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Today’s Lady News: Brett Favre’s Accuser Says The NFL Is Sexist

  • Brett Favre will be fined $50,000 — but not suspended — by the National Football League for not cooperating with an investigation into his shady behavior. In response to Favre’s punishment, his alleged victim, former New York Jets employee Jenn Sterger, is trashing the NHL for being sexist and claiming she provided insufficient evidence. “Today’s decision is an affront to all females and shows once again that, despite tough talk, the NFL remains the good old boys’ league,” Sterger said through a lawyer. I couldn’t agree more, frankly. [TMZ.com]
  • Did you miss MTV’s abortion special, “No Easy Decision,” last night with teen mom Markai Durham from “16 & Pregnant”? You can watch the whole show here. [MTV]

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Today’s Lady News: Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Is Just Trendy, OK?

  • Thank God, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt wearing boys’ clothes is just a hot “trend” now. Whew! [USA Today]
  • Manicures and raw food with Liz Phair? Yes, please! [NYMag.com]
  • What will make women buy more liquor? Making the bottles “fashionable,” duh. [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Teens Are Not Having Babies Like They Used To

  • Kids: they are not having babies like they used to. The teen birth rate fell to a record low in 2009 in a six percent drop from 2008 figures. It’s the second year in a row that the birth rate among teens has fallen. [Washington Post]
  • Ladies Shoes Me is a new French dating site where women pick men just like they pick … shoes? WTF? Way to objectify men as just another item for women to consume. [TechCrunch]
  • “Glee” actress Jane Lynch, a lesbian, and Dan Savage, a gay advice columnist who pioneered the “It Gets Better Project,” open up about the current status of gay rights in the U.S. [Newsweek]

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Today’s Lady News: Catholic Hospital In Trouble For Giving Woman Life-Saving Abortion

  • The Catholic Church has unaffiliated itself with an Arizona hospital after it performed an abortion on a woman who would have died had she carried her pregnancy to term. St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center removed a dying 11-week-old fetus from a mother of four, but Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted stripped the Catholic affiliation from the facility because he said abortion can never be justified under the church’s teaching. (Thanks to commenter Ashmeekah for the link!) [Politics Daily]
  • UCONN’s Huskies women’s basketball team have beat a 88-game winning streak record — originally set by the UCLA men’s team in the ’70s — after the gals beat Florida State on Tuesday night. Congratulations, ladies! [NPR]
  • Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), who sponsored The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act bill that died in the House, said abortion fear-mongering killed the bill even though the bill had nothing to do with abortion. [StarTribune.com]

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Today’s Lady News: “Harry Potter” Actress Brother Guilty Of Assault Over “Non-Muslim” Dating

  • The brother of “Harry Potter” actress Afshan Azad, 22, who played Padma Patil in the series, has pled guilty to assaulting her at the family’s Manchester, England, home when he learned she was dating a non-Muslim. Ashraf Azad, 28, and his father allegedly began screaming that Afshan was a whore while the brother assaulted her. She escaped by jumping out her bedroom window and making her way to London. Ashraf Azad was released on bail, but Afshan herself has repeatedly indicated she fears her life is at risk if she pursues charges against her family. [Jezebel]
  • Cincinnati Right To Life, a group against legalized abortion, has posted Christmas-themed billboards which say “He came as a baby” and show a fetus inside an ultrasound with a halo around his head, symbolizing Christ. [Cincinnati.com]
  • Beginning last week, the Doonesbury comic strip introduced a lesbian character for a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” themed story line. [Doonesbury via AfterEllen.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Betty White Voted AP’s Entertainer Of The Year

  • Woot woot! Betty White has been voted Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press. [NPR]
  • Remember the bigoted DMV employee who sent a letter to transgender woman Amber Yust telling her she’d go to hell after trying to have her gender legally changed on her license? The employee has since resigned. Amber Yust (and I) thinks that employee should have been given a pink slip first. [Nerve]
  • Forget about rappers who only rhyme about bitches and hoes: here are the top 10 least misogynistic lyrics of 2010! [The Grio]
  • Duh: domestic terror attacks on abortion clinics don’t do jack to lower the abortion rate. Are you listening, extremists? [Big Think]

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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Says There’s A Double Standard For Crying

Sometimes there’s just so much lady news that I have to do a weekend post in addition to my regular daily post. So for your enjoyment, here is “Today’s Lady News: The Weekend Edition.” Damn, I feel all fancy, like NPR!

  • Former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin addressed soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner’s habit for tearing up and rightly pointed out that there is a double standard when it comes to men and women politicians crying. “I don’t know if a woman would be given a pass necessarily,” she told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts. “I respect John Boehner because he has worn his feelings on his sleeve on things that are so important to him … and I give him that pass, too. But that’s one of those things where a double standard certainly is applied. I’m sure if I got up there and did a speech and I started breaking down and cried about how important it is to me that our children and our grandchildren are provided great opportunities, I’m sure that I would be knocked a little bit for that.” [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: U.S. House Could Not Pass Anti-Child Marriage Bill

  • A bill to further protect girls around the world from child marriage failed to pass the House of Representatives yesterday, despite unanimously passing in the Senate. According to The Washington Post, some members of Congress had circulated memos urging people not to support the bill because it would “overturn pro-life laws.” However, the words “abortion” and “family planning” were not mentioned anywhere within the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who sponsored the bill, said: “The action on the House floor stopping the Child Marriage bill tonight will endanger the lives of millions of women and girls around the world. These young girls, enslaved in marriage, will be brutalized and many will die when their young bodies are torn apart while giving birth. Those who voted to continue this barbaric practice brought shame to Capitol Hill.” Frankly, I’m disgusted right now. [Washington Post]
  • Air New Zealand will be taking down a billboard which reads “Fares lower than your grandma’s boobs” after complaints that it is sexist and ageist. [Stuff NZ]

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Today’s Lady News: And Now, A 12-Year-Old Will Lecture You About Abortion

  • You know you want to listen to a 12-year-old girl spew anti-abortion rhetoric while comparing the procedure to a “personal choice,” like choosing chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I’m guessing she didn’t write the script for this lecture? [VideoGum]
  • A National Organization for Women chapter in California plans to file complaints against Hooters restaurants in the state for selling merchandise geared towards children, like tee shirts in child sizes with statements like “Future Hooters Girl.” Um, ew. [SFist]
  • The fifth season of “Skins” in the U.K. will star a gender-bending girl named Franky Fitzgerald. [AfterEllen.com]

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Today’s Lady News: The DMV Now Offering Opinions About Your Sex Life

  • Meet Amber Yust, a transgender San Francisco woman who contacted the DMV to change her official gender from “male” to “female” and received a letter from a bigoted DMV staffer calling her an “abomination” and a DVD comparing homosexuality to being possessed by demons. Now Yust, 23, is suing because it turns out the same DMV employee refused to process another transgendered woman’s name-change application back in 2009. [Queerty]
  • Last week, Rep. Tom Perriello introduced the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would revamp the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights by expanding the list of offenses that must be included in a campus sexual assault policy to include sex offenses, stalking, and domestic violence, among other things. [SAFERcampus.org]

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