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Sarah Ferguson Hurt By Royal Wedding Snub

“I was not invited. I went through the phase of feeling so totally worthless. I wanted to be there with my girls, to be getting them dressed and to go as a family. Also, it was so hard, because the last bride up that aisle was me.”

Sarah Ferguson talks to Oprah about being left off the guest list for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, while her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie attended and fascinated us with their fascinators. Instead Fergie, who married Prince Andrew in 1986, watched on a TV set from the resort where she was staying in Camelia. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Explains Airbrushing Women From Situation Room Pic

  • The conservative Hasidic Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn that removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterterrorism analyst Audrey Tomason — the only two women in the iconic Situation Room photo of the President watching the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound — has released a statement. Der Zeitung writes:

    “Our editorial policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board and because of laws of modesty, does not allow for the publishing of photos of women. The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite.”

    You can read the rest of the statement — which apologizes more for altering the White House’s official photograph, which is against policy, than it does for Photoshopping all the women out of the photograph — on the newspaper’s web site. [Der Zeitung]

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RIP Kate Swift, The Woman Who Stopped Us From Saying “Stewardess”

Once upon a time, a flight attendant was called a stewardess. Police officers and fighterfighters were policemen and firemen. And all women were addressed based on their marital status as “Miss” or “Mrs.” But not anymore, in large thanks to writer Kate Swift, who died on Saturday at age 87. Keep reading »

Dear Navy SEALs: Thank You For Killing Osama bin Laden, Now Here’s A Fleshlight

This is the best press release I’ve received as a staffer at The Frisky.
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9 Theories On Why Arnold Schwarzenegger And Maria Shriver Split

Perhaps the statute of limitations on opposites attracting runs out after 25 years? Today, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver announced that they are splitting up after 25 years of marriage. “This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us,” a joint statement read. “After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together. At this time, we are living apart, while we work on the future of our relationship.”

So what happened? We’re not exactly sure. But seems like a perfect time to speculate, no? After the jump, nine theories on what went wrong. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tennessee Wants To Ban Teachers From Saying “Gay” Until 9th Grade

  • Tennessee’s state legislature is noodling a “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would prohibit teachers from using the word “gay” in the classroom until the 9th grade. (Yeah, seriously.) The Tennessee Senate is expected to vote on the bill this Thursday. [Queerty]
  • Stephanie Coontz’s Mother’s Day piece for the New York Times op-ed page is a must-read for anyone who has ever thought critically about stay-at-home moms, working moms, and how best to be happy after having children. [New York Times]
  • Also in honor of Mother’s Day, Save The Children released its annual report, “State Of The World’s Mothers.” The best places in the world to be a mom? Norway, Australia, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. The worst place? Afghanistan. The United States only comes in at #31 among the 43 developed countries ranked. Um … “USA, USA”? [Save The Children]

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