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Today’s Lady News: Ohio Bill Would Require Men Seeking Viagra To Get Sex Therapist OK

  • Men looking for a prescription for Viagra would first need to get a sex therapist’s permission, a cardiac stress test, and confirmation that “the patient’s symptoms are not solely attributable to one or more psychological conditions” under a new bill introduced by State Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland). The bill is meant to underscore the inequality in the anti-abortion bills that require women to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds and other procedures. [Business Week]
  • Tracie McMillan, the journalist and author who was attacked yesterday by Rush Limbaugh on his radio show during his rant about “overeducated young single white women,” talks back. [The Atlantic Wire
  • Speaking of Rush, let’s stop insulting people by comparing them to sex workers and sluts. [The Gloss] Keep reading »

Get Your “Sluts For Obama” Slanket Right Here

Rush Smears "Slut"
Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on air. Read More »
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A number of advertisers have dropped Rush Limbaugh. Read More »
Are You A Slut?
You could ask Rush Limbaugh or you could consult this handy chart. Read More »
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Barack Obama
The President called Sandra Fluke after Limbaugh called her a "slut." Read More »
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Fact I’m Struggling To Come To Grips With: there is a “Sluts For Obama” slanket. A slanket, you guys! But what we really need to know is if two or more sluts can fit inside. [CafePress.com/SlutsForObama]

Must Watch: “Kony 2012″ And The Plight Of Uganda’s Child Soldiers

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Joseph Kony is the leader of the Ugandan guerilla group the Lord’s Resistance Army. Kony has been waging war in Uganda for nearly 30 years — fighting a violent and brutal campaign to establish a theocratic government in Uganda. The worst part? He regularly abducts and recruits children into his army, often forcing boys to kill and maim their own families and forcing girls into sexual servitude. Since its inception in 1988, it’s estimated that more than 66,000 children have been forcibly abducted and required to fight for the LRA and more than 2 million people have been internally displaced in the conflict.  Keep reading »

Hero Of The Week: City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh Proposes Bill Forbidding Men From Destroying Semen

VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
Janet Howell Rocks
VA senator attaches rectal exam amendment to abortion bill. Read More »
Meet Constance Johnson
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The OK senator says "every sperm is sacred!" Read More »

Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh was fed up with the recent spate of fetal personhood bills, which aim to declare that a woman’s fertilized egg is somehow the same as a “person.” So she decided to challenge those bills by introducing one of her own — a resolution to recognize the sacred life present in each sperm. Walsh drafted a resolution aimed at making it illegal for men to waste sperm. According to the language of the resolution: 

[E]ach ‘egg person’ and each ‘sperm person’ should be deemed equal in the eyes of the government and be subject to the same laws and regulations as any other dependent minor and be protected against abuse, neglect or abandonment by the parent or guardian.

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Parents Realize They Forgot 3-Year-Old At Chuck E. Cheese — When They See Her On The News!

Alexander Pope should be spinning in his grave today. He’s the guy who said, “To err is human, to forgive divine.” But I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean police should be forgiving the parents who didn’t realize they’d “accidentally” left their 3-year-old at a Maryland Chuck E. Cheese until they saw her face on the 11 o’clock news.

But that’s exactly what happened this week in Bel Air, Maryland. Police were called to the kiddie restaurant around 8 p.m. on Sunday to help a lost little girl named Harmony who approached a restaurant manager to say she was a little thirsty. But they didn’t get a call from Harmony’s mom and dad until after 11 … after her picture was plastered on every TV screen in town. And they still gave her back!

That is some mighty powerful forgiveness right there! Maybe too powerful? Read more…

President Obama Called Sandra Fluke Because He Wouldn’t Want Sasha & Malia Called “Horrible Names”

Rush Smears "Slut"
Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on air. Read More »
Advertisers Drop Rush
A number of advertisers have dropped Rush Limbaugh. Read More »
Birth Control Victory
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Birth control will be covered by most employers under health care reform. Read More »
Barack Obama

“I thought about Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about. Even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her. And that we want to send a message to all our young people that being part of a democracy involves arguments and disagreements and debate. And we want you to be engaged. And there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

– President Obama in a press conference yesterday, on why he called Sandra Fluke, the woman who Rush Limbaugh called a “slut” and “prostitute” because she testified to Congress about using birth control. (More on that here and here.) The president also said, when asked about whether there is a “war on women” taking place regarding reproductive rights, “One of the things I’ve learned being married to Michelle, is I don’t need to tell her what it is that she thinks is important.” Damn straight. [The New Yorker]
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