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Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann Bitches About Breastfeeding

Today's Lady News
  • Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) opposed a change in IRS code to offer tax deductions for breast pumps and complained that First Lady Michelle Obama’s promotion of breastfeeding as an anti-obesity issue amounts to a “nanny state.” [Minnesota Independent, The Grio, The Root]
  • Amy DeLong , a lesbian Methodist minister in Wisconsin, is facing a church trial for being a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” and for performing commitment ceremonies for gays. [Advocate]
  • “House” actress Lisa Edelstein is starring in a commercial about abortion rights for the liberal organization, MoveOn.org, in which she says, “Decades ago, women suffered through horrifying back alley abortions. Or, they used dangerous methods when they had no other recourse.” The ad ends with Edelstein frantically searching through a closet looking for a coat hanger. [Huffington Post]

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Poll Asks If Lara Logan Is To Blame For Her Sexual Assault In Egypt

A poll on ApprovalPolls.com asks if CBS reporter Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted on February 11 while reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt, is to blame for the attack on her.

Though this poll was probably put up by some random nobody, it’s not at all unheard of that there are people who think Logan is in some way to blame. After all, what was a woman — a blonde! — doing in a dangerous place like Egypt?! PopEater is even reporting that network executives “met to discuss if female journalists belong in the Middle East,” which is hella depressing. (Meanwhile, some commenters discussing the story on sites like Huffington Post explicitly blame CBS.)

I can’t even believe I have to repeat this but it’s worth repeating: the only person to blame for a sexual assault is the person who does the assaulting. Period.

[ApprovalPolls.com]
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The 28-Day Meditation Challenge: Falling Off The Wagon

For the month of February, Kate is taking part in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Kate already shared her feelings on week one and week two of the program. Here’s her thoughts going into week three.

An annoying thing happened this week with my meditation. There’s no good way to put it: I simply didn’t do it. I don’t have a good excuse—it’s not like I was insanely busy or had some big, traumatic thing happen. Just for some reason, every day when 6 p.m.—my anointed after work mediation time—rolled by, I needed to be somewhere. “I’ll meditate tomorrow,” I’d think. Wash, rinse, repeat. Keep reading »

Best In Show

Hickory — short for Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind — a Scottish deerhound, took the title of Best in Show at the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her handler refers to her as a “diva” who “demands love.” Something tells me Hickory is perfectly suited for stardom. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Ira Glass Discovers The Recipe For Coca-Cola

Bwahahahaha! The Coca-Cola code has been cracked! And by Ira Glass of “This American Life” no less. So how did he get his hands on the top secret recipe which people have been trying to decode since the late 1800′s? He came come across a copy of it (which is normally kept under lock and key in a guarded vault in Atlanta) in an old photograph. The recipe for Coca-Cola, after the jump. Let the soda-making begin! Or not. Too bad I gave up Coca-Cola years ago. I eagerly await the the magical recipe for Diet Coke, however. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

A Handy Catcaller Form For All The Street Harassers In Your Life

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God knows a sexy piece of ass like me can’t walk down the street without all sorts of hootin’ and hollerin’. Isn’t that life, ladies? But with this kick-ass “catcaller form” from online magazine The Riot, you can get to the bottom of just why that gentleman over there is, uh, yelling at your bottom. Just prepare to be called a c**t, bitch or whore in the process. Sigh. Street harassment totally sucks. [Shlooby Kitten via The Riot] Keep reading »

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