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Today’s Lady News: Italian Prime Minister Slept With Teen Prostitute 13 Times, Prosecutors Say

  • Italy’s prime minister Silvio Berlusconi allegedly had sex with a teen prostitute 13 different times, according to prosecutors in a document obtained by the Associated Press. Three of the PM’s aides may also be indicted for allegedly finding “available” young women and promising them compensation for sex with the big cheese. Berlusconi will go to trial on April 6 for allegedly hiring underage sex workers and trying to cover it up. Oh dear me. [NPR]
  • The parental preference for sons in some Asian countries is creating a gender imbalance which, in the long term, could mean 10 to 20 percent more men than women in some places. [CNN]
  • Let’s recap four enduring but obnoxious stereotypes about Latina women in the media: they’re slutty, fiery, submissive and voluptuous! [Guanabee]

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Today’s Lady News: Scary Music Makes Pro-Choice Activists Sound So … Scary

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  • Congratulations to the anti-abortion activists at Catholic Vote, who got whoever does the music for Hollywood’s latest alien abduction big budget gorefest to score a YouTube video about Planned Parenthood. If you don’t listen to the words coming out of their mouths, these pro-choice activists sound dasterdly! Be afraid of legal abortion, people. Be very afraid. [You Tube]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently announced the Women and Public Service Initiative, a partnership between the State Department and several prestigious women’s colleges, to encourage more ladies to get into public service. The schools Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and Bryn Mawr will all be involved. [Boston.com]
  • Director Susanna White will direct “The Host,” based on Stephenie Meyer’s novel (you know, the Twilight lady). Hooray for women directors in Hollywood! [Oh No They Didn't]

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Today’s Lady News: Texas Gang Rape Of 11-Year-Old Stirs Racial Tensions

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  • The alleged gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Cleveland, Texas, in November by 18 men and boys has turned the town upon its head, according to the Houston Chronicle. The victim was allegedly Latina, while the guys who raped her (ranging from middle schoolers to a 27-year-old) were allegedly Black. Allegedly, a group of skinheads was seen in the town yesterday yelling racial slurs about Blacks. What a terrible situation. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, and the families of all those affected. [Houston Chronicle]
  • Also, the ombudsman/public editor of The New York Times has published a response to an article about the Cleveland gang rape in his paper which slut-shamed and victim-blamed the 11-year-old girl. [New York Times]
  • A Maryland House of Representatives committee has approved the Civil Marriage Protection Act, a bill to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples. [Feminist.org]

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Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood, Anti-Abortion Extremists On Rival Bus Tours

  • Planned Parenthood, the network of women’s health clinics, and Live Action, an anti-abortion extremist group that wants to defund PP, are currently undergoing rival bus tours in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Iowa. If anyone attended one of the events, let us know what it was like in the comments. [Talking Points Memo]
  • A Saudi prince said that the ban on women driving should be abolished. However, he seemed to be suggesting women be allowed to drive so that Saudi Arabia could make 750,000 foreign male drivers “go home.” [Reuters]
  • A Pakistani lawmaker suggested that women “mentally torture” men and got yelled at to shut up by his female colleagues. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Julianne Moore To Play Sarah Palin in HBO Movie

  • Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in an HBO film adaptation of Game Change, a book about the 2008 election by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Julianne as Sarah? Make a joyful noise! [Oh No They Didn't!]
  • Not surprisingly, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor found it quite annoying that so many news outlets commented on her single, childless status during her nomination and hearings. [The Atlantic Monthly]
  • What’s not to love about a 91-year-old lady who knits boobies for fun? [The Daily What]

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Today’s Lady News: Happy Feminist Coming Out Day!

  • In addition to today being International Women’s Day, today is the also first-ever National Feminist Coming Out day! If you’d like, please share with us in the comments why you’re proud to be a woman and/or why you call yourself a feminist. [Feministing, Feminist Coming Out Day]
  • Meet the five most pathetic female film characters of all time. Prepare to lose your s**t, fans of “The Princess Bride.” [Guardian UK]
  • Bisexual and lesbian women are more likely to have tried anal sex than straight women. So now you know. [Slate]

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Today’s Lady News: Mom Pissed Her Kid’s Photo Used In Black Anti-Abortion Billboard

  • The mother of the young African-American girl whose stock image modeling photo was used in a racially contentious NYC anti-abortion billboard hung by an extremist group in New York City (which was later taken down, after pressure was put on the billboard company that put it up) is pissed off. The billboard depicting Anissa Fraser, age 6, read, “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb.” Life Always said they will no longer use the photo of Anissa if her mother objects to it. [NY Daily News]
  • The number of white people and males who lead the military is problematic for the diversifying institution, according to a new report sent to President Obama and lawmakers today. [The Grio]
  • Police say Jalisa Granger, 21, of Rayne, Louisiana, died earlier this month while sheltering her toddler son from a tornado. Aww, go give your mom a hug, yes? [The Grio]

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Today’s Lady News: Mike Huckabee Slams Natalie Portman For Having Baby “Out Of Wedlock”

  • Republican presidential nominee wannabe Mike Huckabee opened his big gaping maw to condemn Natalie Portman for having a baby “out of wedlock” with her fiancé, Benjamin Millipied. Huckabee criticized Portman on a conservative radio show.
    “One of the things that’s troubling is that people see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married, but we’re having these children, and they’re doing just fine.’ But there aren’t really a lot of single moms out there who are making millions of dollars every year for being in a movie. And I think it gives a distorted image that yes, not everybody hires nannies, and caretakers, and nurses. Most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can’t get a job, and if it weren’t for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. And that’s the story that we’re not seeing, and it’s unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock.”

    I see the point Huckabee is getting at, but I’d say the bigger problem isn’t the single moms but the dads who choose not to be in their kids lives or who aren’t worthy of being there. Why cast judgment on the single mothers alone? [The Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Ask An Abortion Provider

  • “Dolores P.”, a woman training to be a nurse practitioner, shares with fellow ladyblog The Hairpin why she wants to become an abortion provider, especially during this particularly weird political climate. [The Hairpin]
  • Harding University in Arkansas has stopped a queer ‘zine on campus, The State of the Gay, from appearing online because of what they call “questionable content.” [Jezebel]
  • Why does the wage gap persist despite women’s educational advances? [Ms. Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Quit Smoking Now, Ladies!

  • Women who are smokers or former smokers, as well as those exposed to decades of secondhand smoke, are more at risk for breast cancer after menopause, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Wait, you mean inhaling chemicals is bad for you?! [CBC.ca]
  • Wrap it up, people! Almost half of all men have genital HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted to women, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute. [WebMD]
  • Actress Meryl Streep and To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee were recipients of the National Medal of Arts, along with James Taylor, Quincy Jones and others, at the White House today. [Oh No They Didn't!]

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