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Today’s Lady News: Bill O’Reilly Sees No Media “Gender Bias” Against Sarah Palin

  • Bill O’Reilly said on “The O’Reilly Factor” last Thursday that he did not see any gender bias in the media’s coverage of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. Palin herself has said the media’s treatment of her has been sexist at times. You know, this actually makes me feel a little bad for these two women: it must suck to have a man from your side of the aisle be dismissive of the B.S. you go through. [Daily Caller]
  • Rep. Gabrielle Giffords may be out of the hospital on Friday, her husband has said. Her next stop will be a rehabilitation center in Texas to overcome injuries from the gunshot wound to the head she sustained during the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, two weeks ago. We wish her a swift recovery. [MSNBC]
  • George Bronk, 23, of California, has plead guilty to breaking into 3,200 women’s email accounts and searching for nude photos of them, which he then posted to the Internet. Bronk allegedly read Facebook profiles looking for answers to Yahoo’s standard security questions. He was able to find nude or semi-nude photos from 172 women. Creeps: they walk among us. [PC World]

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Today’s Lady News: High School Finds List “Ranking” 50 Girls

  • A list ranking 50 female students and their body parts at Oak Park River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, has been intercepted by administrators. The list also refers to the girls with racial slurs. [WGNTV]
  • A Kentucky court has ruled that minors from other states can ask KY judges for permission to have an abortion without notifying or asking for consent from their parents. [Cincinnati.com]
  • The first-ever gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans museum has opened in San Francisco’s Castro district, as part of the city’s GLBT Historical Society. [Nerve]

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Today’s Lady News: Idaho Pharmacist Refuses Medication For Woman Who Had Abortion

  • A pharmacist in Nampa, Idaho, refused to fill a prescription for anti-bleeding medication for a woman, telling her she would not give it if it was being used after an abortion. Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest said the woman needed Methergine, which is used to stop bleeding after an abortion or childbirth. Idaho passed a so-called “conscience clause” law which allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense medication to patients based on their own beliefs. [KBOI]
  • A military panel is set to request that the Pentagon overturn its ban on women serving in combat. [NPR]

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Today’s Lady News: Group Complains Nursing Program Teaches Students About Abortion

  • A Christian legal group has filed a civil rights complaint against a Vanderbilt University nursing program for putting a statement on its application that informs students the program will involve interacting with women who may have just had an abortion and suggesting if they cannot handle that, they should consider applying to a different program. “It is important that you are aware of this aspect of care and give careful consideration to your ability to provide compassionate care to women in these situations,” the application states. “If you feel you cannot provide care to women during this type of event, we encourage you to apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals.” The complaint was filed on behalf of an unnamed Mississippi woman. Two Tennessean law experts said Vanderbilt has not actually done anything wrong. [The Tennessean]

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Today’s Lady News: Remembering Christina Green, 9, Victim Of Tucson Shooting

  • A remembrance of Tucson, Arizona shooting victim, nine-year-old Christina Green, who had recently won a seat on her student council and just wanted to meet her local politician, Gabrielle Giffords. (Randomly, Christina is the cousin of “One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush.) [Ms. Magazine]
  • Miss England beauty queen Katrina Hodge is deploying for her second tour in Afghanistan. [Styleite]
  • The abortion rate has stalled after 30 years in decline, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute, which collects data on reproductive rights. Also, drug-induced (i.e., medical) abortions with RU-486 are on the rise. [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Are “Chinese Mothers” Superior?

  • The Wall Street Journal ran a controversial op-ed by Yale Law professor Amy Chua about “Chinese mothers,” or more broadly, a sub-set of strict parents who expect excellence from their children and force them to both study and rehearse instruments for hours a day. “Chinese parents can get away with things that Western parents can’t. Once when I was young — maybe more than once — when I was extremely disrespectful to my mother, my father angrily called me ‘garbage’ in our native Hokkien dialect. It worked really well. I felt terrible and deeply ashamed of what I had done. But it didn’t damage my self-esteem or anything like that.” She continues to explain her own parenting style with her two young daughters. It’s though-provoking, to say the least. [Wall Street Journal]
  • A former investment banker told BusinessWeek all about his mail-order bride business called Hand-In-Hand which “pairs” women from Eastern European countries with American men. These ladies are “unspoiled by feminism,” said Joseph Weiner. “You take a beautiful woman from the Czech Republic and you bring her into your home, she does all your cooking and cleaning and ironing.” [NYmag.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Doctor Recounts What Abortion Was Like Before Roe V. Wade

  • Dr. Waldo Fielding writes about the horrifying complications faced by many women before Roe v. Wade made abortion legal. [NY Times]
  • Need a pick-me-up? Check out That’s What She Said, a blog featuring tons of amazing quotes from women like Maya Angelou, Ursula LeGuin, and Kathleen Hanna. [That's What She Said]
  • Nancy Pelosi’s reign as Speaker of the House may be over, but the impact of her history-making appointment shouldn’t be forgotten. [Ms.]
  • Remember the fuss made a few years ago over those photos of a then-underage Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair? One woman wonders why there isn’t similar controversy surrounding Justin Bieber’s VF cover, in which the teenage singer is covered in red lipstick kisses. [Evil Slutophia]

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Today’s Lady News: Naomi Wolf Says Sex-Crime Accusers Deserve To Be Named

  • Naomi Wolf (author of, among other things, The Beauty Myth) has really taken her Julian Assange defense to a whole new level. In an op-ed for the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper, Wolf says that not only should the women accusing Assange of rape be named in the press, but rape accusers in general shouldn’t be granted anonymity. She says that the practice of “shielding rape accusers is a relic of the Victorian era” and that “the outcomes harm women.” [Guardian U.K.]
  • ESPN has fired Ron Franklin, the announcer who berated a female colleague and called her “sweet baby” and an “a-hole.” [ESPN]
  • Nancy Pelosi handed over her gavel to new Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was officially elected today. [Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: A Horse Is Not A Woman, espnW

  • So ESPN has this new site for women, right? And espnW ran an end-of-year news roundup called “The 10 Biggest Stories In Women’s Sports,” right? And #4 on that list was about a female horse. Yes, a horse. A horse ridden by a male jockey, too. How do we feel about that? And did anyone consider that including a horse in a list of great moments of women’s sports might be perceived as offensive? [Guardian UK]
  • Inspired by my post yesterday on BJs-while-sleeping, Crushable has tips on how to “sleep sex” your mate so it’s pleasantly surprising, not creepily violating. [Crushable]
  • Kathryn Gray of New Brunswick, Canada, age 10, became the youngest person to discover a supernova (an exploding star). When I was 10 years old I think I still picked my nose. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Single Lesbians Maybe Earn The Most Money

  • Census data suggested single lesbians earn more money than heterosexual women or previously-married lesbians. [ABC News]
  • This is cool and inspiring — a yoga instructor who still teaches and demonstrates postures, despite having two broken legs. [BlissTree]
  • A woman named Anne Hays has posted an open letter to The New Yorker on her Facebook page, criticizing the beloved magazine for featuring only a couple female writers in their last two issues. She also sent the letter to their offices, with the last two issues of the magazine enclosed. [Facebook]

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