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Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

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  • While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic violence has been a thread throughout my personal life, up to and including being a child repeatedly sexually assaulted, up to and including being an adult who’s been raped.” Much respect to her for sharing her personal story in such a public way. [Huffington Post
  • Adrienne Rich, feminist poet and essayist, died yesterday at age 82. [L.A. Times]
  • Out students at West Point are filming the military school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance since the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Allowed To Wear Shorts

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  • Female beach volleyball players at the 2012 Olympics will be allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops during their games or they can wear the traditional bikinis, according to new rules from the International Volleyball Federation. The allowance has been made to be culturally sensitive to some countries who may have reservations about women competing showing so much skin, the org explained. [AP]
  • Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is in hot water after publicly praising his daughters and wife for teaching him how to cook, clean and sew. [Huffington Post]
  • A Wisconsin conference for conservatives attended by several lawmakers this Saturday handed out anti-birth control literature to participants. [Think Progress]
  • Texas radio reporter Scott Braddock has allegedly lost his job for reporting on the state’s controversial, anti-abortion forced sonogram law. [Austinist Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

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Hi there! Jessica is out sick today — feel better, Jess! — so Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Jessica should hopefully be back tomorrow! 

Today’s Lady News: Belvedere Vodka’s Rapey New Ad

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  • Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad recently where a man pulls an open-mouthed woman down onto his lap with the headline, “Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly.” The company tweeted later that they were sorry “if any of our fans were offended,” although not for the actual creepy ad. The ad appears to have since been pulled. [Jessica Valenti]
  • Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Corbett dismissed criticism of the state’s new forced ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion, compassionately stating, “You just have to close your eyes.” [Huffington Post]
  • PA state senator Larry Farnese has introduced a bill that would require men seeking Viagra to first undergo a prostate exam, a cardiac stress test, and sex therapy. [Nerve]
  • You know things are bad for women’s rights in America when a Republican Congressman is urging women to donate their money to Democrats, who he calls “people who speak out on our behalf.” [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: AZ Grocer Covers Up Jessica Simpson’s Nude Magazine Cover

  • Look, I’m as sick of listening to Jessica Simpson talk about her copious amounts of amniotic fluid as you are. [I'm not sick of it! -- Editor] But really, Tucson, Arizona grocery store, was it necessary to cover up Jess’s naked, pregnant Elle magazine cover with a sign reading “Please Do Not Remove Cardboard”? [ABC News]
  • Abortion opponents performed six live ultrasounds in Idaho’s state capitol, where the legislature is debating forced ultrasounds for women seeking abortions. [Business Week]
  • New Hampshire’s state House voted to keep their law legalizing same-sex marriage in place. [Union Leader]
  • On why “choice” may not be the best framework to discuss women’s reproductive rights. [The Nation] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Black Women More Likely To Die From Breast Cancer

  • Black woman are more likely to die from breast cancer, despite being less likely to get cancer in the first place, according to a new study of women in 13 U.S. cities by the Avon Foundation For Women. Lack of access to affordable health care is one of the key problems to overcome. [Reuters]
  • Idaho’s governor is paying his male employees more money than his female ones — including one male director who was hired five years after a female director and supervises less people, but earns $40,000 more. And some say the wage gap doesn’t exist… [Think Progress]
  • Saudi Arabia may allow women to compete in the 2012 summer Olympics in London if their athleticism still “meet[s] the standards of women’s decency,” despite the fact that women are basically forbidden from sports there. [New York Times]
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