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Today’s Lady News: Breastfeeding Billboard Pisses Off Peeps In Ohio

  • For some reason, people in Ohio are offended by a billboard that says “Breast Milk Satisfies” and shows a cute baby with milk — you know, breast milk! — dribbling out of his mouth. [Cleveland Leader]
  • Another day, another sketchy “plastic surgery” incident: cops in Venezuela arrested two beauticians who pretended to be doctors and gave women boob jobs and butt implants out of an apartment in Maracay. [Fox News]
  • A 22-year-old college student has filed a civil lawsuit against Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Eric Foster, accusing him of sexual assault, false imprisonment, and other charges. The student, who is a hotel receptionist, claims Foster assaulted her when she delivered dental products to his room. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Even Women With “Normal” Weight Are Worried About Getting “Fat”

  • Even women of “normal” weight with no history of eating disorders have a fear of getting fat, according to a study to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences in May. Said Professor Diane Spangler, who worked on the brain scan study, “Many women learn that bodily appearance and thinness constitute what is important about them, and their brain responding reflects that.” Uh, no duh, guys, I could have told you that! [UPI]
  • The good news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. The bad news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. Yahoo, Xerox, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Avon, and Western Union — we salute you. [Money.CNN.com]
  • Writing about how Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has escaped indictment for a rape accusation (on account of lack of evidence), garden columnist (garden columnist?) Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun goes on a victim-blaming-palooza. Reimer seems to believe the 20-year-old accuser actually was raped by Roethlisberger, but, well, she was kind of asking for it because she was so drunk. Reimer writes, and I quote: “Girlfriend, if you get that drunk you bear some responsibility for what happens next, whether you get your purse stolen or you get roughed up in a dingy bar bathroom. And police reports suggest that the accuser was nearly incapacitated.” [Baltimore Sun]

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Today’s Lady News: Booooo! No Female Directors At Cannes Competition

  • Hold your horses, people still reveling over Kathryn Bigelow‘s Oscar night win: not one of the 16 films in the upcoming competition at the Cannes Film Festival was directed by a woman. [Women & Hollywood]
  • The White House forced CBS News to a remove a blog post from their website alleging the potential Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, is gay. [Yahoo]
  • Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest in Chicago, said in his sermon on Sunday that women should be allowed to be ordained as priests. But Pfleger apologized for his remarks after his sermon was posted on YouTube and he was barraged by critics. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Bill Maher Calls Sarah Palin A “MILF”

  • Ugh. Obnoxious comments from “Hardball”‘s Chris Matthews and “Real Time”‘s Bill Maher, who were discussing Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann on TV. Matthews said, “They showed up together looking — well, they’re attractive ladies.” And then Maher added: “I think you’re right. You hit on something there. They’re attractive, especially to the Republican Party which is not known as the party that does really well with the opposite sex. Usually they’re doughy white men. I think they look on Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin as, you know, MILFs … and I agree. They’re morons I’d like to forget.” Hey, guys? It’s still sexist — and unprofessional — when liberals say it.
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  • Constance McMillen, the Mississippi high school student who was now allowed to attend prom with her girlfriend because she is a lesbian, will be grand marshal of New York City’s famous gay pride parade on June 27. (I’d rather go to prom, but, hey, it’s still cool.) [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Tel Aviv Bus Line Segregates Women From Men

  • Bus line #322 out of Tel Aviv, Israel, separates the genders by requiring women to sit in the back of the bus while men sit in the front. I am told that private bus lines in the U.S. do this, too. Nevertheless, at least female politician Yael Dayan, chairwoman of the City Council of Tel Aviv, has said, “I will recommend to passengers to boycott the line. It cannot be that women, even religious or ultra-Orthodox, do not understand the meaning of separation in public.” [YNetNews.com]
  • The integration of women soldiers into submarines is “absolutely the right thing to do,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus on a visit to the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Washington. [Seattle Times]
  • An anonymous 34-year-old single woman in Texas has written an essay for Salon.com about having an abortion after an accidental pregnancy. [Salon]

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Today’s Lady News: The First Rule Of Getting Butt Implants

