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“Truth Goes Marching”

“Truth Goes Marching”

| December 10, 2009

Historian Janus Adams reflects on two Civil War exhibits in New York, featuring John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. In a footnote she finds her key to women’s truth, hiding in the margins of history and giving us insight into the issues of today. More »

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

Precious Star Claims the Spotlight

| November 5, 2009

With the confidence of a seasoned performer, Gabourey Sidibe portrays a particular character with universal appeal. The movie, based on a Sapphire novel, opens in limited release on Friday. More »

Gender Discrimination in Filmmaking—Bollywood Style

| October 13, 2009

Moviemaking styles may vary between Hollywood and Bollywood, but women working in the Indian commercial film industry have as difficult a time as their counterparts in the United States getting good roles and investment in their films. Director Zoya Akhtar takes a satiric look in Luck by Chance. More »

Daylight Lessons from Letterman’s Late Night Escapades

| October 5, 2009

The author, an expert on the prevention of sexual harassment and other issues of women in the workforce, suggests that human resources professionals and corporate executives take the occasion of David Letterman’s revelations to revisit their companies’ policies with the understanding that “sexual favoritism is sexual harassment.” More »

What Consequences Should Roman Polanski Face After 32 Years?

| October 2, 2009

The author, a rape survivor, takes a clear-eyed view of the Polanski case, sorting out both the needs of his victim and those of a society that cannot afford to tolerate sexual violence. More »

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

Marilyn French’s Characters Speak to Me

| September 16, 2009

A college senior considers both The Women’s Room and French’s posthumously published novel, The Love Children, from the point of view of her own generation. And the experience clarifies her feminist sensibility. More »

Broadcast News: When Women Become Two out of Three

Broadcast News: When Women Become Two out of Three

| September 8, 2009

The author, whose first job after earning her journalism degree was with Katie Couric’s evening news show, argues that both Couric and Diane Sawyer will adjust to a changing TV news scene, one in which the traditional evening broadcasts coexist with interactive new media. More »

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg: A Story of the “Oprah of Her Day”

Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg: A Story of the “Oprah of Her Day”

| July 30, 2009

Before Lucy Ricardo, there was Molly Goldberg. The author interviews prize-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner, whose documentary brings to life the star, writer and producer of the first TV sitcom, “The Goldbergs.” More »

Midwest Teen Sex Show: Can Sex Ed Actually Be Entertaining?

Midwest Teen Sex Show: Can Sex Ed Actually Be Entertaining?

| July 20, 2009

As the author reports, the creators of the podcast believe humor and honest information about sex for teens do mix, and programmers at Comedy Central think they may be on to something. More »

The Undiagnosed Problem: The Twilight “Saga”

The Undiagnosed Problem: The Twilight “Saga”

| June 30, 2009

Harmless fantasy-romance? Or influential prototype of a controlling lover? The author asks her (somewhat) younger sister-readers to take a deeper look at the popular series. More »