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Hawk in a Clown-Car Field

Before there was the tea party to define the phrase “far-right fringe,” there was Rick Santorum.

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Israelis Clash in a Struggle of Orthodoxy

Attempts by ultraconservative Jews to impose their religious views on others in the town of Beit Shemesh have given rise to protests and a national debate about the character of what is, nobody denies, a religious state.

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FDA Tells Volunteer Sperm Donor to Zip It

As of late last year, a Fremont, Calif., man had donated his sperm 328 times to would-be parents who found him on the Internet. The Food and Drug Administration has told the donor, whose self-described “service to help the community” has produced 14 children, to stop.

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1 in 5 American Women Has Been Raped

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concludes from a nationwide study that 18.3 percent of American women have been raped and, of that group, more than half were victimized by an intimate partner.

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New Documentary Confronts Military Rape

The widespread sexual assault of women in the military is all too often accompanied by indifference and, as some have alleged, deliberate coverups. A new documentary titled “The Invisible War” explores this tragically ignored subject.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of the Penn State scandal.

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Preoccupied by Health and Safety

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer condemns the eviction of Occupy L.A.; the protesters police themselves; the NBA lockout ends and so does Herman Cain’s campaign, and we get a feminist analysis of Penn State.

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Obama’s Catholic Friends and Enemies

Any time the Obama administration touches issues related to the Roman Catholic Church, it seems to get itself caught in a rhetorical and moral crossfire that leaves all involved wounded and angry.

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Three Women Awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize went to three women in a move the Nobel committee hopes will highlight the importance that women play in achieving world peace.

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Five Women Who Matter Most

The Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women is an obscenely wealthy international sisterhood of politicians, celebrities and billionaires. This is an alternative.

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women make less than men (still), and a jury convicts the Irvine 11.

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Juan Cole on Palestinian Statehood

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole reports from New York on Occupy Wall Street and Palestinians at the U.N. Also: The politics of immigration; women still earn less than men, and a jury convicts the Irvine 11. Pictured above, Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s ambassador to the U.N.

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Saudi Arabia’s Radical King Gives Women the Right to Vote

Only 118 years after New Zealand kicked off this dangerous trend, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has decided to allow women to vote and run in municipal elections as soon as 2015. (more)

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Women and PTSD

More and more American women face the trauma of combat, yet post-traumatic stress disorder is often presented as a uniquely male condition. According to this short documentary, the number of women suffering from PTSD symptoms has doubled in the past 10 years.

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Equal Rites Awards 2011

Our one-woman panel prepares in good spirit to hand out the Equal Rites Awards to all those who did their best to do the worst for women in the past year. The envelopes please.

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‘Lost Horizon’ for American Ovaries

Ann Patchett’s sixth novel, “State of Wonder,” poses a provocative question: If, ladies, you could preserve your fertility into your 50s, 60s or even later, would you?

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Free Birth Control Possible With Health Care Overhaul

Health insurance companies may soon be required to provide women with free birth control among other services, as part of the health care law passed last year. On Tuesday an independent panel of health specialists released its recommendation concerning services under the law.

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Washington: Still a Boy’s Town

Women’s lib hasn’t made it through Washington yet. Micah Zenko at Foreign Policy magazine looked at the percentages of females holding leadership roles related to foreign policy and national security and found that women remain vastly underrepresented among our nation’s policymakers. (more)

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Study: More U.S. Men Than Women Die of Cancer

This is one of those scientific categories in which it’s better to come in second: According to a new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men in the U.S. are more likely to die of cancer than their female counterparts.

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IMF Breaks With Tradition to Put a Woman in Charge

For the first time in history, a woman will lead the International Monetary Fund. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was tapped to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn after he was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Research Finds Straight Men Like Looking at Fat Women, Penises

A couple of neuroscientists looked through a billion publicly available Web searches from about a million people and told Salon, “There are almost three times as many searches for fat women as there are for skinny women” and “men search for penises almost as often as they search for vaginas.”

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‘Gaylingual’ Code Invented in Myanmar

Gay men in Myanmar make up a language, women disappear in new-order Egypt and the Civil War divides Americans in 2011. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Guiles and Dolls

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Backsliding Under the Ceiling

At fancy Washington dinner parties decades ago, it was the custom for men and women to part ways after the meal.

