Posts tagged "women news"

Today’s Lady News: 50 Percent Of Elementary School Teachers Hear Sexist Comments At School

Almost 50 percent of elementary school teachers surveyed by the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) say they have heard sexist comments in their school. Nearly the same percentage of teachers surveyed said they heard the word "gay" frequently used in a negative way (such as "that's so gay"). We're talking about elementary school here,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Sexist “Letterman” Comedy Booker Removed From Job

The "Late Show With David Letterman" comic booker who made a sexist comment about female comedians in the New York Times this weekend has been removed from his job. Eddie Brill, who booked comics for the past 11 years and only booked one female comic on the show during all of 2011, told the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 17, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Letterman’s Comedy Booker Makes Dig At Female Comics

"The Late Show with David Letterman"'s comedy booker, Eddie Brill, was profiled in The New York Times this weekend, and was asked about how only one woman (Karen Rontowski) was booked on the show during all of 2011. "There are a lot less female comics who are authentic," he said. "I see a lot of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 16, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Male Reporters Dominate Campaign Trail Coverage

Reporters on the campaign trail are skewing heavily male, according to an examination by the Columbia Journalism Review. According to NYU journalism professor Meryl Gordon, politics reporters at newspapers, glossy magazines and blogs are mostly men, and when there are women, there is usually only one or two. This, of course, is echoed in coverage…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2012

Bigots Call For Girl Scout Cookie Boycott Over Inclusion Of Trans Girl In Troop

Today in Bitch, Please news: a bigoted group in Texas is calling for a boycott of scrumptious Girl Scout cookies after a Denver, Colorado, troop has allowed a seven-year-0ld boy who identifies as a girl to join them. The diarrhea-icing on this crap-cake is that a 14-year-old Girl Scout in California has also…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 13, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Don’t Screw Up Their Children As Much As Bigots Might Hope

Adolescent children of lesbian parents are just as well-adjusted and happy with their quality of life as their peers whose parents are of the opposite sex, according to a study of 17-year-olds by the University of Amsterdam. [Think Progress]  Women cancer survivors are now lobbying for a bald Barbie doll. [Boston.com]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 12, 2012

Today’s Lady News: CVS Refuses Emergency Contraception To Man, Suggests He’s A Rapist

A Texas man is suing a CVS pharmacy after it refused to sell him the morning-after pill, which he was purchasing for his wife. Jason Melbourne drove to four pharmacies until he found one which sold Plan B emergency contraception, but the pharmacist refused to sell it, pointing to the fine print that said he…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

Graphic Ads Of Bloody, Aborted Fetuses Could Air During The Super Bowl

Anti-abortion extremists ruin everything — and not just what should have been a visit to Planned Parenthood for a super-fun Pap smear. Forty cities across the United States could air graphic anti-choice commercials depicting bloody, aborted fetuses during pigskin's holiest of days, the Super Bowl. The ads would be paid for by Randall Terry, who…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Egyptian Woman Fights “Virginity Testing” — Er, Rape — By Police

While protesting at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Samira Ibrahim was grabbed by Egyptian soldiers, stripped, electrically prodded, and sexually assaulted, which they told her was a "virginity test." She is just one of many women who have been sexually assaulted after being detained by soldiers. Samira, age 25, and her father have filed a court…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2012

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Makes Sexist Blowjob Joke Campaigning For Mitt Romney

When I heard yesterday that New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie made a blowjob joke while campaigning for Mitt Romney, I thought it just sounded, at worst, crude. (And embarrassing for Romney's squeaky-clean Mormon image, although that's another story.)  Christie was rallying for Romney at a campaign stop in Exeter, New Hampshire, when some women started chanting…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Sex Gets Better With Age, Study Finds

Women's enjoyment of sex increases with age, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine. Even though women ages 40 and up reported a lower overall sex drive, their arousal and orgasms were better. The study looked at 806 women who are part of an ongoing 40-year research project near San Diego,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Au Revoir, “Mademoiselle”: French Town Ditches “Sexist Title”

A French town has decided it is sexist to refer to women by their marital status and will no longer be using the word "mademoiselle" — which means unmarried woman — on official documents. Cesson-Sevigne in Brittany stopped using "mademoiselle" on January 1 and  will henceforth refer to all women as "madame," which is the term…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

New Definition Of Rape Approved By FBI Director

"Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim." This is the new, expansive definition of rape approved by the FBI last week, which will more accurately reflect how sexual assaults are…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Man Arrested For Abortion Clinic Firebombing Over New Year’s

An Alabama man has been arrested for allegedly firebombing an abortion clinic in Pensacola, Florida, on January 1. Bobby Joe Rogers was homeless yet seen at the almost daily anti-abortion protests outside the clinic. [Washington Post] Today's end-of-year jobs report showed 200,000 new jobs created in December — but therein contained jobs gained for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Against Abortion, Unless It’s To Save His Own Wife’s Life

Interesting fact about Rick Santorum: his wife, Karen Santorum, had an abortion in 1996 during her 19th week of pregnancy (roughly the fifth month). Karen Santorum's fetus caused an infection inside her and had to be removed to save her life. The fetus was delivered and could not survive outside the womb, as doctors had…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 5, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabia’s Lingerie Law To Go Into Effect

Saudi Arabia will begin enforcing a law that requires lingerie shops to only employ women, so that men and women do not have to come in contact with each other while buying undergarments. [BBC]  Washington's Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, announced today that she will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Dennis Rodman Launching Topless Women’s Basketball Team

Dennis Rodman says he's launching a "topless women's basketball team" for the Headquarter's Gentlemen's Club in New York. "You don't have to have too much experience," Rodman told the New York Post, because I guess watching women playing sports is only entertaining when they're physically appealing to the male gaze? While I generally don't care…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

Libra Tampon Ad Called Transphobic For Implying “Real Women” Have Periods

When pop culture depicts transgender people, they usually do it in such a facepalm way that I wonder why anyone bothers anymore. The latest what-were-you-thinking? comes courtesy of Libra tampons in New Zealand, which aired a commercial that implies trans folks who dress as women are not "real women." The commercial shows an ostensibly "real"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

Cool Video: “I’m Feminist Enough”

I really, really love this "I'm Feminist Enough" video in which a bunch of women finish the statement "I'm feminist enough to ...." It really shows all the contradictions inherent in trying to live life with a set of values where it's damn near impossible to be "perfect." What this video really says is that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012

18-Year-Old Woman Raped & Beaten By As Many As 6 Men In Chicago

An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year's Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ "Rusko" at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 3, 2012
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