Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thin Is the New Miserable | Blatant Women-Bashing Makes Comeback | Women in Obama's Cabinet?

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November 25th, 2008
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Thin Is the New Miserable  

Thin Is the New Miserable
By Stephanie Losee, AlterNet
A new book from Valerie Frankel shows how the only lasting effect dieting has is on people's mind-sets about their bodies. Read more »

 

We have a big menu of content this week on a range of topics covering everything from body image to Michelle Obama. Stephanie Losee, in conversation with Valerie Frankel, explores the damaging effects of dieting; Daphne Merkin questions whether deplorably sexist media coverage during the election season may have made public woman-hating seem more acceptable; and Allison Stevens discusses the uphill battle to get more women in Obama's cabinet. We have all that and a lot more this week, so dig in!

Thanks for reading,
Heather Gehlert
Managing Editor

 

The Bitch and the Airhead: Blatant Women-Bashing Makes a Gut-Wrenching Comeback  

The Bitch and the Airhead: Blatant Women-Bashing Makes a Gut-Wrenching Comeback

Change may well be coming to Washington. But the public discourse about women has taken several steps backward. Read more »

The Push to Appoint Women to Obama's Cabinet Is Threatened  

The Push to Appoint Women to Obama's Cabinet Is Threatened

Women's rights advocates are scrambling to make up for an unexpected shortage of cash to fund a push for female appointees to Obama's Cabinet. Read more »

What Obama Should Do for Women  

What Obama Should Do for Women

From women's reproductive health worldwide, to child care and equal pay, women activists are ready to speak with Obama about what needs to be done. Read more »

Honeytrap Lies and Women Spies  

Honeytrap Lies and Women Spies

Female spies have been the subject of cultural fascination since Mata Hari, but the realities they face are quite different from fiction. Read more »

Where Are the Female Arnold Schwarzeneggers?  

Where Are the Female Arnold Schwarzeneggers?

Unlike Ah-nold, no woman will ever burst into high political office without a lick of experience. And women with credentials don't fare much better. Read more »

Is It Wrong to Talk About Michelle Obama's Body?  

Is It Wrong to Talk About Michelle Obama's Body?

A recent Salon article declared 'First Lady Got Back.' Does the piece tap into racist assumptions about black women's sexuality? Read more »

Cavemen Clearly Control the Mainstream Media: Just Look at How Women Were Treated During the Election  

Cavemen Clearly Control the Mainstream Media: Just Look at How Women Were Treated During the Election

The good, the bad and the ugly of this political season's media coverage of women. Read more »

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Woman Wins Date With 'Great Catch,' Gets Raped  

Woman Wins Date With 'Great Catch,' Gets Raped

The radio station said Travis Harvey of Gurnee was a "great guy" and "kind." Read more »

Good News and Bad News About Bush's Last-Minute War on Choice  

Good News and Bad News About Bush's Last-Minute War on Choice

I'm hugely pessimistic for the short-term, but optimistic about where this is going to go come January. Read more »

 

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