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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov. 7, 2006 / 16 Mar-Cheshvan, 5767

Feminists are ‘Ms.’ing the point

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Most of us have been so distracted by real (and "real") news — madmen with bombs (or the desire for them), elections, Madonna's adoption — that we haven't had time to notice a milestone cultural event. At last, this fall, on the cover of "Ms." magazine, liberal feminism officially jumped the shark.

Most well-informed Americans have had little indication since bra-burning days that old feminism's flagship magazine still existed. It does, unfortunately, and its most recent edition is quite a shameful display. The fall cover proclaims "We Had Abortions," as if it were a badge of honor — as if anyone could believe such a thing.

If abortion really were so conducive to women's happiness and success, seems strange that we have groups and Web sites dedicated to post-abortion healing. We even have the occasional abortion clinic that gives women a time and place to mourn their lost children.

The "Ms." cover wasn't the first time the magazine has done such a thing. In its heyday, the gals ran a similar proclamation. In the latest issue, reflecting on the good old days of taking on Phyllis Schlafly and the anti-Equal-Rights-Amendment crowd, the sisters recall, "In its 1972 debut issue, 'Ms.' magazine ran a bold petition in which 53 well-known U.S. women declared that they had undergone abortions — despite state laws rendering the procedure illegal."

So why scream it again now? Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, views the "Ms." antics as a good sign for her (and the rest of us). "We used to react to them. Now they're reacting to us," she tells me. The cover, no doubt, was in part a response to Feminists for Life and pro-lifers like them who have been focusing on a "Women Deserve Better" (than abortion) message in recent years. Feminists for Life, which has Patricia Heaton of "Everybody Loves Raymond," as a devoted celebrity spokeswoman, got unprecedented attention when it was reported that now Supreme Court chief justice John Roberts's wife, Jane, had worked with them in the past.

The "Ms." cover, coincidentally, hit newsstands at about the same time Feminists for Life started an e-mail Q&A featuring "pro-woman answers to pro-choice questions." In it, Foster answers the most frequently asked questions she gets while traveling around the country presenting her pro-life feminist message to college students. She tackles tough stuff like "What if her partner, friends or family have abandoned her? Or what if she's poor?" "What about 'the life of the mother?'" And "What about rape? What if it was your daughter who was raped?"

In one of her answers, Foster says, "Abortion after rape is misdirected anger. It doesn't punish the perpetrator of the crime, or prevent further assaults against other women." She tells the stories of real women who are alive because their brave mothers let them be born, despite the horrendous way they were conceived. Like I said, tough stuff. But real life.

Feminism isn't just jumping the shark on abortion, though. At the same time "Ms." was trying to reclaim relevance - in about the most perverse way they possibly could — students at James Madison University were pushing back against Title IX, an amendment added to an education bill in Congress in 1972. The law was patterned on the 1964 Civil Rights Act, intended to keep discrimination out of education. Good goals. In subsequent years, however, it devolved into federally mandated quotas in high school and college sports. Schools, fearful of lawsuits, have complied, being extra cautious, knowing that killing men's wrestling teams is a favorite sport of feminist lawyers. Politicians have largely curtsied in obedience to the feminist police. But maybe not anymore.

Earlier this fall, James Madison announced it was cutting seven men's teams, as well as three women's teams. The cuts would mean no teams for more than 140 students and 11 coaches. It was a response to federal "proportionality" guidelines: If a school's student population is 60 percent women and 40 percent men, the sports programs have to reflect that breakdown exactly — even if 60 percent of the female students don't want to play sports.

In light of protests there, Title IX reformists have gotten unprecedented attention. Jessica Gavora of the College Sports Council calls the developments "amazing." "A story line is forming in the media around James Madison University's decision to cut ten teams to comply with Title IX and for the first time it's this: That a perverted interpretation of the law — not football, not sexist university administrators, but the law — has resulted in a great injustice."

In short — on issues that have long been monopolized by liberal feminists, mainstream culture may finally be graduating to good sense and reason. No cover antics will save Ms. and the sisterhood now.

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