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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.

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Congress

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.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


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 ...

 

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


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?

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 22, 2010 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE



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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Iran Backs Away From Stoning Case

International support rallied around an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Astiani, as she inched closer to death by stoning for her dubious conviction under anti-adultery laws. Now the Iranian government has announced Astiani will not be stoned, though they were unclear if her death sentence had been lifted.

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Crisis of Capitalism

Today’s list features an amazing animation on the crisis of capitalism, a dispatch from a Gulf Coast media felon and a debate on the ownership of breasts.

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Predicting Menopause

Scientists believe that a simple blood test could in the future be able to predict exactly when a woman will start menopause, a development that would be invaluable in helping women make reproductive decisions.

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The Five-Morning-After Pill?

A European contraceptive that works as a five-day alternative to the “morning-after” pill may be coming to American shores, but a thorny debate surrounding the drug’s chemical similarity to the RU-486 abortion pill raises some politically charged questions for the FDA.

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE



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NBA Leads Sports in Diversity

Professional sports have long had a disconnect between the players and management where diversity is concerned, so hats off to the NBA for setting an example for baseball, football and that weird boring ice game. The basketball league scores an A in both racial and gender diversity, with women sitting at 44 percent of the desks in league offices.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. David Ake

Memorial Day and Our Discontents

Why is it that every Memorial Day we note that a holiday set aside for honoring our war dead has become instead an occasion for beach-going, barbecues and baseball?

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE



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First Female Priest to Raise Italian Eyebrows, Blood Pressure

Maria Longhitano, a married teacher, will be the first woman priest ordained in Italy when she takes her vows at an Anglican church near the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church, which continues to oppose she-priests in all their heretical curviness, will surely be irked by the proceedings.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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How Rude: France Condemns the Veil

It isn’t an outright ban—yet—but the French parliament agreed unanimously (except for 30 protesters who walked out) to condemn the face veil worn by some Muslim women as “an affront to the nation’s values of dignity and equality.”

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of Women’s Progress

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if Elena Kagan is confirmed, on the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Happy Birthday, the Pill

Fifty years ago on Sunday, U.S. authorities announced the release a contraceptive device for women in the form of a swallowable tablet. The pill, as it has come to be known, has revolutionized sex, as well as given women control over their bodies when it comes to reproductive health.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Mexico’s ‘Other’ Crisis

While most U.S. media coverage of events in Mexico these days focuses on that country’s ongoing drug conflict, other news, such as the fact that Mexico has become America’s leading provider of sex slaves—some as young as 6—gets overlooked.

Posted on Apr 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Tampons Go Where?

Say you’re a tampon manufacturer, you think the dictionary of euphemisms historically used to describe female genitalia is a thing of the past, and you decide you want to use the word vagina in your advertisement. If your case is like that of Kotex, you’ll find your ad banned by major U.S. television networks.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force

Congress Honors WWII’s Women Pilots

After decades of second-class treatment, America’s female aviators of the Second World War have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. Although 38 of their number died in the line of duty, the women fliers received none of the benefits of male pilots and weren’t even recognized as veterans until 1977.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Tracking the Status of the World’s Women

To mark International Women’s Day, Ms. magazine has helpfully broken down some femme-focused reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, detailing how the global group’s Platform for Action empowerment program is faring after 15 years and describing the challenges and gains that women around the world are facing in 2010.

Posted on Mar 8, 2010 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


Domestic Violence: A Pre-Existing Condition?

March is Women’s History Month, recognizing women’s central role in society. Unfortunately, violence against women is epidemic in the United States and around the world.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE



Illustration based on an Apple press photo

Prudish Apple Bans Bikinis

If you’re looking for sex appeal, there isn’t an app for that. Apple is killing applications on its iPhone and iPod Touch that show women in such obscene dress as beachwear. Despite parental controls, mature-content warnings and a lack of anything truly provocative, the company apparently decided things had gotten too raunchy.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



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‘Twilight’ Star Hates Vaginas

He may be all the rage with young women, but “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson is not a fan of their private parts. The actor recently told Details magazine, “I really hate vaginas. I’m allergic to vagina.” Everyone’s a critic.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


A Victim, After All

Jenny Sanford was my role model, until I read her book. I once wrote that the wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford offered “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim.” I was wrong.

Posted on Feb 7, 2010 READ MORE


Irish Abortion Law Is Targeted

Human rights organizations are on the offensive as groups mobilize pressure against Ireland’s ban on abortion, accusing the government of a deliberate campaign of misinformation and exposing women to undue risk by forcing them to travel abroad for abortions.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Chicks With Lit Edition

Of Publishers Weekly’s top 10 books of the year, none are written by women. In Texas, right-wingers are writing the textbooks. These and other outrageous facts on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE


Women

I am time-traveling these days because on Jan. 1 I’ll be ending my tenure as a syndicated columnist. During the last four decades, I’ve tracked one story more than any other.

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