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Links 1 through 10 of 35 by Maria Niles tagged culture

In her essay “Woman-Hating Right and Left”, Andrea Dworkin says, “Part of having a feminist resistance to male power includes expanding the base of that resistance to other women, to women you have less in common with, to women you have nothing in common with. It means active, proselytizing dialogue with women of many different political viewpoints because their lives are worth what your lives are worth.” My feminist ideals include women, period. All women. Even the women who don’t know or care that I’m fighting for rights on their behalf. Even the Real Housewives of Orange County. And yes, even privileged white American women.

Because their lives are worth what my life is worth.

You don’t have to be a feminist. But I AM a feminist.

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When does a woman go from being single to unmarried?

As my friend Carol Lee, a Politico reporter, observes: “It seems like a cruel distinction and terrifying crossover.”

Single carries a connotation of eligibility and possibility, while unmarried has that dreaded over-the-hill, out-of-luck, you-are-finished, no-chance implication. An aroma of mothballs and perpetual aunt.

Men, generally more favored by nature as they age, can be single at all ages. But often, for women, once you’re 40 or 50, or simply beyond childbearing age, you’re no longer single. You’re unmarried — meaning it isn’t your choice to be alone. There are post-50 exceptions. Consider celebrity examples: Samantha in “Sex and the City,” Dana Delany, Susan Sarandon and Madonna are seen as sexily single.

But if you have a bit of a weight problem, a bad haircut, a schlumpy wardrobe, the assumption is that you’re undesirable, unwanted — and unmarried.

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The third story on my homepage yesterday was that Britain, our closest ally, has a new Prime Minister. The first story was about Justin Bieber. Unless the new Prime Minister is Justin Bieber, something's obviously gone wrong.

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Ultimately the Objectivist movement failed for the same reason that communism failed: it tried to make its people live by the dictates of a totalizing ideology that failed to honor the realities of human existence.

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The islands have seen the disappearance of the Hawaiian kingdom, the decimation of its people and language. Today, Hawaii is the world’s hottest hot spot for threatened and endangered species. As the only island state, it’s the only one that faces an existential threat from global warming and rising oceans.

Many people assume Hawaiian music is sweet and happy. Actually, much of it is solemn and melancholy. To hear Bla Pahinui sing his version of “Waimanalo Blues” — “the beaches they sell, to build their hotels,” is to glimpse the depths of the Hawaiian sense of loss.

Visitors go to Hawaii to get happy and tan, and they carry home with them vast measures of good will, serenity and memories of joy and peace. Maybe it’s time to give some of that back to the suffering 50th state. How? Maybe by telling your representatives in Congress to support the Akaka bill, to give Native Hawaiians a measure of lost sovereignty, and right some old injustices.

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Wasn’t the social blogosphere jammed with similar sites? “Everything seems crowded,” Mr. Steele said, “until someone comes in and shows you how to do it right.”

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Pretending that professional black women are marauding about, breaking black men's hearts over poorly-moisturized feet and cold-weather beverages makes a humorous story, but also reinforces the meme that hard-hearted, over-educated, status-obsessed black women are to blame for the sorry state of black marriage. If only we weren't so demanding.

Most women I know aren't holding out for six-figure bank accounts, multiple degrees and crazy "swagga." They do want a man with similar values and interests and life goals who treats them well and makes them tingle in all the right places.

Since when is that too much to ask?

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Designer Dustin Curtis was so disgusted with the American Airlines Web site that he redesigned it, and posted the results as an open letter to the company. Guess what? One of AA's designers responded with a long defense about why better design dies a slow death at places like AA.

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But in rebelling against that notion of respectability, King created an arc wider than anything he might have imagined and lived a more profound lie than dissemblers about race or gender usually can. Ms. Sandweiss offers a fine, mesmerizing account of how one extremely secretive man, “acting from a complicated mix of loyalty and self-interest, reckless desire and social conservatism,” could encapsulate his country’s shifting ideas about race in the course of one family’s anything but black-and-white history.

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Japanese-Brazilians pose an elementary test case for a difficult transformation in Japan, which is notoriously unwelcoming to immigrants but facing a demographic squeeze.

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