Ladies’ night controversy

Relevant to yesterday’s discussion of female drinking on campus and trends of women drinking more and men drinking nothing– From Gothamist: A judge has decided to throw out the suit of a man who alleges that ladies’ nights at bars inherently discriminate against men. What gets me is that the plaintiff accused the judge of…

“America’s Next Transgender Top Model?”

Old, old, old news. So old, in fact, that I wouldn’t be writing about it if Jade hadn’t mentioned Isis in today’s Well-Woman discussion due to the contestant’s recent elimination from Season 11 of Top Model. It seems that one of Isis’ biggest moments on the show was the swimsuit shoot, when the costumers had…

Free reads: Go! Magazine, The L Mag, and The Onion

Okay, I can’t be the only one who loves reading free periodicals. Argue all you want about the low quality of “free” writing, but not everything is like The Daily News or AM New York, ok? I’m talking about smaller, more local, NYC-based stuff, like Go! Magazine (“The Cultural Roadmap for the City Girl”) or…

(Soon to be) Presdiential Profile

Jacob Zuma will, by next year, be the next President of South Africa (a temporary leader is in place now; SA’s laws mandate that only MPs can be president, and so first Zuma has to be elected to Parliament). The NYTimes has a portrait of the man, and as a teaser, I’ll let you in…

“‘A New Twist for ‘America’s Next Top Model'”

Do television debuts of controversial topics mark some sort of wider social acceptance and progression? This Cycle 11 of the very popular television series, “America’s Next Top Model” has its first transgendered woman, Isis King, competing in the context. While I have not watched the new season yet, I think that Tyra and the CW…

Summation of Disgust

Here’s an article (via NYTimes) summarizing the issue of Gov. Palin requiring rape survivors to pay for their rape kits, and how Sen. McCain never once voted for Sen. Biden’s VAWA or its subsequent reauthorizations (which, among other things, denies federal monies to any state that requires sexual assault survivors to pay for their forensic…

He just won’t let it go

Nicholas Kristof has yet another misguided rant about sex trafficking in today’s Times.  I’m the last person to say sex trafficking is not a problem–it is, and a huge one.  But the fact is that labor trafficking is a far bigger problem than sex slavery, and yet all we hear about is the poor victimized…

A glass ceiling, of sorts

The Brits are a-reformin’! Downing Street has drawn up plans to end the 300-year-old exclusion of Catholics from the throne. The requirement that the succession automatically pass to a male would also be reformed, making it possible for a first born daughter of Prince William to become his heir. Seems the previous rules violate the…

Bedtime Reading

I just re-read AM Home’s A Real Doll and remembered how much I loved it the first time.  It’s a short story, and the full text can be found here. Read it.  And then think about it.  And then re-read it. Discuss.