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Today’s Lady News: France May Not Ban The Burqa After All

  • A committee in France’s Parliament will stop short of recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing burqas at all places in France. Instead, the committee will only suggest body-covering veils be banned in public facilities, like on public transport or in hospitals. Muslim students have already been banned from wearing headscarves in the classroom since 2004. [Wall Street Journal]
  • According to new data from the Guttmacher Institute, teen pregnancy rose three percent from 2005 to 2006. The increase was mostly concentrated among 18- and 19-year-olds. Overall, abortions among teenagers rose one percent as well. [Time]
  • Speaking of teen pregnancy, even though the entire story is completely untrue, Lifetime’s made-for-TV-movie “The Pregnancy Pact,” about a group of teenaged girls who decide to get knocked up together, was the highest-rated among women ages 18 to 34 since 1994. I actually couldn’t watch more than 30 minutes of it before I had to stop! [Variety]

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Today’s Lady News: Meghan McCain Makes A Good Point About Boobs

  • Meghan McCain asks a really good question about boobs in her latest Daily Beast column: Why is it that Heidi Montag lands on the cover of People after her boob job, but more natural (we think) women like Jessica Simpson and Christina Hendricks are criticized for looking “big” when they flaunt their assets? Two points for coining the term “boob police,” Meghan. [The Daily Beast]
  • The Menifee Union School District in California pulled the Merriam-Webster’s 10th edition dictionary off the shelves because they contained the definition for “oral sex.” The school board will decide whether they’ll return the dictionaries to the classrooms. [L.A. Times]
  • Hooray for lady news anchors! Ratings for ABC’s “World News” have spiked eight percent since Diane Sawyer took the helm last month. [L.A. Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Get A Load Of Cornell’s Pi Phi Sorority Dress Code

  • Fashion guidelines for rushees to Cornell’s Pi Phi sorority have been circulating the interwebs: no khakis, no leggings worn as pants, no muffin tops, and you must have a mani and pedi. Seriously, don’t read this unless you are OK with your brain exploding. [Jezebel]
  • Nineteen-year-old Bristol Palin announced on Oprah Winfrey’s show today that she has taken an “abstinence pledge.” Bristol is the teen mother of baby Tripp, with ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston. [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: Spain Considers A Ban On Plastic Surgery Commercials Before 10 PM

  • Spain might soon pass a law banning TV commercials about plastic surgery, dieting, and beauty products before 10 pm. The law reads: “Broadcasters cannot carry advertisements for things that encourage the cult of the body and have a negative impact on self-image — such as slimming products, surgical procedures and beauty treatments — which are based on ideas of social rejection as a result of one’s physical image or that success is dependent on factors such as weight or looks.” [Advertising Age]

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Today’s Lady News: Cindy McCain Supports Gay Marriage … No, Seriously, She Does

  • Cindy McCain came out in favor of same-sex marriage for the NOH8 campaign, following in her daughter Meghan’s footsteps. [BuzzFeed]
  • In more McCain-y news, Sarah Palin will campaign for McCain in March when he runs for re-election in Arizona. Am I the only one who is shocked they still support each other? I guess where Sarah Palin goes, journalists and video cameras follow. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Ask Men Survey Finds “Older” Women The Most Desirable

  • Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson: Ask Men recently surveyed six million people online to rank the 99 most desirable female celebs, and “older” women in their 30s and 40s made up 40 percent of the list! Emmanuelle Chriqui, 32, was voted the number one most desirable actress and other favorite starlets include Padma Lakshmi, 39, and Halle Berry and Salma Hayek, who are both 43. [Vancouver Sun]

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Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

  • British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
  • For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will show women’s basketball in a marquee “College Game Day,” along with the male teams. “Look how society tends to embrace things men do,” said UConn basketball player Tina Charles. “By now, [men's basketball players] are used to this. It’s nothing new for them. But I feel this will be a turnaround [day] for women’s basketball. Finally, we’re being acknowledged for the things we do. There will be a lot of little girls watching us.” The one-hour game day telecast will showcase some of the best players on the UCONN team. [Hartford Courant]

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Today’s Lady News: Woman Has Beef With Florida Hospital Over Court-Ordered Bed Rest

  • Samantha Burton, 26, of Florida, hired the ACLU to strike down a court order sought by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after she was confined to bed rest against her will during a difficult pregnancy. In March 2009, Burton began to go into premature labor during her 25th week of pregnancy and went to the hospital. But when they told her she may have to be on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, Burton said she had to take care of her two toddlers at home. The hospital then received a court order to force Burton on bed rest to “preserve the life and health of [her] unborn child.” Sadly, Burton eventually ended up miscarrying. But now the ACLU is on the case over the alleged violation of Burton’s right to make her own medical decisions and arguing the court-ordered bed rest set a dangerous precedent for other pregnant women who may engage in risky behaviors. [ABC News]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announced she will make reducing childhood obesity the “legacy” of her husband’s term. Oops, I thought her legacy was buff upper arms. [New York Times]
  • Mattel wants you to vote on Barbie’s career for 2010. The options are: environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor or computer engineer. Naturally, I voted “news anchor,” then realized this bitch is probably going to steal my job out from under me. [Barbie.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Help Victims Of Haiti’s Devastating Earthquake

  • We’ve all been watching news about the earthquake in Haiti and we here at The Frisky hope all our readers’ family and friends are safe. For those of you who want to help, text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. You’ll be charged on your next phone bill and 100 percent of the money goes to the Red Cross. [American Red Cross]
  • If there was a doubt in your mind, yes, those two fashion-centered video games appearing this spring are targeted at you. [NYmag.com]
  • And now in Today’s Dude News: scientists say the Y chromosome is evolving faster than the rest of the human genetic code. Let’s just keep this news to ourselves, ‘kay, ladies? [MSNBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Anne Frank’s Protector, Miep Gies, Dead At 100

  • Miep Gies, who helped shelter Anne Frank‘s family, died yesterday at 100. After their Amsterdam hiding spot was busted by police, Gies, a secretary in the office where Frank’s family hid, rounded up Anne’s papers and locked them in a drawer. She claimed she never read Anne’s diary both because she did not want to abuse the teenager’s privacy, but also because she would have been tempted to burn any evidence about who hid the Jewish family from the Nazis. The Diary of a Young Girl was published in 1947 by Otto Frank, Anne’s father, the only family member to survive the concentration camps. [NPR]

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