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Frisky Q&A: Susan J. Douglas, Author Of “Enlightened Sexism”

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Today’s Lady News: Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin A “MILF”

  • Ugh. Obnoxious comments from “Hardball”‘s Chris Matthews and “Real Time”‘s Bill Maher, who were discussing Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann on TV. Matthews said, “They showed up together looking — well, they’re attractive ladies.” And then Maher added: “I think you’re right. You hit on something there. They’re attractive, especially to the Republican Party which is not known as the party that does really well with the opposite sex. Usually they’re doughy white men. I think they look on Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as, you know, MILFs … and I agree. They’re morons I’d like to forget.” Hey, guys? It’s still sexist — and unprofessional — when liberals say it.
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  • Constance McMillen, the Mississippi high school student who was now allowed to attend prom with her girlfriend because she is a lesbian, will be grand marshal of New York City’s famous gay pride parade on June 27. (I’d rather go to prom, but, hey, it’s still cool.) [New York Times]

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Quotable: Conservative Women Are “Smarter” And “Hotter”

“You hear that my lefty friends, you see that? Conservative women: they’re smarter than you and they’re hotter than you.”

— The emcee at an event in Boston attended by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin yesterday. Because which political party has “hotter” women is really what’s important. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tel Aviv Bus Line Segregates Women From Men

  • Bus line #322 out of Tel Aviv, Israel, separates the genders by requiring women to sit in the back of the bus while men sit in the front. I am told that private bus lines in the U.S. do this, too. Nevertheless, at least female politician Yael Dayan, chairwoman of the City Council of Tel Aviv, has said, “I will recommend to passengers to boycott the line. It cannot be that women, even religious or ultra-Orthodox, do not understand the meaning of separation in public.” [YNetNews.com]
  • The integration of women soldiers into submarines is “absolutely the right thing to do,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a visit to the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Washington. [Seattle Times]
  • An anonymous 34-year-old single woman in Texas has written an essay for Salon.com about having an abortion after an accidental pregnancy. [Salon]

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Quotable: Carey Mulligan Should Have Married A Banker?

“‘Pride & Prejudice’ was my first job. I was at boarding school and I met [actor] Julian Fellowes. He came to give a talk. I told him I wanted be an actress and he said, ‘Well, that’s silly. Marry a banker.’”

— Actress Carey Mulligan of “An Education” and, humorously enough, “Wall Street 2.” Hey, I bet Shia LaBeouf hears this all the time. [Wonderland Magazine] Keep reading »

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How Refreshing! A Beer Commercial That’s Not Totally Sexist And Annoying Towards Women!

Instead, Bud Light’s “book club” commercial manages to be pretty sexist and annoying towards men. Beer is the best part of book clubs! “Thrusting”! And what’s Little Women? Gee, boys must be super-dumb.

Oh, beer commercials, when will you ever grow up? [YouTube] Keep reading »

Playboy Bunny Costumes On Sale For The First Time

Move it, Easter bunny. There’s a new bunny in town — a Playboy bunny, that is. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Playboy will sell a limited edition set of bunny costumes similar to those worn by waitresses at Playboy Clubs. The $67 bunny costumes — complete with ears and a bunny tail — are available through the website of U.K. sex toys and lingerie retailer AnnSummers.com, which promises the bunny costume “will help women exude the confidence, elegance and glamour of a true Playboy Bunny.”

Uh huh. Seriously.

I, for one, am very excited about this. I totally have my outfit now for a saucy “feminist-activist Gloria Steinem goes undercover at the Playboy Club to write a scathing exposé” role-playing session. [New York Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Former Goldman Sachs VP Sues Over Getting “Mommy Tracked”

This originally posted yesterday at 6:30 pm, but then there was some sort of snafu and a bunch of text deleted. Anyway, here’s yesterday’s Lady News, uh, today. — Editor Amelia

  • Charlotte Hanna, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, is suing the company for setting her on a “mommy track,” which she says led to her getting fired while on maternity leave. Hanna was hired at Goldman Sachs in 1998 and promoted to vice president two years later. Her lawsuit claims, however, that she was demoted in 2005 after she returned from her first maternity leave and was fired while on her second maternity leave in 2009. “When Ms. Hanna decided to take the ‘off-ramp’ provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no ‘on-ramp’ that enabled her to return to full-time employment,” her lawsuit states. “Essentially, the ‘off-ramp’ was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms. Hanna’s career.” [Reuters]
  • Today’s featured entry on Wikipedia.org is about “wife selling.” Interesting. [Wikipedia.org]

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Arizona Teacher Makes Chivalry A Classroom Rule

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Teacher Cord Ivanyi, a Latin instructor at Gilbert Classical Academy, was tired of seeing boys physically push aside girls as they rushed through the classroom door. So at the beginning of this school year, Ivanyi told his students the new classroom rules about chivalry: boys would hold doors for girls; boys would ask girls if they would like to be seated; boys would offer to take girls’ backpacks before they sit down; boys would stand if a girl leaves the room; and girls would be served first if food is in the classroom.

“All boys will understand chivalry,” Ivanyi told The Arizona Republic. “It’s teaching them social grace. It’s things they should know when they do go out on dates.” All the students, boys and girls, were reportedly awkward about the mandated chivalry at first. But Ivanyi, as well as girls quoted by various media outlets, say girls seem to be enjoying the chivalry and some chivalrous behavior is even extending beyond the classroom.

Mandated chivalry may be a well-intentioned idea. And it may well have taught some kids to be conscious of the basic concept of good manners, which is to be considerate of others’ well-being. But mandating chivalry in the classroom could not be a more misguided set of rules. Keep reading »

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