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Today’s Lady News: 30,000 Women Given Sketchy Silicone Breast Implants

  • Over the past decade, over 30,000 women were given breast implants made by a French company called Poly Implant Prosthesis, which used industrial grade silicone instead of medical grade silicone to “cut corners.” Industrial grade silicone is highly dangerous if it leaks into the body, which breast implants have been known to do. [Guardian UK]
  • This blog post calls me a “victim blamer” when it comes to sexual assault because of this post I wrote.  I’ll let y’all be the judge of that. [Feministe]
  • And to that end, I enjoyed this piece by Salon.com writer Tracy Clark-Flory on how to prevent rape in a way that doesn’t blame the victims. [Salon]
  • Two violent sexual assaults have occurred in San Francisco’s Mission District. Here’s a sketch cops have released of the suspected perp. [Mission Local] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UN Releases First Report On LGBT Human Rights

  • The United Nations released its first report ever on the human rights of the LGBT community. It details the discrimination and hate-crimes that arise from homophobia around the world. [United Nations]
  • A former  N.B.A. security official claims he was fired after he reported witnessing acts of sexual harassment and discrimination towards women in the office. [NY Times]
  • A small study claims that more college-aged women are speaking in “vocal fry” thanks to pop songs. Vocal fry describes the creaky, raspy tone female pop-stars occasionally take on to reach lower notes. Think Britney Spears infamous “Oh baby, baby” line. Listen to site’s provided vocal clip to see if you’re taken on the tone! [MSNBC]
  • Forbes magazine defines the modern day feminist. [Forbes]
Today’s Lady News is a short one today because, uh, we’ve got a holiday party to get to.

Today’s Lady News: Women Could Die Under Abortion Bill Being Considered In Ohio

  • A “fetal heartbeat” bill under consideration in Ohio’s state senate would criminalize abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which is usually after seven weeks. This bill has no exemptions for rape victims, incest victims, or women with mental health issues. But the absolute scariest part of the bill is the lack of health exemptions for the pregnant woman unless the pregnancy presents an imminent danger to her health. One doctor who testified to the Ohio state senate said he performed an abortion on a woman whose fetus was attached to a major blood vessel; he questioned whether that blood vessel would have to rupture in order for the pregnancy to be considered life-threatening to the woman. This is scary stuff, Ohioans. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

  • The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
  • Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
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Today’s Lady News: PA Pulls Controversial Date Rape Drinking Ad

  • The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Commission has pulled a date rape awareness PSA that came under fire for appearing to blame the victims of date rape for drinking too much. The poster, which I wrote about last week, depicted a woman’s legs with her panties around the ankles and the words “02:19 A.M. She didn’t want to do it, but she couldn’t say no.” [Ad Week]
  • Speaking of rape: atheists are distrusted as much as rapists, according to a study by the University of British Columbia and the University of Oregon. Come on, people. Let’s redirect some of that mistrust at politicians, shall we? [Washington Post]
  • The state of North Carolina is considering ways to redress forced sterilizations of thousands of girls, boys, men, and women between the 1930s and the 1980s. People were sterilized for reasons like being poorly educated or having been raped and some were threatened that their family’s government aid would be revoked if they didn’t undergo the procedure. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Tech Execs Are (Almost) All Dudes

  • Executive positions in Silicon Valley are notoriously male-dominated, though this study reveals how dire the stats really are. Less than one out of every 28 executives in the tech field is a woman. Since tech companies are generally global, focus is more often on racial diversity rather than gender diversity. [New York Times]
  • Check out President Obama’s paternalistic, semi-condescending comments on the Plan B decision: “As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.” Obama won 56 percent of the female vote in 2008. Could recent backlash cost him much-needed female support in the next election? [ABC News]
  • Four ways the Plan B decision will hurt women of color. [ColorLines] Keep reading »
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