Posts tagged "women news"

16-Year-Old Saudi Arabian Olympian Called “Prostitute” For Competing

Two women made history at the 2012 Olympics for being the first-ever female Saudi Arabians to compete in the Games. But one of those young women, Wojdan Shakerkai, who competed in judo (and lost), has paid dearly for being a trailblazer: the 16-year-old girl has been lambasted as a "prostitute" by misogynists back…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2012

CNN’s Candy Crowley Will Be First Female Presidential Debate Moderator In 20 Years

Good news! The Presidential Debate Commission announced today that Candy Crowley of CNN will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years. Crowley is CNN's chief political correspondent and anchors the hour-long show "State Of The Union." She'll moderate the second town hall meeting-style debate on October 16 at…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2012

Paul Ryan: 12 Things To Know About Mitt Romney’s VP Pick

Happy Saturday, folks! Did you hear? Mitt Romney has announced his running mate for the presidential election -- Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Let's get to know him, shall we?
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 11, 2012

“There Are No Feminists On My Team,” Says U.S. Women’s Basketball Coach

The U.S. women's Olympic basketball team coach Geno Auriemma has said that "there are no feminists on my team ... we're not running around burning our bras trying to make people believe in our team." I guess he is trying to say talent wins out above all?  But way to not understand feminism at all,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

Football Player On The NFL’s First-Ever Female Ref: “Deal With It”

"Female, male, dog, cat, as long as they're calling the right calls and they know what they're doing out there, it really doesn't matter. It's a person. She'll see the same things as a man. She knows how to blow the whistle the same way. It's going to be something weird to see, but you deal…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 10, 2012

5 Reasons I’m Going To Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes – And You Should Go, Too

I’m one of the hundreds of people signed up to go to Planned Parenthood’s Youth Organizing & Policy Institutes this fall.  Here are the top five reasons I hope you’ll be joining me there.
By: Elizabeth Reaser / August 10, 2012

Mississippi Museum Stops Being Douchebags, Allows Lesbian Couple To Hold Commitment Ceremony

A public Mississippi museum that refused to allow two lesbians to hold a commitment ceremony on its grounds has relented. The Mississippi Agriculture and Forest Museum in Jackson had a policy of discriminating against same sex copules, but since it is a public museum and there is no state law against it, the wome…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2012

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled,…
By: Newser / August 9, 2012

Elizabeth Banks Stands Up For Planned Parenthood

Actress Elizabeth Banks continues to be a magical unicorn from my dreams with this just-released video in support of Barack Obama's 2012 campaign. Banks talks about why she supports Planned Parenthood — when she was a broke college graduate they helped regulate her heavy flow! — and Obama's overall support for women's health care. (No…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2012

A Woman’s Guide To Hasidic Street Harassment

Living in New York City means getting used to street harassment. In the past few years, my name has been Baby, Sexy, Bitch, and Hey You, Why Don’t You Smile? I’ve learned when to give the finger and when to hide. My friend Jen Dziura, a life coaching columnist, advises women that the…
By: Lilit Marcus / August 8, 2012

Did The U.S. Gymnasts Do Their Hair In Solidarity With Gabby Douglas?

Gymnast Gabby Douglas was (preposterously!) criticized for her laid-back hairstyle while competing in the Olympics and it appears that three of her fellow U.S. gymnasts -- Ali Reisman, Jordyn Wieber, and McKayla Maroney -- all did their hair in a similar way last night in solidarity. Cute! [BuzzFeed] Medical groups in Texas are…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2012

Study Looks At Doctors Using Steroid To “Prevent” Lesbianism

What in the what now? American doctors have been using a non-FDA-approved steroid called dexamethasone to try to "prevent" lesbianism, bisexuality and intersexuality (i.e. both male and female genitalia) in fetuses. Pregnant women are given the steroid if their fetus is seen to be at risk for something called "congenital adrenal hyperplasia," which results i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2012

NYPD Officer Accused Of Rape

New York City police officer Arthur Roldan has been accused of raping his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend.  On Tuesday night, Roldan allegedly held the woman — who is pregnant— at gunpoint and knife point and then raped her inside a car in a parking lot. He also allegedly punched her in the face when she initially refused…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 3, 2012

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink Wine!

Move over, milk, there's a more fun drink that helps keep women's bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according to a new study. Read more...
By: Newser / August 3, 2012

Court Block’s Arizona’s Ban On Abortions After 20 Weeks

Yesterday, a federal appeals court blocked Arizona from enforcing its ban on abortions after 20 weeks except in order to save the life of the mother or to avert "major bodily harm." [Reuters, Politico] EW. Director Alfred Hitchcock ruined "The Birds" star Tippi Hedren's career because she wouldn't have a sexual…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Pervy Pastor Photographed Himself With A Teen Girl, Had Sex With Her

What would Jesus do? Not photograph himself making out with a teenage girl almost 40 years younger than him, that's for sure. Megachurch pastor Jack Schaap from First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, took cell phone photos of himself making out with a 17-year-old girl who is a member of his congregation. Last night, churchgoer…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

D.C. Abortion Ban Proposed Literally The Day After Different D.C. Abortion Ban Is Defeated

It's not like Congress has anything pressing to do, like encourage job growth! That's the only reason why literally one day after the House of Representatives failed to advance a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., a nearly identical bill has been proposed again in the Senate.
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

A 3D Replica Of Your Fetus Is A Thing You Can Get

No, that's not the world's creepiest ice cube — it's "Shape Of An Angel," a 3D ultrasound. An MRI scans your fetus and a tiny replica is printed out in a 3D printer, hovering midair in clear resin and encased in a jewelry box. (Because why not display your 3D fetus to guests inside a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Abortion Ban In Washington, D.C., Fails

A bill to ban abortion in the District of Columbia has died in the House of Representatives. The bill, proposed by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), would have criminalized abortion after 20 weeks including in cases of rape and incest. [Politico] Last night, the writer Gore Vidal died. Today, blogger Garland Grey over at…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2012

University Of Montana QB Jordan Johnson Charged With Rape

Three months ago, the Justice Department launched an investigation into the potential mishandling of sexual assaults at the University of Montana at Missoula. The college, in conjunction with local police, was fingered by the DOJ for not following proper procedures with over 80 sexual assaults — at least two of which included the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2012
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