NEWS BRIEF: Pelosi Stays In The Fight, Election's Sleaziest Sexist Moments, A Way Out For Afgha
November 8, 2010Pelosi decides to stay and fight; GOP frowns 11/08/10 Atlanta Journal Constitution: Despite losing her gavel as speaker, Nancy Pelosi has decided to remain in Washington and intends to serve as House minority leader. I think that’s great. Republicans have succeeded in demonizing Pelosi, but the truth is, she has been an effective speaker whose leadership was essential in implementing the party’s agenda. The 7 Sleaziest Sexist Moments from the 2010 Elections 11/06/10 AlterNet: 2010 saw a spate of sexist attacks on female candidates, leaving fewer women in congress than we've had in years. The good news? Fighting back against sexism can win women votes. For Afghan Wives, a Desperate, Fiery Way Out 11/07/10 NY Times: Even the poorest families in Afghanistan have matches and cooking fuel. The combination usually sustains life. But it also can be the makings of a horrifying escape: from poverty, from forced marriages, from the abuse and despondency that can be the fate of Afghan women. Top 10 Female Leaders 11/02/10 Time: On Oct. 31, Dilma Rousseff became the first woman elected President of Brazil. In honor of female politicians kicking through glass ceilings, TIME takes a look at 10 women who have made it to the top For the Record: RIP USN&WR 11/08/10 The Atlantic: Colleagues, We're finally ready to complete our transition to a predominantly digital publishing model with selected, single-topic print issues. This will allow us to make the most of the proven products, useful journalism, and great audience growth we've been sustaining... As you know, we've been a leading innovator in adapting to the changing environment -- and we don't intend to give up that lead. Women Tweet #ihadanabortion After Anti-Choice Midterm Election Wins 11/05/10 Women’s Rights: Silence works to the advantage of opponent of women's rights. In the struggle to protect a woman's right to control her own body, the opposing side regularly resorts to shaming tactics to keep the one-third of American women who have abortions from publicly supporting their choice. Girls Gone Mild: Where are the strong female characters in kids’ films? 11/04/10 Newsweek: The poster for the new animated action film, Megamind, features five characters: some are alien, some are men. Oh wait, they are all men except for Roxanne Ritchi. "The View" Discusses ESPN's Hanna Storm's Work Wardrobe 11/02/10 The View: The ladies talk about a recent outfit ESPN's Hanna Storm wore. Good Girls Gone Wild 10/29/10 NY Times: It happened again this month, a familiar pop culture cycle: the provocative pose, the righteous fuss, the blushing assurance that no offense was intended. Huffington Post Adds Divorce Section 11/07/10 NY Times: There are the society pages, the wedding pages, and now the divorce pages. Courtesy of Arianna Huffington and Nora Ephron, two women whose own marriages dissolved in public fashion, The Huffington Post is set to begin on Monday a section devoted exclusively to the subject of failed nuptials. Communications Chief to Depart NBC 11/01/10 NY Times: In a move widely expected inside NBC Universal since Jeff Zucker announced he was departing as chief executive, Allison Gollust, the executive vice president of corporate communications, has told her staff she too will be leaving the company when the takeover by Comcast is completed. Gloria Steinem: "We Need to Eroticize Equality" 11/05/10 Big Think: In her Big Think interview, Steinem sets the record straight about the oft-demonized feminist movement. Its purpose is not to attack men but "to free the uniqueness of the individual and to understand that inside each of us is a unique human being who is a combination of heredity and environment." Angela Burt-Murray to Step Down as Essence Editor-in-Chief 11/5/10 The Root: Angela Burt-Murray, editor at Essence magazine for the last five years, "has announced her plan to leave her post and relocate with her family to Atlanta. "I Remember Nothing": Nora Ephron on life, death, hot dogs 11/07/10 Salon: The voice that launched a thousand quips is back tackling the writer's toughest assignment: The final chapter. The night before my planned interview with Nora Ephron, I sat before the TV watching our probable new speaker of the House, John Boehner, fawn and burble over his newfound success. Something gnawed, a prickly déjà vu. Let’s Rethink Masculinity: Real men should be more than breadwinners 11/06/10 In These Times: A patient is brought into the emergency room. The surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this patient: he’s my son.” The surgeon is not the patient’s father. Why can’t the surgeon operate? This classic brainteaser works—and it worked on me—because of the hidden assumption that surgeons are male. The answer: The surgeon is the patient’s mother. Mother Madness 11/06/10 Wallstreet Journal: Spend every moment with your child? Make your own baby food and use cloth diapers? Erica Jong wonders how motherhood became such a prison for modern women. We like to think mothering has always been the same, but it's encompassed practices as diverse as baby farming, wet nursing and infanticide. Nation’s First Transgender Judge Elected in California 11/05/10 Democracy Now: And in California, San Francisco-area voters have elected the first transgender trial judge in the United States. The judge, Victoria Kolakowski, won the race for Superior