NEWS BRIEF Gendered Media Habits, DADT, and Women in Malaysian Business
September 27, 2010
NY Times: In the latest survey of multitasking, a startling disparity between the sexes arose. Young women are more than twice as likely as young men to report that they give a magazine their undivided attention “on an average day.” The situation is the opposite for television.
Christian Science Monitor: In two cases, federal judges have ruled against the 'don't ask, don't tell' law banning openly gay men and women from serving in the US military. Most Americans favor repeal of the law, but it's a tough fight in Congress.
NY Times: But while some women in more conservative corners of the Islamic world are still fighting for the right to work outside the home in the booming Islamic finance sector, the number of female faces is multiplying.
New York Magazine: Abramson is the first woman to hold a managing-editor post at the Times, long a heavily male-dominated institution. It is a role she knows carries historic importance, and even if she has mixed feelings about it, she has made the paper’s gender balance a part of her mission.
NY Times: Jill Johnston, a longtime cultural critic for The Village Voice whose daring, experimental prose style mirrored the avant-garde art she covered and whose book “Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution”spearheaded the lesbian separatist movement of the early 1970s, died in Hartford on Saturday. She was 81 and lived in Sharon, Conn.
Christian Science Monitor: Hillary Clinton has been loyal to President Obama, her one-time rival. Now she's seeking to redefine U.S. foreign policy for a new century, even as the latest mideast peace talks test her skills as a negotiator.
NY Times: But beyond those surface similarities, the Republican candidates for California governor and United States senator, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, are charging into the general election with very different political personas and campaign strategies.
USA Today: Today, she joins her new colleagues for the first time in an arguably more hallowed space: the justices' private, oak-paneled conference room. It is where, with no law clerks or secretaries present, they decide which cases to take up and, later, how they should be resolved.
NY Times: If all the sexual allegations now swirling around the White House turn out to be true, President Clinton may be a candidate for sex addiction therapy. But feminists will still have been right to resist pressure by the right wing and the news media to call for his resignation or impeachment. The pressure came from another case of the double standard.
SmartMoney: This is how the battle of the sexes plays out in the complex world of retirement planning -- and all too often, women come out on the losing end. To a surprising degree, many women are unprepared for retirement: A recent survey by financial-services company MassMutual found that women's retirement accounts were, on average, just two-thirds the size of men's.
NY Times: Congress is staggering toward recess. I’m going to go way out on a limb and guess that they’re not going to accomplish anything major before they leave. But as long as they’re still in town, taking up space, the least they could do is approve the National Women’s History Museum bill.
BBC News: After three decades, the drawbacks of the one-child policy are more and more apparent.
BBC News: Burma's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is on a voters' list for the first general election in 20 years, eyewitnesses have told the BBC.
NY Times: There are fewer than 300 practicing Old Catholics in Italy, according to Fritz-René Müller, the Switzerland-based bishop who ordained her. But for Italians unaccustomed to seeing women in priestly garb, Mother Vittoria’s ordination “had a great echo; it was a small earthquake,” he said.
NY Times: It was an engaging idea. Hundreds of children would gather on the iconic Nader Khan Hill in the capital, Kabul, on a gorgeous Friday in September and fly kites emblazoned with slogans lauding the rule of law and equality for women.
NY Times: There are no statistics about how many Afghan girls masquerade as boys. But when asked, Afghans of several generations can often tell a story of a female relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who grew up disguised as a boy.
AlterNet: With the new conditions called “Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder,” and “Female Sexual Dysfunction” the drug companies are in some cases actually helping to construct the basic scientific building blocks. The aim is to build the market for the so called ‘pink’ Viagra.
NY Times: Afghans proved a tough audience for the world premiere of “The Black Tulip” at the Ariana Cinema on Thursday afternoon (an evening showing was deemed too dangerous). It was meant to be a serious film about Afghanistan, by an Afghan-born director, set in present-day Kabul and even filmed on location here, but many of the Afghans who saw it said they did not recognize the society they knew.
Huffington Post: Ines Sainz, the female sports reporter who was allegedly harassed in the New York Jets locker room earlier in September, slammed the Association for Women in Sports Media in a column titled "My September 11th in New York."