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Today’s Lady News: Psychology Today Fires “Black Women Are Ugly” Author

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Today’s Lady News: School For Teen Moms Closes In Detroit

  • A school for teenaged mothers and pregnant teen girls, Catherine Ferguson Academy, closed in Detroit due to budget cuts. [The Grio]
  • “People are going to say, ‘I gotta make a choice and go with the intelligent woman who’s every bit as attractive.’” — Depressing quote from an article about Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin’s rumored presidential campaigns. [Politico]
  • In other Palin news, the UK’s Margaret Thatcher is really not interested in meeting her. [The Sun UK]
  • The EU has warned Germany, Austria and the Netherlands that they have to better integrate women into their workforces. [Daily Mail UK]

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Today’s Lady News: MSNBC Host Suggests Wife Is “Partly Responsible” For Weiner’s Behavior

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews suggested on his program yesterday that Huma Abedin, wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner and top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, may be “partly responsible” for the dick pics he’s been tweeting to strange women. Oh, yeah? Partly responsible for his behavior, you say? Explain that to me, please. [Think Progress]
  • The hotel housekeeper who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss Kahn, former chief of the International Monetary Fund, will take the stand to testify against him, her lawyer announced. [New York Times]
  • Four-year-old artist Aelita Andre is showing her work in her first exhibition. Allow me to repeat: she’s four. [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Pleaded “Not Guilty” In Sexual Assault

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former chief of the International Monetary Fund, pleaded not guilty to the accusation that he sexually assaulted a maid in a New York City hotel room. [New York Daily News]
  • Demi Moore will host a CNN special report on sex trafficking. [New York Times]
  • Victims of sterilization in North Carolina, targeted by eugenics boards because they were poor blacks, are speaking out about their stories. [WRAL]

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Today’s Lady News: 14-Year-Old Girl Can Spell “Cymothichous” (And You Can’t)

  • Sukanya Roy, 14, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. Sukanya is the 46th female to win and the fourth consecutive Indian-American. Sukanya’s winning word was “cymothichous,” which is Greek for “wavy-haired.” Congratulations! [The Mary Sue]
  • Melinda Hernandez, 30, was a juror in the controversial trial that acquitted NYPD’s “rape cops” last week. A self-described feminist, Hernandez spoke with Women’s eNews about how the jury came to their “not guilty” verdict and her anguish that there was not enough evidence to put the cops behind bars. “I was a juror and I am a feminist. This was devastating to me,” Hernandez said. “But I had to do my job and be fair and impartial. A person is innocent until proven guilty. The burden — and it is a burden — remains on the victim. Perhaps if there were women demonstrating outside the courthouse every day it may have helped the jurors be more aware and more conscious of their verdicts. Who knows?” [Womens eNews]

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Today’s Lady News: The New York Times Appoints Jill Abramson As First Female Executive Editor

  • Jill Abramson has been appointed the first female executive editor of The New York Times, replacing current top dog Bill Killer Keller. Abramson has been managing editor since 2003 and was Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter before that. [New York Times]
  • Abortion is “morally acceptable” to 39 percent of Americans polled in a new Gallup poll on major issues, while 51 percent find abortion “morally wrong.” (Thanks to commenter LR52185 for the link!) [Economist]
  • The British author V.S. Naipul thinks female writers suck, especially Jane Austen. What a bonehead. [Gawker]

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Today’s Lady News: Male Politician “Meows” At Female Colleague In Flagrant Act Of Immaturity

  • This is the kind of BS that women in politics have to put up with: David Bushby, a male politician in Australia, was told not to interrupt by female politician Penny Wong, and he responded by meowing at her. [Telegraph UK, YouTube]
  • How to write about Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann without invoking a “catfight.” [Poytner]
  • Meghan McCain, a conservative columnist for The Daily Beast, is penning a book with comedian Michael Ian Black called Stupid For America. [Paste Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Egyptians Protest “Virginity Tests” On Women

  • Egyptians are holding an online protest tomorrow against the military’s use of “virginity tests” on female protestors (i.e. sexual assault). The Egyptian military claims it needs to test women for virginity to make sure they are not prostitutes, which, of course, serves as a deterrent for women to protest in the first place. [Guardian UK]
  • Psychology Today apologized this weekend for publishing a racist blog post in which evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanzawa sought to explain that black women were less attractive than women of other races. [The Atlantic Wire]
  • Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi women’s rights activist, has dropped her campaign to get women to break the law and drive cars on June 17. Al-Sharif was released from jail yesterday after being detained by Saudi police for a week. [The Atlantic Wire]

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Today’s Lady News: NYPD “Rape Cop” Jurors Speak Out

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Today’s Lady News: MSNBC Suspends Commentator One Week Without Pay For “Slut” Comments

  • MSNBC’s Ed Schultz was suspended for one week for calling talk radio host Laura Ingraham a “slut” twice on air. Sigh. There are many ways to call out Ingraham for her backwards politics. Calling her a slut shouldn’t be one of them. [The Wrap]
  • How much good did Oprah Winfrey do in her 25 years on air? While she did raise awareness about domestic violence, gay rights, eating disorders, and AIDS, she also devoted a hell of a lot of time shilling products that would make us fabulous and talking about weight loss. [Women In Media & News]
  • A Texas judge plans to void the marriage of a transgender woman, whose firefighter husband died last year on the job, so she cannot access his death benefits. The widow was born a man and because Texas does not recognize same-sex marriage, her husband’s family does not think she’s entitled to the money. Ugh, do any of these people have a heart? [Newser]

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