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October 9, 1997
Re "Millennial Woman: Make Her GI Jane, Not June Cleaver," Commentary, Oct. 1: Caryl Rivers paints the woman from early history as a fragile creature totally consumed by her fecundity. The anthropological records demonstrate that women were the main providers through their gathering activities. Being a mother meant also to be a gatherer. In many cultures, women's productive roles--as market women, for example, in West Africa--are taken seriously and are seen as an important aspect of their maternal role.
October 6, 2013 |
When children kill children, the cry of social anguish almost always ends with "Why?" Even when we actually know the answers. When a child wins a gold medal or plays Carnegie Hall, we look to the people who supported that journey. But when one child kills another, society takes several steps back. How did this happen, we wonder, wringing our hands as the headlines decrease in point size, and then we all move on. Marta Cunningham's documentary "Valentine Road" is a profoundly disturbing and extremely effective attempt to make us stop in our tracks and try to answer the questions we so patly ask. PHOTOS: Families that changed TV On Feb. 12, 2008, while in the computer lab of E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, 14-year old Brandon McInerney took a gun from his sweat shirt pocket and shot his 15-year-old classmate Larry King in the back of the head.
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.
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.
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.
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?
September 30, 2010 |
Like the Boy Scouts, the waiting line for a midnight release of Halo or tractor trailer-pulling contests, Scion's new 2011 tC is pretty much for the guys. Or so the company would have you think. At the San Diego media launch for the second generation of this coupe, Scion described the styling elements the company aimed for when designing the new tC. Terms like "masculine," "aggressive" and "bold" were used so often, you'd think they were describing Mr. Olympia driving in a monster-truck rally.