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Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring. So what’s at stake for women in the battle over the Supreme Court?

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Kirstie Alley exposes her Rubenesque physique, anorexics share weight-loss tips, TV contestants compete to lose pounds and feminist concerns over body image go global. What’s going on here? Catherine Orenstein explores our preoccupation with fat -- losing it, its meaning for our identity, and its effect on our desirability, work prospects and social status.
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Social Insecurity
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Private accounts would be a disaster, writes a woman from the generation Bush claims he’s helping — but something else in the system really does need fixing.
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A "F" By Any Other Name: The main story on Salon today wonders whether it's time to abandon the word "feminism" or reclaim it. Rebecca Traister interviewed a mix of older and younger activists, but the division over the word is not clearly defined by age. Plus, Ms. is looking to publish a blogroll of global feminist blogs -- please send in suggestions.
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The Groove is Gone, and Other Literary Notes: The "cultural explosiveness" of Terry McMillan's divorce; novelist and playwright Susan Glaspell gets re-discovered; Mr. March of Little Women gets his own book; A short story is published via one-word tattoos; Iranian women dominate the bestseller lists; and more. 
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How to Keep Up With Reports of Missing White Women: I missed NPR's On the Media this past weekend, but check out the transcript for news of a new television network that will keep viewers up to date on missing white women. 
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Signed, Women in Need of Better Advice: "Ask Amy" syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson disappointed many women with her lame advice on how to deal with sexual harassment: just ignore it.
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Spain's Parliament approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill not only guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry but also includes the right to adopt children and protections for property inheritance.
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The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it would hear for the third time a long-running case dealing with clinic violence.
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In the Egyptian village of Abou Shawareb, community leaders and women's rights activists made a public commitment last week to end the practice of female genital mutilation as part of "The FGM Free Village Model" program established by The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood.
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In a win for lesbian and gay activists in Canada, the Canadian House of Commons voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
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"'We should have at least four. We should not be allowed to go back to one. The era of tokenism is over."

- Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority Foundation, on the appointment of the next Supreme Court justice | via The  New York Times

Corner Comments | News of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement threw us all into a tailspin Friday. At Ms., we moved quickly to post the full Urgent Report on the battle over the Supreme Court -- essential reading for everyone concerned about the Court's future. 

If you haven't done so already, take time this week to view the report. The latest articles include Kathy Bonk's "talking points" for framing the debate on judicial nominations; pollster Celinda Lake's report on American support for abortion (good news -- you're in the majority!); and the five rights women could lose under an ultraconservative Supreme Court -- it's not just about reproductive privacy.

Want to help amplify the voices of millions of women during this Supreme Court battle? Donate now to help Ms. break through the conservative media monopoly.

On another note, this is my last newsletter as Ms.' online editor, but I'll still be blogging at ms.musings. See you there!

Christine C.

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