Women on the Titanic, Real and Imagined

RMS Titanic Women's Memorial

Titanic Women’s Memorial in Washington, DC. Photo by dbking.

One hundred years ago, at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the Titanic sank.

I just went to see the Imax 3-D re-release of the 1997 film “Titanic”despite my misgivings. Some believe that post-production 3-D is little more than a marketing gimmick that does not enhance the film…

[read my entire “She the People” column at The Washington Post: Women on the Titanic, Real and Imagined]

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Pinterest Is a Female Ghetto, But That’s Not the Problem

Pinterest, a visual bookmarking site, is both beloved and maligned as a closed society of women planning their weddings, or wishing they still were. Even as I created an account, I contributed to the mockery: What’s with all the tutorials on tying a celtic knot? Never in my life have I felt the need for such a skill….

[read my entire “She the People” column at The Washington Post: Pinterest Is a Female Ghetto, But That’s Not the Problem]

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Rick Santorum’s Poodle-Skirt Vision of America

It might have been quaint if your granddad had referred to the way girls stayed out of trouble back in his day.

But to hear Rick Santorum funder Foster Friess regurgitate the old aspirin-between-the-knees nonsense on TV was as ghastly as it was absurd. Besides, we know what he meant: Women, don’t be sluts….

Read my entire “She the People” column at The Washington Post: Rick Santorum’s Poodle-Skirt Vision of America.

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Komen, Go Back to Your Roots

It seems the Komen Foundation folks were unprepared for the blowback — known in some circles as “Komen-tastrophe” — after their now apparently rescinded decision to halt funding to
Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Planned Parenthood.

But they should have known. If Twitter and Facebook can bring down military dictators in North Africa, after all, even as established and connected a charity as Komen is relatively small potatoes….

[read my entire “She the People” column at The Washington Post: Komen, Go Back to Your Roots]

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Campaigning Is Child Neglect? Since When?

People criticize GOP candidate Rick Santorum for leaving his sick daughter’s side to campaign for the presidency. “She the People” writer Patricia Murphy wondered whether the criticism would be even harsher if Santorum’s wife was running for president instead.

The old double standard: OK for a dad to work long hours, but not OK for a mom….

Read my entire “She the People” column at The Washington Post: Campaigning Is Child Neglect? Since When?

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You Have Breast Cancer? Say What??

Brilliant.

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh: She Married Adventure, and Grief

I just finished “Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead,” Anne Morrow Lindbergh‘s collection of diary entries and letters. Lindbergh was such a graceful writer, and yet today she’s remembered more for her marriage to aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh than for her books. I never hear writers talk about her work, but a more eloquent writer on the subject of grief, I’ve yet to find. (On March 1, 1932, her infant son was kidnapped and murdered.)

Here’s her diary entry for September 13, 1932, a day when she’d flown from Long Island to Maine:

“We are very high. There is Mount Desert, a cone above the mist, and Isle au Haut, and Monhegan behind now. Behind, all the islands running away, pulling in one direction like little boats in a harbor with the tide, all amethyst, running away over the edge of the round world.

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