Today’s Lady News: Iowa’s House Passes Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

  • Iowa’s House of Representatives advanced a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, based on the claim touted by anti-abortion activists that after 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain. The bill only offers an exception to save the life of the mother. It now heads to Iowa’s Democrat-controlled Senate, where it is unclear whether it will pass. [Reuters]
  • The International Olympic Committee announced today it would add women’s ski jumping to the 2014 Olympics. Last year, women ski jumpers filed a lawsuit in Canada to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but lost. [New York Times]
  • The CEO of Gearbox, which created the sexist video game Duke Nukem Forever, in which players get to slap women across the face to “calm them down,” says Duke isn’t “misogynist,” he’s just “ego-centric,” and that’s why the character acts so macho. Mansplaining at its finest! [Escapist Magazine]
  • Texas’ House of Representatives passed an amendment on Friday to establish “Student Centers for Family and Traditional Values” at universities, presumably to counteract the ill effects of the LGBT and women’s centers. [Hay Ladies]

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Vivienne Westwood Trashes NYC, Loves LA

“I don’t actually like New York … New York people are a bit stuck up and self important, and think that just the fact that they live in New York makes them better than anybody else. Sometimes there, you feel trapped by the concrete, and for me that means being trapped by the myth of Superman and American foreign policy and all these dreadful things that have done so much harm in the world. There’s just so much pressure there; it’s not nice.”

–Designer Vivienne Westwood speaks to W magazine about her decision to open her first stateside boutique in LA, rather than NYC. Now, Westwood has made some valid points about NYC (and its inhabitants), but I found some of her critiques to apply LA residents also, especially the part about self-importance. But I guess the beautiful Cali weather makes up for that. Of course, this isn’t really a battle of which city is better … I’d prefer LA to NYC right about now, too. [The Cut] Keep reading »

Amy Poehler And 14 Other Commencement Speakers We Wish We’d Had

Graduation speeches are tough. You have to avoid the usual cliches about how students are floating on the sea of life or opening the doors to their future, and that isn’t easy. My college graduation speaker—some bigwig woman at the World Bank—hit both of those. Not that you could hear over the protesting of my fellow classmates. So I’m feeling a teensy bit jealous that the lucky ducks over at Harvard have such an awesome graduation speaker—the amazing and hilarious Amy Poehler. “We wanted someone people could recognize, who could give a funny and engaging speech,” the school’s class marshal explained. “During her time on ‘SNL,’ Amy was a part of our growing up, and there’s no doubt she’s pretty hilarious.” Not to mention that she’s also a Boston native.

This got me thinking—who would I have liked to see give my commencement address? Some picks after the jump. Keep reading »

Four Charles Manson Movies In The Works?

And we thought thought it was strange that there are dueling Snow White and Linda Lovelace movies coming down the pipeline at the same time. Apparently, there are currently four movies about Charles Manson in the works. First, there’s “The Manson Girls,” starring Thora Birch and Nikki Blonsky as two women who become fascinated with the creepy dude. Then there’s “The Family,” which will have Ryan Kwanten of “True Blood” as Manson himself. Then there’s “Eyes of a Dreamer,” the movie which Lindsay Lohan has been asked to star in as Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of Roman Polanski who was killed by Manson’s followers when she was eight months pregnant. And now we hear about “The Dead Circus,” a movie which will look at the death of Bobby Fuller, which was ruled a suicide but is very likely tied to Manson, too. James Marsden will be taking on the role of Manson in this one. [Huffington Post]

So I have to ask—what’s up with all the Manson movies? Keep reading »

Mexican Airline Stewardesses In Sexy Calendar Get Cover Of Playboy Mexico

In December, I wrote about stewardesses for Mexicana Airlines who funded a sexy calendar of themselves in order to raise money for the tanking airline. The sexy calenders sold for $12 a pop and enjoyed multiple printings. Now the flight attendants are appearing on the cover of Playboy Mexico in getups that leave little to the imagination about where they store those extra bags of airline peanuts. [Guanabee] Keep reading »

Cheapskate: Sunglasses For $25 Or Less

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Shh! I’m going to tell you a secret the luxury brands don’t want you to know. You don’t have to spend upwards of $100 on a new pair of sunglasses this spring — there are a ton of stylish and chic sunglasses available for $25 or less. (That way you won’t feel too guilty or bummed when you inevitably lose or sit on them.) Keep clicking for some of my favorite styles this season.
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