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Today’s Lady News: Has The TSA Been Singling Out Black Women With Natural Hair?

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  • There’s been several documented incidents of black women with natural hair who have been stopped by the TSA at airports for pat-downs, in which officers pat their hair. Some of the women had already passed through body scanners as well. Now some are questioning whether a racial bias is behind the TSA singling out black women with natural hair. [NY Times]
  • The New York City hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss Kahn, then the chief of the IMF, of sexual assault has released her medical report. Nafissatou Diallo’s medical report states “Cause of the injuries: assault, rape,” which is consistent with Diallo’s claims about the alleged attack. Critics say the medical report is bunk because it only states what Diallo reported to doctors. [Gothamist]
  • Wait, cleavage wrinkles are a thing? [Beauty Schooled Project]

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Today’s Lady News: New Anti-Abortion Billboard Targeting Blacks Accuses “Betrayal”

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  • Another day, another anti-abortion billboard targeted at black women, this time in Atlanta. The latest billboard shows images of pro-choice leaders, like Rev. Jesse Jackson and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, with the word “Betrayed” written in red as if it’s dripping in blood. It directs people to the website AbortionInTheHood.com, which lists statistics that try to portray abortion as a racist plot to eradicate the country of black people. Similar billboards have gone up in Oakland and New York City. [Florida Independent]

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Today’s Lady News: Rick Perry Flip-Flops On HPV Vaccines For Girls

  • In 2007, Governor Rick Perry of Texas signed an executive order requiring that all girls receive the HPV vaccine in sixth grade, unless parents decided to opt-out. It was seen as a controversial decision at the time because HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and the vaccine acknowledged that adolescent girls are sexually active. However, some strains of HPV can cause cervical cancer, so many saw Perry’s decree as a net positive. Over the past several years, Perry has publicly stated he is proud of the decision and “I did what was right from my perspective.” This weekend, however, Perry changed his tune about the HPV vaccine for girls. Could it be because he accounced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination this weekend as well? Nahhh, that couldn’t be it. [NYMag.com]
  • A New Jersey bill ensuring rape victims do not have to pay for their own rape kits (a collection of DNA taken from a victim which can be used by police to identify the rapist) is still awaiting signature by Governor Chris Christie. [Think Progress]
  • Here’s a quick, handy-dandy chart explaining where all the 2012 presidential candidates stand on basic rights for lesbians and gays. [MarriageEquality.org]

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Today’s Lady News: GOP Debate Asks Michele Bachmann About “Submission” To Husband

  • The GOP held a debate last night for wannabe presidential nominees and Rep. Michele Bachmann was asked about statements she has made in the past that a husband should be the head of the household and a wife should be “submissve” to him. As the moderator asked, “As president, would you submissive to your husband?” the audience booed like mad. In response, Bachmann praised her husband and said to them, “submission” means “respect.” I’m sorry, but I don’t buy that pile of BS from her. They very well may respect each other deeply, but this looks to me like she’s flip-flopping on her belief of male headship of the household in front of the cameras. What do you think? [Think Progress]
  • Sarah Palin says something sensible about the notion that if she and Michele Bachmann both ran for president there would a catfight. “It’s kind of even a sexist notion to consider that two women would be kind of duking it out,” Palin said. “If I’m gonna duke it out I’m gonna duke it out with the guys.” [Politico]
  • Feminist icon Gloria Steinem visited “The Colbert Report” last night — you should watch! [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: MTV’s New iCondom App Helps You Find Places To Buy Condoms

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  • MTV’s Staying Alive HIV prevention campaign partnered up with iCondom for a new iPhone app that allows users to search via GPS for places to buy condoms. While I commend MTV commitment to promoting safe sex, I also think it’s stupid to make it seem to adolescents that condoms are hard to find. You can get them at nearly every pharmacy, grocery store, big box store, and even gas station. [Clutch Magazine]
  • If you thought my post earlier today about the racial politics of “The Help” movie was interesting, you may also want to read this “Open Letter to Fans of ‘The Help,” from the Association of Black Women Historians. [Clutch Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: NYC Public Schools To Require Students Take Sex Ed

  • Beginning this year, New York City’s public middle school and high school students will be required to take sex education classes. Classes include directions on how to use a condom and discussions about STDs and pregnancy. Wait, what, this didn’t already exist? Apparently not. The New York Times reports this is the first time in almost 20 years students are required to take sex ed in this level of detail. [New York Times]
  • The New York Times Magazine has a piece coming up this weekend about “pregnancy reduction,” which is when someone who is pregnant with twins or other multiples aborts some of the fetuses so that they only give birth to one child. [New York Times Magazine]
  • Women only hold one-quarter of jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, which is the same level they did in 2000. [Think Progress]

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Today’s Lady News: Sean Hannity Will Not Pay For Your Birth Control, You Whore

  • Why does anyone go on Fox News “talk shows” when they just get screamed at? Sean Hannity burst a vein in his neck bellowing about how if he is not having the sex, he shouldn’t be “paying for” the birth control under the new health care reform laws. People should have “responsibility,” you see, and pay for their own birth control or practice abstinence. Abstinence, as you know, is wonderfully realistic for horny Americans! I wonder if Hannity objects as strongly to paying for other people’s lung cancer treatments, other people’s cirrhosis, and other people’s Five Guys-induced diabetes, which are all things Hannity is already “paying for.” Don’t they have a “responsibility,” too? Anyway, not having sex is clearly a topic this man is familiar with. [Media Matters]
  • Meet Rosie, a golden retriever therapy dog, who recently sat on the witness stand with a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped her. Dogs like Rosie cuddle and nuzzle child victims as they sit on the stand and help them keep calm while recounting their stories. Critics are concerned, however, that a cute puppy dog elicits too much sympathy from the jury and will sway opinions. (Yes, this is a Lady News story, because Rosie is a lady dog!) [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: NYPD “Rape Cops” Sentenced

  • The NYPD officer accused of raping a drunk woman in 2008 was sentenced today. Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted of rape charges in May, was sentenced to one year in jail for three counts of official misconduct. Moreno and his partner, Franklin Mata, were also kicked off the NYPD. [New York Observer]
  • Anti-abortion groups seeking to gather signatures to put a “fetal personhood” amendment on the ballot have gotten approval from the state government to move forward. Activists need 48,000 signatures in order to put a initiative on the ballot in the 2012 election that will grant fetuses the same rights as human beings and therefore criminalize all abortions. [Florida Independent]
  • Nafissatou Diallo, the housekeeper who was allegedly sexually assaulted in the NYC hotel where she is employed, has filed a civil lawsuit against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund. The lawsuit asks for unspecified monetary damages for physical, emotional and psychological harm. Strauss-Kahn has denied all charges against him. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

As you read this, I’m on a beach with my toes in the sand and a trashy novel on my lap. Jealous? You should be. Anyhoo, Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Be back on Monday! Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Victim’s Lawyers Claim Dominique Strauss Kahn Sexually Harassed Stewardesses

  • Air France may have had an unofficial policy to only allow men to work in first-class when ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn flew on the airline because he may have sexually harassed female flight attendants, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien. DSK was accused in May of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at a New York City hotel. Even on the day he was arrested by NYC police, DSK allegedly barked at an Air France stewardess “What a nice ass!” as she prepared the cabin for take-off. Lawyers for his alleged victim are soliciting testimony from Air France employees who experienced “inappropriate behavior” from DSK in the past. Well, that’s just lovely, isn’t it? [New York Post]
  • The American Psychological Association voted unanimously today to support legalizing same-sex marriage as “the policy that the country should be moving toward.” [Think Progress]

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