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Today’s Lady News: Turns Out You Can’t Fire Someone For Getting A Sex Change

  • A judge has ruled on behalf of a transgendered woman who claims she was fired when she told her employer she would soon be coming to work dressed as a woman. When Vandy Beth Glenn, a former Georgia state legislative aide, told her employer she would soon be undergoing a sex change, her boss claimed she would make her colleagues feel uncomfortable and the sex change itself was “immoral.” [AP]
  • Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti is six months pregnant and she has a request: stop touching her belly without asking first. “You wouldn’t touch a non-pregnant person’s belly without asking,” she writes, “so what makes you think it’s okay to just lay hands on mine?” [JessicaValenti.com]
  • South African runner Caster Semenya was cleared today to compete as a woman in future races. Last year, Semenya was found to be intersex — meaning she has both male and female parts — and there was some controversy about how she should be competing. [AFP]

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Today’s Lady News: “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Staff Argues With Anti-Abortion Protestors

  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live”‘s production staff apparently got into a public argument with anti-abortion protesters demonstrating on the streets of L.A. There’s a kind of boring video of the heated encounter, although it’s NSFW due to salty language. [Media Bistro]
  • Lilith Fair, the festival for women musicians, has dropped 10 dates due to poor sales. Well, duh, because you’re charging $250 but you have “artists” like Selena Gomez performing. [Reuters]

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Today’s Lady News: Queen Latifah Says Give Chris Brown “A Second Chance”

  • Queen Latifah has spoken up to say it’s time to stop punishing Chris Brown for his assault on Rihanna last year. “The guy is a young guy and he made a big mistake and he needs to bounce back from that,” she said. “And he needs an opportunity for a second chance … We can’t condemn that kid. He’s a kid and he needs to correct the mistake for the future, not live in the past. He needs to be forgiven. Enough already. We can’t keep beating him up.” What do y’all think? [Feministing via Zap2It.com]
  • The Indiana Supreme Court is appointing its first new justice since 1999 and 19 of the 34 applicants (more than half ) are women. Yay! [Chicago Tribune]
  • Judy Blume‘s grandson, 18-year-old Eliot Blume-Pickle, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with acquaintance rape of a 17-year-old girl last week. The unfortunately named Blume-Pickle allegedly lifted the girl, carried her to a bedroom, and forced her onto a bed in a house on Martha’s Vineyard owned by Judy Blume Trustees. Police say alcohol may have been involved. [The Martha's Vineyard Times (ninth item)]

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Today’s Lady News: “Bright Pill,” A Birth Control Pill For Men, In The Works

  • Israeli scientist Professor Haim Breitbart is hard at work on the “Bright Pill,” a birth control pill or injection which has proven to cause temporary sterility in mice. But don’t worry! It fades away and the mice are supposedly as virile as they were before. Prof. Breitbart hopes the male birth control will be on the market for human males within the next five years. [Israel21c]
  • Around-the-world-sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, who was recently rescued in the Indian Ocean, is back home in Thousand Oaks, California, and defending herself against critics who say she was too young to sail. “I sailed 12,000 miles by myself, crossed two oceans and sailed around Cape Horn,” Sunderland says. “Questions of my age should have been over a long time ago.” [People]
  • Irresponsible headline of the day: “Brooks man shot wife over nagging.” Do they also run headlines like this: “Man punches wife in the eye because she burns dinner”? [Bangor Daily News]

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Today’s Lady News: Iceland’s Lesbian Prime Minister Marries Her Girlfriend

  • Iceland’s prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir, married her girlfriend, Jonina Leosdottir, on Sunday, when the country’s same-sex marriage law became legalized. Congratulations! [AP]
  • Nevada’s Republican senatorial candidate, Sharron Angle, said she opposes legal abortion even in the case of rape and incest, while appearing on “The Bill Manders Show,” explaining, “I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives.” Angle also said she is “pro-responsible choice,” adding “there is a choice to abstain, [a] choice to do contraception.” [Huffington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Dove To Cast “Flawless” Women In New “Real Beauty” Campaign

  • Dove is casting new models for its “Real Beauty” campaign. Cool! Who are they looking for? “Real women.” Cool! What do these real women have to look like? “Flawless skin, no tattoos or scars.” Oh. [Styleite.com]
  • Remember Provincetown, Massachusetts, the town that voted to give all students in grades K-12 a condom if they want one? MA’s governor, Deval Patrick, poo-poos the idea. [CNN]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee has started the confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan, the country’s solicitor general. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third women to sit on the Supreme Court. [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Boss Fired After Giving Testicle Cyst Photo To Female Staffer

  • The editor of Philadelphia magazine did not have his contract renewed in part because he gave a framed photo of a cyst removed from his testicle to a female staffer. Um, sexual harassment anyone? Larry Platt apparently gave this photo as “gift” to a departing female staffer. Framed? Who would frame something like that? [Philly.com]
  • Pay attention, anti-abortion extremists! Human fetuses cannot feel pain before 24 weeks, according to a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. [AP]
  • Police say 10 “angry women” detained a 20-year-old man who was peeping inside the dressing rooms at a thrift store in Church Hill, Tennessee. The women blocked the doors to the shop until police arrived. Talk about teamwork! [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Female Scientists Earn Less Than Male Scientists Do

  • An international study of female scientists found a wage gap exists six to 10 years after finishing their PhD’s. Male scientists’ salaries can grow to be anywhere from 18 to 40 percent higher than their lady counterparts over time. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Underinsured African-American women die more often from breast cancer than underinsured white women, according to a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This occurs even when the women are treated at the same hospital by the same doctors, suggesting disparities in health care even before the women get diagnosed with breast cancer. [Reuters]
  • Police in Seattle say several women have reported a cyclist slapping them on the butt while they walk or jog in the park. Ew! [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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Today’s Lady News: NFL Star Lawrence Taylor Indicted In Teen Prostitute Sexual Assault

  • NFL star Lawrence Taylor has been indicted on charges of rape after allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old prostitute. The former Giants player was arrested on May 6 for allegedly having sex with a teen at a Holiday Inn in New York. If convicted, he faces four years in prison. [USA Today]
  • In other sports-y/rape-y news, pitcher Johan Santana of the New York Mets has been accused of sexual battery for an incident at a For Myers, Florida, golf course in 2009. [Buzzfeed]
  • “The Daily Show” has one female correspondent and will have a grand total of two if Playboy and Maxim cover girl Olivia Munn survives her tryouts. Irin Carmon at Jezebel spoke with comedy writers who’ve been past “TDS” staffers — on-air or in the writing room — about the “boy’s club” atmosphere and why “insecure, broken, needy, neurotic” humor was for men-only. [Jezebel]

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Today’s Lady News: Woman With No Arms Earns Her Black Belt In Taekwondo

  • Sheila Radziewicz, 32, of Salem, Massachusetts, does not have either one of her arms, but that hasn’t stopped her from earning her black belt in taekwondo! For her black belt test, she had to break wood, kick, punch, and spar. Watch out: she’s also got nunchucks. [Boston Globe]
  • In the wake of gossip blog Gawker’s exposés that American Apparel allegedly hires its employees primarily on looks, the company is allegedly issuing new hires a crazy-strict “confidentiality agreement” that punishes blabbermouth employees with a $1 million fine if they discuss their jobs or Dov Charney’s precious reputation with the media. [Gawker]
  • Finland’s president has appointed Mari Kiviniemi as the country’s second female prime minister. In other news, the United States still hasn’t had a female president or vice president. [AFP]

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