Posts tagged "women news"

Attorney General Lisa Madigan Fires Back Against Sexist Questions

This week at the National Democratic Convention, sexism seeped out of the mouths of three Chicago Sun-Times reporters when asking Attorney General Lisa Madigan about her potential run for governor. The reporters, Dave McKinney, Fran Spielman, and Natasha Korecki, raised the question of "whether she could serve as governor and still raise her kids the way…
By: Daley Quinn / September 7, 2012

Meet The Women Who Financially Support Their Husbands

This week's cover story in The New York Times Magazine addresses the economy's effect on marriages, specifically ones where the wife is now the breadwinner and is supporting an unemployed or under-employed husband.  Sounds fascinating. [New York Times Magazine] If Sandra Fluke's speech at the DNC last night was intended to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2012

Some Jerk Called The DNC “The Vagina Monologues”

CNN contributor Erick Erickson tweeted last night that the Democratic National Convention was "the Vagina Monologues," because, you know, LADIES.  (Or, as blogger Amanda Marcotte wittily put it, he is "not a fan of women talking.")  [Think Progress, Slate] Both campaigns are spending baller amounts of money on abortion-related…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2012

Turkish Woman Shoots, Decapitates Her Rapist

Well, that's a lot to process: a pregnant rape victim shot and decapitated her rapist and then dumped his head in the town square, telling police who arrested her, "That is the head of the one who toyed with my honor." The rapist also allegedly possessed nude photos of the 26-year-old mother of two, which…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2012

Harrod’s In London Debuts Gender Neutral Toy Store

Harrod's, the famous department store in London, has finally debuted their gender-neutral toy store in which toys are grouped by theme, rather than "boys" and "girls." The toy store has sections for stuffed animals, books, candy, and other toys but doesn't stick to an exclusively pink or blue color palette. Very cool!  [The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2012

RIP, Iconic Feminist Shulamith Firestone

Shulamith Firestone, an iconic figure in the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, has died at age 67. Firestone was the author of The Dialectic of Sex: The Case For Feminist Revolution, which she penned at age 25 and which became one of the key texts of second-wave feminism. Dialectic, which wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 31, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition

Jessica is off today, which means Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a head…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 30, 2012

All Republican National Convention, All The Time!

Mitt Romney's sister Jane says he is "not going to be be touching" the issue of abortion if he becomes president, calling her brother "more in the middle." Hmm, something tells me Jane Romney is not going to be allowed to talk to the press anymore! [National Journal] Meet Mia Love, a Republica…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2012

5 Things To Know About The First Night Of The Republican National Convention

Political theater like the Republican and Democratic National Conventions are a big swamp of blerrgghhh to me. My opinion is that it's all just a dog-and-pony show and not really the best way to get to know a candidate, their viewpoints, or their cronies at all. But yes, it's still a big to-do. What happe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 29, 2012

“BIC For Her” Pens Are A Product That Actually Exists

Girls need girlish "BIC For Her" pens for girly girls, amirite? (Yes, I wrote the word "pens." PENS!) You have to read some of the snarky comments that reviewers posted on Amazon.com for these things.  [Gizmodo UK] Feministing co-founder Jessica Valenti on the "fantasy women" of the GOP. [The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2012

Republican Tom Smith Compares Rape To Sex Out Of Wedlock

Alright, Republicans, you can go home now. Tom Smith of Pennsylvania wins for the most absurdly offensive thing that could be said about rape and ladies who be havin' promiscuous sex. The Tea Party-endorsed Smith, who is challenging Democratic Senator Bob Casey, actually compared rape to having a child out of wedlockin some misguided attempt…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2012

NH Sheriff Candidate Would Use “Deadly Force” To Stop Abortions (Because That Makes Sense)

"I would make abortion illegal after 12 weeks." "Yeah? Well, I would make it illegal even in cases of rape and incest." "Well, I would use deadly force to stop a woman from having an abortion." Wait, what? Yes, this is a thing a dude actually said.
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2012

No Sex For You: Togo Women Holding A Sex Strike

When the women of the small African country of Togo want something, they truly take one for the team: in order to urge the president of Togo to resign, the women are holding a sex strike. A civil rights group called Let's Save Togo is encouraging women to withhold sex from their husbands for one…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2012

Breastfeeding Mom Banned From Maryland Gym

A breastfeeding woman in Annapolis, Maryland, has been banned from her gym because she refused to cover up. However, Maryland law says women are allowed to breastfeed anywhere they are legally allowed to be with their children. [Capital Gazette] An interview with a lapsed Christian virgin about "purity." [The Hairpin] O…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

According To New AZ Law, Pregnancy Begins Two Weeks Before Conception

Wait. What? I must be reading this wrong. The “Women’s Health and Safety Act,” signed into law yesterday by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, and referred to by some as "the egg drop bill," defines pregnancy as beginning two weeks before conception, as it calculates the gestational age starting with the first day of the last menstrual…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 24, 2012

Teen Girl Escapes After Two Years Of Being Held Captive & Sexually Assaulted

Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years. The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became pregnant by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Even Ann Coulter Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Should STFU

Jessica has the day off, so Today's Lady News is an abbreviated version. She'll be back tomorrow! Ann Coulter was not happy with Todd Akin’s comments this week, calling him a “selfish swide.” [Huffington Post] A study suggests that menopause in humans evolved to decrease the competition between generations of reproducing women i…
By: Daley Quinn / August 23, 2012

Youngest Republican Delegate To Platform Committee Stirs Up Controversy

Yesterday, delegates to the Republican National Convention met yesterday in Tampa, Florida, to finalize the party's platform on various controversial issues, including abortion, with the youngest member of the platform committee, Jackie Curtiss, 22, having the most to say. Staunchly anti-abortion, Curtiss objected to an amendment to the platform banning medication “that terminates human life…
By: Daley Quinn / August 23, 2012

Married Women Drink More Than Married Men, Study Finds

New research has found that married women are drinking more than married men after tying the knot. Presented at the American Sociological Association meeting in Denver, the findings were derived from one long-term survey that provided information on more than 5,000 Wisconsin residents’ alcohol habits, gathered four times during a 47-year period. The research suggested that while…
By: Daley Quinn / August 23, 2012

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, "Legitimate Rape," is so kickass: "I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I'm married to the man / that's a husband's privilege." Amazing.  [YouTube] Blogger Amanda…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012
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