Feminism | Posted by Alec A on 06/20/2011

A Gay Girl In Damascus: A Straight Man’s Hoax

I had no idea what was going on as I listened to NPR in perilous rush-hour traffic a few days back: I almost drove into the black Suburban in front of me in my perplexed state. I marveled at the mention of both the Middle East and homosexuality in the same byline. Recently with the ironically named Jasmine Revolution, one only heard about the chanting droves in Tahrir Square in Cairo, and the unprecedented outpouring of filial devotion in barricaded hubs of so-called “national telepathy,” as a protester interviewed in The New Yorker put it. In the very same article, Wendell Steavenson describes the unique amalgamation of socially and economically disparate people in a famously stratified part of the world:

On the square, there were workers from the

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Feminism | Posted by Andrew L on 05/3/2011

Katie Couric: What Does Her Reisgnation Mean?

For fifteen year Katie Couric said good morning as the co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY show until 2006 when she left to become the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with her first broadcast on September 5, 2006.

Couric had big shoes to fill, taking the seat once filled by Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather, but none so big as her own. Couric was the first solo female anchor of a weekday evening news program on one of the three traditional U.S. broadcast networks, later joined by Diane Sawyer on ABC. However, Couric is now expected to resign her role in June.

In five short years Couric was won a pair of Edward R. Murrow Awards for best newcast and interviewed the likes of President George W. …

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 07/6/2009

how Liz Jones didn’t defeat anorexia

Via Jezebel: Daily Mail reporter Liz Jones wrote one of the most disturbing articles I’ve ever read.

Having admittedly struggled with anorexia for 40 years (she hasn’t recovered yet) Jones wrote about her attempt to eat “normally” for three weeks. What was probaby designed to be one of those cute journalistic experiments that could possibly turn into a best-selling memoir (think: I’m going to take the Bible literally) wound up being a serious cry for help from a suffering woman. Although who knows if she saw it that way.

The article is peppered with relizations like “When I stand up, I don’t see stars and black clouds. A first,” after eating regularly. Warning sign? Perhaps…

and “Dinner? Well I’ve spent the past 30 years going to great

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