Posts tagged "women news"

Today’s Lady News: Gloria Allred Would Be “Impressed” With His Dick Size, Donald Trump Crows

When pressed about transgender beauty queen Jenna Talackova, who was first disqualified from Miss Universe and then re-qualified following an uproar, pageant co-owner Donald Trump bragged that Jenna’s lawyer Gloria Allred would be “very impressed” with his anatomy, if he were forced to prove his gender. EW. [New York Daily News]
Shaima Alawadi,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2012

Meet The Guy Who Bombed The Wisconsin Planned Parenthood Clinic Sunday Night

Meet Francis Grady, 50, anti-abortion extremist. On Sunday night, he decided the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies from being terminated at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, was to place a handmade bomb outside their window sill. The explosive device caused a small fire and the PP clinic had to close for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2012

“Women Don’t Care About Contraception,” SC Governor Nikki Haley Claims

If you thought it was just dude politicians who were tone deaf on women, think again: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley visited “The View” today and declared, “Women don’t care about contraception.”

Oh jeez Louise.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 3, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Women Swing State Voters Back Obama Over Romney

More women voters in swing states support Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, according to a poll by USA Today/Gallup. Obama leads with women 51 percent to Romney’s 42 percent, with the number of women under age 50 who support Romney shrinking. [MSNBC]
Black women have more trouble clearing HPV from their bodies, which…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Actress From Rapey Belvedere Vodka Ad Files Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad depicting a man pulling a surprised, open-mouthed woman down onto his lap. The headline read: “Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly.” Decent people got the skeevies and called the ad out as rapey. Belvedere quickly tweeted that they were sorry “if any of our fans were…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Explosive Detonated At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Wisconsin Last Night

UPDATE, 1:40p.m.: Mother Jones is reporting the clinic is “temporarily closed” and the FBI has joined an investigation into the bombing. [Mother Jones]

An explosive blew up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night at around 7:30 p.m. Police say a homemade bomb was placed o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Newspaper Fires Writer Sarah Tressler Because She Also Worked As A Stripper

A Texas newspaper has fired staff reporter Sarah Tressler after she was exposed — by a competing paper, natch — as a stripper. Tressler, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree, worked as a society reporter for the Houston Chronicle and taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston. But for eight years,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Abortion Clinic Landlord Gets Revenge On Harassing Protestors

The landlord of an abortion clinic in Germantown, Maryland, is getting back at anti-abortion protesters who make harassing phone calls to him at home by taking down the phone numbers and distributing lists of them to pro-choice protesters who call these people back. According to the Washington Post, 3,000 people have volunteered to make calls,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 30, 2012

Whoa, Check Out “Texas Observer”‘s Provocative Cover On Anti-Abortion Politics

Tell us what you really think, Texas Observer. This is the magazine’s April 2012 cover: a provocative rebuke to Texas’ forced ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion and just who (faceless, white males) is behind it. I think it’s incredible. Thoughts? [TexasObserver.org]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 30, 2012

Feminist Naomi Wolf Calls For Boycott Of Katy Perry’s Music

Naomi Wolf, a prominent feminist activist, is calling for a boycott of Katy Perry’s entire pop music oeuvre on account of the singer’s music video for her song “Part Of Me.” In the video, Katy dumps a boyfriend and then joins the Marines, where she endures tough training while singing about how she’s so strong…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 30, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Remembering Poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Here’s some of the many remembrances of the poet, essayist and feminist activist Adrienne Rich, who died yesterday at 82. In particular, I point you to this beautiful, spare poem by Marge Piercy in honor of Ms. Rich. [NY TimesNYMag.com, The Millions]
Arizona’s State Senate defeated the bill that would have allowed employer…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2012

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. “Violence against women is as American as apple pie,” Rep. Moore said. “I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience.

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

Open Letter To The Man Who Propositioned Me For Sex On The Subway

Dear Man Who Propositioned Me For Sex On The Subway,

Why is it that after I respectfully responded “no, thanks” to your subway sex proposition, you found it necessary to call me a “bitch”? Have you not seen the movie “Shame”? Even an exceptionally fantastic looking guy like Michael Fassbender (who, might I…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / March 28, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Olympic Beach Volleyball Players Allowed To Wear Shorts

Female beach volleyball players at the 2012 Olympics will be allowed to wear shorts and sleeved tops during their games or they can wear the traditional bikinis, according to new rules from the International Volleyball Federation. The allowance has been made to be culturally sensitive to some countries who may have reservations about wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 27, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Belvedere Vodka’s Rapey New Ad

Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad recently where a man pulls an open-mouthed woman down onto his lap with the headline, “Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly.” The company tweeted later that they were sorry “if any of our fans were offended,” although not for the actual creepy ad. The ad appears to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

British Actor Helpfully Explains Why “It’s Not Difficult For A Woman To Make A Man Hit Her”

“It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. … The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in … and I … I lashed out. I couldn’t end the argument. Something must have brought it on. Whe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

Judge Tosses “Sex Slave” Lawsuit Against American Apparel’s Dov Charney

Dov Charney’s hipster skeezbaggery is well-documented. However, a Brooklyn judge has tossed a $260 million lawsuit against the American Apparel CEO — brought by a former worker who said Dovney forced her to become a “sex slave” — and ordered it be settled in arbitration. Irene Morales, 21, said three years ago, when she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

Today’s Lady News: AZ Grocer Covers Up Jessica Simpson’s Nude Magazine Cover

Look, I’m as sick of listening to Jessica Simpson talk about her copious amounts of amniotic fluid as you are. [I’m not sick of it! — Editor] But really, Tucson, Arizona grocery store, was it necessary to cover up Jess’s naked, pregnant Elle magazine cover with a sign reading “Please Do Not Remove Cardboard”? [ABC

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2012

The Soapbox: On Consent Culture

Today I’m going to fulfill a promise I made quite a while ago, and talk about what a consent culture would look like.

A consent culture is one in which the prevailing narrative of sex — in fact, of human interaction — is centered around mutual consent.  It is a culture with a…

By: Holly Pervocracy / March 22, 2012
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