Court judge in Alameda County. Despite GOP Wins, Hill May See Fewer Women 11/05/10 NPR: There are still a few outstanding races involving women yet to be decided, but when the final count is tallied, this year's election will probably be the first time in 30 years that the number of women serving in Congress declines. Mama Grizzlies Die Hard 11/03/10 The Nation: As doleful Democrats survey the wreckage left by the 2010 midterms, one sight is at least slightly cheering: Sarah Palin's Mama Grizzlies licking their wounds. Sharron Angle, Carly Fiorina and Christine O'Donnell were supposed to lead a "stampede of pink elephants" to shake up Washington. Ex-President George W. Bush rips wisdom of Barack Obama, Sarah Palin and John McCain to friends 11/05/10 NY Daily News: Two years of retirement haven't dulled George W. Bush's political zest - and President Obama and Sarah Palin are among his under-the-radar targets. The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn't qualified to be President. Rejection of Iowa judges over gay marriage raises fears of political influence 11/05/10 LA Times: California Supreme Court chief justice voices concerns about partisan pressures on jurists and backs a single, 15-year term without being put to a vote. Iowa's rejection of three state supreme court justices who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage underscored the growing electoral vulnerability of state judges as more and more are targeted by special interest groups, legal scholars and jurists said Thursday. After Democrats tough loss, Pelosi Mum on next move 11/04/10 USA Today: Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker of the House, faces a decision: whether to seek to return to her old job as leader of the Democratic minority after what she calls "a tough loss." Elections Put First Women of Color in Governor Posts 11/02/10 Women’s eNews: South Carolina's Nikki Haley and New Mexico's Susana Martinez won a paired precedent on election night as the first two women of color elected governor. The two Republicans were part of a strong night, overall, for GOP women. The Exchange: Rebecca Traister on What the Election Means for Women 11/04/10 New Yorker: What do yesterday's election results mean for women? This is the question we put to Rebecca Traister, a senior writer at Salon, whose book on the 2008 election, “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” is reviewed this week in the magazine. Sarah Palin for President in 2012? Prepare yourself 11/02/10 NY Daily News: The mind of the demagogue is a foreign country. It has a strange culture, enemies that only the natives can see, a passion about the ridiculous and a blowtorch kind of sincerity that incinerates logical thinking. On Sunday, the custodian of one such blowtorch was on Fox News. I am speaking, of course, of Sarah Palin. Sexism remains a problem for women seeking office 11/04/10 Wtop: Even with many high-profile female candidates, the just-ended campaign was rife with sexism ranging from snarky fashion critiques to sexual innuendo. And when all the ballots are counted, women may hold fewer seats in the new Congress than the outgoing one. Young Women Win in 2010 11/05/10 Larry King Live: It was the year of the woman (Round 2), then it was the year of the Republican woman, and now that the dust has cleared it looks like women will actually lose seats in Congress for the first time since 1979. But there is a glimmer of hope when we look at the youngest winning candidates. 'I heart anorexia' t-shirts -- Is artist Alexsandro Palombo's work chic or cruel? 11/01/10 NY Daily News: Is it weighty commentary or making light of a serious issue?"I heart Anorexia" artist Alexsandro Palombo is drawing some heavy criticism online for his drawings of celebrities, depicted as skeletons. Sexual harassment and the federal workplace 11/01/10 Washington Post: Sexual harassment has been back in the news with allegations of inappropriate advances by quarterback Brett Favre toward a female New York Jets employee, and with the reprise of accusations made long ago against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Excommunicated Over Abortion: A nun’s decision to save a life angers a U.S. bishop 10/13/10 In These Times: The swift excommunication of a nun for approving an abortion has triggered a debate over church doctrine—and raised questions about whether Catholic hospitals routinely break federal law. The soft war against women 11/07/10 Salon: It may seem like a wonderful time to be female, but there is a darker current beneath the surface of society. Call it "Mama Grizzly Feminism," as Sarah Palin does, and start worrying about the real thing. The Grizzly Manifesto 11/05/10 NY Times: I think it is time to take back the mama grizzly. “In real life, they are famous for their reproductive freedom,” said Gloria Steinem over the phone. This is one of the many things I love about Steinem. When things are darkest, she will come up with a very cheering factoid about Iroquois women in pre-Columbian America or the private life of female bears. Could Michelle Have Helped the Dems? 11/01/10 The Daily Beast: With approval ratings at 70 percent, the first lady is the Democrats’ most popular pol. Pity she wasn’t out louder and longer rallying the women’s vote. Woman Jailed For Retracting Rape Allegations 11/08/10 Jezebel: In a disturbing variation on false rape cases, a British woman has been jailed for falsely retracting rape allegations