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High School Graduation Speaker Urges Girls To “Devote Yourself To Your Families And Children”

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  • A social studies teacher named Peter Heck spoke a high school commencement and instead of encouraging all of the graduates to pursue their wildest ambitions, he really just told the boys to do that. Heck urged the graduating girls to “devote yourself to your families and children. … We need more women as invested mothers.” His word’s echoed a college graduation speech given recently by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who urged graduates to get married and have kids. [Huffington Post]
  • Louisiana has just passed a bill prohibiting any unmarried people from using a surrogate to have a child. Since same-sex marriage is also illegal in Louisiana, there is no way for same-sex couples to have a child this way. Calling bullshit on that, Louisiana. [Feministing]
  • Enraged by the injustice done to them, these fearless survivors of sexual assault are telling both their attackers and society that enough is enough! [Glamour] Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About This Week’s Military Sexual Assault Hearings

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Defense Secretary vows to take sexual assault in the military seriously. Read More »
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This week, the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee tackled the scourge of sexual violence in the military and voted to remove military top brass from their ability to overturn convictions for sexual assault. Yet Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said the hearings were “stunningly bad,” as military leaders were unprepared to respond to the questions from senators and unwilling to consider many suggested changes.

Here are five things you should know about what went down this week as Congress took substantive steps to eradicate the military’s sexual assault problem. Keep reading »

Texas Man Acquitted Of Murdering An Escort Who Refused Sex

Sex Work Fantasies?
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French director says lots of women fantasize about being prostitutes. Read More »
Ex-Prostitute For Mayor
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Mayoral candidate Linda Fondren reveals prostitution past. Read More »
High-End Stripper
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She worked as a high-end stripper. Here's her story. Read More »
Snoop Lion A Pimp
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Snoop Lion says it was his childhood dream to be a pimp. Read More »

On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died.

Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert of murder, because he said he was only trying to get back the $150 he had paid her. He didn’t intend to kill the 23-year-old escort when he shot her in the neck, you see. He was just trying to reclaim his stolen property! Keep reading »

Topless FEMEN Activists Charged With Debauchery

  • The African country of Tunisia put three activists from the topless feminist group FEMEN on trial for debauchery after they bared their breasts in the city’s capital in May. Their lawyers say the women were not behaving in a debauched manner in the deeply Islamic country because they were staging a political protest, not trying to sexually arouse anyone. [Huffington Post]
  • Samantha Power, a former adviser to President Obama, will be named as the United States’ ambassador to the United Nations. Power is replacing Susan Rice, who will become Obama’s national security advisor. [Huffington Post]
  • Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on how Austin might become the first city in Texas to offer 30 days of paid parental leave to city employees. Note it is parental leave — it could be moms, dads, even same-sex couples. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Some Morning-After Pills Available Over The Counter, Appeals Court Rules

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Obama administration appealing FDA's morning-after pill decision. Read More »
EC Ages 15 And Up
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FDA makes morning-after pill available ages 15 and up. Read More »
How Does It Work?
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How does the morning-after pill work? This video explains everything! Read More »
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The two-pill version of the morning-after pill must be immediately available over-the-counter without age restrictions, a federal appeals court has ruled today. However, the court also upheld a “stay” on the one-pill version of emergency contraception (called Plan B One-Step), essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that its use for young teens needs further review.

In response to today’s decision, the president for the Center of Reproductive Rights said in a statement, “After more than a decade of politically motivated delays, women will no longer have to endure intrusive, onerous and medically unnecessary restrictions to get emergency contraception.”

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It’s Hard Out There For A Teen: Boobs, Tribal Feathers, Hipster Glasses Not Allowed!

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Cleavage, tribal feathers, hipster glasses — oh my! All of those things have gotten students in trouble at schools around the nation. Schools sure have gotten strict, some might say silly, with their rules about what students can and can’t do. Showing cleavage at prom? You know, prom, where everyone wears dresses? NOT OKAY. Wearing a Native American feather to honor your heritage during graduation? VERBOTEN! Glad to hear our nation’s educators are keeping the kiddies safe from boobies and diversity.

