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Today’s Lady News: U.S. House Could Not Pass Anti-Child Marriage Bill

  • A bill to further protect girls around the world from child marriage failed to pass the House of Representatives yesterday, despite unanimously passing in the Senate. According to The Washington Post, some members of Congress had circulated memos urging people not to support the bill because it would “overturn pro-life laws.” However, the words “abortion” and “family planning” were not mentioned anywhere within the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who sponsored the bill, said: “The action on the House floor stopping the Child Marriage bill tonight will endanger the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. These young girls, enslaved in marriage, will be brutalized and many will die when their young bodies are torn apart while giving birth. Those who voted to continue this barbaric practice brought shame to Capitol Hill.” Frankly, I’m disgusted right now. [Washington Post]
  • Air New Zealand will be taking down a billboard which reads “Fares lower than your grandma’s boobs” after complaints that it is sexist and ageist. [Stuff NZ]

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Today’s Lady News: And Now, A 12-Year-Old Will Lecture You About Abortion

  • You know you want to listen to a 12-year-old girl spew anti-abortion rhetoric while comparing the procedure to a “personal choice,” like choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I’m guessing she didn’t write the script for this lecture? [VideoGum]
  • A National Organization for Women chapter in California plans to file complaints against Hooters restaurants in the state for selling merchandise geared towards children, like tee shirts in child sizes with statements like “Future Hooters Girl.” Um, ew. [SFist]
  • The fifth season of “Skins” in the U.K. will star a gender-bending girl named Franky Fitzgerald. [AfterEllen.com]

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Today’s Lady News: The DMV Now Offering Opinions About Your Sex Life

  • Meet Amber Yust, a transgender San Francisco woman who contacted the DMV to change her official gender from “male” to “female” and received a letter from a bigoted DMV staffer calling her an “abomination” and a DVD comparing homosexuality to being possessed by demons. Now Yust, 23, is suing because it turns out the same DMV employee refused to process another transgendered woman’s name-change application back in 2009. [Queerty]
  • Last week, Rep. Tom Perriello introduced the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would revamp the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights by expanding the list of offenses that must be included in a campus sexual assault policy to include sex offenses, stalking, and domestic violence, among other things. [SAFERcampus.org]

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Today’s Lady News: Women Win “The Amazing Race” For The First Time

  • For the first time ever, an all-female team has won the reality show “The Amazing Race.” It only took 17 seasons! Congratulations to the lucky winners, Nat Strand and Kat Chang, who took home a $1 million prize. [New York Times]
  • Women did not advance much in the nation’s boardrooms this year: In fact, 136 Fortune 500 companies still have no women executives. Catalyst, a non-profit that gathers data on women in the workplace, has all the depressing stats. [Reuters]
  • Looking for holiday gift ideas for teen girls other than lip gloss and sweatpants with the word “Juicy” across the butt? Bitch Magazine has a list of great feminist presents, including books, subscriptions to magazines and summer camp. Damn, I wish back in the day someone had given me a book called The Girls’ Guide To Rocking! [Bitch Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Tales Of A Hooters Girl

  • American journalist Paige Ferrari, who lives in Tokyo, got a job at Hooters’ new restaurant in Japan and shares with us all the fascinating world behind the Hooters Girl “image training.” Hooters’ definitions of titillation versus sleaze are utterly fascinating. [Slate]
  • Frisky contributer Chloe Angyal had lasers pointed at her vagina for treatment of chronic pain during sex — and here’s her account. [Salon]
  • Nashville, Tennessee’s Metro police department is being criticized for employing officers with past domestic violence arrests. At least 10 officers were arrested for domestic violence within the past five years and eight were allowed to keep their gigs and two other cases are pending. One officer was even arrested twice for domestic violence. [The Tennessean]

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Today’s Lady News: Crazies To Protest Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

