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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Providers Depicted In “Wanted” Posters In NC

  • Abortion providers in North Carolina have seen their faces depict on “WANTED” fliers like old Wild West notices for fugitives from the law. The posters are made by Operation Save America, a group that opposes legal abortion and protests outside of clinics in the Charlotte area. It’s against federal law to threaten force to prevent clinic access and an appeals court in 2002 ruled that similar “WANTED” posters violated that law; however, that ruling is only applicable to that court’s jurisdiction. The “WANTED” fliers have depicted many past and present abortion providers, including the late Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, who was assassinated by an extremist in May 2009. [CBS News]
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the poet/author Maya Angelou’s archive, which includes 343 boxes of personal papers, including letters from Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Coretta Scott King. [Black Voices]

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Today’s Lady News: Woman’s Head Stepped On Outside Rand Paul Debate

  • A woman protesting outside of Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul’s debate last night was wrestled to the ground and had her head stepped on by a Paul supporter. Lauren Valle, a protester with MoveOn.org, said she was trying to hand Paul a fake award when she was attacked. Another Rand Paul supporter has been identified by a fellow Tea Party activist as the person who held Valle to the ground while she was stepped on. I think this is how the Taliban silences dissent, too! [AP, Gawker]
  • Women’s ski jumping may be added to the Olympics’ roster for the 2014 games in Russia, Olympic officials said yesterday. Lady ski jumpers have been fighting to compete in the games for years, but the International Olympic Committee has said there weren’t enough women competitors. [New York Times]
  • This week, “Private Practice” starring Kate Walsh will begin a multi-episode story line involving a female character who is raped. Creator Shonda Rhimes told Entertainment Weekly that she was tired of shows treating sexual assault as a let’s-get-the-bad-guys plot while neglecting the victim’s story. “A lot of violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement … as opposed to standing in the shoes of the actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them,” she explained. The show worked with the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network on the show to handle the issue appropriately. [Women and Hollywood]

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Today’s Lady News: Put Motherhood On Your Resume?

  • Two women are running for governor of Oklahoma. One woman is married with six children. The other woman has never married nor had kids. Interestingly, whether or not motherhood is an asset or a burden to the governorship is a hot topic for the election. What do you think? [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Actress Sigourney Weaver said no one anticipated that Ripley, her character from the 1979 film “Alien,” would become an icon of female empowerment for women. [New York Daily News]
  • Punk icon Ari Up of The Slits passed away last week at the age of 48. According to Spin magazine, Up performed since age 14 and helped lay “the groundwork for the ’90s riot grrrl movement and inspiring everyone from Bjork and Courtney Love to Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney.” [Spin]

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Today’s Lady News: Italian Town Considers A Miniskirt Ban

  • Castellammare di Stabia, a seaside town in Southern Italy, is considering a ban on miniskirts to “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence.” Translation: so men will stop catcalling? Offenders in miniskirts will receive fines of $35 to $696. Oh, hi, Italy, how about the men learn some self-control and stop sexual harassment, instead of policing women’s clothes? Just a thought! [AOL]
  • Fortune magazine’s list of 40 under 40 “youthful movers and shakers” only has five women on it. Yes, only five. [Fortune]
  • Actress Gabrielle Union will host a BET special on breast cancer, “Heart of the City: Chicago’s Cancer Divide,” this Sunday. It’s part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month lineup called “BET Goes Pink.” [Clutch Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: Transgender Teen Not Allowed To Run For Homecoming Queen

  • Team Andy! Transgender teen Andy Moreno was denied the opportunity to run for homecoming queen by North Dallas High School because the principal said she was actually a “gay male” and disqualified Andy’s queenly run because it “wasn’t based on tradition.” Booooo. [Towleroad]
  • The Pixar movie studio has been accused of sexism after it fired its first female director in history, Brenda Chapman, from “Brave,” a film she wrote, and replaced her with a male director. Chapman had been the first woman to direct an animated film for DreamWorks in 1998 when she worked on “The Prince of Egypt.” [TheWrap.com]
  • The White House released a report on “Jobs and Economic Security for America’s Women.” [WhiteHouse.gov]