against her husband that she then admitted were true. Waging War and Peace With Women 11/02/10 NY Times: When NATO unveils its new doctrine later this month, it will include a revamped nuclear policy, a section on cyberwar and fresh thinking on how to engage Russia. Aung San Suu Kyi: How her release could shape Burma's political future 11/06/10 CS Monitor: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be freed shortly after Burma's Nov. 7 election, its first in 20 years. What she does next could have broad consequences for Burma's political transition. Peru court paroles Lori Berenson for second time 11/05/10 BBC: A court in Peru has granted parole for a second time to an American woman imprisoned for aiding a left-wing rebel group. Lori Berenson had served 15 years of a 20-year sentence when she was freed on parole in May. Kirchner death leaves Fernandez to run Argentina alone 11/02/10 BBC: There are few who would envy Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's situation right now. The president of Argentina has a country to run. Yet she is still in mourning for her husband, Nestor Kirchner, who died last week, aged 60, following a heart attack. Germany's new female rabbi sign of growing Jewish community 11/04/10 BBC: History is being made in Germany with the ordination of the first female rabbi since World War II. Alina Treiger came to Germany from Ukraine, as the BBC's Stephen Evans reports from Berlin. Hundreds Were Raped on Congo-Angola Border 11/05/10 NY Times: More than 600 women and girls were recently raped along the Congo-Angola border during a mass expulsion of illegal immigrants, according to the United Nations. Body of Knowledge Full Frontal Assault 10/30/10 LA Times: An attack on Breast Cancer has bought about greatly improved treatments- but are we on course to stop it entirely? What's it like to struggle with eating disorders? Portia de Rossi tells all in 'Unbearable Lightness' 11/01/10 LA Times: Body Image 101: Like it or not, studies show attractive people have an edge in everything from being hired to being set free (yes, they are less likely to be found guilty at trials), according to a report from the Social Issues Research Centre in Britain. Respecting Muslim Patients’ Needs 11/01/10 NY Times: A woman in her mid-30s wearing a hijab, the traditional Muslim head covering, comes to an urgent care center complaining of leg pain. The first thing she asks: “Are there any woman doctors around?” Study says sex education should come from pupils 11/05/10 TES: Edinburgh University research concludes that schools should incorporate peer-led sex lessons. Sex education in schools may be more effective if delivered by pupils rather than teachers, according to Edinburgh University research. Stabbing Victim's Face Reconstructed on Reality TV 11/05/10 Women’s eNews: In December a victim of domestic violence will have her reconstruction surgery broadcast in a Discovery Health documentary. She wasn't looking for this publicity, but had given up on a pro-bono referral service that in her case broke down. Oscar Buzz This Year Is Low On The Ladies 11/04/10 Jezebel: Guys, did you miss Oscar season? Because it's starting again. Already. As are concerns about women's representation. Wait, didn't we fix that last year with Kathryn Bigelow? Apparently not. Willow Smith Explains 'Whip My Hair' on TV, Performs Live 11/02/10 Popeater: Whip My Hair' makes its television debut today along with Ellen DeGeneres' interview with Willow Smith. While we wait with bated breath to see the performance, the conversation segment is already online. Say It Loud: Black Girls Rock! 11/04/10 The Root: With all the harsh criticism lobbed at black women over the past few weeks, it's time to celebrate their accomplishments and contributions. Call it perfect timing. Black Girls Rock makes its television debut this weekend on BET as the public image of black women continues to be dragged through the mud. Women In Jazz: Taking Back All-Female Ensembles 10/30/10 NPR: Jazz is supposed to have a certain look: Wisps of cigarette smoke rise from small cafe tables while horn players in neat dark suits battle each other on the bandstand. It's the kind of image you see in black-and-white photographs, taken back in the days when you could actually smoke in clubs. You'd be hard pressed to find a woman playing a horn or sitting behind a drum set in those photos. For Elite Runners, Baby Steps Can Take Precedence 10/31/10 NY Times: Blake Russell learned she was pregnant with her son, Quin, shortly after competing in the marathon at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Gone were the sinus infections that plagued Blake Russell during the final months of her pregnancy, the additional 40 pounds she packed on her 5-foot-5 frame, the awkwardness she felt when she resumed running five weeks after the birth of her son, the raccoon eyes from sleep deprivation. Debut Lady Runners Make Strong Showing At New York City Marathon 11/07/10 Jezebel: American Shalane Flanagan and Kenyan Mary Keitany ran their first marathons today, and the two women were able to finish in second and third place, respectively. But did you know that until fairly recently, women weren't allowed to run marathons? First women inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 11/08/10 Feministing: US hockey player Cammi Granato and Canadian player Angela James are the first women to ever be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.