A TV segment on WJLA Channel 7 in Washington about breast self-exams will feature two women fully exposing their naked boobies on late-afternoon and evening broadcasts. One of the women is a cancer survivor who said she hopes to help other women spot cancer before it spreads. [Washington Post]—Awesome! It’s about time we stopped treating a woman’s body as if its only purpose is to make boners happen.
The health care bill written up by the House of Representatives officially prohibits domestic violence as a “pre-existing condition.” [SEIU.org]—Great! Now, how about we legislate getting raped isn’t a “pre-existing condition,” either?
Iceland is the best place in the world for women, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. The index ranked 134 countries based on women’s access to resources and opportunities like income parity, health care, paid maternity leave, and political empowerment. Iceland took Norway’s place this year as the best place in the world for women to live, while both the USA and the UK slid down the list. [Forbes]
Five people have been arrested in connection with the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a homecoming dance in Richmond, California, last week. So far all of the men arrested are under the age of 21, which is depressing. But what is even more horrifying is how police say possibly as many as 10 suspects took part in the gang rape while as many as 20 stood by and watched. [ABC News]
A 15-year-old girl was gang raped, beaten and robbed by as many as seven people after a homecoming dance at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Police say the girl left the dance and was invited by a friend to join a group drinking in a court yard near the school, where she consumed “a large amount of alcohol.” After being sexually assaulted, she was left semi-conscious near a picnic table and eventually found by someone who alerted the police. A 19-year-old and a 15-year-old have both been arrested, but cops say five others may have been involved. [MSNBC]—This incident would be sad enough if it hadn’t happened just last week at a school dance in the U.K., too.
A hopeful beauty queen for the Miss Plastic Hungary pageant (only for silicone-laden beauties!) fell over onstage and tore a ligament in her foot, allegedly under the weight of her new boobs. A friend told a newspaper, “She had not got used to the extra weight on top and her new hair extensions got in her eyes—she just lost her balance.” [News.com.au]
Pro-life extremists have taken to eBay to sell their “memorabilia”—a cookbook compiled by a woman in prison for abortion clinic bombings and arson, anyone?—to raise money for the defense of Scott Roeder, the man charged with murdering late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller. Other items include artwork by Roeder, an autographed bullhorn, and a pro-life manual by the extremist group, Army of God. EBay has not revealed whether it will allow November 1st auction to be held. [McClatchy]
When it comes to bikinis and abortion protesters, the blog posts just writes itself. Behold: “Millions of girls around the world need a great looking bikini to wear to the beach. Millions of babies around the world need to be saved from being brutally butchered. Bikinis 4 Babies combines these two needs by raising funds to help these innocent and defenseless children through selling some of the best looking bikinis, short sets, skirt sets, rompers & dresses at some of the lowest prices available anywhere.” It’s not quite as ridiculous as National Pro-Life Cupcakes Day, but it’s close! [Bikinis 4 Babies]
A woman who was stalked by the co-owner of a New Jersey skating rink was kicked off her roller derby team so they could keep practicing there. Marc Giaquinto, manager of InLine Morristown, was convicted of stalking a team member of the Morristown Madams by showing up at her home and office unannounced and tweeting about her online. In the d-baggiest move ever, the management of InLine Morristown told the Madams the stalking victim would be arrested for trespassing if she came to the rink to skate, so they took a vote. The other members of the Madams (who, ironically, raise money for women’s charities!) voted to stay at the rink, which meant asking the stalking victim to leave the team. The only good news here is that several of the Madams quit the team in protest. But interestingly, the victim said she is more hurt by her team members than by Giaquinto. She told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “Roller derby is supposed to be about sisterhood and women supporting women. And they (the Madams) are turning their backs on me. I did nothing wrong. It’s the team that made me feel victimized, not the case.” [New Jersey Star-Ledger]
A Chicago doctor and a women’s health clinic have filed a lawsuit in Illinois over a “parental notification law.” If the law goes into effect on Nov. 3, it would require a doctor to tell the parents before performing an abortion on girls under age 18. Girls can bypass notifying their parents by going before a judge, but the judge has 48 hours to rule. Parental notification also isn’t required in the case of a medical emergency or if the girl declares in writing that she is the victim of sexual abuse. [Chicago Tribune]
School officials in Huntington Beach, California read aloud the child rape scene in Maya Angelou‘s autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by way of encouraging the city council members to ban it. Book banning? In California? In 2009? Seriously? [Jezebel]
Yesterday, Tyra Banks did a show on “battered men syndrome,” about when women hit their boyfriends. OK, Tyra, listen up: While physical abuse is just as wrong when it happens to men, the fact is woman-on-man violence is not representative of the actual face of domestic violence. According to the American Bar Association, 1.3 million women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually, compared with 835,000 men. Studies have also shown women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men. A show like yours just contributes to the mistaken belief that women are just as likely to abuse their partners as men and dilutes how power dynamics between women and men factor into abuse. [Jezebel]
The city of Puebla, Mexico has introduced pink taxi cabs driven for women, by women to respond to the problem of “leering drivers.” Oh, hi, Mexico? How about punishing the “leering drivers” who are sexually harassing female cab customers instead? [Feministing]
Meghan McCain, 24-year-old daughter of Sen. John McCain, took to her column in the Daily Beast to declare “Don’t Call Me A Slut” after she posted a provocative pic on Twitter of herself late Wednesday night which prominently featured her boobs. “I have struggled to accept the fact that the way I look in a tank top comes off more ‘sexual’ than a flat-chested woman,” McCain wrote. “And once again I was reassured by the media that someone with my cup size should always be covered up. Or what, I’ll be seen as a slut?” The Daily Beast
Doctors are working on a new drug for women who suffer painful menstrual cramps, also called dysmenorrhea. The drug is named VA111913, manufactured by a British company, and it’s being tested on 128 women who say awful cramps interfere with their daily lives. [NY Daily News]
A woman who was raped 24 years ago, before the advent of DNA testing, is fighting a backlog on “rape kits,” in which DNA information is collected to identify the attacker. Lavinia Masters’ rape kit was finally opened in 2005, two full decades after her assault occurred, and the DNA in it matched up with a man who was already serving time in prison for other rapes. [CNN]
An Arizona mother of three will give birth to her fourth child 300 miles away at a hospital in Phoenix. Why? The closest hospital to her home refuses to assist with a vaginal birth after a woman has had a C-section (called a VBAC). [CNN]