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.
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.
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.
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.
Feminists and multi-culturalists return to the national discourse with a disgraceful display.11:01 PM, Jan 9, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
THE HEADY DAYS of unalloyed patriotism that followed September 11, in which Americans lost their hyphens and became heroes instead of victims, are over.
Firefighters Dan McWilliams, Billy Eisengrein, and George Johnson were captured in a now-famous photo, raising a flag, Iwo Jima-style, over the ground-zero wreckage. Copies of the photo--both legal and illegal--have spread throughout the world. So it would have seemed reasonable for the statue commemorating the moment, a model of which was unveiled on December 21, to have replicated the photo exactly.
Government propaganda for boys and girls.Jan 14, 2002, Vol. 7, No. 17 • By CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Christina Hoff Sommers, author of "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism is Harming our Young Men," was stopped from completing her remarks at a government conference on drug-abuse prevention for boys, held in Baltimore on November 1. Partway through her talk, Sommers, an invited speaker, was cut off by the moderator, insulted by a fellow participant, and jeered by many in attendance.
English literature's best unrediscovered woman writer.Dec 10, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 13 • By ALAN JACOBS
IN RECENT YEARS, "neglected women writers" have been much in vogue, with publishers bringing out series after series of them. Yet Dorothy Osborne, the most remarkable of that company, has been overlooked by literary archaeologists--and it is a scandal that her work is not more widely available.
The remarkable writing of a remarkable woman.Dec 3, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 12 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
IN HER RECENT not-quite-a-memoir, "An Old Wife's Tale: My Seven Decades in Love and War," the great social critic Midge Decter gives an episodic account of her life as a New York intellectual and devotes more space, as it turns out, to discussing her children than her books. What kind of social critic, great or not, finds her children more remarkable than her books?
To declare my own interest: I know three of Midge Decter's four children, and find them remarkable too. I hope readers flock to "An Old Wife's Tale" and enjoy it as most reviewers did--as J.
A wolf in wolf's clothing.Nov 5, 2001, Vol. 7, No. 08 • By MARY EBERSTADT
Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood
by Naomi Wolf
Doubleday, 326 pp., $24.95
NOW THAT A REAL WAR has been engaged and an ideological truce declared on the home front, it is generally agreed that our criticism should be reserved for certain groups only--particularly those that advocate violence, promulgate stereotypes, and espouse hatred.