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Today’s Lady News: Egyptian “Virginity Test” Doctor Acquitted

  • An Egyptian doctor who forced “virginity tests” — aka sexual assault — on female protesters detained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square has been acquitted by a military tribunal. Victims claimed these “virginity tests” were aimed to scare and humiliate women from protesting. [Huffington Post]
  • At last count, 141 companies have dropped advertising from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show following the incident where he called  Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” on-air. Big-name brands distancing themselves from Limbaugh include Johnson & Johnson, Macy’s, McDonald’s, American Express, Yahoo, Wal-Mart, NBC-TV, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, the Home Depot, Discover Card, Domino’s Pizza, Exxon Mobil and even the U.S. Army. [Think Progress]
  • On the rise of the “angry white woman” in the current reproductive rights debate. [Madame Noire] Keep reading »

Why New “Clare’s Law” On Domestic Violence In The UK Doesn’t Have Advocates Thrilled

On Abused Women
Facts about Rihanna and other abused women. Read More »
Why DV Victims Stay
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Should we ask victims of domestic violence why they stay? Read More »
Abuse Registry?
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Should there be a registry for people who commit DV? Read More »
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You might think that advocates for victims of domestic violence might be thrilled about a proposal that would, in theory, positively affect their life’s work. So why is a new pilot program called “Clare’s Law,” spearheaded by the father of a woman murdered by her abusive partner and set to go into effect this summer, getting a cool reception?  Keep reading »

Chess Tournament Thoughtfully Bans Cleavage So Women Won’t Invite Rude Comments

Miniskirts Banned
Indonesia banning miniskirts so female lawmakers don't "invite rape." Read More »
Sorority Dress Code
Get a load of the Pi Phi rush dress code beauty rules. Read More »
Speedos Forbidden
A UK resort has banned men from wearing skimpy speeds. Read More »
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An IM Conversation at Frisky HQ:

Jessica: Oh, Lord, a chess tournament has banned cleavage.

Amelia:  I love chess.

Jessica:  But do you love playing chess with your titties hanging out? Apparently that’s a problem.

Amelia:  Especially then. I would do it to distract my opponent if they were a 15-year-old prodigy. Keep reading »

“Doonesbury” Comics On Abortion Banned By Newspapers

VA's Abortion Bills
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Virgina's transvaginal ultrasound anti-abortion bill is super-scary. Read More »
State-Sanctioned Rape
Virginia is considering mandating a transvaginal ultrasound. Read More »
Banning Abortions
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PreNDA would ban abortions based on race or sex. Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
doonesbury cartoon abortion

Several newspapers in Oregon and Florida are refusing to print “Doonesbury” cartoons this week, which skewer anti-abortion lawmakers; other papers in Kansas City and Los Angeles are running the comics in the op-ed pages. In cells of the comics seen online, cartoonist Garry Trudeau mocks the state of Texas, which is considering a bill similar to Virginia’s bill which would have mandated transvaginal ultrasounds. Here is how Thursday’s strip, the most controversial one, is described by media reporter Jim Romenesko:

In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Keep reading »

Sex With “Younger Ladies” Attributed To Heart Attacks In Cheating Men

9 Signs He Cheats
Take notes, ladies. Read More »
Is Porn Like cheating?
Sometimes looking at porn can feel to your partner like cheating. Read More »

Cheaters beware: you may be killing yourself.  A new American Heart Association study finds that men who die of heart attacks were more likely to be cheating. An analysis of 6,000 autopsy reports of people who died of sudden heart attacks (1 percent died while getting it on) found that 90 percent of the people were men and three-quarters of them were cheating. I am really curious if the autopsy descriptions went something like “male, 42 years of age, 6-foot-2, was cheating on wife.” Otherwise, how the heck did they know which participants were cheaters?

In any case, scientists blame the increase incidence of heart attack in cheating men on stress, overeating and sex with “younger ladies” who literally over-work their partners’ hearts! So, point being, if you’re going to cheat, perhaps consult with your cardiologist first. [PostNoon]

Man Used Transmitter To Monitor Wife’s Sex Life

Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with hiding a remote listening device under his estranged wife’s bed that he said he used to avoid overhearing her sex life in the house they still shared.

Raccoon Township police say 66-year-old Wayne Comet Cripe’s wife contacted them after finding the transmitter under her bed last month. Read more …

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