spring 2005
table of contents
Letter from the Editor
Articles Online

A State Treasure(r)
Wells Goes Coed
Gregoire Takes Charge
Frye's Amazing Race
Judicial Worst
Stats Do Lie
Feldt Leaves PPFA


Ukraine's Female Prime Minister
Indian Policewomen
Mexican Journal Debate

Soap Operas in Africa
Networking Corner

Cover Story
Housewife Wars | Catherine Orenstein
Desperately Debating Housewives
| Jessica Seigel and Jennifer L. Pozner

More Features

Secrets of the Bonobo Sisterhood | Jessica Seigel
Baghdad Burning | Riverbend
"Not Women Anymore ..." | Stephanie Nolen
A Gallery of Dreaming | Carey Lovelace
La Femme a la Mèche Blonde | Eve Pell


A Bad Spell | Bia Lowe

Creepy World | Marianne Taylor
Pastries at the Bus Stop | Alice Mattison
Crépe de Chine | Richard McCann

Hide and Seek | Kay Ryan
The Germans
| Dorianne Laux
The Spell (in memory, Elise Ascher) | Marie Howe

Touching History
Encounters with Women of Renown:
Kamala Das, Carole King, Bernarda Bryson-Shahn

Book Reviews

Valerie Miner on Alice Hoffman's The Ice Queen
Barbara Pepe on the National Council of Women's Organizations' 50 Ways to Improve Women's Lives: The Essential Women's Guide for Achieving Health, Equality
and Success

Plus: Spring Must-Read List

Why Choice Matters | Donna Brazile

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Spring 2005

Letter from the Editor

'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightening to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind
-Emily Dickinson

I've been thinking a good bit about that poem lately. I've also been re-reading Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton ...

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Housewife Wars
by Catherine Orenstein

Right now we’re inundated with dramas about the married woman, and “domestic dream” is hardly the vibe. Join in on the cultural conversation taking place behinds the hedges on Wisteria Lane. Discuss >>

Desperately Debating Housewives

Two of our favorite media mavens, Jennifer L. Pozner and Jessica Seigel, mind-wrestle over the hottest TV series of the season, Desperate Housewives. Is it good feminist fun, or sexist backlash? Let the emails begin … Discuss >>

"Not Women Anymore ..."
by Stepanie Nolen

“They rape a woman, five or six of them at a time — but that is not enough. Then they shoot a gun into her vagina,” says Dr. Mukwege, one of only two doctors in the eastern Congo performing reconstructive surgery for women with fistula. Discuss >>

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La Femme à la Mèche Blonde
by Eve Pell

Isabel Pell, a handsome, heroic, cruel and athletic woman who once owned 40 pairs of riding boots, seduced women in three countries, and played a heroic but controversial role in World War II, was a skeleton in the closet of Eve Pell’s upper-crust family. Discuss >>

Backtalk: Why Choice Matters
by Donna Brazile

As a Catholic woman, I have tried to explain my strong support of reproductive freedom by telling the stories of women I know and love. It’s imperative that the pro-choice movement reeducate and empower the masses to go on the political offense. Discuss >>

A Gallery of Dreaming
by Carey Lovelace

“Too hot for you,” the Aboriginal woman says. So here, smack in the middle of the Australian Outback, thousands of miles from anywhere, I station myself in the meager shade of a burnt pine. Discuss >>

When Wells Run Dry
by Lisa Wogan

After 136 years as a women’s institution, Wells College, a private liberal arts college in New York’s Finger Lakes area, is opening its doors to men. Discuss >>

Mexico: Activism and Reflection
by Marysa Navarro

This year, Debate Feminista, the Mexican journal committed to “the theory and practice of feminism” (www.debatefeminista.com), celebrates its 15th birthday. Discuss >>

A State Treasure: Connecticut's Denise Nappier
by G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Think about it. If you had $20 billion to invest, you could do more than just make a whole lot of money. You could also create a wealth of positive change in the companies whose stocks you hold.
Discuss >>

Indian Policewomen
by Deepa Kandaswamy / K. Deepa

Indian women are making a comeback, starting in the southern-most state, Tamil Nadu, where Avadi houses the Tamil Nadu Special Forces Fifth Battalion: the world's first all-female battalion.
Discuss >>

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