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“50 Shades” Screenplay To Be Penned By Female Screenwriter, Kelly Marcel

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  • The plum gig as the screenwriter for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey goes to … Kelly Marcel, who penned the forthcoming “Mary Poppins”-themed script, “Saving Mr. Banks.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Meet the “waitress moms” who are pulling away from the GOP. [Forbes]
  • Why are breast cancer rates so high amongst U.S. troops? [Boing Boing]
  • Three Native American women discuss Columbus Day and how to teach America’s genocide of indigenous peoples. [Democracy Now] Keep reading »
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Oklahoma Cuts Funding For Planned Parenthood

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  • Oklahoma’s Department of Health has cut funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in the state which have received funding for 18 years. The department did not provide a reason for not renewing its contract for the Women Infant and Children program, which provides food vouchers, baby formula and health screenings for low-income women and their kids. I love it when people are so “pro-life” that they can justify cutting health services for babies. Planned Parenthood sources say the cuts are politically motivated.  [Feminist.org]
  • Author Jennifer Weiner confronts her own daughter about body-shaming after she hears her kid calling another little girl “fat.” [Allure]
  • New research on working parents found that women are “more realistic” about combining a family with a career. [Harvard Business Review]
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KitchenAid’s Tacky Tweet About Obama’s Grandma & Women’s Issues Go Undiscussed At First Presidential Debate

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Jess is out sick today, so I’ve collected links for Today’s Lady News. I’ve used a quote from each piece as a brief summary (rather than interpreting myself) and you can click further to read more if it interests you. We’ll be back to your regularly scheduled Lady News tomorrow!

  • “[During the debates] KitchenAid took to its official Twitter page to try and make light of the President mentioning his grandma, Madelyn Lee Payne Dunham, and tweeted the following: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president’.” [Madame Noire]
  • “Women could decide the outcome of the 2012 General Election. You know it, I know it, and odds are the candidates know it too. But last night, two candidates and one sorta-moderator managed to talk for 90 minutes straight in a domestic policy debate without discussing women’s reproductive rights.” [Feministing] Keep reading »

Conviction Overturned For Man Who Raped Mentally Disabled Woman (Or: Today, I’m Ashamed To Be From Connecticut)

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  • Connecticut’s state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman because there was no evidence that she did not refuse to have sex with him. Richard Fourtin, Jr. raped a woman with severe cerebral palsy who has the mental functioning of a three-year-old child and cannot verbally communicate. But the conviction has been overturned on the grounds that the was no evidence the victim bit, kicked or screamed to signify her refusal of consent. This, assholes who try to put the words “forcible rape” into our laws, is an example of why you’re wrong.  [NBC Connecticut]
  • An Ohio appeals court has upheld a 2004 law that bans the use of the abortion pill (RU-486) after the seventh week of pregnancy. [Feminist.org]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte at XX Factor attempts to explain why Rep. Todd Akin believes that women who aren’t pregnant can get abortions. [Slate] Keep reading »

Walmart Sued (Again) For Sex Discrimination

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  • Three women in Tennessee filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against Walmart today — a li’l something the company is intimately familiar with — because they claim they were paid less than their male colleagues and told they could not be promoted to manager because it’s “a man’s job.” [New York Daily News]
  • The gays are taking over! Well, not quite. But LGBTQ congressional candidates are running for public office in record numbers. [Huffington Post]
  • If you feel like listening to Rep. Todd Akin say more awful things, well, today is your lucky day! [Slate] Keep reading »

Todd Akin Makes Dumb Comments About Equal Pay: “It’s About Freedom”

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  • Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican’s gift that keeps on giving, has now bungled comments about equal pay and why he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (You can read my 2010 interview with Ledbetter here to learn more about it.) Akin was asked by an audience member — a man, actually! — at a town hall meeting, “You voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?” His response didn’t actually answer the question (no surprise there) but at least he didn’t blame it on women this time:

    “Well, first of all, the premise of your question is that I’m making that particular distinction. I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”

    You see, he wants the freedom to discriminate in pay if he thinks women deserve to be paid less than men. It’s not about sexism at all! It’s just about liberty. [Marie Claire]

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