November 15, 1999 |
Baby boys are not wanted here--statistically speaking, at least. In a stunning repudiation of the traditional Asian values that for centuries have put a premium on producing male heirs, surveys show that up to 75% of young Japanese parents now prefer baby girls. Daughters are seen as cuter, easier to handle, more emotionally accessible and, ever more important in this fast-aging society, more likely to look after their elderly parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999
From the Males are from Mars, Females are from Venus files: A chemical messenger in the brain that makes males mellow out has exactly the opposite effect in females, according to mouse studies from Johns Hopkins University. The compound is a neurotransmitter called nitric oxide. Psychologist Stephen Gammie and his colleagues produced transgenic mice that have a defective system for producing nitric oxide.
June 6, 1999 |
Medical researchers have uncovered a startling and disturbing fact: Many prescription drugs seem to work very differently in women than in men. Scientists still do not know why, but hormones, weight and metabolism are among the chief suspects. Whatever the causes, researchers are convinced that understanding the differences between how men and women respond to drugs holds the key to new knowledge and safer medicines for everyone.
March 18, 1999 |
Efforts by conservatives to separate men and women during basic military training were dealt a major--and perhaps lasting--setback Wednesday as a panel convened by Congress declared that newly inducted troops would be far better off in close quarters. Emboldened by a series of sexual scandals in training camps, congressional conservatives pushed hard in the last two years for greater segregation and last fall set up a study panel that they hoped would further advance their case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1999 |
Remember spending math class passing love notes instead of textbooks? Well, those days are scheduled to end soon for about 1,000 middle school students in Long Beach. The Long Beach school district, known for its bold educational innovations, is planning to transform Jefferson Middle School into California's first public school to separate girls and boys in all academic classes.
January 12, 1999 |
This observation won't startle a lot of you, but when it comes to watching television, men are idiots. Programmers at the networks, at least, have reason to think so, as they try to satisfy a creature with the attention span of a flea at a dog show. To them, men are a source of nagging frustration, seldom committing to programs that don't feature touchdowns, explosions, a person being mauled by a wild beast, flatulence-related humor or Pamela Anderson in skimpy attire.
November 10, 1998 |
Corporate America pays its top female executives 68 cents for every dollar earned by their male colleagues, according to the first study comparing compensation of the highest-paid women and men in Fortune 500 companies. In fact, the pay gap in corporate America is wider than in the U.S. work force as a whole, where women earned 76.7 cents for every dollar men made in the third quarter of 1998, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
September 22, 1998 |
In a surprising scientific discovery that suggests pollution is feminizing animals throughout the wild, everyday concentrations of sewage effluent in rivers appear to contain estrogen-like chemicals potent enough to cause fish to be born half-male, half-female. The finding by British scientists provides strong new evidence that hormone-altering pollution--one of the most troubling and controversial environmental issues of modern times--could be a global ecological threat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1998
A new technique that separates male-producing sperm from female-producing sperm based on small differences in the weight of their DNA can greatly increase the likelihood of conceiving a daughter, Virginia scientists said Wednesday. Sperm containing a Y chromosome, which produces males, have about 2.8% less genetic material than sperm containing an X chromosome, which produces females. Researchers from the Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, Va.
July 19, 1998 |
People who love movies and know a bit about them agree that the '70s were a golden decade for American film. The studio system had lost its strangle hold on U.S. movie production, the social revolution of the '60s had broken the culture wide open, and in rushed a generation of young actors and directors on fire to make films. This was when Scorsese, Coppola, Bogdanovich, De Palma, Ashby, Altman, Rafelson, Beatty and Nicholson did the great work that launched their careers.