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American Apparel Uses the B-Word

Troubled clothing maker American Apparel—its racy ads and its CEO under fire—has announced that it may be forced to file for bankruptcy.

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This Friend Was a Fighter

We became friends long after we had known each other as candidate and journalist, long after the grit that Geraldine Ferraro showed facing down press and politicians had been transformed into the grit she showed facing multiple myeloma.

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N.Y. Archbishop Compares Gay Marriage to Marrying His Mom

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is a man of the world in some senses, showing his love of cigars and beer in this “60 Minutes Overtime” clip, but he’s all about strict adherence to Catholic doctrine when it comes to some hotly contested ...

 

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How America Doubled Its Brainpower

We are one lucky and better country to have, in a very short time, almost doubled our talent pool by opening our elite institutions and establishments to women.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



Mr. Fish

In Defense of Naked Women

I used to be 11. Occasionally, I am 11 again. I’m OK with that. I have a theory that by the time people reach 13 they’ve experienced every age they will ever experience in their lifetimes; 14 does not exist.

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American Women, Circa 2011

Did you realize that the last president to ask for a status report on American women was John F. Kennedy? Eleanor Roosevelt was in charge of that project, which President Obama has updated for our present time. Let’s take a look at the results, shall we?

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Berlusconi Indicted on Underage Sex Charge

The Italian prime minister will face trial for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, among other charges. If convicted, Berlusconi could get up to 15 years in prison, which might please the hundreds of thousands of Italian women protesting his behavior toward women.

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Belgium’s Sex Strike

A Belgian senator and gynecologist has suggested that citizens of the country protest the current impasse in forming a new government by—we kid you not—abstaining from sexual activity until a new administration is installed.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE


How Mama Grizzlies Say ‘Touché’

Just in case his wife doesn’t take Sarah Palin up on her offer, I’ll say it: Rick Santorum is a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.

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Berlusconi Under Investigation

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has officially been placed under investigation for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old girl, providing even more fodder for criticism of the scandal-addicted Italian executive.

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Playing the Mommy Card

Excuse me, Mary Fallin, did I just hear you say, “Woman up”?

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French Court Bans Veil

France’s highest court has upheld a law banning facial veils in public, with supporters claiming it will protect women’s rights while critics say it abridges religious freedom.

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U.N. Pitches In for Women and Children

On Wednesday, the United Nations announced the launching of its Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, for which the U.N. has managed to drum up $40 billion from various governmental and private sources, according to the BBC.

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Fashion Police: France Votes to Ban the Burqa

The French Senate voted 246-1 Tuesday to make it illegal for women to wear garments that cover their entire faces. The measure, if greenlighted by a constitutional body, will affect only a few thousand people, but its implications for religious freedom and women’s rights have attracted international interest.

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How Sweden Cut Prostitution by Half

A little more than 10 years ago, Sweden adopted a radical approach to prostitution. Rather than punish women who sell their bodies, Sweden publicly outs the men who pay for sex. The result is a 50 percent reduction in street prostitution, reports the Christian Science Monitor.

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Eve Ensler: Bald, Brave and Beautiful

The author of the hit play “The Vagina Monologues” sat down with me last week, in the midst of her battle with uterine cancer, to talk about New Orleans and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Congressional Women Looking Over Their Shoulders

The upcoming midterm elections may be a regressive event on two key fronts. One, the GOP tide of conservative Republicans could make large strides in picking up seats in the House and Senate. And, two, the number of women in Congress could actually drop for the first time in a generation.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Equal Rites Awards—Again

And so we rise to celebrate Aug. 26, the 90th anniversary of the day American women finally won the right to vote.

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America Prefers to Execute Men, Apparently

Teresa Lewis is scheduled to be executed this month, the first woman to be officially killed by the state of Virginia in nearly a century. In the five years since a woman was last executed in the United States, the government put 220 men to death, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Drink Up, Ladies

There are three kinds of studies we hear about. (1) Something incredibly obvious turns out to be true. (2) Something you like is good for you. (3) Something you like is bad for you. Obviously we prefer No. 2s, like this study out of Norway that says drinking wine—especially if you’re a woman—might make you smarter.

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Men Defeat Women at the Box Office

Whether by chance or design, Hollywood turned the weekend of Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, into a cinematic tug of war between the sexes, with two of the most narrowly gender-targeted movies imaginable coming out on the same day. (continued)

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An Apple a Day

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Strange Urges

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Last Temptation of TMZ

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