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Today’s Lady News: Diddy Publishes Photography Book About Butts

  • Diddy, Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and photographer Rafael Mazzucco have published a new book about women’s butts called Culo by Mazzucco. (Culo is the Italian word for ass.) As an appreciator of booty, I think the books sounds like 240 pages of awesome. But some might say it “objectifies women by way of dismemberment,” as Clutch Magazine suggests. What do you think — is a photography book of women’s butts offensive? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Doctors are pissed at Rep. Michele Bachmann for making unsubstantiated comments at the Tea Party debate about the HPV vaccine causing mental retardation. Experts say that every time false alarms are raised by politicians/celebs about vaccines, vaccination rates drop. [New York Times]
  • Fox News commentator Dr. Keith Ablow compares Chaz Bono’s appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” to heroin addicts and people with anorexia. I can’t even approach the stupidity of this one. [Think Progress]

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Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann Jokes About Ex-Gay Therapy

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann made an insensitive quip about the so-called “ex-gay therapy” her husband does on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, joking that she thought it was “a mid-life crisis line — ‘Pray away the grey.’” Har har har. [Think Progress]
  • Remember that piece in Psychology Today last year about a “study” that “proved” black women are unattractive? The London School of Economics has decided to place its author, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, on teaching probation for one year for making the school look bad. [Racialicious]
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends today: lesbian and gay troops will no longer be forced to hide their sexuality while serving in the military! [Washington Blade]

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Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Schools Michele Bachmann On The HPV Vaccine

  • Kristen Schaal was on “The Daily Show” last night as Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent addressing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest WTF claim that she met a woman whose child became mentally retarded from the HPV vaccine. Which, as you may have heard, the medical community says is total BS. Wear headphones and there’s imagery that’s NSFW at the end, so make sure your boss isn’t a-lurkin’! [The Daily Show]
  • Virginia may lose all 22 clinics that provide abortion. What does that mean? People who can afford to will travel up to places like New York where abortion is much more accessible. And everyone who can’t afford it? If you have an unintended pregnancy, then it sucks to be you. [New York Times]
  • Journalist Lea Goldman at Marie Claire examines the “pinkification” of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), when tons of products become pink and we’re told a portion goes to breast cancer research. But how much money do researchers actually receive — and how much of this is just opportunistic hucksterism? [Marie Claire]

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Today’s Lady News: On The Texas Cheerleader Forced To Cheer For Her Rapist

  • We’ve long been following the story of the Texas cheerleader who was kicked off the squad for refusing to cheer for a student athlete who sexually assaulted her. Hillaire, of Sislbee, Texas, was 16 years old when she was raped in October 2008 by fellow student Rakheem Bolton, then 17, at a party. Bolton and three other boys removed her clothes and locked the door; a friend outside the door heard Hillaire saying “No!” and “Stop!” That friend kicked the door open to find Hillaire on the floor crying; three of the four boys had broken a window and fled. That same night, the owner of the house called 911 to report a rape. Despite all this, Rakheem Bolton initially claimed the sex was consensual, fueling rumors she was embarrassed because he is black and she is white. Rakheem Bolton eventually plead guilty to assault, but continued playing on the Silsbee basketball team. (Never mind that under Texas law, neither a minor nor someone who is intoxicated can legally consent to sex.) Four months later when it came time to cheer for the basketball team, Hillaire refused. Her coach told her she had to cheer “for everyone” or leave. So she left. She was then kicked off the cheerleading squad, which prompted her father to file several lawsuits against the school district, the superintendant and the principal. All lawsuits were unsuccessful and — if all this is not crazy enough — one ruling declared that Hillarie and her family had to reimburse the school district for legal fees. If it’s any consolation, an appeals court ruled this week that Hillaire and her family are not required to pay the entire $35,000 in fees. I don’t know about you, but that hardly seems like something to celebrate. I heartily encourage you to read this Daily Beast piece, because it is fantastic — as well as heartbreaking. [The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Let’s Stop Blaming Victims Of Hackers (Who Happen To Have Nude Pics)

  • This needs to be said: Let’s stop blaming Scarlett Johansson and the other victims of nude pic hackers, shall we? [How About We]
  • Teonna Brown, a Maryland teenager, was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for beating a transgender woman inside a McDonald’s. Brown plead guilty to first-degree assault and a hate crime for the disturbing attack, which was caught on video and posted online. [AP]
  • A writer for xoJane on being in an abusive marriage — and how she left. [xoJane]

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Today’s Lady News: Dick Cheney Supports Gay Marriage On “The View”

  • Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne Cheney appeared on “The View” this morning and voiced their support for gay marriage. The Cheneys have a daughter who is a lesbian and partnered with two kids. He said, “I think freedom means freedom for everybody and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation.” We agree on something?!? Get the smelling salts, Amelia! I’m going to faint! [YouTube via Think Progress]
  • On Serena Williams and fear of the “angry black woman.” [Feministing]
  • Do you find the term “wifey” offensive? To be honest, I hadn’t given it any thought. [Essence]

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Today’s Lady News: Why Does The Female Orgasm Exist?

  • We know it’s fun — but does the female orgasm serve a biological purpose? It could be argued either way! Blogger Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon attempts to explain what’s up with what goes on down there. [Salon]
  • A North Carolina House of Representatives committee has advanced a bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the state. [WRAL]
  • Remember Krystal Ball, the Virginia congressional candidate whose campaign was smeared with risqué photos of her and her ex-husband holding a sex toy? Ball now has an enviable career as a professional political pundit on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Nancy Upton Wins American Apparel’s Plus-Size Model Contest

  • Nancy Upton, the winner of American Apparel’s plus-size model contest, penned an article about why she spoofed the fat-women-as-pigs stereotype in her submission photos. “[With the contest, t]he company was co-opting the mantra of plus-size empowerment and glazing it with its unmistakable brand of female objectification,” Upton wrote. “The puns, the insulting, giggly tones, and the over-used euphemisms for fat that were scattered throughout the campaign’s solicitation began to crystalize an opinion in my mind.” Make sure you read your whole piece, because it’s very thought-provoking. [The Daily Beast]
  • An Atlanta club promoter is offering discounts for his parties to African-American women with natural hair. Hmm, what do we think about this? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Why are TV shows losing women writers? Some veteran producers weigh in. [AOL TV]

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Today’s Lady News: 12th-Grader Kicked Out Of School For Being Lesbian

  • A Christian private school in West Simsbury, Connecticut called The Master’s School asked rising 12th grader Rachel Aviles to leave after it found out she is a lesbian. [Think Progress]
  • This weekend, Jezebel blogger Jenna Sauers was riding the NYC subway home early in the morning when a man across the subway platform started masturbating while staring at her. Sauers spoke to a station agent, who called police, but the cops did not arrive anytime soon and she never found out whether this man was later apprehended. [Jezebel]
  • How Michele Bachmann avoids gender politics in her presidential campaign. [The Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Supports Anti-Abortion “Heartbeat Bill”

  • Rick Perry, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, has thrown his support behind Ohio’s anti-abortion “heartbeat bill,” which would criminalize an abortion as early as a fetal heartbeat can be detected (which can be six or seven weeks). I would like to hibernate until this election is over. Can I do that? [Think Progress]
  • The First Lady is calling on Americans to volunteer their time on 9/11 to honor the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Will you be volunteering? [Essence]
  • Blogger Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress asks, at what point do depictions of rape or domestic violence in pop culture become gratuitous? [Think Progress]

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