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Today’s Lady News: Has The TSA Been Singling Out Black Women With Natural Hair?

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  • There’s been several documented incidents of black women with natural hair who have been stopped by the TSA at airports for pat-downs, in which officers pat their hair. Some of the women had already passed through body scanners as well. Now some are questioning whether a racial bias is behind the TSA singling out black women with natural hair. [NY Times]
  • The New York City hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss Kahn, then the chief of the IMF, of sexual assault has released her medical report. Nafissatou Diallo’s medical report states “Cause of the injuries: assault, rape,” which is consistent with Diallo’s claims about the alleged attack. Critics say the medical report is bunk because it only states what Diallo reported to doctors. [Gothamist]
  • Wait, cleavage wrinkles are a thing? [Beauty Schooled Project]

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Woman Who Performed Home Circumcision On Infant Receives Her Sentence

n case you missed the story last October, 30-year-old Keemonta Peterson was arrested after performing a DIY circumcision on her three-month-old son. Inspired by a passage in the Bible, she decided to perform one herself after watching some YouTube video tutorials. (These exist?) The boy was badly injured, but doctors were able to save his life and correct the damage his mother had done. So, what is the sentence for a botched home circumcision? Peterson served 28 days in jail, lost custody of all her children, was sentenced to five years probation, and a psyche evaluation. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Anti-Abortion Billboard Targeting Blacks Accuses “Betrayal”

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  • Another day, another anti-abortion billboard targeted at black women, this time in Atlanta. The latest billboard shows images of pro-choice leaders, like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with the word “Betrayed” written in red as if it’s dripping in blood. It directs people to the website AbortionInTheHood.com, which lists statistics that try to portray abortion as a racist plot to eradicate the country of black people. Similar billboards have gone up in Oakland and New York City. [Florida Independent]

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Money Shot: Rick Santorum Deep Throats His Chocolate Swirl

Take this Telegraph! This GIF sees your Michelle Bachmann eating a corn dog and raises you a Rick Santorum deep throating an ice cream cone. Can we call this “The Swirl Sucked Round The World”? Politics is so fun and I’m so mature. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Andy Richter Prescribes “Two Solid Weeks Of Orgasms” For Michele Bachmann

Andy Richter is one of those comics who is so “whatever,” that when he occasionally surfaces, I’m like, “Oh, yeah, he still exists.” Case in point: last night Richter dispatched this charming tweet to Twitter, “There’s nothing wrong with Michele Bachmann two solid weeks of orgasms won’t cure.” Ah, yes, the old self-congratulatory ‘this woman sucks because she hasn’t been f**ked properly’ narrative. Bow down to the phallus! The penis cures aaaaaall! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Flip-Flops On HPV Vaccines For Girls

  • In 2007, Governor Rick Perry of Texas signed an executive order requiring that all girls receive the HPV vaccine in sixth grade, unless parents decided to opt-out. It was seen as a controversial decision at the time because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and the vaccine acknowledged that adolescent girls are sexually active. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, so many saw Perry’s decree as a net positive. Over the past several years, Perry has publicly stated he is proud of the decision and “I did what was right from my perspective.” This weekend, however, Perry changed his tune about the HPV vaccine for girls. Could it be because he accounced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend as well? Nahhh, that couldn’t be it. [NYMag.com]
  • A New Jersey bill ensuring rape victims do not have to pay for their own rape kits (a collection of DNA taken from a victim which can be used by police to identify the rapist) is still awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a quick, handy-dandy chart explaining where all the 2012 presidential candidates stand on basic rights for lesbians and gays. [MarriageEquality.org]

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