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Today’s Lady News: Radio Show Says Lady Candidate Has A “Tight Little Butt”

  • The WRKO radio show in Boston referred to Republican state treasurer candidate Karyn Polito on air as having a “tight little butt,” after a listener called in asking if she was “hot.” Polito responded that their comments were “over the line” and not “right.” Oh, damn, where’s that post I wrote earlier today about sexist campaign slurs? [Boston Herald]
  • But wait! There’s more! You know you want to hear what Rush Limbaugh thinks of Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell. “I’d rather look at [herl] than Mike Castle,” Limbaugh said. “I think she’s kind of cute.” Oof. [Media Matters for America]
  • Depression is no more likely to occur in teenagers who have abortions than with teenagers who carry the pregnancy to term, according to researchers from Oregon State University and University of California San Francisco. Researchers culled data on 289 teens and found a negative psychological outcome of abortion was not pronounced. [UPI]

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Today’s Lady News: Transgender Teen Stripped Of Homecoming King Title

  • A transgender teen was stripped of his Homecoming King title because he’s still technically registered as a female. [Jezebel]
  • Today in “Website Not To Bookmark”: “She’s Hot, But…” in which guys submit one-liners about a hot woman in their life who is attractive save one pesky, massive flaw. “She’s hot, but she has hairy legs.” “She’s hot, but she has the worst underwear.” How about “She’s hot, but she won’t have anything to do with me because I am a douchebag”? [Lemondrop]
  • Speaking at a party for GOProud, an organization for gay conservatives, Ann Coulter told the crowd, “Marriage is not a civil right. You’re not black,” and then explained that the 14th amendment only applies to African-Americans, and not women, the LBGT community, or other minorities. What about gay African-Americans? Do they not exist? [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Indianapolis Bakery Won’t Serve Gay Cupcakes

  • Just Cookies, a bakery in Indianapolis, refused to take an order from a gay student group because their request for rainbow cookies and cupcakes (to celebrate National Coming Out Day) violates the “values” of the bakery. [Change.org]
  • Jordan’s Queen Rania had some thoughtful words on anti-Muslim sentiments during her appearance on the “Today” show this morning. Watch the whole segment! [MSNBC]
  • The head of PersonhoodUSA, an anti-abortion group, says that “fertilized egg” is as offensive as using the n-word. [KRDO.com]

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Today’s Lady News: How The Health Care Law That Goes Into Effect Today Will Help Women

  • Portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — i.e., the new health care reform law — go into effect today, including several that will affect women and girls. Beginning today, health care plans must offer preventative screenings and counseling without charging out-of-pocket costs. (Birth control, however, is not considered a “preventative service” for some reason.) Also, health insurers can no longer to refuse to sell policies for kids with “pre-existing conditions.” All Americans will get this benefit in 2014. [Washington Post]
  • Sarah Palin has hinted at a presidential run, saying she will throw her hat in the ring if other Republican candidates don’t step up. It’s neither a confirmation nor a denial, really. [ABC News]
  • A male politician in Indonesia asks, “Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school?” He then suggests girls should undergo virginity testing before they’re allowed access to public education. [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Meryl Streep Wants A Lady Museum

  • Meryl Streep has pledged $1 million towards the creation of a Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill about the museum’s creation and about allocating a place for the institution near the National Mall. The bill doesn’t ask the government to pony up any of the cash because it will all be funded privately. [Washington Post]
  • The White House recently announced that Larry Summers, the controversial ex-president of Harvard University, is leaving the National Economic Council at the end of the year. Word on the street says President Obama wants to replace him with a female CEO. [Politico]
  • Today kicks off the “40 Days of Life” protest, for which opponents of abortion will pray and fast outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, through December. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has released a statement calling the protests outside their clinic harassment. Anti-abortion protesters in Tulsa are joining the “40 Days of Life” protest, too. [KBTX, Tulsa World]

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Today’s Lady News: UF Professor Fired For Saying Latinas Dress Sluttier Than American Women

