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October 22, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Zoo is trying to raise the population of female Komodo dragons, a giant and endangered lizard, by using a DNA test originally devised to identify the gender of bird eggs. Swelling the female ranks would help close a gender gap in captive dragons in North America, which is home to 71 males, 46 females and six of the giant lizards whose sex remains unknown. It would also move the species closer to a self-sustaining and genetically diverse population, which scientists believe they would reach with 75 males and 75 females.
December 17, 2012 |
McKenna Pope, the 13-year-old girl who petitioned toy maker Hasbro for an Easy-Bake oven suitable for both girls and boys, will get what she's been asking for. After meeting with the New Jersey girl at its Rhode Island headquarters Monday, Hasbro said it will offer a new black-and-silver oven design in fall 2013. The company said the prototype, which it showed to Pope, has been in development for 18 months and will debut at the New York Toy Fair in February. Since 1963, a dozen different Easy-Bake models have been introduced in colors including teal, green, yellow, silver, blue and purple, Hasbro said.
March 6, 2013 |
Is the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, having a baby girl? A possible slip of the tongue on Tuesday had gossips going full speed ahead on Wednesday. The talk is all about the letter "D" - as in, "D for daughter. " Also, "D for denial. " And "D for difficult to hear even if you watch the original Sky News video over and over again. " While greeting admirers on a "walkabout" during a visit to the fishing village of Grimsby, Kate accepted a gift teddy bear from a woman, and was captured on video saying, "Oh, is this for our d ... thank you so much.
January 17, 2010 |
With the battle over California's Proposition 8 in the headlines this week, it's worth taking a look at children's novels that consider the subject of gender and sexual diversity. The 13-year-old narrator of Jacqueline Woodson's "From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun" (Putnam: $17.99, ages 12 and up) knows about being different. Son of a single mother, Melanin Sun was born with skin of a hue much darker than his mother's. She gave him his unusual name as a banner of distinction, but Mel has always felt like an outsider.
June 23, 2011 |
On Day 2 at Wimbledon, defending champion Serena Williams managed to defeat Aravane Rezai after much time off the tennis court dealing with blood clots in her lungs and injuries to her feet. On Wednesday, Venus Williams beat Kimiko Date-Krumm, returning to form after withdrawing from the Australian Open in January due to injury. As blogged Monday, Serena (and now sister Venus) provided strong evidence that for top-tier athletes, mental toughness matters as much as, maybe even more than, a physical edge.
March 27, 2014 |
When children don't conform to stereotypical gender assumptions, is it ever appropriate to punish them? This month, 9-year-old Grayson Bruce of North Carolina was told to leave his My Little Pony backpack at home because it was a “trigger for bullying.” To which his mother said: “Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape. It's flawed logic.” And last month, 8-year-old Sunnie Kahle in Virginia was told to stop dressing like a boy or she would not be able stay at her Christian school.
October 9, 2009 |
Women are far more likely than men to be kicked out of the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in uniform, according to government figures released Thursday. Critics of the policy said the disparity reflects deep-seated sexism in the armed forces. Women accounted for 15% of all active-duty and reserve members of the military but more than a third of the 619 people discharged last year because of their sexual orientation. The disparity was particularly striking in the Air Force, where women represented 20% of personnel but 61% of those expelled in 2008.
April 21, 1995 |
"The Tiny Hamlet Show," Robert A. Prior's gender-bending, severely streamlined version of Shakespeare's tragedy at the New Haunted Studios, is a sort of Cliff's Notes version of the play with a bit of early Raw Magazine mingled in. Prior also directs, festooning the play with occasional inventive flourishes. However, despite his transgendered approach to casting and an occasional flight into whimsy, Prior doesn't go quite far enough, revisionistically speaking.
June 13, 2009
A pattern emerges from Mary McNamara's piece on the blurred distinction between TV drama and comedy series ["Call It . . . Hmm," in the Envelope, June 10]. She cites "Dexter," "Rescue Me" and "Boston Legal" as having humor but falling into the drama category, officially; while "The United States of Tara," "Weeds" and "30 Rock " are labeled comedies that address very serious topics. Could it be that the lead characters in the comedies mentioned are female, so we find them and their problems funny; and those in the dramas are male, so we take them seriously?
October 16, 2010 |
In one of the stranger moments in the Nevada Senate debate Thursday, Sharron Angle, the ever-grinning, grandmotherly GOP Senate candidate, fired off the retort of the night. "Man up, Harry Reid," the 61-year-old said, dropping the smile as she pushed the Senate majority leader to discuss Social Security's solvency. Angle's zinger stood out for its unexpected near-hipness. But in the current political climate, the fact that it was loaded with sexual stereotypes seemed hardly to register as controversial.