  • The first rule of getting butt implants is make sure your “surgeon” actually has a license to practice medicine. A Queens spa owner, Barbara Nieto, 27, was charged Friday with assault, unlawfully practicing medicine and endangering the life of a client. For the low, low cost of $500, Nieto allegedly removed fat from Augusta Velez’s stomach and injected it into her butt. Velez ended up in the hospital to avoid a dangerous septic infection. [New York Daily News]
  • Nebraska’s Gov. Dave Heineman plans to sign into law a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks. Abortions in the second- and third-trimester are already illegal in most circumstances, but Nebraska’s bill is based on the assumption a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks. [AP]
  • Here’s a Craigslist posting under “Freelance Writer Desired”: “Four literary gentlemen seek prominently published female freelance writer for wholesome strip tease.” Please tell me this is a joke? [Gawker]

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Today’s Lady News: Nebraska To Require Mental Health Screening For Abortion

  • Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval to a bill today that will require mental health screening for women seeking an abortion. The language of the bill specifies doctors need to ascertain whether a woman has been pressured into ending her pregnancy. The bill is expected to receive Gov. Dave Heineman’s signature soon. [Washington Post]
  • Mattel, Inc., the maker of Barbies, says a coordinated effort by adult female computer programmers flooded the Barbie.com vote for the doll’s next career. Little girls voted for Barbie’s next career to be “news anchor.” But a viral campaign from GeekGirlCamp.com that implored adults, “Please help us in getting Barbie to get her Geek on!” helped make “computer engineer” Barbie’s next job. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Maternal deaths have dropped in the past 18 years, from half a million per year in 1980 to less than 350,000 in 2008. It’s not all good news, though. More than half of all new moms died in six countries: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: Meet Eri Yoshida, Baseball’s “Knuckle Princess”!

  • Meet Eri Yoshida, the “Knuckle Princess,” an 18-year-old from Japan. She has accepted an offer to pitch for the Chico Outlaws baseball team in Chico, California, which is a men’s league. Last year Yoshida became the first woman in Japan to play professional baseball with men; she will be the the first to pitch for a U.S. men’s league since the retirement of player Ila Borders in 2000. The Outlaws will provide Yoshida with separate locker room facilities and her own hotel room while traveling. [AFP]
  • Transgender and transgender folks camped outside Tribeca Cinemas in New York City on Tuesday to protest the film “Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives,” which they said is transphobic and promote violence against trans people. Filmmaker Israel Luna said the flick, which is based on ’70s exploitation films, was intended to raise awareness about violence against the trans community. [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: 13-Year-Old “Bride” Dies After Arranged Marriage

  • OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words “sexual assault” once in this article? Recently a religious decree in Yemen forbade the marriage of girls younger than 17 years old, which prompted top Islamic leaders there to declare supporters of the ban “apostates.” [AP]
  • The City Council of Austin, Texas, ruled this morning that so-called “crisis-pregnancy centers” that don’t offer or refer women to abortion or birth control services must post signs on their premises clarifying this. Supporters of abortion rights say CPCs, which are not medical clinics, are often located near actual abortion clinics and try to dissuade women from terminating their pregnancies. [Austin American-Statesman]

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Today’s Lady News: France Recalls Silicon Breast Implants Over Rupturing

  • France has pulled a type of silicon gel breast implant after a French regulatory agency cited increased cases of the implants rupturing. The implants are manufactured in France by a company called PIP but are exported to 66 countries. Women with the recalled implants are advised to see their surgeon for an examination and have regular ultrasounds. [AP] [AP]
  • Police arrested Erlyndon Joseph Lo, 27, of Plano, Texas, on Saturday for threatening deadly force against a Dallas abortion clinic. The day before, Lo had filed a court document at the Plano federal courthouse announcing his intention to go to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas and “use deadly force to defend the innocent life of another human being.” His court filing sought a restraining order against law enforcement. His two charges are using interstate commerce to communicate a threat, and threatening force to intimidate and interfere with clients and employees of a reproductive health service. If convicted, Lo faces up to six years in prison. FBI agents said threatening and erratic behavior by Lo in recent months had already put him on their radar. [Dallas Morning News]

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