• AP; The Daily Beast


    A Marvel Superhero Fights Real Racism

    Anti-Muslim adverts on the sides of buses in San Francisco have been defaced with posters of the Pakistani-American teen superhero.

    Superheroes don’t really exist, right? They’re fantastical pulpy creations that can crush steel with their bare hands, change shape, or fly. They’re a projection of what can but never will be possible.

    Not so with Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen from Jersey City who is acutely aware of the difference between right and wrong. The image of the fourth ‘Ms. Marvel’ superhero, who first appeared as a comic-book character in 2013, has become an unexpected counterweight to anti-Muslim bus ads that appeared in San Francisco in late January.

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    Kate Winslet Body-Shames The Media

    The actress tells ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ she didn’t diet to lose her baby weight, and can’t bear the pressure on women to do so. Great. But is she in control of how her body is presented?

    The completely insane way celebrities and public figures have their weight and body shape monitored in the media brings to mind a school matron with a tape measure and sadistic glint in her eye.

    Too fat: shamed.

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    Sad Spectacle

    Can We Trust the NYT After Abramson?

    The paper and its former executive editor have been spinning furiously since her abrupt dismissal, and the paper has been left diminished by the spectacle.

    The hot mess that is the divorce between The New York Times and now-former executive editor Jill Abramson is a classic case of he said, she said.

    The “he” is Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “She,” of course, is Ms. Abramson. And if you’ve watched cable news or been on Twitter in the past 72 hours, it is abundantly clear she’s winning the spin war. But it’s unsettling that the most esteemed newspaper in the world and the woman who once ran it are spinning so furiously. And that casts a new light on the way The New York Times goes about the business of reporting the news on a day-to-day basis.


    Meeting The Press

    Leaning In for Network TV

    Close to one-third of D.C.’s and New York’s foreign-affairs think tanks are run by women—so why are female experts so scarce on the big Sunday talk shows?

    It was back in 2008 when Ellen Laipson—president of the Stimson Center, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C., focused on international security—says it dawned on her how much the world was changing for women and national security.

    Laipson was in Riyadh to moderate a foreign policy panel with the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Turki. “Even the Saudis recognized years ago that women are part of the American foreign policy scene,” she says.

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    The Dramatic Life of Joy Reid

    Ronan Farrow doesn’t have the monopoly on MSNBC anchors with dramatic life stories. Meet Joy Reid.

    Joy Reid loves the sweet science of boxing because “it’s a sport, even at the turn of the 20th century, where a black man could beat up a white man in front of an entire crowd and not get lynched.”        

    The even-tempered Reid—whose month-old program The Reid Report airs weekday afternoons on MSNBC—describes the Tea Party as a movement that “under the surface is about cross-racial resentment…a great industry in hatred and anger and self-victimization…There’s a lot of money in it.”        

  • RT

    Hit the Road, Vlad

    RT Anchor: Here’s Why I Quit

    Liz Wahl wasn’t just disgusted by the Kremlin-funded TV network’s handling of Ukraine, she says in an exclusive interview. RT’s coverage “made me feel sick.”

    American journalist Liz Wahl just made Vladimir Putin’s enemies list.

    Wahl, an American anchor for RT-America, a cable news network funded by the Russian government, stunned viewers Wednesday, when, at the end of her 5 PM broadcast, she announced her resignation from the channel.

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    Stop Telling Me To Husband-Hunt

    An open letter to Princeton Mom, whose latest slut-shaming op-ed just soured our Valentine’s Day.

    Hello, Susan Patton aka the endearingly self-named Princeton Mom. It has been far too long since you trolled young, single women with your font of knowledge under the guise of an older, wiser fairy godmother who only wants us to have a life of happiness earning our M.R.S. degrees.

    Thankfully, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time for you to take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to patronize us, slut-shame us, and put the entire blame on your supposed daughters for not being happily married. You write exactly like a woman who has not raised or loved a daughter, which you haven’t, as you have proudly extolled the virtues of your two sons who can have anybody.

  • via Youtube

    Why Dads Hate Sochi’s Feel-good Ad

    Procter and Gamble’s heartwarming “Thank You, Mom” ad has gone viral—but some stay-at-home dads are miffed to be left out of the message to future champs.

    The latest tear-jerking commercial in Procter and Gamble’s “Thank You, Mom” series had its TV debut during the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, but it had already logged millions of views on YouTube and countless shares on social media by then.  The ad, timed to cash in on the growing excitement about the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, features sentimental scenes of mothers helping their children recover from faceplants and yardsales as they progress from first steps to first gates, goals, half-pipes, and camels, and finally to Olympic glory. 