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Today’s Lady News: Clarence Thomas’ Wife Asks Anita Hill For Sexual Harassment Apology

  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Virginia Thomas, called Anita Hill and left a message on her Brandeis University answering machine asking her for an apology nearly 20 years after the two families were embroiled in a very public sexual harassment battle. In 1991, Hill testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee before Thomas’ confirmation that he had made inappropriate sexual comments to her, including describing porn films. “Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband,” the voice said. “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.” In response, Anita Hill told The New York Times, “[Virginia Thomas] can’t ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive.” [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Posts An “It Gets Better” Video

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton filmed an “It Gets Better” video in light of recent suicides by LGBT teens. Telling gay young adults “it gets better” might pack more of a punch if she actually supported gay marriage. But the sentiment, albeit hypocritical, is appreciated. [YouTube]
  • Sorry, European ladies, no additional maternity leave for you. Britain is trying to block new European Union laws that would give women more maternity-related benefits. The European Parliament would like to increase paid maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks, but U.K. pols say it will hurt small businesses and cause employers to not hire pregnant women or women of childbearing age. [Telegraph UK]
  • Two cartoons published in the University of Connecticut’s student newspaper are under fire for being offensive and, frankly, unfunny. One shows a man tossing a diamond ring into a bedroom while a desperate-looking woman chases after it, implying a woman will do anything to get married. And the other says, “Forget sugar and spice and everything nice. Try crabs, scabs and everything viral. That’s what girls are really made of.” Ha ha? [CTnow.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Should Adult Film Stars Be Required To Use Protection?

  • News broke last week that an adult film star had tested positive for HIV. But adult film actress Madison Young tells Salon.com’s Broadsheet blog that requiring actors to wear condoms would be “a mistake.” Why? [Salon]
  • An employee at Eddie Long’s mega-church in Atlanta has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the church. She claims a male employee showed her a photograph of a penis on a cell phone and that she was punished for reporting the incident. [Essence]
  • Full episodes of the web series “Vag Magazine” are now online! This weekend I watched five straight episodes of this spoof on feminists who take themselves very, very seriously while running a politically correct magazine called Vag. [VagMagazine.tv]

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Today’s Lady News: Nebraska Pols Know Better Than Doctors When Fetuses Feel Pain

  • An anti-abortion law goes into effect in Nebraska today based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, a claim denied by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That’s not stopping Nebraska’s Sen. Mike Johanns: He is introducing federal legislation (which has been reintroduced and shot down every year since 2004) that would require women seeking abortions to be told the fetus can feel pain and to request anesthesia for it. [Yahoo News]
  • Some actor mailed his head shots to a casting director and mentioned that for his last role he played a rapist. Um, thanks? [The Awl]
  • The DKE fraternity at Yale University apologized for marching pledges through campus yelling, “No means yes! Yes means anal!” in a meeting with women’s groups on campus. Students and faculty recall a separate incident at Yale in 2008 when 12 pledges to the Zeta Psi fraternity stood holding signs reading “We Love Yale Sluts.” [Yale Daily News]

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Today’s Lady News: School Boots Planned Parenthood From 9th Grade Birth Control Lessons

  • The Frenchtown school district in Montana has discontinued a twice-yearly program in which the local chapter of Planned Parenthood spoke to the freshman class about the latest methods birth control. “The presentation includes factual, up-to-date information about birth control options that is medically accurate and age appropriate,” said PP Montana’s director of communications. But some parents were upset that PP is also an abortion provider and may, you know, give girls some ideas. From now on, the school’s health teacher will give lessons on birth control … which is fine. But, goodness sake, teen pregnancy is an epidemic, people. [KXLH]
  • A 13-year-old Peruvian girl was impregnated from being raped by a 34-year-old man and jumped out a window when he refused to acknowledge the pregnancy was his. She’s now in a wheelchair and was denied an abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights has filed a lawsuit, claiming Peru is violating international treaties. Here is the girl on Vimeo, telling her story. [Jezebel]
  • Facebook honored a request by GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, to clean up some anti-gay commentary on the site following the recent spate of gay teen suicides and have now announced they’ll work collaboratively in the future to fight bigoted bullying online. [Mashable]

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