Del Martin, a lesbian activist and a founder of the nation's first outspoken lesbian advocacy group — the Daughters of Bilitis — passed away this morning at the age of 85. Martin was also one of the first same-sex couples to get married in California. More on Ms. Martin tomorrow. • There's a legal loophole in Australia in which women who abort late-term fetuses are still eligible to receive a "baby bonus" reward from the government. • The differences between the way women and their bodies are represented on the old and new versions of 90210 reveal how our standards for "ideal" female bodies have changed. • How did minority characters and actors make out through the summer blockbusters? Uh, not too great. •• St. Stanislaus College, a Catholic boarding school in Australia, is being investigated for new claims of abuse in late-night prayer sessions and a teacher's (supposed) recommendation that boys read Penthouse. • Ad Age's Marti Barletta urges marketers and advertisers to create a "new normal" for women that is not ultra-thin in advertising to start cycling out our culture's obsession with thinness. • Are more women accepting of experiencing pain during a natural childbirth than doctors? • Adventures in obvious studies: Working moms are spending 15 hours a day working at a job and taking care of household work and errands. Doesn't that number seem a little low? • Ron Jeremy on being a pin up for Playgirl: "[The magazine] likes to think that their audience is mostly women, but no, no, the majority is gay." • Kids spend a mere 24 minutes doing chores these days because they are spending more of their time studying and participating in youth groups. • After watching a TV show in Saudi Arabia where brothers viewed their sisters as being treated like "princesses" because they aren't allowed to drive, a Saudi blogger sounds off on the restrictions that women face when not allowed to drive.
Just some info regarding Del:
According to the SF Chronicle, Mayor Gavin Newsom has ordered all flags in the city (including the giant rainbow flag in the Castro) flown at half-staff in Del's honor.
And Del's wife has asked that her memory be honored through donations to the National Center for Lesbian Rights' campaign to fight Proposition 8. What an amazing woman.