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WMC Daily News Brief: Lesbian Bloggers, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, India

February 24, 2009

Gay Bloggers' Voices Rise In Chorus Of Growing Political Influence 

2/24/09

Washington Post: Only the blogosphere, perhaps, has room for Pam Spaulding -- a black lesbian who lives in North Carolina, the only state in the South that has not banned same-sex marriage.


On Return To Court, Ginsburg Is Quick To Question  

2/23/09

NY Times: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer less than three weeks ago, was back on the Supreme Court bench on Monday, asking crisp and vigorous questions in the two arguments heard by the court.


Social Change A New Focus For India Women's Forum 

2/24/09

Women's eNews: The Mumbai terrorist attacks spurred one women's business advocate in India to change her focus. She used to hammer away at the glass ceiling. Now she adds a plan to train corporate women to change society.


It's Not Newspapers In Peril; It's Their Owners 

2/23/09

Advertising Age: For all the apocalyptic news about newspapers, there's a distinction worth making: Newspaper owners are far more endangered than the medium itself.


Kuwaiti Press Savours Rare Freedoms

2/24/09

Financial Times: When placed next to each other, the words Arab and press can bring to mind harsh images of snarling government censors, bruised journalists and government spokesmen spouting propaganda. Such is not the case for the oil-rich emirate of Kuwait.


At Tonight's Address, What Obama Should Say About Abortion 

2/24/09

RH Reality Check: With just a few words, President Obama can convey his support and his respect for each member of his audience who has personally experienced abortion.


First Lady Receives High Marks In Poll 

2/24/09

NY Times: A month into her husband's presidency, Michelle Obama is viewed more positively than were other first ladies in the past 28 years at similar stages, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.


Sex-Positive Evangelicals? Oh, Yes 

2/24/09

RH Reality Check: Despite a strain of "sin or not?" nit-picking, sex advice on Christian websites often emphasize female pleasure and benefits of healthy sexuality.


Swarthmore Names Female President 

2/23/09

Boston Globe: Swarthmore College has named Rebecca Chopp as its new president, making her the first woman to hold the position in the elite liberal-arts school's 145-year history.


After a Devastating Birth Injury, Hope 

2/23/09

NY Times: Fistulas are a scourge of the poor, affecting two million women and girls, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Long neglected, fistulas have gained increasing attention in recent years, and nonprofit groups, hospitals and governments have created programs to provide the surgery.


YEMEN: Threat To Legislation Outlawing Child Marriage  

2/23/09

Irin: Although Yemen's parliament has agreed to set the minimum age for marriage at 17, there are concerns the decision may be rescinded as some members of parliament (MPs) say the amendments violate Sharia (Islamic) law.


The Sister We Missed

2/23/09

Globe and Mail: Aasiya Hassan was probably beheaded in a Buffalo suburb just hours before the Malaysian Muslim women's group Sisters in Islam brought us together this month for the launch of Musawah, a global movement for justice and equality in Muslim families.


Female Condom Access, Use Low In Asia-Pacific 

2/24/09

RH Reality Check: Are low rates of usage of the female condom in the Asia-Pacific region a problem of access or demand?


The Future Of Family Planning: Where Are We Headed?

2/24/09 

RH Reality Check: As a comprehensive study from Guttmacher Institute released today points out, using birth control is a "nearly universal" experience in this country - more than 98 percent of women use birth control at some point during their reproductive lives.


In the Open at Last, a Secret All Women Share  

2/24/09

NY Times: For all our public exploration of everyone else's bodies, our own personal specimens remain quite private. So when it comes to the onset of menstruation, it is the rare girl who will launch an enthusiastic dialogue with family or friends on the subject. To 18-year-old Rachel Nalebuff, this particular privacy made no sense.


Rivals Unafraid To Borrow, Or Steal, From Each Other  

2/24/09

NY Times: Cyma Zarghami, the longtime president of Nickelodeon, has been fighting some of the recent successes of the Disney Channel - including the hit series "Hannah Montana" and the "High School Musical" movie franchise - with some Disney fairy dust of her own.


Twins Give Minnesota's Hockey Team a 1-2 Punch  

2/23/09

NY Times: The Lamoureux twins are mirror images of each other. Monique writes left-handed and Jocelyne right-handed. Jocelyne, a center, wears No. 12 and right wing Monique wears No. 21. Their mother says that Jocelyne's left ear is shaped like Monique's right ear.

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