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Today’s Lady News: Sexist “Letterman” Comedy Booker Removed From Job

  • The “Late Show With David Letterman” comic booker who made a sexist comment about female comedians in the New York Times this weekend has been removed from his job. Eddie Brill, who booked comics for the past 11 years and only booked one female comic on the show during all of 2011, told the newspaper he didn’t feel most female comics were “authentic.” He was reportedly removed from his post for speaking to the press without authorization, however — not for the content of his comments. [Mirth Mag]
  • Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., included LGBT folks in her call for unity in a speech in Atlanta on the celebration of her father’s birthday. [The GA Voice]
  • The New York Times takes a look at the historical role of priests’ wives. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Letterman’s Comedy Booker Makes Dig At Female Comics

  • “The Late Show with David Letterman”‘s comedy booker, Eddie Brill, was profiled in The New York Times this weekend, and was asked about how only one woman (Karen Rontowski) was booked on the show during all of 2011. “There are a lot less female comics who are authentic,” he said. “I see a lot of female comics who, to please an audience, will act like men.” Now that he’s being criticized for his sexist attitude and commentary, Eddie Brill is accusing the reporter, Jason Zimon, of having it out for him. The reporter just says he was accurately quoting what the “Letterman” booker said … and, well, the fact that he only booked one woman on his show all year kind of speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  [New York Times, Mediaite, Mirth Mag] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Male Reporters Dominate Campaign Trail Coverage

  • Reporters on the campaign trail are skewing heavily male, according to an examination by the Columbia Journalism Review. According to NYU journalism professor Meryl Gordon, politics reporters at newspapers, glossy magazines and blogs are mostly men, and when there are women, there is usually only one or two. This, of course, is echoed in coverage on the campaign trail. [Columbia Journalism Review]
  • Props to Jessica Ahlquist, 16, of Rhode Island, who successfully won a legal battle over a religious prayer banner which was hung in the Cranston High School West auditorium. Jessica contacted the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU last year, which brought the case to a federal judge. Yesterday, the judge ruled that the prayer banner in a public school was indeed in violation and must immediately be removed. [Boston.com]
  • “Shit Homophobic People Say” — featuring quotes from actual homophobes! [YouTube] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Screw Up Their Children As Much As Bigots Might Hope

  • Adolescent children of lesbian parents are just as well-adjusted and happy with their quality of life as their peers whose parents are of the opposite sex, according to a study of 17-year-olds by the University of Amsterdam. [Think Progress
  • Women cancer survivors are now lobbying for a bald Barbie doll. [Boston.com]
  • Why does the international auto show in Detroit still use pretty women as eye candy? [Guardian UK]
  • Check out these new “Men Can Stop Rape” PSAs. [Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: CVS Refuses Emergency Contraception To Man, Suggests He’s A Rapist

  • A Texas man is suing a CVS pharmacy after it refused to sell him the morning-after pill, which he was purchasing for his wife. Jason Melbourne drove to four pharmacies until he found one which sold Plan B emergency contraception, but the pharmacist refused to sell it, pointing to the fine print that said he must be over age 17. He pointed out he is over age 17. The pharmacist then said she needed to see the ID of Melbourne’s wife (who was at home caring for the couple’s two children). A male pharmacy technician then intervened, presumably trying to help, and said they wouldn’t sell Plan B to men because men might be giving it to “rape victims.” Hoo boy. Now Jason Melbourne has enlisted the ACLU to help him fight against this BS. I know for a fact that pharmacies in general let you pick up prescriptions in loved one’s names. There is no reason the morning-after pill should be any different. [Think Progress Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Egyptian Woman Fights “Virginity Testing” — Er, Rape — By Police

  • While protesting at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Samira Ibrahim was grabbed by Egyptian soldiers, stripped, electrically prodded, and sexually assaulted, which they told her was a “virginity test.” She is just one of many women who have been sexually assaulted after being detained by soldiers. Samira, age 25, and her father have filed a court case against the government, which has led to a ban against so-called “virginity tests.” On Sunday, a court will hear evidence against a soldier who ordered the sexual assaults.  [New York Times, The National AE]
  • New Hampshire’s state House of Representatives has approved a “fetal homicide” bill allowing criminal charges against a person who causes the violent death of a fetus. Advocates for legal abortion say such bills are a sneaky way to conceptualize a fetus as a “person” who can be “murdered,” thus undermining abortion rights. But supporters of such bills say it allows the perpetrator to be doubly punished for hurting or killing a pregnant woman. [Union Leader]
  • The Pope has suggested same-sex marriage is a threat to “the future of humanity itself.” [Reuters]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should run as Obama’s vice president during the 2012 election, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller has suggested. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
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