Posts tagged "todays lady news"

The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters' genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UK, New…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2014

Hollywood Sucks At Depicting LGBT Characters Onscreen

According to a study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, only 17 of 102 films released by Hollywood's seven largest studios during 2013 depicted gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans characters. Those characters were mostly minor roles and ones which portrayed the sexual orienation negatively. Of the films which did portray LGBT…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2014

Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of "witchcraft," tortured and killed. Usually these "witches" are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 21, 2014

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2014

Here’s A Fundraiser For That Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting Her Daughter Play Outside

A fundraiser on YouCaring.com is collecting donations for Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mom who was arrested for "child abandonment" because her nine-year-old daughter was playing alone at a park while Harrell was at her job. As of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 17, 2014

Four Men Arrested In NJ For Filming Sexual Assault On Drunk Teen Girl

One teenager and three adult men in New Jersey have been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunk 15-year-old girl, filming the assault, and showing the video to other people. The teen was told that she had been assaulted at a backyard gathering, which she does not remember at all, and police found video shot o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 16, 2014

Oh Hey, Texas: New Planned Parenthood Clinic To Open In Dallas

Planned Parenthood is opening a new abortion clinic in Dallas, Texas, that meets the state's new laws requiring clinics to have the same standards of a "ambulatory surgical center." It's not exactly a secret that the TX legislature passed those requirements in order to shut down women's health clinics and restrict abortion access.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2014

Italian Mayor Wants To Ban Same-Sex Kissing In Public

The mayor of Borgosesia, Italy, wants to ban gay couples from kissing in public because — pearl clutch — think of the children! He is proposing a ban that would fine couples 500 Euros for kissing in public. "I don't like two people of the same sex making public displays of affection," he told a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2014

Woman Has Baby, Gets Arrested By Tennessee Police For Using Meth While Pregnant

Tennessee has arrested its first new mother under a new law that charges women for assault for using narcotics while pregnant. A 26-year-old mom was arrested after she tested positive for meth, which she admitted to using before her baby's birth. Call me crazy, but maybe quality drug rehabilitation treatment might work better…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2014

Study Reveals “Three Fat-Shaming Moments Per Day” For Overweight Women

Overweight women experienced an average of "three fat-shaming moments per day," according to a new study published in the Journal Of Health Psychology. The study examined the psychological effects that bullying by fat-shaming has on women. Here are just a few fuckin' heartbreaking stories that women shared: "Boyfriend’s mother denied me access to food, also…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Mayor Fires Obstetrician Who Refused To Inform Patient Carrying Badly Deformed Fetus About Abortion

The mayor of Warsaw, Poland, fired the obstetrician who heads a maternity hospital that refused to provide information about abortion to a patient carrying a badly deformed fetus. The patient was not told by the doctor, who is Catholic, where she could obtain an abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy (when abortion is legal…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check] Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2014

Fox News Brings On “Princeton Mom” (Who Is Divorced) To Teach Women How To Keep Their Husbands Happy

"Princeton Mom" Susan Patton may be divorced — which she blames on marrying a man who didn't get an Ivy League education like she did, obvs — but that won't stop her from wagging her finger at your relationship. In a segment on "Fox &am…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 7, 2014

European Court Upholds France’s Ban On Face-Covering Veils

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France's ban on face-covering veils, claiming that veiled women make other people uncomfortable. The case was brought by a 24-year-old Muslim woman who chooses to wear a niqab veil. It's hard not to see this as an F.U. to Muslims in France.  [Feministing]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2014

Guy Makes Justice Ginsberg’s Hobby Lobby Statement Into A Song

Well, that's one way to react to the Supreme Court's ruling today. In case musical tributes to Supreme Court documents aren't your jam, here's a much quieter roundup of the eight best lines from Justice Ginsberg's dissent. [Mother Jones] Or…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

GOP Senator Susan Collins Supports Gay Marriage

Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine has come out publicly in support of same-sex marriage, making her the fourth GOP senator to do so. Hooray! [Bangor Daily News] Five thousand organizers in Raleigh, North Carolina, have cancelled their "Sexy School Girl 5K," a co-ed run in which participants were asked to wear skirt…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 27, 2014

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

"Today Show" host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors' CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

Diane Sawyer Leaves ABC’s “World News” Anchor Desk

Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC's "World News" and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire] A federal judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Time…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. "There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave," the president said. "That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome." […
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2014

Iranians Break Taboo To Watch World Cup Together In Public

Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014
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