Friday, August 12, 2005
What We Need to Know Today
Gloria Feldt, former head of Planned Parenthood Federation weighs in with a thoughtful piece on John Roberts via Alternet. The headline: "Am I saying that John Roberts condones violence? No -- but I am saying that when he had a chance to explicitly oppose the rising tide of abortion clinic bombings, he did not."
From our Indian feminist friends - The Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill was finally agreed to in the Cabinet on 4 August 2005. Lobbying efforts are on to get the bill tabled in the parliament in the current session.
The battle for same sex marriage has begun in Britain. A lesbian couple who were married in Canada in 2003 want a legal declaration of the validity of their marriage.
SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN THE UK
Katha Pollitt talks to the head of Feminists for Life
Six months on Condoleeza Rice from Slate.
SLATE ON RICE
From the LA Times - "Elysa J. Yanowitz, a regional sales manager for L'Oreal USA Inc., said her boss ordered her to fire a female sales associate with a strong performance record because the dark-skinned employee was not attractive enough." He wanted somebody "hot." Yanowitz sued and the CA Supreme Court ruled Thursday that workers were protected from having to perform duties that violate the state's anti-discimination laws.
Women's roles in film have been at best lacking. Here's a good analysis of the four categories of women's films (chick flick; earnest social commentary; cancer weepie; and action figure- great categorization) and ten that stand out.
WOMEN IN FILM
Ziyi Zhang is on the cusp of being a big big star. Look for her at the end of the year in Memoirs of a Geisha.
Early period not a key to obesity later in life.