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Today’s Lady News: Jean Biden, Mother Of The Vice President, Dies At 92

Jean Biden, mother of Vice President Joe Biden, passed away today at 92. [Boston.com]
Portugal passed a bill today to allow gay marriage, which the conservative president is unlikely to veto. So. Gay marriage in a predominantly Catholic country in Europe, but not California,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2010

Today’s Lady News: All The Single Ladies (Buy Their Own Homes)

In the past 12 months, single gals were 21 percent of new home buyers while single men were just 10 percent. However, married couples are still the number one group of new home buyers. [New York Times]
Anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, have been photographed wearing fake escort vests so as to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2010

Today’s Lady News: David Letterman Offends Transgender Community

Some folks are upset that David Letterman poked fun of Amanda Simpson, President Obama’s appointee to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security, for being transgender. His supporters, however, say he was actually doing the opposite and making fun of anti-trans sentiments. You can watch the clip above and judge for…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 6, 2010

Today’s Lady News: “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” Heads To The Stage?

The artistic director of a theater company has bought the rights to turn Tucker Max’s magnum opus, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, into a stage production. I hope they serve beer at any future performances, because I will need it. [Gawker]
“The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, is the first female-driven flick to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Are Male Novelists Less Macho Now?

Controversial women’s issues writer Katie Roiphe penned an essay for Sunday’s New York Times Book Review lamenting what’s happened to male novelists writing about sex. In the ’60s and ’70s, many balked at the ravenous, at times violent, depictions of sexuality in books by writers like Philip Roth, John Updike and Norman Mailer. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin, The World’s Most Admired Women

I’m not surprised that according to a recent Gallup poll, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the world (16 percent), but I am surprised that she nudged ahead of Sarah Palin for that position by just a hair (15 percent). Three women in the top five are all African-American—Oprah,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2009

Today’s Lady News: The Geek Stereotype Keeps Girls From Studying Science

Dr. Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, is supporting President Obama’s plans to improve America’s dismal math and science rankings and she’s zeroing in on the cultural expectations we have for girls. Dr. Ride recalled a recent science expo she attended where the mom of a 12-year-old girl made a big fuss over her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Boomer Ladies Love Their Books

Power to the lady boomers! In the first nine months of 2009, women ages 43 to 61 were the single biggest book buyers, followed by women ages 20 to 30. There’s bad news, though: the crappy economy has led 68 percent of women surveyed to cut their book purchases, meaning all your writer friend…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Carrie Bradshaw Is An Icon For The Decade

The ’70s had Mary Tyler Moore. The ’80s had Murphy Brown. The ’90s had Ellen. And the aughties have Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex & The City,” writes Naomi Wolf. [Guardian UK]
“If I see a floral print or pastel dress in my closet, I think: ‘Ugh, gross! I don’t want to wear that,’” a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2009

Today’s Lady News: What Is A “Necessity Defense”?

Yesterday a judge in Wichita, KS, ruled on the “necessity defense,” which anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder has tried to use to justify murdering Dr. George Tiller, who performed abortions. The judge said he would allow limited use of the “necessity defense,” which means Roeder’s lawyers can present evidence and argue that Roeder killed Tiller because…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Teen Pregnancy Is Out Of Control

Recent data from the Centers For Disease Control says that in 2007, the teen birth rate rose for the second year in a row. Births to moms ages 15 to 19 rose one percent between ’06-’07 and five percent between ’05-’07. Well, good job, abstinence-only sex ed. Thankfully, Congress recently allocated money to comprehensive sex

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 22, 2009

Today’s Lady News: “Sex And The City” Star Speaks Out For Abortion Rights

“Sex and the City”‘s Cynthia Nixon is speaking out for abortion rights in light of the restrictive Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the House health care reform bill and the Nelson-Hatch Amendment in the Senate’s bill. Nixon recently told CNN.com: “My mother had an illegal abortion pre-1973, and it’s something that I would never want to face…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Mouse Poop At The Plastic Surgeon’s

Ick, ick, ick: a plastic surgeon’s office in Connecticut had its license suspended after the discovery of egregious health violations, including MOUSE POOP on the surgery tools. Dr. Teresita Mascardo’s Plastic Surgery Center had nine violations including re-sealed one-use instruments with bodily fluids on them and an unlicensed anesthesiologist. Yet another reason to be skeezed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 18, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Going Limp

What? Could this be? You mean school kids will actually learn useful stuff about sex? Like how their own bodies work and how not to get pregnant? CRAZY TALK. But if the rumors are true, Congress recently passed the 2010 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill, which eliminates funding for abstinence-only sex ed. And yesterday, President Obama…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 17, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Male Columnist Calls For More Female Sex Scandals!

Perhaps inspired by the Daily Beast article on the very same subject, a male op-ed columnist for the Washington Post wondered why women don’t have sex scandals like men (um, men like Tiger Woods) do. [WaPo]
Remember yesterday when I wrote about the 14-year-old boy in California who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Washington, D.C. Approves Same-Sex Marriage!

Washington, D.C.’s city council approved a same-sex marriage bill today and Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to sign it into law before Christmas. [Washington Post]
To illustrate an article about African-American books, the magazine Publisher’s Weekly chose a cover of a black woman with hair picks sticking out from her head in the shape of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 15, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Houston Elects A Lesbian Mayor

Holy crap! This weekend, Houston, Texas, elected Annise Parker, an openly gay woman, as their mayor. Parker, a Democrat, celebrated her win with her partner and their three children. Texas, we are sorry we have judged you so harshly in the past. [Houston Chronicle]
Women comprise more than half of the entrants in this year’…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 14, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Jenny Sanford Files For Divorce

Jenny Sanford has filed for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina, who caused a scandal earlier this year when it was discovered he was carrying on an affair with a woman in Argentina. On Barbara Walters’ most interesting people special Wednesday night, Sanford wisely said, “Certainly [my husband’s] actions hurt me, and they…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 11, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Houston Might Elect A Lesbian Mayor!

Who would have thought the largest American city to (hopefully) elect an openly gay woman as mayor would be Houston, Texas? Cross your fingers for Annise Parker, a Democratic Houston City Controller and a lesbian, in the election this weekend. Parker has a small lead in the polls but is struggling against homophobia. One anti-gay…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 10, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Scenes From A Sarah Palin Book Signing

Blogger Amanda Hess at The Sexist braved the snow outside at Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue book signing in Fairfax, Virginia, to ask all the ladies waiting in line what the ex-guv means for women and feminism. Typical quotes? “[Palin] presents herself feminine…The impression is that feminists are women who don’t like to value their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 9, 2009
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