MS. WEEKLY NEWSLETTER | July 5, 2005
Urgent Report: Hanging By A Thread
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is retiring. So what’s at
stake for women in the battle over the Supreme Court?
Dialectic of Fat
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.
by Jessica Silver-Greenberg
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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SELECTIONS FROM MS.MUSINGS
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Plus: Lots more on Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, President
Bush's speech, reactions
from activists and a
conflicted response. Watch for more news stories and
reaction later today.
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SELECTIONS FROM FEMINIST
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it would hear for the third time a long-running case dealing with clinic violence.
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
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
If you haven't done so already, take time this week to
the report. The latest articles include Kathy
points" for framing the debate on
judicial nominations; pollster Celinda Lake's report
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
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