Abbreviated Lady News today! Back to your regularly scheduled Lady News on Monday. Have a fab weekend!
- A U.S. District Court Judge has struck down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection guarantee. [Gay Salt Lake]
- An open letter to white feminists on prisons, borders, safety and privilege. [AlterNet]
- You should definitely take the time to read through the #FreeMarisa hashtag on Twitter right now, which is advocating for the release of Marisa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband. [Twitter]
- Fact: Black women are twice as likely as white women to die from breast cancer — this New York Times article examines why that racial disparity exists and what’s being done about it. [NY Times]
- On cynicism, calling out, and creating movements that don’t leave people behind. [Feministing]
It’s a story ripped from an episode of “Jersey Shore”: Utah’s House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin Garn, admitted yesterday that in 2002 he paid a woman $150,000 to keep quiet during his Congressional campaign about a 1985 incident where they sat naked in a hot tub together. Garn, who is 55 now, was 30 at the time; the girl, Cheryl Maher, who is 40 now, was 15 at the time. Keep reading »
Apparently, a bunch of Mormon women in Utah — yes, Mormon women in Utah — are seeking to turn the fine art of pole dancing into a competitive sport at the 2012 Olympics. Typically when one thinks of pole dancing, one thinks of strip clubs, cigarette smoke, alcohol, mirrored walls, Lucite heels, Poison’s “She’s My Cherry Pie,” and thongs stuffed with dollar bills. With these ladies? Not so much. Instead of “pole dancing,” they call their brass pole gymnastics “pole fitness.” “I don’t take my clothes off — at all!” one woman protests. Their high heels, they explain, are for muscle building. “We are some of the safest, most-skilled athletes,” another Olympics contender reveals. Some practitioners are housewives, not Olympic hopefuls, but no matter who you are it sounds like working the pole sheds pounds. Want to sign the petition? It’s here. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »