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Today’s Lady News: Oscar Voters Are Mostly White & Male

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  • The 5,765 Oscar voters are an overwhelmingly white and dudely bunch: almost 94 percent Caucasian and almost 77 percent male, according to a Los Angeles Times study. The median age of Oscar voters is 62, with just 14 percent of the membership under age 50. [Los Angeles Times]
  • To that end, Viola Davis talks about the scripts that she gets from black filmmakers. [IndieWire]
  • Author Douglas Brinkley actually called New York Times’ reporter Jodi Kantor’s new book about the Obamas “chick nonfiction” because, he wrote, it is “not about politics, it’s about marriage.” Really? Chick nonfiction? Because marriage is a topic only “chicks” care about? [Huffington Post]  
  • Five sexual health services that insurance covers for men, like penile implants and vacuum erection devices. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

  • Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday’s all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform
  • Oklahoma’s state Senate advanced a “fetal personhood” bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a “person” as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization, stem cell research, and some birth control. This is the bill that had a proposed amendment by State Sen. Constance Johnson, who sought to make it illegal for men to masturbate and waste sperm! [News OK] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: BYU Jerk Slut-Shames Fellow Student For Her Dress On Valentine’s Day

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  • Somebody has just cursed himself a lifetime of callused handjobs on Valentine’s Day: a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, received a handwritten message from a fellow student this Tuesday telling her, basically, that she was dressed like a slut! As you can see from Brittany Molina’s not-at-all-revealing outfit and the snotty letter above, her dress, cardigan, and tights made some dude feel as if he was not “safe, morally as well as physically” in Britt’s boobalicious presence. An Honor Code like this in practice can become little more than an excuse to slut-shame female students when they dress in a way that makes your weenie tingle. I don’t have any problem with a school having a dress code for both genders. But I do have a problem with people policing the way other women dress in a shameful and punishing way. You know, like in Afghanistan or at the CPAC conference. [The Daily What]
  • New Jersey’s State Assembly (like the House of Representatives) has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage. Republican Governor Chris Christie has promised to “swiftly veto” it. [Washington Post]
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Today’s Lady News: Ban Proposed On Abortion After 20 Weeks In Washington, D.C.

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  • Utah Sen. Mike Like, a Republican supported by the Tea Party, has proposed a ban on abortion after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. This “fetal pain” bill is based on the anti-abortion argument, unproven by the medical establishment, that five months is the point at which a fetus can feel pain. (You can read more in-depth on “fetal pain” laws here.) Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska and Alabama have similar fetal pain bills in effect.  [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • I have instructed Amelia to drink some cold medicine and watch this unintentionally HILARIOUS video from the American Life League about the evils of Planned Parenthood, which include “penis balloons,” “vagina cupcakes,” and “vagina macarons.” Actual quote from this video: “Planned Parenthood’s gateway drug is masturbation.” Oh my word, the comedy is priceless! (Priceless and scary.) [The Stranger via Feministing] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lady Republican Senators Support Contraception Compromise

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  • Two lady Republican senators — Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both  of Maine — have thrown their support behind President Obama’s compromise on birth control coverage in health care reform. [Feministing]
  • Problem with conservative women? They dress “frumpish” or like “two-bit whores.” Laura Bush, you’re on notice. [BuzzFeed]
  • Happy Valentine’s Day from the messed-up gendered messages permeating the minds of youth everywhere! [Sociological Images]
  • Some dude asked his laywer to propose to his girlfriend during a hearing about domestic violence. Dude couldn’t propose himself because he she has a restraining order against her him. And she said yes. Guy Girl … just no. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Gay Marriage In Washington Signed Into Law

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  • Washington state’s Governor Chris Gregoire signed a law that legalizes same-sex marriage, which will take effect on June 7. Unfortunately, opponents are already gathering signatures hoping to get the law voted on at the ballot box by citizens instead. [KIROtv.com]
  • Meanwhile, New Jersey’s state Senate approved a bill today legalizing gay marriage. The bill is expected to pass the NJ Assembly later this weekend. Then it will head to the desk of Republican Governor Chris Christie, who has vowed to veto it. [NJ.com, The Atlantic Monthly]
  • A feminist take on the media response to Whitney Houston’s death. [Feminist Philosophers]
  • Target has pulled a “stalker” Valentine’s Day card that read, “Stalker is a harsh word … I prefer Valentine.” [Care2]
  • Liz Trotta, a Fox News contributer, says women in the military should “expect” rape to be a problem because “these people are in close contact.” Um, that’s a rather offensive thing to say. [Media Matters] Keep reading »
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