August 20, 2009 |
A South African teenager's stunning victory in the women's 800-meter race at the World Championships on Wednesday was only a precursor to the shocking revelations unveiled afterward. At least two of the seven runners who lost to Caster Semenya are convinced she is not a woman, and track and field's international governing body has launched an investigation into the 18-year-old's gender. Semenya, an unknown before she ran a blistering time at the Africa Junior Championships three weeks ago, did not speak to media after the race.
September 6, 2012
Re "Lego's 'Ladyfig' toys have critics, and plenty of buyers," Business, Sept. 1 I'm not a fan of gender stereotyping (or any stereotyping), but anything that gets girls building and strengthening their visual and spatial skills is a good thing. Besides, no one has been upset by Lego's gender stereotyping aimed at boys (Star Wars, DC Superheros, monster fighters, cars, factories and more). Amanda Brooks Lompoc ALSO: Letters: GOP propaganda? Letters: Trees or a space shuttle?
March 4, 2014
Re "You can lead a girl to Legos…," Opinion, Feb. 28 My son, now 25, was a certified Lego-maniac as a child. He amassed a huge collection of the little bricks and built cities, and especially cars, with them. After he grew up and moved away, he made it clear he didn't want me to sell them. However, he is more than happy to let his cousin, a 7-year-old girl, play with them. Now she builds cities, and especially cars. Oh, and she takes ballet lessons too, and she loves to dress up on Oscar night.
December 3, 2013
Re "In S. Africa, shock and outrage at rape crisis," Nov. 29 Again we will ask ourselves, "Why do men rape?" This is an important question, but it is not enough to ask it. We must also ask, "Why do men not rape?" Here, I refer not so much to individuals as cultures. There are societies in which rape does not exist or rarely occurs. The anthropologist Peggy Reeves Sanday speaks of "rape free" societies. In these cultures women have a structurally central role with economic responsibility and power.
August 25, 1990
In the Aug. 3 article, "Meryl Streep Attacks Hollywood Gender Gap at SAG Conference," the actress lashed out at the film industry for downplaying the importance of women on the screen and blamed Hollywood for the big-budget male films. Also, the story reported that the combined income of men doubled that of women. I can give Streep a good reason for all this: There isn't one female star with the drawing power of Hoffman, Gibson, Nicholson, Cruise, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Redford, Newman, Allen, Costner, De Niro, Stallone, etc., etc., etc. BILL STEIN Cambria
January 18, 2013 |
Why are women more prone to autoimmune diseases like lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis? A new study in mice points to a possible contributor: different types of bacteria that populate our guts. It goes like this: Different mixes of bacteria reside in the innards of male and female mice. Those bacteria, in turn, affect the chemistry of the animals' bodies -- and, it appears, their risk of autoimmunity. The study, just published in Science , was done by Janet Markle of the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, and colleagues. It's a little complicated, with players that include sex hormones, fatty chemicals, immune cells and a whole host of microscopic life forms.