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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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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Gets A Documentary Called “The Undefeated”

  • A documentary about Sarah Palin called “The Undefeated” is set to premiere in Iowa next month. Just last week Palin and her husband, Todd, watched the final cut off the video at the new home they’ve reportedly bought in Arizona. The film was financed and made by conservative filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, who last year debuted a documentary about the Tea Party, “Generation Zero,” on the Fox News Channel. The documentary is about Palin’s record in Alaska, focusing on her life before she and her family shot to international fame. Bannon reportedly wants to help reacquaint the country with Palin’s core values in an effort to make her a more viable candidate for a presidential run. Anyone interested in checking out “The Undefeated”? [Real Clear Politics]
  • The House of Representatives banned teaching hospitals from using federal funds to teach med students how to perform abortions. Women’s health advocates say it is crucial for doctors to know how to perform abortions, even if they choose not to do so in their own practice, as they may be faced with the need to perform one as a life-saving procedure. Ugh. Everyone who voted for this should be forced to watch “The Cider House Rules.” [AP]
  • MSNBC’s Ed Schultz called right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” and a “talk slut” on air. Extremely inappropriate. [Change.org]

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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Rate Up Amongst Poor Women

  • The abortion rate is down overall, but up amongst poor women, the non-partisan sexual research organization Guttmacher reports. Between 2000 and 2008, abortion rates declined amongst most groups of women, but not women whose family incomes are less than 100 percent of the federal poverty level. Poor women’s abortion rate increased 18 percent between 2000 and 2008. Maybe anti-abortion activists will someday get it through their heads that mothers and fathers actually like to food feed, clothe and shelter their children? [Guttmacher]
  • Psychotherapy is an increasingly female-dominated field, but some men are reticent to see a therapist unless he’s a male who may relate to his problems better. [New York Times]
  • Anna North at Jezebel on the media’s obsession with how “ugly” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mistresses are. [Jezebel]
  • Why it sucks to be an NFL cheerleader. Sounds like it’s time for a little labor organizing, ladies. [TBD.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Politician Compares Pregnancy From Rape To Getting A Flat Tire

  • Last Friday, the Kansas state legislature voted to ban insurance companies from covering abortions in their plans, except in the case of a woman’s life being at risk. That’s not good enough for State Rep. Pete DeGraaf, who is also an associate pastor; he wants no abortions, ever. When Rep. Barbara Bollier challenged him on that, Rep. DeGraaf told her, “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?” Bollier replied, “”And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with pregnancy?” To which DeGraaf responded, “I have a spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.” OH NO, YOU DID NOT JUST SAY THAT. Epic facepalm. But he lists his contact information on his website, so I’m sure he’d love to hear what y’all think about this. Write State Rep. DeGraaf at pete.degraaf@house.ks.gov and petedegraaf@att.net or call 785-296-7693 and 316-777-0715. Please share any responses you receive in the comments. [Blogs.Pitch.com, Kansas Legislature]

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