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Today’s Lady News: Crazies To Protest Elizabeth Edwards’ Funeral

  • Is resting in peace too much to ask for Elizabeth Edwards, who died on Tuesday from cancer? The anti-gay fundamentalist group Westboro Baptist Church will protest her funeral this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, supposedly for leading a covetous and godless life. Yeah, that won’t be even more traumatic for her kids Jack, Emma Claire and Cate Edwards. Let’s hope the mainstream media just ignores those a**holes. [CBS News]
  • The “Brenda Starr” comic strip will cease to run after January 2, the Tribune Media Company has announced. “Brenda Starr” has been a redheaded, world-traveling reporter for over 70 years. While she once appeared in over 250 newspapers, she lately only appeared in three dozen. Now she’ll go with the “Cathy” cartoon to that great lady cartoon strip in the sky. [The Wrap]
  • Ultrasounds may not be needed before taking the “abortion pill,” mifepristone, particularly because the extra cost added on by having a sonogram can make ending a pregnancy financially out of reach for some people, according to a new study. Ultrasounds usually cost $350 to $650 and are typically used to find how far along a pregnancy is; however, they are not necessarily medically necessary to safely use mifepristone, said Gynuity Health Projects in New York City. [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Dr. Oz Spanked For Naughty Nurses Segment

  • Time for some triage, Oprah: “The Dr. Oz Show” is in trouble for stereotyping naughty nurses! A November segment featured six women — uh, not nurses — dressed in retro nurse costumes with red lingerie peeking out and high heels as they danced around host Dr. Mehmet Oz. Klassy! A group called The Truth About Nursing called the segment a “sexist caricature of nursing” that further demeans the predominantly female profession. “The Dr. Oz Show” apologized and called it an “attempt at humor.” [AP]
  • The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article which said Planned Parenthood would be offering gift certificates for abortions. This article got picked up by other news outlets, despite the fact that it’s patently untrue: Planned Parenthood is, in fact, offering coupons for preventative services, such as birth control pills, but the coupons are not available for abortions. [Care2.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Online Vote Abortion Poll Hoax Comes To A Merciful End

  • The online poll by a Minnesota couple regarding whether they should have an abortion is, mercifully, over. Factoring in duplicate votes, 78 percent of voters told Pete and Alisha Arnold to have an abortion, but not accounting for duplicate votes, 74 percent told the Arnolds to have a baby. Too bad it doesn’t matter anyway because the whole thing was all an anti-abortion hoax! [Gawker, USA Today]
  • Time magazine’s 2010 “Person of the Year” poll is out and, of 27 competitors, only six are women and three of those women are grouped together. I’m thinking this means Time‘s person of the year is going to have a penis. [Time.com]
  • Today is the 16th 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, when a gunman shot 14 women at the Polytechnique engineering school because he blamed feminists for his problems. [Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca, Rabble.ca]

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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Asked, “Which Designers Do You Prefer?”

  • Speaking on a panel in Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by a moderator, “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton asked, “What designers of clothes?” and the moderator answered yes. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Clinton asked, apparently with a laugh. The moderator responded, “Probably not. Probably not.” Well-handled. [Styleite]
  • Failed Tea Party/Republican Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell — “I’m not a witch!” — has scored a book deal with St. Martin’s. [Gawker]
  • Keith Olbermann slammed Bristol Palin on a recent show, dubbing her “the worst person” for being a spokeswoman for abstinence. Bristol Bristol’s ghostwriter hastily penned a response on Facebook Notes to say “accusing me of hypocrisy is by now an old canard.” One thing is for sure: both of these people are extremely, extremely annoying. [Facebook]

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Today’s Lady News: Metal Band Gwar Disembowels Sarah Palin Effigy Onstage

  • The monster-costumed death metal band Gwar disemboweled a Sarah Palin effigy onstage at a concert. I’m no Sarah Palin fan, but that’s hella disturbing even for “death metal.” (Apparently the band “kills” lots of public figures onstage, both males and females. So it’s not necessarily misogynist, but I still can’t help but be freaked out by what kinds of people enjoy seeing her effigy “die” onstage.) [Daily Beast]
  • Crap, how could I have missed this one? Yesterday was the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to give her up bus seat to a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. [ColorLines]
  • A civil union bill passed in the Illinois state senate on Monday that affords gay couples some of the same benefits as married couples, like the right to visit a partner in the hospital. The bill has already passed in Illinois state House. Illinois now joins California, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington in giving civil unions or domestic partnerships to gay couples. [Feminist.org]