Here’s just a few examples of ridiculous bans on high school kids — most of them young women — around the country. After the jump, find out the stories behind these sordid tales.

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Uggs Banned By School
One middle school banned Uggs, but it's not why you think. Read More »
Pro-Ana Shirts Banned
The Kate Moss-inspired shirts pulled from shelves. Read More »
Indonesia Bans Skirts
Miniskirts invite rape, so Indonesia bans them. Read More »

Republican Congresswoman: Women Just Want To Be “Recognized,” Not Paid Equally

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But not if you're an insurance agent or any of these other careers. Read More »
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They need the flexibility to get home in time to cook dinner! Read More »
Female Scientists Earn Less
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Female scientists earn less than male scientists do. Read More »
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  • Tennessee Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she opposes equal pay laws because women just want to be “recognized,” just not paid equally for the same work. Rep. Blackburn then added, “You know, I ‘ve always said that I didn’t want to be given a job because I was female, I wanted it because I was the most well-qualified person for the job.” Way to explain away institutionalized sexism, Rep. Blackburn! (And, yeah, I actually do want to get paid equally.) [Raw Story]
  • Two cops in Texas have been fired for beating a 25-year-old black woman over an unpaid $150 fine. [Raw Story]
  • A Roman Catholic school district discriminated against a former teacher and must pay  $200,000 for firing her because she chose to get pregnant via artificial insemination. Christa Dias was fired after she informed her employers she was pregnant (she is also unmarried, so presumably she explained how she got pregnant). [NBC News] Keep reading »

Beatriz, El Salvador Woman, Finally Has Emergency Abortion

El Salvador Allows Abortion
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El Salvador will allow an emergency abortion for Beatriz after all. Read More »
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El Salvador will not allow for lifesaving abortion for young mother. Read More »
Supreme Court Refusal
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El Salvador Supreme Court refuses abortion for sick pregnant woman. Read More »
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Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador with serious health issues, has finally had an abortion that will hopefully save her life.

The mother of a 14-month-old was 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; doctors had warned that Beatriz, who has kidney issues and lupus, could be killed by carrying the pregnancy to term despite the fact fetus was not expected to live more than a few hours after birth. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador refused her appeal to terminate the pregnancy citing its strict ban on all abortions. While Beatriz’s death was possible, the court said, it was not “imminent.” After international outcry, on Thursday the Health Minister of El Salvador finally approved an end to her pregnancy by C-section, which is also called a hysterotomy.

Beatriz had the potentially life-saving procedure yesterday. As expected, her 27-week-old female fetus died. Keep reading »

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 heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. (And links do get posted in comments — just be patient!) Jess will be back tomorrow!

Megyn Kelly Opens A Can Of Whoop-Ass On Judgy-Wudgy Fox News Guest

Stay At Home Dads
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Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
Feminist & SAHM?
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Breaking news: you can be a feminist and a stay-at-home-mom. Read More »
Frisky Parenting!
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All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
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  • Watch Fox News’ Megyn Kelly decimate her pompous blowhard guest, who is judgmentally arguing that stay-at-home-moms are “better” for all kids. Erick Erickson is the editor of a conservative website who wrote a piece — in response to a Pew report this week that 40 percent of moms are family breadwinners [second item] — which Kelly rightfully found “offensive.” Erickson argued that moms working outside the home are against science and harmful to kids; a full report on the sexist drivel is here at Media Matters.  The way Kelly hands him his classist, sexist ass on a silver platter is glorious. [Huffington Post]
  • Three US Navy football players are under investigation for alleged sexual assault. [US News & World Reports]
  • NYMag.com’s Ann Friedman on why powerful women make the greatest friends. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »
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