WMC News Brief: "The View," Abstinence-Only Programs, Women Bishops
February 11, 2010'The View' Gets Political -- Viewers Love It (And So Does D.C.) 2/8/10 Los Angeles Times: After the vivid partisan wrangling on "The View" during the 2008 presidential race became water-cooler fodder, producers realized they had hit a rich vein. Since then, the show has unflinchingly tackled political issues and, in the process, upended traditional ideas about what women want to watch. New Study Offers No Support For Abstinence-Until-Marriage Programs 2/11/10 RH Reality Check: Even though the study does suggest that among those who participated (i.e. urban African-American pre-teens), an abstinence message can work under certain circumstances, it does nothing to support the type of sex education programs that were funded under the Bush administration. Church Of England To Push Ahead With Plan For Women Bishops 2/8/10 The Times: The Church of England is to go ahead with the plan to create women bishops without giving in to demands from traditionalists for a separate structure of bishops and archbishops untainted by the hands of a woman. Women Hit Back At Super Bowl Ads 2/8/10 Politico: Women groups aren’t taking kindly to some Super Bowl ads, including those from Bridgestone Tires, FloTV and Snickers. Super Bowl Advertisers Unlease A Barrage Of Men-Sults 2/10/20 Cleveland Plain Dealer: Men, advertisers think you are: Stu. Pid. Seriously. Guys, whose fantasy is this? If it's yours, don't tell me. The Folly Of Palin's High-Priced 'Populism' 2/9/10 Washington Post: Palin's populist formula hasn't caught on with congressional Republicans. Instead of trying to stir outrage on Main Street, they're focused on trying to rustle up cash and allegiances on Wall Street What Michelle Obama's Childhood Obesity Project Gets Wrong 2/10/10 Salon: Obama is framing the campaign as a strategy to "solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation," rather than to improve health and well-being across the board, and whipping up fear and disgust of the very fat children she’s supposedly trying to help. Seeing How Far $100 Can Go 2/8/10 New York Times: Saturday night marked the fourth annual dance-crazed celebration of what Courtney Martin calls the Secret Society for Creative Philanthropy. Since that first year, Ms. Martin has been joined by several other small-time philanthropists, who bestow multiples of $100 on admired acquaintances. Students Protest For LGBT Inclusion In School Nondiscrimination Policy 2/8/10 Feministing: Students at John Carroll University in Ohio protested during a school basketball game over the school's unwillingness to include sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy. Arrests By Iran Are A Bid To Quell Wide Protests 2/9/10 New York Times: While a number of well-known Iranian reformists were detained shortly after the contested presidential election last June, the ranks of those imprisoned now include artists, photographers, children’s rights advocates, women’s rights activists, students and scores of journalists. Election Candidate In Headscarf Causes Uproar In France 2/10/10 The Guardian: Feminists and politicians protest after anti-capitalist Olivier Besancenot fields Muslim woman who covers her hair. Pushing For “Zero Tolerance” On Sexual Violence In DRC 2/8/10 RH Reality Check: The power of such a zero tolerance policy, if implemented and effective, cannot be understated. Central to the issue is the sheer lawlessness that results when the armed forces are the perpetrators of violence. Cyndi Lauper And Lady Gaga Team Up On HIV Prevention 2/10/10 RH Reality Check: Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga appear on Good Morning America with George Stephanopoulos to discuss HIV prevention and focus on the high rates of new HIV infections among women and girls. Identity Found: On West Side Via West Bank 2/8/10 New York Times: Najla Said’s “Palestine,” a one-woman Off Broadway show, is a coming-of-age story about Ms. Said’s journey to become an Arab-American on her own terms. Injury Puts Lindsey Vonn's Olympic Medal Hopes In Jeopardy 2/10/10 Los Angeles Times: Vonn, the world's top female Alpine skier, said Wednesday, "I honestly have no idea" whether a right shin bruise suffered in a training run last week will allow her to compete at the Olympics.