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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Rate Up Amongst Poor Women

  • The abortion rate is down overall, but up amongst poor women, the non-partisan sexual research organization Guttmacher reports. Between 2000 and 2008, abortion rates declined amongst most groups of women, but not women whose family incomes are less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Poor women’s abortion rate increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2008. Maybe anti-abortion activists will someday get it through their heads that mothers and fathers actually like to food feed, clothe and shelter their children? [Guttmacher]
  • Psychotherapy is an increasingly female-dominated field, but some men are reticent to see a therapist unless he’s a male who may relate to his problems better. [New York Times]
  • Anna North at Jezebel on the media’s obsession with how “ugly” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistresses are. [Jezebel]
  • Why it sucks to be an NFL cheerleader. Sounds like it’s time for a little labor organizing, ladies. [TBD.com]

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Saudi Women Plan Major Protest Of Driving Ban On June 17

On June 17, women in Saudi Arabia are planning a protest of the country’s ban on women drivers en masse by getting behind the wheel. Women in Saudi Arabia are forced to rely on male relatives or male drivers to get anywhere by car, and are not allowed to travel outside the country without a male relative’s permission or to vote. The Women2Drive campaign, which is gaining support through a Facebook group called “I will drive starting June 17,” will be an act of civil disobedience that could perhaps lead to a sea change of women’s rights in the Saudi kingdom. According to The New York Times, the protest will not have a centralized location. Women with valid drivers’ licenses from other countries are asked to get behind the wheel of their car, put on their seat belts, and drive around, going about their usual day. If they are able to, women are asked to film themselves driving and upload the video to YouTube. Keep reading »

I’m Not Impressed By The Triple Double Oreo

Who does Nabisco think they’re fooling with their new Oreo? Word on the interwebs is that Oreo is releasing a new varietal this summer called the Triple Double Oreo, which features three layers of cookie, two layers of cream — one white cream and one chocolate cream. They are billing it as “the most indulgent Oreo in existence.” Puh-lease. I am so unimpressed. Those of us who were alive in the ’80s, especially those of us who had a raging sweet tooth and/or a weight problem (I had both!) remember the Big Stuff Oreo. Now that was an indulgent Oreo. It was one behemoth cookie with enough cream to clog a grown man’s artery. How do I know? Why, I ate one every day. I even snuck a second sometimes when my parents were sleeping. Did I mention I was an overweight child? Go ahead, Nabisco. Release your Triple Double Oreo and call it what you will. But don’t think we’ve forgotten the meaning of true Oreo indulgence. [Today] Keep reading »

Bigots Admit They’ve “Lost” The Gay Marriage Battle In Our Generation

“We’re losing on [same-sex marriage], especially among the 20- and 30-somethings: 65 to 70 percent of them favor same-sex marriage. I don’t know if that’s going to change with a little more age — demographers would say probably not. We’ve probably lost that. I don’t want to be extremist here, but I think we need to start calculating where we are in the culture.”

— Jim Daly, president of the right-wing group Focus on the Family, admits the younger generation is not as bigoted towards same-sex marriage as their elders. (I mean, hell, even Laura Bush supports it!) That’s great news, sort of. But our gay and lesbian friends and family can still only marry in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. Until LGBT citizens can marry anywhere and everywhere they want, there’s no excuse to rest on our laurels! [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Semen Found On The Maid’s Clothes, French Newspaper Reports

Dominique Strauss-Kahn‘s semen was found on the clothing of the New York City hotel housekeeper he allegedly sexually assaulted, according to the French newspaper, Atlantico. The NYPD reportedly examined her clothes for DNA evidence, and removed a portion of the hotel suite carpet. (This is why it’s very, very, very important that you do not take a shower, brush your teeth or wash your clothes after any type of sexual assault!) However, Strauss-Kahn’s defense team is said to be arguing that the sexual contact between the former International Monetary Fund chief and the unnamed maid was consensual. If you read the new details about the assault that I included in Today’s Lady News yesterday, you’ll likely agree with me that argument could be a stretch. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Kansas Politician Compares Pregnancy From Rape To Getting A Flat Tire

  • Last Friday, the Kansas state legislature voted to ban insurance companies from covering abortions in their plans, except in the case of a woman’s life being at risk. That’s not good enough for State Rep. Pete DeGraaf, who is also an associate pastor; he wants no abortions, ever. When Rep. Barbara Bollier challenged him on that, Rep. DeGraaf told her, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?” Bollier replied, “”And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” To which DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.” OH NO, YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT. Epic facepalm. But he lists his contact information on his website, so I’m sure he’d love to hear what y’all think about this. Write State Rep. DeGraaf at pete.degraaf@house.ks.gov and petedegraaf@att.net or call 785-296-7693 and 316-777-0715. Please share any responses you receive in the comments. [Blogs.Pitch.com, Kansas Legislature]

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