Jewish World Review Nov. 12, 2003 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan, 5764

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http://www.NewsAndOpinion.com | The news has been dominated by stories of four women-Rosie O'Donnell, Martha Stewart, Jessica Lynch and Elizabeth Smart and I've been trying to figure out what is it about these stories? The one theme I came up with, they have all defied our expectations. Rosie and Martha are being asked, did she really do that? And Jessica and Elizabeth being asked, did you really survive that?


For O'Donnell and Stewart it's been their legal troubles. O'Donnell speaking out both inside and outside the courtroom. Stewart speaking publicly for the first time about her case and concerns. And this week, two networks will show docudramas about the abduction and rescue of Jessica Lynch and the abduction and rescue of Elizabeth Smart.


Martha and Rosie accused of straying from their public personas.


Rosie dubbed the "Queen of Nice" now accused of being horribly mean. Martha Stewart known for being well, perfect. In trouble for allegedly being far from that. While Jessica Lynch and Elizabeth Smart overcame adversity, surviving seemingly unbearable experiences, two ordinary people treated like heroes and two heroes being treated like ordinary people.


Is it that human desire to see life evened out more or is it the fact that they're all women? Is there something more fascinating hearing about controlling women getting corralled and women who were controlled surviving or is it that we're not accustomed to hearing women fighting for their lives, cursing or fighting? I don't know. But it's something to think about.


I'll be interested to hear from you about it.

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