The Pew Research Center's report about the rising number of women who make more money and have more education than their husbands is everywhere—from the Guardian to CBS News to the New York Times. The Times, in particular, stresses that an increase in the rate of female "breadwinners" actually benefits marriages.
In an article called "She Works. They're Happy,"Times reporter Tara Parker-Pope writes, "Sociologists and economists say that financially independent women can be more selective in marrying, and they also have more negotiating power within the marriage. But it's not just women who win. The net result tends to be a marriage that is more fair and equitable to husbands and wives."
Andre Bauer, South Carolina's Lt. Governor, conflated the suffering of people and animals, threatened those on government assistance with unnecessary and unrelated stipulations to receiving their benefits, and used sexual shaming tactics and mocked decision-making abilities that he conflated with willpower, age and intelligence in an unusually insensitive speech on Friday.
When Rosie O'Donnell was on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, one of the main topic of conversations (and probably reasons for Rosie's appearance in the first place) was the demise of her relationship with Kelli Carpenter. Kelli and Rosie have been one of the most famous lesbian couples of the last decade, as Kelli has been Rosie's partner since she publicly came out in 2002 and they were one of the first to take part in San Francisco's commitment ceremonies in February of 2004.
Together, they have six adopted children and maintained what seemed to be a loving family in Florida, where they fought for gay couples' rights to adopt.
Teens in Milwaukee, WI were treated to an elaborate hoax recently in the form of 2028, an alleged horror film that turned out to be a PSA about teen pregnancy. Here's the trailer, though it's not for the faint of heart:
With "green" being all the rage the last few years, it's no wonder environmental issues have become so mainstream. But media savvy and socially responsible feminists know that environmentalism and ecofeminism are not new ideas, even as many of the relationships between the planet and women's rights become more salient as the earth warms and we suffer the effects. In the next weeks, I'll be looking at a variety of intersecting issues including the human cost of chocolate, the use of fur in northern climates and indigenous cultures, soy and soybean farming, nuclear power's environmental effects, ideas for carbon-free transit, the links between racism and animal oppression, and how you can be a pro-choice vegan.
"The greatest thing is that I can never anticipate how people are going to react to my projects. Without fail, it's a hugely delightful experience and that's why I do any of the pieces I've done. I want to see the exchange with the people." ~ Keetra Dean Dixon
As played by Sharon Gless, Madeline -- sporting shoulder-dusting earrings, a Guy Fieri haircut and a perpetual cigarette dangling between frosted-coral lips -- cannily works the motherly-retiree angle as a way of getting people's guards down (including her son's) and then mercilessly imposing her will on them. Truly, she's an inspiration for anyone looking for an alternative to today's youth-obsessed TV culture.
Which celebrity has earned more bad press for reported acts of domestic violence—Chris Brown or Charlie Sheen?
When gossip Web site TMZ.com criticized Brown Jan. 21 for appearing with designer Jean Paul Gaultier, in makeup that made him look bruised and bloodied for a "warrior-themed runway show," visitors to the site accused TMZ of vilifying Brown while giving Sheen a pass for allegedly battering his wife on Christmas.