  • A University of Florida professor was fired for saying Latina women dress sluttier than American women during a lecture on sexual harassment, apparently in reference to the sports reporter Ines Sainz. Timothy Taylor has filed a grievance complaint alleging his academic freedom has been stifled. UF is having none of it, considering Taylor was suspended twice before for “inappropriate interactions with female students,” like touching their hair, and was told further inappropriate behavior would get him canned. Why would the school keep someone around so long who had so many complaints against him? [Miami Times]
  • Unprofessionalism alert: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand at a recent event by saying, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.” Witnesses said Sen. Gillibrand turned red and the audience started tittering. Tell me, Sen. Reid, would you introduce a male senator this way, too? [Feministing]
  • Abortion clinics in Louisiana are suing over a new state law that gives the state health department unprecedented control to shut them down over health and safety concerns. Right after the law went into effect this summer, a Shreveport abortion clinic had its license suspended for several weeks. [CNBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Back In 1938, Disney Only Allowed Women To Trace

  • Back in 1938, women weren’t allowed to contribute in the creative process to bring Disney cartoons to the big screen. Check out the rejection letter one woman received when she applied for the company’s trained school, in which she was told she was only eligible to be a tracer. [BuzzFeed]
  • A food writer wonders why so many (er, all?) so-called “girly” drinks are sickly sweet. Good question! I’m a chick and Cosmos and Appletinis make me gag. [The Atlantic]
  • The editor of lady blog The Gloss thinks it’s cool that Lady Gaga made a video about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but isn’t stoked that the singer asked pervy photographer Terry Richardson to direct. Check out her open letter to Gaga, asking her to not hire the photog for any future projects. [The Gloss]

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Today’s Lady News: Sports Commenter Says Ines Sainz Was “Asking For It”

  • A Fox and NFL Network sports analyst, Brian Baldinger, has said that Mexican sports reporter Ines Sainz was sexually harassed by members of the Jets football team and staff because she was “asking for it.” (And yes, that’s a direct quote.) Apparently, Mr. Baldinger is of the opinion men are just big testosterone-swollen lunkheads who can’t control themselves. [Yahoo]
  • Federal Way, Washington, is considering an amendment to the morals code to limit the amount of T&A that can be shown in public. The city council’s parks committee specifically want to address the skimpily dressed “bikini baristas.” [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
  • Oh, boo hoo: “Privates,” the video game that takes place inside a vagina has not been approved for the Xbox 360. [ComputerAndVideoGames.com]
  • A girl who was prostituted at age 14 is suing the online sex site Backpage.com, claiming she was taken advantage of by a pimp who advertised her on the site. The girl, now 15, is seeking restitution under the Child Abuse Victims Rights Act. [STLtoday.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Glenn Beck Compares Abortion To Slavery

  • Radio host Glenn Beck compared abortion to slavery. (Wait, yesterday I thought abortion was genocide?) We have no words to describe how offensive this is to actual slaves and descendants of slaves, not to mention women who have terminated a pregnancy for any reason. [Media Matters]
  • According to new Census data on income, poverty in America has hit a 15-year high and the number of working women has fallen by 1.3 million in three years. [Reuters]
  • There will be no bond for the 26-year-old North Carolina man accused of describing on Facebook how to make explosives to bomb an abortion clinic. [WNCT.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Performing Sexual Favors Totally Fine For Women In Politics, Says Italian Dude

  • It’s totally OK if women use their bodies to get ahead in politics, advises Giorgio Stracquadanio, an ally of Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister of Italy (who has made plenty of sexist comments himself). Stracquadanio added that, in his opinion, a woman performing sexual favors to get ahead would not be grounds for dismissal. Being a woman working in Italian government must be a ball. [Telegraph UK]
  • Investment banking firm Goldman Sachs is being sued for sexual discrimination. Three women are seeking a class action lawsuit against the bank, claiming they were held back from raises and promotions because of their gender. [New York Observer]
  • Who amongst us does not want to hear Rush Limbaugh’s opinion on Ines Sainz, the sports reporter who was sexually harassed by the New York Jets? [Media Matters]

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