From the November 3, 2003 issue: Meet Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, a voice for human rights in the Muslim world.Nov 3, 2003, Vol. 9, No. 08 • By AMIR TAHERI
Editor's Note: The Nobel Committee's decision to name Iranian human-rights lawyer and activist Shirin Ebadi the 2003 peace laureate has turned her into a household name throughout Iran and the Muslim world.
Moreover, the 56-year-old Ebadi has become an alternative source of moral authority in Iran--and a rare figure of consensus in that fractious society. With the exception of the hardline Khomeinists who have branded her "an enemy of Islam," Ebadi has won praise from virtually all Iranians--from left to right.
From the June 9, 2003 issue: A Christian organization in name only.Jun 9, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 38 • By CHRISTINE ROSEN
IN MID-MAY, Patricia Ireland, former president of the National Organization for Women, assumed her new position as CEO of the Young Women's Christian Association. A small flurry of protests ensued, led by pro-family and conservative groups who charged that Ireland--an avowedly secular liberal and bisexual--was hardly fit to lead a Christian organization. But a glance at the recent history of the YWCA suggests that Ireland's appointment is less a departure than it is the culmination of a decades-long migration away from the YWCA's mainstream Protestant roots.
The former National Organization for Women president takes over the Young Women's Christian Association.12:00 AM, May 9, 2003 • By ERIN MONTGOMERY
ON APRIL 30, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of the United States of America announced that former NOW president Patricia Ireland would be its new chief executive officer. And just this past weekend, the 145-year-old YWCA moved its headquarters from New York City to Washington, D.C. Ireland is expected to assume her new post by May 15--an event that has many people asking, "Why?"
Why would the YWCA select Ireland for the job?
Why is it that women's basketball is always on television even though no one's watching it?7:45 PM, Apr 8, 2003 • By STACEY PRESSMAN
AFTER SYRACUSE'S BIG VICTORY last night, the women's NCAA tourney concludes tonight with the University of Connecticut taking on the University of Tennessee. In an effort to make this match-up seem like less of an afterthought, the defenders of women's basketball will be out in force.
"Women's basketball is the best pure form of basketball out there," they'll tell us. "They play the sport the way it's meant to be played, below the rim and with more team play as opposed to one-on-one."
I have to disagree: Women's basketball sucks.
There, I said it.
Feminism reaches the end of the road.Feb 3, 2003, Vol. 8, No. 20 • By SUSIE POWELL CURRIE
The Bitch in the House
26 Women Tell the Truth About Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage
ed. by Cathi Hanauer
William Morrow, 304 pp., $23.95
"YOU WHO COME of a younger and happier generation . . . may not know what I mean by the Angel in the House," wrote Virginia Woolf. "She was intensely sympathetic. She was immensely charming. She was utterly unselfish. She excelled in the difficult arts of family life. She sacrificed herself daily. If there was chicken, she took the leg.
Love and success at America's finest universities.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By DAVID BROOKS
I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME on elite college campuses recently--at Yale, where I taught a course, as well as at Princeton, Dartmouth, Kenyon, and a few less rarefied schools--and while I've temporarily given up on the game of trying to diagnose the ills of America's youth, I have found that things really are different than they were when I graduated about 20 years ago.
For one thing, the students in the competitive colleges are products of an almost crystalline meritocracy.
Representative Lynn Woolsey thinks that the United States should learn about women's rights from Saudi Arabia.12:00 AM, Sep 25, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
CALIFORNIA REPRESENTATIVE Lynn Woolsey wants the United States to sign something she refers to as CEDAW--the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. So she sent out a "dear colleague" letter that reads, in part: "Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, United States, Iran. Which one of these is different from the others??? If you guessed the United States--you're wrong. If you guessed Saudi Arabia, you're right." The Saudis, you see, have signed the treaty. The United States has not.
The forces of Title IX have an unlikely new ally in their quest to destroy men's sports: ESPN.12:00 AM, Jun 20, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
HAVE YOU SEEN the ads for The Truth? They're the ones with the annoying, rebellious youths campaigning to expose the harmful effects of cigarettes and the wicked ways of the tobacco industry. The ads are designed to be, as they said on Madison Avenue ten years ago, edgy.
They're also creepy. The Truth ad campaign is paid for by a group called the American Legacy Foundation, which was created by the mammoth 1998 tobacco settlement.
The Department of Education is tweaking the law to encourage single-sex schools.12:00 AM, May 10, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
ON WEDNESDAY, the Bush Education Department signaled its willingness to examine the rigid limitations that Title IX, the federal non-discrimination policy concerning sex in education, has placed on school districts wanting to establish single-sex schools and classes.
From the Spring 2002 issue of the Women's Quarterly: The WNBA makes a great feminist propaganda tool.12:00 AM, May 10, 2002 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
THE WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (WNBA) kicks off its sixth season this month, and the sports-positive feminism machine is already cranked up. Since its debut in 1997, the league has endlessly trumpeted its slogan--"We got game"--and relentlessly pushed the idea that the women of the WNBA are just as good as the guys in the NBA. Which is bunk.
They turn the ball over, they don't dribble or pass well, and they can't shoot.
At play in the fields of Title IX.Apr 29, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 32 • By BETH HENARY
Tilting the Playing Field
Schools, Sports, Sex and Title IX
by Jessica Gavora
Encounter, 182 pp., $24.95
TITLE IX, passed by Congress thirty years ago, states simply a non-discrimination policy concerning sex: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." But despite this innocuous language, modeled on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX has created an astonishingly broad class of victims--both mal
Explaining the modern Medea is beyond the powers of feminism and psychiatry.11:00 PM, Mar 13, 2002 • By DAVID SKINNER
ON JUNE 20, 2001, Andrea Pia Yates killed her five young children and set off a wildly huge news story. As the whole English-speaking world surely knows by now, Mrs. Yates and her defenders claimed she had murdered her children during a psychotic episode of postpartum depression.
Feb 25, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 23 • By
THE BORKING OF PICKERING (cont.)
As reported in these pages last week, Judiciary Committee Democrats are going hard and heavy after U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering, selected by President Bush for the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. We've seen the law firm of Biden, Kennedy, and Leahy engaged before in various forms of borking.
A college newspaper is forced to choose between Valentine's Day and Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues."11:01 PM, Feb 13, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
TODAY is V-Day. Though most of us will celebrate--or hope to celebrate--February 14 as Valentine's Day with a candlelight dinner in an overcrowded Italian restaurant, in very recent history the date has become the subject of an alternative interpretation.
Feb 18, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 22 • By DAVID TELL, FOR THE EDITORS
IN FEBRUARY 1998, after an American team won the first Olympic gold medal ever awarded for women's hockey, there was a brief rainshower of patronizing media coverage, as is customary in such matters. Weren't they a great bunch of gals? And didn't they really deserve it? And--forget about them--didn't the rest of us deserve it even more, since it was our Congress that had passed that Title IX thing back in '72, finally forcing colleges to offer our women some serious varsity-level sports programs? And so on and so forth, blah, blah, blah.
A.J. Mleczko, the U.S.