire, get involved in activism, and run for local office. Cassidy says of her stunt, “Men can walk down the street … and, you know, not get harassed at all but yet somehow this is dirty.” So how did her little experiment turn out? Keep reading »

    Today’s Lady News: Annie Le’s Murderer Might Be A Yale Lab Tech

  • A Yale University lab technician is the focus of a police investigation in the murder of School of Medicine grad student Annie Le, 24. Cops say the suspect works in the same building as Le, failed a lie detector test, and had scratches on his body which could be the result of a struggle. Le went missing one week ago today and had planned to marry Jonathan Widawsky, 24, a Columbia University grad student, this weekend. [NY Daily News]
  • An Australian couple will go on trial for purchasing the abortion pill, also known as RU486, over the internet and carrying out an abortion at their home. Tegan Leach, 19, and her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, bought the pills online from Russia to use last December. Leach faces seven years in jail for the abortion, while her boyfriend faces less time for helping procure the pill. In Queensland, Australia, where the couple lives, abortions are not allowed except to save the life of the mother. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • The Respect For Marriage Act was introduced to the House of Representatives today. The act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law signed by President Clinton. DOMA defined marriage as between a man and a woman and allows states where gay marriage isn’t recognized to discriminate against gay couples who were legally married in other states. [Miami Herald]
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