The Cleavage Conundrum

Published: July 28, 2007

The Washington Post’s penetrating exposé of Hillary Clinton’s “surreptitious” show of cleavage on the Senate floor last week (“To display cleavage in a setting that does not involve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres is a provocation”) sent me trawling on the Internet, digging through sites like eBay and Hijabs-R-Us, desperate to buy a burqa.

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A Woman Who’s Man Enough

Published: July 22, 2007


Things are getting confusing out there in Genderville.

We have the ordinarily poker-faced secretary of defense crying over young Americans killed in Iraq.

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Four arrested in Iraq ‘honor killing’

Authorities in northern Iraq have arrested four people in connection with the “honor killing” last month of a Kurdish teen — a startling, morbid pummeling caught on a mobile phone video camera and broadcast around the world.


Honor Killing Captured on Video


Mosul, Iraq — According to the Kurdish website up to 1000 men from the Yezidi Kurdish community of Mosul killed a teenager who’s only crime was running away to marry a Muslim man whom she loved and converting to his religion. (more…)

Erosion of unions hurts women, particularly Latinas

Although women have made many gains since the 1960s, they must still catch up with men when it comes to equal pay and the benefits that generally accompany it…

Published in: on May 2, 2007 at 2:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Words as Weapons

April 23, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Just days after Don Imus was taken off the air for a slur hurled at members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, a police sergeant conducting a roll call at a precinct in Brooklyn is reported to have called the three female officers in the room “hos” as he gave them an order to stand up. (more…)

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A Feminist Tea Party?

Few of us realize that the income tax code has always favored men over women—especially those with stay-at-home wives.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Signs of Infection

April 16, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
Signs of Infection

People in positions of great power are the ones who define those who are relatively lacking in power. So when Don Imus, a very powerful radio personality, dropped his disgusting verbal bomb on the members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team, he sent a powerful message across the airwaves: that the young women on the team (the black ones, at least) were crude, ugly and genetically inferior, and that all of the women were whores. (more…)

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Misogyny in the Morning

What would possess nappy-headed radio host Don Imus to think “nappy-headed hos” was an amusing way to describe the Rutgers University women’s basketball team? Why would it occur to him to say such a thing even in private conversation, much less to millions of listeners on CBS Radio and the MSNBC cable network?

Published in: on April 13, 2007 at 9:30 pm  Comments (1)  

Flying Solo Past the Point of No Return

For a few days, it seemed as if Don Imus would somehow pull out of the death spiral. (more…)

Paying the Price

April 12, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

You knew something was up early in the day. As soon as I told executives at MSNBC that I was going to write about the “60 Minutes” piece, which was already in pretty wide circulation, they began acting very weird. We’ll get back to you, they said.

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Imus: The Tip Of The Iceberg In Talk Radio

Imus is another example of the degradation of talk radio that has been going on since Rush Limbaugh started this in 1980.

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A Woman’s Work Earns Her Enemies

April 8, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

MEERWALA, Pakistan

You might think that the worst tragedy that could befall a couple would be for their young daughter to be raped and murdered.

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Right Wing Smears Pelosi As ‘Subservient’ For Wearing Scarf

– What About Laura Bush?

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Sanctuary for Sex Slaves

April 3, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Meerwala, Pakistan

If the thought has ever flitted through your mind that your spouse isn’t 100 percent perfect, then just contemplate what Shakira Parveen is going through. And give your own husband or wife a hug.

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New Study Shows Gender, Race Imbalance on Children’s Programs

Now You See ‘Em, Now You Don’t: Gender & Racial Disparity in TV for Children [PDF]

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 1:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Women’s War

Female Soldiers, Home From War and Struggling

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

“Opposition to the Cervical Cancer Vaccine”


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Women soldiers have died of dehydration to avoid late night trips to toilet


They face rape, assault at hands of fellow soldiers…

Published in: on March 10, 2007 at 11:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Baby, this just isn’t working for me

Sidelined, overlooked, squeezed out … the mothers of young children are more discriminated against than any one else in the workplace, according to a new report.

Published in: on March 1, 2007 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

India to open orphanages to take thousands of unwanted girls who would otherwise be killed

· 400 pieces of bones found believed to be female
· 7,000 fewer girls born a day than natural rate

Published in: on February 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?

“In America we have a big drug problem, and we don’t realize it’s because of abortion.”

Maternal Profiling

How Employers Discriminate by Marital Status

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 2:21 am  Comments (2)  

Why Women Aren’t Funny

What makes the female so much deadlier than the male? With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, the author investigates the reasons for the humor gap.

(from the appropriately named Provocation column in Vanity Fair)

Published in: on December 24, 2006 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  

In Haiti, Gender Can Mean Life or Death

For a rare dose of optimism, stop by the oldest private HIV research centre in the world. Fight your way through the chaotic, filthy streets of downtown Port-au-Prince, through a crowd of men, women and children awaiting care, and you’ll find Dr. Jean William Pape, smiling in a crisp white medical cloak.

Published in: on December 4, 2006 at 2:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stoning for Adultery

More a Women’s Issue*

Currently, in Iran, there are nine women sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery, compared to two men for the same offence — highlighting the fact that this barbaric mode of execution is primarily a women’s issue.

[*Yeah, because only women care if women get stoned for adultery. Not THEIR CHILDREN or men or …]

Published in: on December 4, 2006 at 2:12 pm  Comments (3)  

Men and the pill

“This Pill sounds way too scary”

Yes, taking pills that temporarily change the way your body works can be disconcerting — welcome to the wonderful world of sexually active heterosexuality, as previously experienced exclusively by women. And be pleased that this proposed pill is one that stops your flow rather than screws with your hormones, alters your moods and puts you at elevated risk for stroke.

Published in: on December 2, 2006 at 12:17 pm  Leave a Comment