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August 22nd, 2012
12:36 AM ET

Akin's claims called 'utter hogwash'

Doctors are debunking Rep. Todd Akin's misinformation on rape and pregnancy.  Anderson Cooper talks to Dr. David Grimes about those claims and his reaction to Dr. Wilke's false information they are based upon.

August 22nd, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Keeping them Honest: Science behind rape statements "lacking"

AC360 tracks down the genesis behind Akin's claims that in instances of rape "the female body has ways to shut it down"

August 21st, 2012
09:12 PM ET

Kellyanne Conway's sex-selective abortion statements on AC360

Tonight on AC360° guest Kellyanne Conway stated, "You've got all these little baby girls being killed just because they're girls in this country.” Conway added, "We should look at the Guttmacher Institute statistics to really illuminate us on that. But it does, it does occur because there's so much science now, people can, they can know the gender of their baby and they make their choices accordingly."

AC360 checked into the Guttmacher Institute information about sex-selective abortion. This is the information on their website:

http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/gpr/15/2/gpr150218.html
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August 21st, 2012
02:00 AM ET

KTH: Rep. Akin's controversial claims

Rep. Akin's controversial remarks are not the first time a politician has made this anti-abortion claim.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Rep. Akin • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
August 20th, 2012
11:58 PM ET

Ryan attacked for women's rights stance

Tom Foreman looks at the Romney/Ryan ticket's possible problem with women.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Paul Ryan • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
May 11th, 2010
10:00 AM ET
April 22nd, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Did two networks refuse to air a plus-size lingerie ad

AC360°

Today we got word that both Fox and ABC may have resisted airing a lingerie ad from Lane Bryant, a company that features plus size models.

On its website, Lane Bryant alleges the following:

"It appears that ABC and Fox have made the decision to define beauty for you by denying our new, groundbreaking Cacique commercial from airing freely on their networks.

ABC refused to show the commercial during “Dancing with the Stars” without restricting our airtime to the final moments of the show. Fox demanded excessive re-edits and rebuffed it three times before relenting to air it during the final 10 minutes of “American Idol,” but only after we threatened to pull the ad buy.

Yes, these are the same networks that have scantily-clad housewives so desperate they seduce every man on the block, and don’t forget Bart Simpson, who has shown us the moon more often than NASA, all during what they call “prime time.”

Read the rest of Lane Bryant's statement here....

And watch the full ad here...

April 15th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

'Men Working' leaves half the world out

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Cynthia Good
Special to CNN

My son Alden called me at work one morning recently. He wanted to know my thoughts about the word "mankind" and whether it's OK to use the term in an essay. So I blurted out, "Not if you don't want to exclude more than half of the human race!"

Only then did I learn I was on the speaker-phone with other students in the principal's office listening. So I asked the boys in the room the question: "Would you feel left out if you were referred to as part of 'womankind?'" The answer was, of course, yes.

With my son's innocent question, memories flooded back of all those times at work as a journalist in the newsroom when the male reporters were sent out on the big stories, but not the women.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
March 16th, 2010
09:22 AM ET

Video: Women fear violence in Haitian camps

Sara Sidner
CNN

Carine Exantus should be sitting in her college communications class. Instead, the 22-year-old is teaching herself how to avoid being attacked by the men who live in her new neighborhood - a maze of makeshift shelters spaced so close together that it is hard to get between them but easy to get inside.

"I, like everybody else, live in a very precarious situation," said Exantus, who was forced to make her own shelter when her home was crushed in Haiti's January 12 earthquake.

"As a young woman," Exantus said, "I am afraid because I notice a lot of young men being aggressive toward women at night."

In her camp, there has already been trouble. The camp leaders told CNN that two cases of attempted rape have been reported in the past few days and one suspect has been arrested.

"When the guys don't have no money, their brain is not good," said camp leader Jean Joseph Rudler. "When they have no work or food and just sit around, it is bad. When a guy is drunk, he will do anything [to a woman]."

Women can be easily preyed upon when their four walls consist only of bed sheets or thin tents. But camp conditions, a government official said, isn't the underlying problem in Haiti when it comes to violence against women.

"I'm gonna be blunt," said Aby Brun, a member of Haiti's Commission for Reconstruction. "Promiscuity resulting in absolutely condemnable violence and abuse against women is something that has been going on in the slum areas and other levels of society for years. It's a cultural problem."

Exantus says she is often jarred awake by what she hears through the thin shelter wall. "There are some men who beat their girlfriends at night," she said.

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Filed under: Crime • Haiti Earthquake • Women's Issues
March 8th, 2010
04:41 PM ET

Oscars were 'Ladies' Night in a Boys' Town'

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John Anderson
Special to CNN

When Alec Baldwin closed out the Academy Awards on Sunday night by slapping director Kathryn Bigelow squarely on the backside, that pretty much said it all.

It was Ladies' Night in a Boys' Town.

Yes, the opening routine by Baldwin and Steve Martin was very funny; there was sincerity and genuine gratitude from many of the winners; despite weird digressions into arcane areas like sound recording, the program moved briskly enough.

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Filed under: Academy Awards • Women's Issues • Women's Rights
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