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November 16, 2007


If thou lend money to any of My people, even to the poor with thee, thou shalt not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.

December 9, 2006

Bond, Gay Bond

The latest addition to the Bond franchise has one of the best beginnings and one of the worst endings of any Bond film. Fortunately the film doesn’t

December 20, 2005


When I took this picture I didn’t know the name of the girl. Now I do. It is Poonam, and she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. The thing is,

October 3, 2005


Regarding Harriet Miers, who was picked by Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court, Senate Majority Leader Bill

September 15, 2005

Hooch and Hamlet

This December, Shashwati and I are going to India to shoot a documentary film about the residents of one city’s slum who are using theatre to fight

August 29, 2005

Eat the Sun

A sixth of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. Most of these 1.2 billion people are women, and they spend a significant amount

July 1, 2005

Sumo Kitty

No, there is no sumo wrestling Hello Kitty yet (at least not that I know of), but there is women’s sumo wrestling in Japan: An interesting, if

May 5, 2005

The Burka Band

are one of the first pop groups to emerge in post-Taliban Afghanistan. Performing on Western instruments (electric guitar, drum kit)

May 3, 2005

Schiavo II Update

Last week I discussed a 13 year old Florida girl who was being prevented by the state (her legal guardian) from having an abortion. Today a court

April 30, 2005

Schiavo II

Here we go again … A pregnant 13-year-old girl in Florida has been told she cannot have an abortion because she lacks the maturity to make such a

April 12, 2005


Andrea Dworkin, who died today, never claimed that all heterosexual sex is rape. statements that Dworkin makes about the meaning of intercourse are

March 26, 2005

Last Supper

This ad, by French clothing company, Marithe et François Girbaud has caused a big stir in Europe: It wasn’t just that it was based on Leonardo’s

March 1, 2005

Blue Horizon

For years I would bike or drive up Broad Street to classes at Temple. On the way I would always pass the Blue Horizon, but I never went in. I don’t

February 26, 2005


Around the web: Who the heck is Kurban Said? Every Calvin and Hobbes (via Incoming Signals) Fascinating Occupations Seven Mistakes Superheroines

January 2, 2005


I find myself hesitant to write this post because it touches on two issues that are often harped upon in the Western press when writing about India:

November 29, 2004

Southern Women

David Gergen is the director of the Center for Public Leadership in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served in the

October 21, 2004

Mary Cheney

I didn’t know the full story: Well over a decade ago she was a PR rep for “Coors,” called into action to repair the damage caused by one of the

October 21, 2004


Two posts over at LanguageLog discuss research showing that “gaydar,” or the ability to detect who is gay and who is straight (in this case using

October 10, 2004

Amy Fisher

AKA “the Long Island Lolita,” has a new book: If I Knew Then. Here is a snippet from the AP news story: Fisher speaks candidly in the

September 24, 2004

Yang Huanyi

China’s last inheritress of the mysterious Nushu language, probably the world’s only female-specific language, died at her central China

September 7, 2004

Bride Song

As of December 2003, 247,966 Taiwanese had married foreigners, most of these were men marrying women from Mainland China (over 50%), Vietnam,

May 9, 2004


I’m really just showing off that I’ve finally implemented Unicode posting on my site, but I also wanted to add a footnote of sorts to my last post

May 9, 2004

Are they?

Mark Liberman goes over the research on language and gender and, looking at one particular language feature, asks whether the empirical evidence

May 7, 2004


I have serious problems with a theme that has been running through reports on the Abu Ghraib torture photographs. The most elaborate version of this

May 3, 2004


At the end of my last post on the photos from Abu Ghraib, I quoted President Bush as saying: “That’s not the way we do things in America.” And

April 15, 2004

Nong Thoom

BoingBoing seems to have linked to the website for the movie Beautiful Boxer, mostly because of the tagline: He fights like a man so he can become

April 7, 2004


Now, here is the kind of woman a right-to-lifer would love. An unidentified 40-year-old, lived in a rural area of Mexico without electricity or

April 6, 2004


It seems that expectant mothers who wish to carry their pregnancies to term are the ones most likely to be harmed by the Unborn Victims of Violence

March 10, 2004


One group I never “got” are the “Gay Republicans.” But two news stories, one in the New York Times, and the other in the Washington Post, have

March 4, 2004


Mike at Ishbadiddle points out an interesting legal quandary: So amidst all the Gay Marriage backing-and-forthing, one thing I haven’t seen

February 29, 2004

Much Ado about Nushu [an Invited Post]

This is the first of what I hope to be many such “invited” posts. by Laura Miller [invited author] The recent Washington Post article by Edward Cody

February 27, 2004


I would like to retract an earlier post. I suggested that the Democrats try to use “states rights” to re-frame the issue of same sex marriage. But

February 24, 2004


Barbara Ehrenreich has co-edited a new book: Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy. I haven’t read it yet, but she

February 10, 2004


Advice to Kerry (or whoever the Democratic candidate turns out to be): Re-frame the issue of “gay marriage” as an issue of women’s rights. Efforts

January 30, 2004


Is the real problem with Dean’s scream that it was unmanly? The Village Voice thinks so: Real men have beef, and when they raise their voices, they

January 30, 2004


“The trick…is to find some segment of the electorate whose philosophy jibes with your own, and then define it as the swing vote.” Whether it is

December 29, 2003


Some interesting work being done in Afghanistan by a Canadian media organization: A Canadian organization is reaching out to women in Afghanistan,

December 22, 2003


I’ve been trying to understand how it is that the French can feel so strongly that Muslim women shouldn’t have the right to wear the Hijab (I wish

November 14, 2003


Talk Left opposes hate crimes legislation because he sees it as an ineffective and unnecessary extension of federal power. Debasish Mishra, a board

November 7, 2003


Anyone riding the subway in NY city noticed the difference in how papers covered the announcement of Jessica Lynch’s new book about her rescue from

November 5, 2003


Sometimes you stumble upon a character from history who seems like they must have been made up — then you realize that is because they are probably

October 28, 2003


I don’t usually much care for theology — but two articles I’ve read lately caught my attention. In today’s NY Times there is a review of a new book,

October 21, 2003


Frankly, I’ve been quite shocked at the number of male bloggers who seem to feel that rape is justified if some certain “point” has passed in a

October 11, 2003


In the latest in of his excellent series of articles on the gender wage gap, Barry over at Ampersand has made a strong case (as if it needed to be

September 1, 2003


Nathan Newman starts another series (this one on Unions) by explaining why older cocktail waitresses in Las Vegas are pro-Union: If you pay

July 29, 2003


ing is a human right, and Afghanistan’s girls are being deprived of it by a systematic campaign waged by “gunmen and warlords who were

July 22, 2003


Dr. Josephine Ho, one of Taiwan’s leading researchers and political activists on issues of gender and sexuality is under attack for having linked to