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August 16, 2010

Swimsuit Season’s Over. For Good. 8/15/10 NY Times: The “Cathy” cartoon is coming to an end, but her stresses are still abundant.  While a lot has improved for women over the last three decades, a lot of the same insecurities that were manifest in the Cathy of 1976 are still there in 2010. Prominent Democrats Want Kennedy's Widow To Run For His Senate Seat 8/15/10 Washington Post: Nearly one year after Edward M. Kennedy's death, prominent Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts are promoting his widow as the party's best shot at winning back the Senate seat he held for nearly five decades. Women Take On Gender Apartheid In The Catholic Church 8/16/10 Huffington Post: According to the Vatican, the two greatest problems the Catholic hierarchy faces are women and children. Petraeus Holds Out Prospect Of US Reconciliation With Taliban 8/16/10 Sify News: US-based campaign group Human Rights Watch had said that it would be inadvisable to engage the Taliban in talks, as doing so could cause irreversible harm to women in Afghanistan. It claims that after the Taliban was driven from power in 2001, women in Afghanistan, even in conservative areas in the south, returned to jobs as teachers, civil servants and health workers, and now if that group returned to power, the levels of intimidation against women would only increase. Another Round In Same-Sex Marriage Case 8/15/10 NY Times: In all of the legal maneuvering surrounding the challenge in federal court to Proposition 8, California’s 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, one thing has seemed all but certain: the case would eventually head to the Supreme Court. Internet Proposal From Google And Verizon Raises Fears For Privacy 8/15/10 NY Times: Last week, two elephants — Google and Verizon — came together to propose a vision for the Internet that represented what many characterize as a retreat by Google from its past strict adherence to so-called net neutrality. Abbey Lincoln Dies At 80; Jazz Singer, Actress, Civil Rights Advocate 8/15/10 Chicago Tribune: Abbey Lincoln, an acclaimed jazz singer, songwriter and actress who evolved from a supper-club singer into a strong voice for civil rights, has died. She was 80. My Favorite August 8/13/10 New York Times:  The story in American history I most like to tell is the one about how women got the right to vote 90 years ago this month. It has everything. Adventure! Suspense! Treachery! Drunken legislators! But, first, there was a 70-year slog. Guys More Likely To Cheat On High-Earning Women 8/16/10 MSNBC: Men who earn significantly less than their female partners, or who earn nothing, are far more likely to cheat than those in relationships where incomes are more or less equal, the study found. Government Red Ink: A Girl's Best Friend 8/15/10 Women’s eNews: The federal deficit might not sound like a feminine topic, but economist Susan Feiner says women can't leave it up to the guys running the U.S. Treasury. The Angry Housewives Setting Kashmir Ablaze 8/15/10 BBC News: Whenever there are protests demanding "freedom from India" in her crowded neighbourhood in Srinagar, Firdousi Farooq makes a point of participating, her four-year-old son in tow.  But joining such demonstrations in Indian-administered Kashmir these days is fraught with risks. First Lady Joins Official Ranks Of Venice's Gondoliers 8/14/10 BBC News: Authorities in Italy's lagoon city of Venice have granted a full license to a female gondolier for the first time. Single-Minded: 'White Girl Problems' 8/13/10 The Root: Sitting through Eat Pray Love, the movie in three parts based on the best-selling book in three verbs, the same three words kept coming to mind: white-girl problems. No Mr. Right? More Women Start Families Via Artificial Insemination 8/16/10 Mercury News: Since adoption can be a long, challenging process with no guarantees, particularly for single parents, it is estimated that 50,000 women a year start families on their own, according to Mikki Morrissette, founder of the Minnesota-based online forum Choice Moms. It is an estimate, because the fertility industry is not required to report on these statistics. FDA Approves Ella For Emergency Contraception 8/14/10  The Examiner: The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has approved a new prescription emergency contraception tablet called ella. The tablet prevents pregnancy when taken orally within five days of unprotected sexual intercourse or inadequate protection. A New Pill Can Make A Baby Less Likely To Be Gay -- Will It Be Used To Change Sexual Orientation In The Womb? 8/15/10  Alternet: A treatment for a birth disorder has been found to reduce the likelihood that girls will become gay. Activist groups have condemned the 'anti-gay' treatment. Mad Women, Not Mad Men 8/13/10 Newsweek: The years that preceded the onset of the second-wave women’s movement were marked by a strange kind of private violence and turmoil, which is why this author wonders why Mad Men, set in 1965, isn’t called Mad Women. My Bid To Become A Standup Comic 8/15/10 Guardian: Is a workshop for women the way to break into the male-dominated world of stage comedy?