Imus Loses 2 Advertisers; Rutgers Team Agrees to Closed Meeting
Two companies have announced that they will pull advertisements from Don Imus's morning show on MSNBC and CBS after the host made sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team last week. Both Procter and Gamble Co. and Staples Inc. have decided to stop advertising with the show, following Imus's controversial remarks calling the team's players "nappy-headed hos." A spokesperson for Staples told Reuters, "Based on recent comments that were made on the show, it prompted us to kind of take a look at our decision to advertise and as a result we decided to stop advertising on that program." In addition, a third advertiser, Bigelow Tea, has announced that it will review its advertising commitments to the show.
During a press conference yesterday, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights coach and teammates announced that they have agreed to a private meeting with Imus. Team member Kia Vaughn explained that, in addition to wanting a personal apology, she would like to have an open conversation with Imus about how his statements affected her and her teammates, saying "I would like to speak to him personally and express how I feel face to face and ask him: After you've met me personally, do you still feel that I'm a 'ho?'" Team members also mentioned their disappointment that Imus's comments are overshadowing the accomplishments that they should be celebrating after a successful season, ranking second after losing the first four games of the season. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal will join the team and the Rutgers community at a rally this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Nichol and George on the Douglass Campus.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .