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WMC News Brief: Late-Night TV, Global Reproductive Healthcare, Women Afghan Ministers

January 11, 2010

*The Women’s Media Center News Brief will now be posted on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Lady Comedy Writer In Winter
Salon: Comedy writers dish about the strange, men-only world of late-night TV.

Standing Up For The World’s Women
Huffington Post: Hillary Clinton gives a stirring speech on the state of reproductive healthcare worldwide.

Karzai Nominates New Cabinet Ministers
Radio France International: The new list includes three women for the posts of Women’s Affairs, Public Health, and Disabled and Martyr portfolios.

Most Original News Reporting Comes From Traditional Sources, Study Finds
LA Times: Ninety-five percent of Baltimore stories with fresh information came from ‘old media,’ the vast majority from newspapers.

Harriet Harman Attacks Airbrushing And Says Older Women Can Be Sexy
Telegraph, UK: Harriet Harman has attacked big companies for airbrushing images of women to hide the signs of ageing and insisted that older women can be attractive.

Hillary Clinton Sets Out US Plan For Middle East Peace
BBC: The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Palestinians and Israelis to resume peace talks as soon as possible and without preconditions.

Prop. 8 Trial To Include Unprecedented Testimony
LA Times: Challengers of the same-sex marriage ban plan to call to the stand homosexual couples, experts on the history of sexual discrimination and marriage, and the architects of the ballot measure.

Senator’s War Chest Grows, But So Does Primary Threat
NY Times: It is not clear that Senator Gillibrand’s knack for amassing cash will be enough to scare off Harold E. Ford Jr., the former Tennessee congressman who said last week that he was considering a primary campaign against her this year.

Jury Selection Delayed In Scott Roeder Trial
Wichita Eagle: Jury selection in the Scott Roeder first-degree murder trial has been delayed due to additional legal issues.

Toys Or Tools: What Do Women Want In A Gadget?
ABC: Tech companies appeal to women with design and reliability.

Maternal Affairs: Back To Square Mum
Times, UK: As the recession takes its toll, many high-flying career women are finding themselves out of a job.

Scholars In Exile Form Legion Of Longing
Women’s eNews: Exiled female writers find they have little in common with immigrants who come to the U.S. seeking material gains.

Caste System Traps Nepali ‘Hereditary Prostitutes’
AFP: The Badi are now among the poorest and most downtrodden groups in Nepal, where discrimination on caste grounds remains rife despite being outlawed more than four decades ago.

South Korea Confronts Open Secret Of Abortion
NY Times: Dozens of obstetricians in South Korea held a news conference to ask for “forgiveness” for having performed illegal abortions.

India’s Single Women Resist Stigma, Demand Rights
Women’s eNews: Efforts to get rights and resources for single women have been gaining ground in India.

A Family Tree Uprooted By A 60-Year-Old Secret
NY Times: Fethiye Cetin, one of Turkey’s leading human rights lawyers, believes a seminal moment has arrived in which Turkey and Armenia can finally confront the ghosts of history and overcome one of the world’s most enduring and bitter rivalries.

British Woman Arrested In Dubai After Reporting Rape
Guardian, UK: Tourist celebrating her engagement told police she had been raped by a waiter was arrested for illegal sex with her fiancé.

Loss Of Bone Mass Linked To Contraceptive
NY Times: Almost half of all women who use a popular injected contraceptive lose a significant amount of bone mass within two years.

Bare Your Bra For Breast Cancer?
Salon: Sharing the color of your brassiere on Facebook is the new “awareness-raising” trend.

Robin Givhan On Eunice Johnson And The Ebony Fashion Fair
Washington Post: Eunice Johnson tapped into the desires of a marginalized black community to declare itself fabulous.

Religion And Women
NY Times: Why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women?

By The Numbers: Greatness For Vonn, Confirmation For Burke
LA Times: It’s getting harder and harder to find new ways to describe Lindsey Vonn’s triumphs.