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Today’s Lady News: Afghan TV Show Says Shelters Force Women Into Prostitution

  • A multi-part Afghan television series has accused women’s shelters in Afghanistan of being brothels — even ones registered with the government. The 27-year-old TV host, Nasto Nadiri, is running for Parliament in September and is a critic of women’s rights campaigns, especially when affiliated with international NGOs. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maria Teresa de Nicolo, a former prostitute, has told a corruption inquiry that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gave her gifts the night she shared his bed with two women. De Nicolo said that she and about 15 other women were invited guests at a private dinner for the prime minister and everyone received jewelry. [Guardian UK]
  • Iran has rejected an asylum offer from Brazil for a woman sentenced to death by hanging. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was convicted of adultery in 2006 and originally sentenced to death by stoning. [CNN]

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Here She Comes, Italy’s 375-Pound “Miss Chubby” Beauty Pageant Winner

Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.

But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Miss Chubby. Yes, the country that invented Sophia Loren (and spaghetti bolognese and cannoli) acknowledges that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading »

The Real-Life Motivation Behind Stieg Larsson’s Books

I’ve dubbed this summer “The Summer of Stieg” because half of the world and I have our noses buried in one of the books from Stieg Larsson’s crime trilogy: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. It’s become a rarity to see someone reading anything else. I mean, there’s a reason why 30 million copies have been sold and Hollywood blockbusters are in the works—the books are a force of nature. It’s rare to see a man write so passionately about Nazism and women’s issues. I’m about to start the third book in the series, and it’s a little sad because I know there will be no more Steig Larsson books—he passed away in 2004. He was only in his early 50s. There is a silver lining, though. I came across an excerpt from the soon-to-be-released memoir Stieg Larsson, My Friend, written by Kurdo Baski, and it looks like we may finally get answers about the real-life event which motivated Stieg to tackle the subject of violence against women. The secret story after the jump. Keep reading »

10 Bizarro Birth Control Pill Facts

2010 is a big year, because it is the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. Who can remember life without it? But did you know that the pill was originally only available to married women? Or that taking Nyquil can make the pill less effective? After the jump, some other fascinating pill facts. Keep reading »

Nike Likes Big Butts And It Cannot Lie

What’s the best way to sell running shoes to women? Nike goes with big butts. (Well, “big” by print advertising standards. You’re not going to see Gabby Sidibe‘s ass in any of these Nike Women ads.) In 2005, the company hawked its lady products with a big juicy booty. Similar to Dove’s Real Beauty campaign, a print advertisement declaring “My butt is big” was pretty groundbreaking at the time. Critics, however, disliked the fact that only a woman’s ass — as opposed to, say, her face — was used in the ad.

Now, five years later, Nike Women is recycling their big butts and, oh joy, the model isn’t just a disembodied bottom. But, personally, I’m not crazy about it. Some of us don’t have an interest in doing “ten thousand lunges” and couldn’t care less about luring “herds of skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales.” We just rock our big butt for our big butt’s sake!

What do y’all think of Nike Women’s new ad? [Guanabee.com] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Jessica Biel And Her Magical Half-Airbrushed Leg

  • Photoshop Disasters notices someone at Glamour UK forgot to finish airbrushing Jessica Biel’s leg. [Photoshop Disasters]
  • Brazil, an ally of Iran, has offered asylum for an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Although Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s sentence has since been downgraded to death by hanging, international human rights groups have been pressing Iran not to kill the mother of two. The United States has urged Iran to accept Brazil’s offer of asylum. [Guardian UK, AFP]
  • Erin Vaught went to the emergency room coughing up blood, but says she was refused help by Indiana’s Ball Memorial Hospital because she is transgender. [Queerty]

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