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Today’s Lady News: NY Times Asks If Female Empowerment Is Killing Romance

  • The New York Times published a piece asking, “Is female empowerment killing romance?” You mean will spinsters successful women die along with their 17 cats? Ugh, we’ve heard that myth before. (Also, check out how Jill Filipovic at Feministe unpacks the New York Times piece here.) [New York Times]
  • A sexual assault prosecutor penned an open letter to Elizabeth Seeburg, the St. Mary’s freshman who this September reported an alleged sexual assault by a member of Notre Dame’s football team and killed herself soon after. Note Dame did not turn over her case file to the prosecutors office until days ago, after her story became national news; the school has also refused to release police records about Seeburg’s alleged assault to her parents. Many assume Notre Dame is coddling the accused player and knowing that they would be unhelpful may have led Seeburg to take her own life. [Jezebel]
  • The Pentagon released its study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” today. Surprisingly, 70 percent of service members believe allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would have positive, mixed or no effect. Might a repeal of “DADT” soon follow? [Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Dolly Parton Is The Voice Of Reason In America

  • How could we have missed this clip of Dolly Parton, on “Larry King Live,” talking about how we all need to be a little more tolerant? “I think we need to dig down a li’l deeper, be a li’l kinder to one another, and accept one another for who we are,” she said. “You can’t tell me that people are any way other than what they are supposed to be. I don’t think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant, a little more accepting an understanding.” Dolly also said she grew up during segregation and the first time she met a black person was in 1960 when she went to high school. [ColorLines]
  • Does taking the birth control pill put women out of touch with their baby-making biology when they’re fertile and make it harder for them to conceive when they’re older? That’s the argument made by author Vanessa Grigoriadis in this controversial New York magazine piece. [New York]

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Today’s Lady News: Bosnian Rape Victims To Complain To UN About Angelina Jolie’s New Movie

  • Women who were raped during the Bosnian war have warned they will complain to the United Nation’s refugee agency about the love story Angelina Jolie is currently filming about victims of the war. Jolie serves as the refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador. The victims are still upset by rumors that Jolie’s flick depicts a woman who falls in love with her rapist. (Why didn’t Jennifer Aniston think of this?) [ABC News]
  • Surprise, surprise: Sarah Palin got a bit creative with feminist history in her new book, America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag. Let’s do a little fact-checking, shall we? [The Daily Beast]
  • Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a model in New Jersey, has been charged with giving unlicensed “butt-boosting” implants to six women, sending them to the hospital. The 28-year-old injected women with silicone sealant, which is used to caulk bath tubs, and covered the injection sites with Krazy Glue. Eeek! [Black Voices]

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Today’s Lady News: Couple’s Abortion Poll Was Totally A Pro-Life Hoax, Duh

  • The online poll about whether a Minnesota couple should have an abortion or bring the pregnancy to term? Totally an anti-abortion hoax. (Obviously.) Pete and Alisha Arnold confirmed to CNN that they bought the domain name BirthOrNot.com four months before she got pregnant and were trying to “make a point” about abortion. However, for the past week, the Arnolds have adamantly been insisting their poll was not a hoax. “My intent is not to deceive people, but at the same point, I do want people to talk about this,” Pete Arnold told CNN. “This seemed like a pretty good way to further the discussion.” Wrong and wrong. Also, Alisha Arnold has been fired form her job over this nonsense. [CNN, Gawker]
  • The transgender model Lea T will appear on Oprah’s show in February. Lea T has been in a Givenchy ad campaign and in French Vogue [Elle]
  • Major news: full episodes of “The Cho Show,” comedienne Margaret Cho’s 2008 reality show, are available online at LOGO’s website. I know what I will be doing over the four-day weekend! [LOGOtv]

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Today’s Lady News: Don’t Abort The Next Son Of God, Ladies!

  • Be careful, pro-choice, ladies: you could be aborting the next son of God! [USA Today]
  • A source claims Google gave a $6 million bonus to a female engineer who was simultaneously being wooed by Facebook and Google reportedly wanted to diversify the dude-liness of their team. [Gawker]
  • If you haven’t watched this video of a woman who screamed at a subway creeper (put your headphones on at work, kids), you must do so right this second. [Feministing]
  • Canada’s has debuted a new campaign warning dudes that a drunk girl can’t consent to sex. [Vancouver Sun]

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