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Today’s Lady News: FBI Definition Of “Rape” Criticized

The FBI’s working definition of “rape” was roundly criticized on Friday at a meeting of police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocates. The definition of rape used by the FBI is “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” But that definition does not take into account sexual…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: French Women Say Au Revoir To “Mademoiselle”

Parlez-vous feminism? French feminists are storming the Bastille (not really) over use of the honorific “mademoiselle,” which means “miss,” because they say it is demeaning to define women by their marital status. I wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the 1970s’ feminists who popularized use of the term “Ms.” as a general honorific for women. French…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 28, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Idaho Court Blocks Abortion Law

An Idaho woman won a court order on Friday to block a law that makes a woman who ends her own pregnancy a criminal. Jennie Linn McCormack was arrested and charged earlier this year for having an abortion with RU-486 pills she ordered online. By terminating her own pregnancy, McCormack ran afoul of a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 27, 2011

Idaho Woman Challenges Anti-Abortion “Fetal Pain” Law

Earlier this year, a woman named Jennie Linn McCormack, 33, from Idaho, was charged with using abortion pills she bought over the Internet to terminate her pregnancy. When she realized she could not afford to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a surgical abortion at a clinic, McCormack purchased pills online from a health…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2011

Today’s Lady News: NYPD “Rape Cops” Sentenced

The NYPD officer accused of raping a drunk woman in 2008 was sentenced today. Kenneth Moreno, who was acquitted of rape charges in May, was sentenced to one year in jail for three counts of official misconduct. Moreno and his partner, Franklin Mata, were also kicked off the NYPD. [New York Observer]
Anti-abortio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 8, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

As you read this, I’m on a beach with my toes in the sand and a trashy novel on my lap. Jealous? You should be. Anyhoo, 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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 5, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Victim’s Lawyers Claim Dominique Strauss Kahn Sexually Harassed Stewardesses

Air France may have had an unofficial policy to only allow men to work in first-class when ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn flew on the airline because he may have sexually harassed female flight attendants, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien. DSK was accused in May of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at a New…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2011

San Francisco Smacks “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” For Misleading Women About Abortion

First Resort, a so-called “crisis pregnancy center” in San Francisco, has until the end of the month to change its advertisements misleading women about abortion-related services — or else. “Crisis pregnancy centers” often look like women’s health clinics and advertise about pregnancy counseling and services; they claim to help women pay for prenatal care and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Lesbian Couple Saved Lives In Norway Massacre

Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen are a married lesbian couple who were camping on the island of Utoya in Norway when the shooting massacre occurred. Together they saved 40 teenagers by taking their boat on four trips back and forth across the lake to bring the kids to safety. An astounding 92 people were…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 3, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Italy Wants To Ban The Burqa

It will be illegal to wear the burqa and other face-covering Muslim veils in public if a new bill can get the support of Italy’s Parliament. A draft version of the law has already been approved. Face-covering Muslim veils have already been banned in France and Belgium. [BBC]
A “boat club” in Illinoi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Birth Control For Everybody!

Health insurers will be required to offer birth control without co-pays under the new health care reform laws after August 1, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today. The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors, released a report last month which said preventative health care for women should be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2011

Today’s Lady News: The Problem With Smurfette

Oh, Smurfette! Let us overthink your existence and whether it means something. [The Atlantic Monthly]
A new essay has been released by civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks which revealed her white male employer once attempted to rape her as an 18-year-old. [AP]
Wannabe Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann is scheduled to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2011

Today’s Lady News: North Carolina Passes 24-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

North Carolina’s Senate has joined the House in overriding the governor’s veto on a bill to restrict abortion rights. Women seeking abortions will now have to have a sonogram, hear a description of the fetal development, receive counseling and wait 24 hours before having the procedure. Thanks a pantsful for making an already-difficult decisio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Summer’s Eve Pulls Their Racist Douche Ads Offline

Summer’s Eve pulled two of their racist douche commercials offline after an outpouring of complaints over their depictions of black and Latina women. Summer’s Eve’s PR defended their ads — like the sassy black vagina spoke with an “urban” accent and talked about how much money she spends on her hair — as “empowering”

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 27, 2011

Today’s Lady News: There Are All Types Of Feminists!

The different types of feminists that exist. [Thought Catalog]
North Carolina’s House of Representatives voted to override a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue on a bill to restrict abortion rights. Perdue had vetoed the bill, which would require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound of the fetus, hear a description of the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 26, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Offensive PMS Milk Ads Pulled

The California Milk Processor Board killed their offensive PMS milk ads that depicted PMS-ing women as irrational and difficult and showed their browbeaten men handing over cartons of milk to quell their symptoms. The ads read things like: “I’m sorry I listened to what you said and not what you mean” and “We ca…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 22, 2011

Saudi Woman Challenges Her Dad Over Male Guardianship Law

Imagine that you could not travel or go to school without your dad’s permission. You need him, your brother, or a male driver to take you anywhere you want to go in a car. He even has a say in who you get to marry.

This is life under Saudi Arabia‘s guardianship law…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2011

Woman Claims She Was “Driven Out” Of Harrod’s Job For Not Wearing Makeup

A 24-year-old sales clerk at Harrod’s resigned two weeks ago because she claims the famous London department store was trying to force her to wear makeup. Melanie Stark has been employed at Harrod’s for five years, during which she never wore makeup. She even claims she didn’t wear makeup on her job interview at age…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2011

Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest Establishes Women’s Table

On July 4, the world’s finest female competitive eaters will declare their independence.

For the first time ever, top-ranking female hot dog eaters will have the table to themselves in a women-only competition at the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y.

Though many see competitive eating…

By: Huffington Post Weird News / July 3, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Italian Company Fires All Women “So They Can Stay Home” With Kids

When an Italian company Ma-Vib faced budget problems, it fired all 13 of its female employees and justified it claiming the women could stay home with their kids now: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2011
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