Posts tagged "women news"

TV Station Staffed By Fully Veiled Women Launches In Egypt

A new TV station called Maria recently debuted in Egypt which employs and is run by women who wear the face-covering niqab veil. Journalism students say they couldn’t find jobs in television, even ones where they would not appear on camera, because they are covered except for their eyes. Maria launched on July 20…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Described As A “Mean Girl”

Today, The Washington Post ran a column praising 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as a tenacious athlete. In fact, you could describe columinist Sally Jenkins’ piece as gushing. So it’s unfortunate in an otherwise awe-filled piece that Jenkins’ made a poor choice of words (emphasis mine):
This was her first Olympic gold medal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 31, 2012

Teen Girls Sue Backpage.com Over Sexual Exploitation

Three teen girls in Washington state are suing sex website Backpage.com for profitting off underage sexual exploitation. One 15-year-old girl and two 13-year-old girls filed a lawsuit on Friday, which claims they were trafficked into sex work and their pimps published scantily clad photos of them on Backpage with little oversight by the site.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2012

Dominican Republic Does The Right Thing: Chemo For Pregnant Teen Girl With Cancer

A pregnant 16-year-old with leukemia was at the center of a debate over abortion in the Dominican Republic, as doctors feared repercussions of administering chemotherapy that may kill her fetus. Fortunately, hospital officials told CNN the anonymous teen began receiving chemotherapy last Tuesday after conversations between her parents, the hospital, and presumably government officials.  There…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2012

The Soapbox: The Thing That Is Funny About Rape

Wouldn’t it be funny if the boys that photographed themselves assaulting Savannah Dietrich got raped right now? Also, that priest, Monsignor Lynn, who is going to serve three to six years for failing to investigate sex abuse claims against priests — wouldn’t it be hilarious if he were raped in prison? And Jerry Sandusky? Just…

By: Jennifer Baumgardner / July 30, 2012

Male Veterans Get Job Training, Female Veterans Get Knitting Class

A North Carolina ministry has been hit with a sex-discrimination complaint after it was found that it provides job training services in fields like truck driving and culinary arts only to men. The alleged job training  for women includes Bible study, yoga, art therapy — here’s the kicker —and knitting. All of these are truly…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2012

Study: Brains See Men As People, Women As Body Parts

Reducing women to boobs and bums isn’t just the modus operandi of the Spike Network, and 13-year-old boys. A new study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology says that all our brains, regardless of our gender, view men as “people” but see women cumulatively as their body parts.

Oh, how we…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2012

Australian Newspaper Asks If Swimmer Leisel Jones Is Too Fat

Australian newspaper the Herald Sun posted a poll asking whether Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones was too fat alongside pictures of Jones in her swimsuit. A caption read, “The Olympic veteran’s figure is in stark contrast to that of 2008.” The poll has since been removed from the website and her teammates, as well a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2012

How To Laugh About Getting Flashed

I will never for the life of me understand why men whip their dick out in front of strange women. Especially when it is flaccid. What woman in the world has ever said, “Oh my god, you know what I need right now?! Your penis! Your flaccid penis! Thank God you are here!” Comedian Sasheer…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2012

Doctors Must Inform Women Of Nonexistent Abortion-Suicide Link, Court Rules

Doctors in South Dakota must inform women of a nonexistent link between having an abortion and a risk of suicide, a federal appeals court has ruled. The ruling pertains to a 2005 law that will require doctors to tell a woman before her abortion that “the abortion will terminate the life of a whole,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2012

Chicago Abortion Death Ruled Accidental

The death of Tonya Reaves, 24, from a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) abortion during her 12th week of pregnancy at a Chicago Planned Parenthood has been ruled an accident by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. [Huffington Post]
Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem remembers Sally Ride, the first American woman in outer space, who died…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2012

Why Are Feminists And Gay Rights Activists Boycotting Hyatt Hotels?

Feminist groups have joined together to fight for the rights of thousands of workers within Hyatt hotels. Organizations including the National Organization for Women, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Black Justice Center and Christian and Jewish labor groups have formed a global boycott campaign at a conference in Washington, D.C. o…

By: Daley Quinn / July 24, 2012

Company Tweets Baby Bottles Will Help “Reclaim Your Wife”

Breasts. You may have heard of their alternate use as feeding mechanisms for tiny offspring. You may also have heard of their function in women’s sexual pleasure. But let us not forget the real purpose of a lady’s chesticles: sexual pleasure for her husband.

And all that time a new mama spends nursing?

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2012

“This Is My Body”: The Video Anti-Abortion Activists Need To See

“If I choose to have sex, I have the right to birth control and to be spared the demeaning insults that you’d never want leveled against your daughter or mother. My pursuit of orgasm is neither unnatural nor dangerous nor scary nor an infringement of your religious liberty. My sexual activity exists for my benefit,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 24, 2012

Mindy Kaling Won’t Answer Your Stupid “Are Women Funny?” Question

“The Office” actress/writer Mindy Kaling is so over this “Are women funny?” conversation. (As am I.) While speaking to the Television Critics Association, Kaling was asked about recent pay-attention-to-meeeee comments by “The Man Show”‘s Adam Carolla that women just aren’t as funny as men. “Anything about putting into question whether women are funny or…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2012

Theme Park Gives Discount To Women In Miniskirts

A theme park in Guilin, China is giving a discount to women if they wear a skirt shorter than 38 centimeters. Merryland Resort’s Love Miniskirts discount runs for the next two months and is the sixth year it has thrown the event. “The stipulation aims to encourage female visitors to showcase their beauty in summer,”  the…

By: Daley Quinn / July 21, 2012

Kickstarter Campaign To Raise Money For “Miss Zee” Coloring Book Depicting Black Girls

Designer Miss Gee of Louisville, Kentucky, is trying to raise $5,000 via Kickstarter for a line of coloring books for young black girls. Also a mama, she wanted to find coloring books for her daughter, Zee, and was unable to find ones that depicted characters that looked like her daughter. It’s a worthy project…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Some Jerk Is Making A List Of The Ugliest Women In Politics

Today in Stuff I Almost Don’t Want To Write About Because It Just Gives Them More Attention news:

Eric Golub, a “neoconservative comedian” and blogger for the conservative newspaper Washington Times, wants everyone to know he is writing a list of the 10 Ugliest Women in Politics. But don’t get your panties i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Adorable 8-Year-Old Adorably Explains Why Being A Girl Rocks

I can’t handle the cuteness: the eight-year-old daughter of a Reddit user penned this adorable answer to a writing prompt about why it’s cool to be a girl. She says:
We have veginas [vaginas]. We get jobs. We are creative. We have stuff that makes us preanet [pregnant]. We have milk in our bobe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2012

Republican Proposes Yet Even More Restrictions On Birth Control

Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) plans to propose a spending bill that would allow employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control and other contraception based on the employer’s own “moral reasons.” Rehberg’s proposed bill would also federally defund Planned Parenthood until the organization no longer provides abortions (despite the fact PP doe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 19, 2012
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