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Supreme Court Rules Girl's Strip Search Unconstitutional

Jun 30 2009
Lone female justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke up for the 13-year-old who had to undress before school officials in 2003.

In a case that Her.meneutics covered this April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late last week that Arizona middle school officials violated the Constitution when they strip-searched a 13-year-old girl suspected of having over-the-counter pain medication.

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Fighting Injustice through Art

Jun 29 2009
Iranian writers and filmmakers use media to address life and death in Iran.

Two recent films have played unexpected roles in raising awareness of political and religious practices in Iran that trap many women in cycles of oppression and violence.

Time magazine TV critic James Poniewozik recently blogged about Persepolis, a 2007 animated ...

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Stand By Your Unfaithful Politician Husband?

Jun 26 2009
Christian politicians Mark Sanford and John Ensign recently confessed to having affairs, but their wives were absent from the press conferences.

Just in the last week, two Christian politicians admitted to having affairs, but their wives were noticeably absent from the press conferences.

Yesterday, Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford admitted that he had an affair with a Argentinean woman, and last ...

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Am I My Sister's Keeper?

Jun 26 2009
A new movie explores tensions between preserving a life when a terminally ill patient feels ready to die.

My Sister's Keeper, director Nick Cassavetes' (The Notebook) new weeper film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, releases today.

Fans of the original 2004 Jodi Picoult novel may be expecting a cinematic exploration of the ethical ramifications of PIDG (pre-implantation ...

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Neda: More Than Her Death

Jun 24 2009
Behind the stark symbol of her videotaped death is one vibrant life snuffed out and a family in mourning.

An e-mail sent to me from a friend in Iran was posted on the Facebook wall of German chancellor Angela Merkel after I tweeted a link to the e-mail, which I had, with permission, posted on my blog. Got that?

The following day, Merkel (or more likely her subordinate) ...

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A (Crooked) House Divided: the Gosselins Announce Their Divorce

Jun 22 2009
Ten years, eight kids, and five seasons later, Jon and Kate call it quits.

And now it's official. As many have speculated in the week since commercials first aired promoting tonight's "big announcement" that would affect the entire family, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their separation, and, later in the episode, their divorce. This ...

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Top Clothing Lines Downsize Plus-Size Offerings

Jun 19 2009
Which clothing lines are belt-tightening during the shrinking economy.

Women in the market for plus-size clothing may have a harder time finding what they're looking for, according to a recent article at Crain's New York. Several clothing manufactures have trimmed or even eliminated their plus-size offerings, while many have moved ...

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When a Pro-Life Blogger Goes Too Far

Jun 18 2009
The case of 'April's Mom' is less an indictment on the pro-life movement and more the story of a deeply pained woman.

Last Sunday night, a popular pro-life blogger known as "April's Mom" or "B" posted the tragic news: Her newborn daughter, whom she had carried to term though diagnosed with a terminal case of Trisomy 13 and HPE, had died hours after a difficult home birth. This ...

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The Friendship Boost

Jun 18 2009
The inextricable link between happiness and meaningful relationships (hint: they take more than Facebook updates).

"What Makes Us Happy?" It's an eternal mystery, and the title of a fascinating article by Joshua Wolf Shenk in the June Atlantic. Shenk was given access to archives of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, which has been following a group of men - Harvard College ...

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Redeeming Twitter

Jun 17 2009
It doesn't have to be for shallow updates.

The U.S. State Department asks Twitter to delay maintenance plans for the weekend so Iranians voting in Friday's election can communicate instantly, and defeated candidate Mirhossein Mousavi uses Twitter to organize protests against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The FBI ...

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The Downside of Hooking Up

Jun 16 2009
The message of 'female sexual liberation' comes with a cost.

In 1980, Roger Ebert reviewed a coming-of-age movie called Little Darlings. The movie starred Tatum O'Neil and Kristy McNichol as summer campers who embark on a bet to see who can lose their virginity first. Kristy was taught by her mother that sex is nothing ...

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First Dalit Woman Elected to India Parliament

Jun 15 2009
Christian groups hope Meira Kumar will raise profile of India's Untouchables.

Earlier this month India elected the first Dalit woman ever as Speaker for its House of Parliament.

Meira Kumar, 64, was elected unanimously as the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha in the lower house of Parliament, where she will preside over 543 elected ...

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The Duggars: the Anti-Gosselins

Jun 12 2009
When reality TV marriage actually works.

Even in the wake of the media circus that surrounds the Gosselin family, another reality TV show about an unusually large family premiered last night. WeTV showed Raising Sextuplets, which follows Bryan and Jenny Masche as they navigate raising six 16-month-olds. ...

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Women's Groups Lash Out at Letterman in Palin's Defense

Jun 12 2009
Letterman joked that Alex Rodriguez 'knocked up' one of her daughters.

Several women's groups have joined Sarah Palin's fight with David Letterman over his joke that Palin's daughter got "knocked up" by Alex Rodriguez during their recent trip to New York.

"It's worse than poor taste; it reflects ugliness in him. He would never say ...

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Schuller's Eldest Daughter to Lead Crystal Cathedral

Jun 11 2009
Sheila Schuller Coleman to become her father's 'legs' in new role.

The Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times reported late yesterday that Sheila Schuller Coleman, eldest daughter of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will become "co-leader" with her father of the Garden Grove, California, church. Coleman will replace ...

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