  • Is resting in peace too much to ask for Elizabeth Edwards, who died on Tuesday from cancer? The anti-gay fundamentalist group Westboro Baptist Church will protest her funeral this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, supposedly for leading a covetous and godless life. Yeah, that won’t be even more traumatic for her kids Jack, Emma Claire and Cate Edwards. Let’s hope the mainstream media just ignores those a**holes. [CBS News]
  • The “Brenda Starr” comic strip will cease to run after January 2, the Tribune Media Company has announced. “Brenda Starr” has been a redheaded, world-traveling reporter for over 70 years. While she once appeared in over 250 newspapers, she lately only appeared in three dozen. Now she’ll go with the “Cathy” cartoon to that great lady cartoon strip in the sky. [The Wrap]
  • Ultrasounds may not be needed before taking the “abortion pill,” mifepristone, particularly because the extra cost added on by having a sonogram can make ending a pregnancy financially out of reach for some people, according to a new study. Ultrasounds usually cost $350 to $650 and are typically used to find how far along a pregnancy is; however, they are not necessarily medically necessary to safely use mifepristone, said Gynuity Health Projects in New York City. [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Dr. Oz Spanked For Naughty Nurses Segment

  • Time for some triage, Oprah: “The Dr. Oz Show” is in trouble for stereotyping naughty nurses! A November segment featured six women — uh, not nurses — dressed in retro nurse costumes with red lingerie peeking out and high heels as they danced around host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Klassy! A group called The Truth About Nursing called the segment a “sexist caricature of nursing” that further demeans the predominantly female profession. “The Dr. Oz Show” apologized and called it an “attempt at humor.” [AP]
  • The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article which said Planned Parenthood would be offering gift certificates for abortions. This article got picked up by other news outlets, despite the fact that it’s patently untrue: Planned Parenthood is, in fact, offering coupons for preventative services, such as birth control pills, but the coupons are not available for abortions. [Care2.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Online Vote Abortion Poll Hoax Comes To A Merciful End

  • The online poll by a Minnesota couple regarding whether they should have an abortion is, mercifully, over. Factoring in duplicate votes, 78 percent of voters told Pete and Alisha Arnold to have an abortion, but not accounting for duplicate votes, 74 percent told the Arnolds to have a baby. Too bad it doesn’t matter anyway because the whole thing was all an anti-abortion hoax! [Gawker, USA Today]
  • Time magazine’s 2010 “Person of the Year” poll is out and, of 27 competitors, only six are women and three of those women are grouped together. I’m thinking this means Time‘s person of the year is going to have a penis. [Time.com]
  • Today is the 16th 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot 14 women at the Polytechnique engineering school because he blamed feminists for his problems. [Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca]

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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Asked, “Which Designers Do You Prefer?”

  • Speaking on a panel in Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by a moderator, “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton asked, “What designers of clothes?” and the moderator answered yes. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Clinton asked, apparently with a laugh. The moderator responded, “Probably not. Probably not.” Well-handled. [Styleite]
  • Failed Tea Party/Republican Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell — “I’m not a witch!” — has scored a book deal with St. Martin’s. [Gawker]
  • Keith Olbermann slammed Bristol Palin on a recent show, dubbing her “the worst person” for being a spokeswoman for abstinence. Bristol Bristol’s ghostwriter hastily penned a response on Facebook Notes to say “accusing me of hypocrisy is by now an old canard.” One thing is for sure: both of these people are extremely, extremely annoying. [Facebook]

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Today’s Lady News: Metal Band Gwar Disembowels Sarah Palin Effigy Onstage

  • The monster-costumed death metal band Gwar disemboweled a Sarah Palin effigy onstage at a concert. I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but that’s hella disturbing even for “death metal.” (Apparently the band “kills” lots of public figures onstage, both males and females. So it’s not necessarily misogynist, but I still can’t help but be freaked out by what kinds of people enjoy seeing her effigy “die” onstage.) [Daily Beast]
  • Crap, how could I have missed this one? Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give her up bus seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. [ColorLines]
  • A civil union bill passed in the Illinois state senate on Monday that affords gay couples some of the same benefits as married couples, like the right to visit a partner in the hospital. The bill has already passed in Illinois state House. Illinois now joins California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in giving civil unions or domestic partnerships to gay couples. [Feminist.org]

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