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Rachel Maddow On Her Sexist Hate Mail

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“A constant 14 percent of the feedback I get is hate mail. But a 100 percent of that 14 percent hate mail is about what what I look like: ‘I hate you not because of what you said, or some argument or some position that you have, but I hate you because you’re Rachel MadCOW, because you look like a cow’ or ‘you’re Rachel, but I’m going to call you him.’ (fake laughs) That’s the funniest joke in the whole world! It’s the same joke every time. … I want new hate mail. I want it to be about something other than me being mannish and cow-like.”

Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres held a Kickass Lesbian Summit today on “Ellen” and chatted about a new documentary about women in the media, “Miss Representation,” which airs tonight at 9 p.m. on OWN. I am not at all surprised that Rachel Maddow even got “you’re ugly!” hate mail when she was on the local radio. I’m sure 99.9 percent of people probably didn’t even know what she looked like. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Watch “Miss Representation” On OWN Tonight

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  • Tonight is the television premiere of “Miss Representation,” a new documentary about how women are depicted in the mass media. The doc was written, directed and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newson and features commentary from Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, Nancy Pelosi, Condoleezza Rice, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson, and my friend Jennifer L. Pozner, who runs a feminist media watchdog group called Women In Media & News. “Miss Representation” is airing at 9 p.m. (EST) on OWN, Oprah’s network — make sure you watch! [MissRepresentation.org]
  • An FBI subcommittee voted unanimously yesterday to change the official definition of “rape” so it includes a broader range of rapes other than just “forcible” ones against women. The existing definition did not encompass rapes committed against men or rapes that were not physically aggressive, such as those committed after slipping roofies in a person’s drink. The definition still needs to be approved by FBI Director Robert Mueller, however. [Feminist.org] Keep reading »

Tech-A-Lingus: 10 Geek Words That Annoy People

Geek speak is a special slanguage that evolved from our cultural immersion in the techno-verse.  Growing up, I never would have guessed that I would come to think of the term “LOL” (or any variation thereof) as a dating dealbreaker  or that someone (Anthony Weiner) would resign from public office over “sexting” gone wrong. According to a poll published in The Daily Mail  some tech terms are more annoying than others. After the jump, find out which geek speak phrases were voted the most irritating.

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Parents Arrested For Disciplining Daughter With A Medieval Duel

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Talk about old-fashioned parenting. Freemon Everett Seay and Julie Seay, from Washington State, were arrested for going Medieval on their 16-year-old daughter. When they found out she had gone to a party without their permission, she was beaten with a tree branch and forced to dress in armor and fight her stepfather with a wooden sword, duel-style, while her mother watched. Freemon and Julie may be Renaissance enthusiasts (like they’re literally part of a group that does Renaissance LARPing), but authorities do not endorse this antediluvian style of discipline.  In modern times, we call this child abuse. Good thing they don’t actually exist in Medieval times or else they’d be getting the guillotine. [MSNBC]

In Real-Life “Notebook” Tragedy, Couple Dies Holding Hands

Well, this is the most tragically romantic story you’ll certainly read all week. Last week, Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife Norma, 90 — who lived together for 72 years – were involved in a car accident and died one hour apart, holding hands in adjoining hospital beds. 

“They always did everything together,” their daughter said. “They weren’t apart. They just weren’t.”

Following the car crash, Gordon passed away first, but his heart monitor continued to register a beat. “It was really strange,” said their son. “They were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going. But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat? The nurse checked and said that’s because they were holding hands and it’s going through them. Her heart was beating through him and picking it up.” Norma died an hour later. [ABC News]

Today’s Lady News: Happy Love Your Body Day!

  • Happy Love Your Body Day! It’s unfortunate that Love Your Body Day was overshadowed on The Frisky by this ugliness, but it’s never too late to turn on a positive note!  [Feministing]
  • Fox News’ Dr. Keith Ablow said the parents who allowed their 11-year-old daughter Tammy to take hormone blockers to delay the onset of (male) puberty and the irreversible changes it entails need “psychological evaluations.” Ablow has also referred to trans people in the past as having “psychotic delusions” and being “toxic.” [Think Progress]
  • An Oklahoma judge has temporarily blocked a law set to go into effect on November 1 that would restrict the way doctors could prescribe abortion-inducing drugs. [ABC News] Keep reading »
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