    Titled “Pick Them Back Up,” the ad is reminiscent of “The Best Job,” the 2012 Summer Games version—which garnered 21 million online views and an Emmy Award—wherein moms make sacrifices for decades so their kids can become champions.  These ads are not the kind where athletes tell you to buy specific products because they will make you cleaner and happier.  They are the kind that open your heart with powerful images of motherly love and thrilling feats of sports heroism, and then, in the last few seconds, fill it with half a dozen familiar logos of the parent company’s brands.  I don’t know how advertising alchemists calculate the revenue these feel-good spots generate, but I know from the comments I’ve read on social media that they have been reaping a huge bounty of goodwill.

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    Couric Apologizes for HPV Segment

    “There’s no question that vaccination is highly effective.”

    This is Katie Couric clearing the record. The talk-show host backtracked Tuesday on HPV, writing an op-ed in The Huffington Post nearly one week after the controversial segments aired insisting she is not “anti-vaccine” or “anti-science.” On her talk show, Katie, Couric said she had her own two daughters vaccinated, but she featured two mothers who said their daughters had serious reactions to the vaccine. The segments were roundly criticized by many in the medical community, especially since the rates of HPV occurrence have dropped by 56 percent since the vaccine was first introduced in 2007. “There’s no question that vaccination is highly effective,” Couric writes.

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    Couric Promotes Phony HPV Science

    Asks if vaccine is “deadly dose” for girls.

     When producers of Katie Couric’s talk show approached Seth Mnookin, a science writer and author of a book debunking the supposed link between vaccines and autism, they told him they were working on a segment to “better inform the public that still questions links between vaccination and autism and need to better understand the scientific truth.” The teaser trailer for the show, though, told a different story, with alarmist language calling the vaccine a “deadly dose” and quoting “a mom who claims her daughter died after getting the HPV vaccine.” Mnookin fought back with a blog post laying out the science behind his work: “As I assume Couric and her staff know — they are, after all, literate — here are 'all sides' of the HPV vaccine issue: A study published in the British Medical Journal in October evaluated 997,000 girls, 296,000 of whom had received at least one dose of the HPV vaccine. More than 150,000 of those girls received all three doses. The results? Absolutely no link to short- or long-term health problems.”

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    Silicon Wives and Girlfriends. She’s the CEO of Yahoo.

    Somewhere in Silicone Valley, CA, some of the world’s top female CEOs and executives are crunching through data, commanding boardroom meetings and advising staffs of hundreds—but what are they wearing? British Vogue profiled three of the most influential women in business, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, One Kings Lane cofounder Alison Pincus, and Kleiner Perkins partner Juliet de Baubigny, but called them “swags” a term for the crème de la crème of "Silicon Wives and Girlfriends." In fact, they are described as “more than just arm candy, the Swags are highly educated, public-spirited, stylish, successful and sharp, an independent force to be reckoned with: you're more likely to see them power-walking to a business summit than driving to a spray-tan appointment in the latest Ferrari.” Classy. Apparently to our friends across the pond, female entrepreneurs are great, as long as the Chanel bag is in season.

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    National Review Claims ‘War on Men’

    The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men.’

    According to the National Review, feminism is ruining men’s lives—again. The conservative publication, in partnership with the nonprofit Independent Women’s Forum, hosted a debate Thursday night with the topic: “Is there a war on women? Or is it a war on men?” Panelists included Fox News pundit (and Daily Beast columnist) Kirsten Powers; an editor at Vanity Fair; and Christina Sommers, author of The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men. “The powerful women’s lobby is fighting a war of attrition against men,” according to Sommers, who has also claimed that the game “tag” is being phased-out for the more girl-friendly “circle of friends.” Clearly a tragedy. This is not the first time the National Review has suggested the so-called war on men: the line originated in an election-year column by the magazine’s editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez, in which she said the church is feminist because “women are in the pope’s prayers" and took issue with the treatment of men such as Rick Santorum.

  • Deputy Managing Editor TIME, Nancy Gibbs, and Chief Operating Officer Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg speak at Time Warner's Conversations on the Circle on March 11, 2013 in New York City. (Larry Busacca/Getty)

    New Media

    Time's Woman of the Year

    The magazine’s first female managing editor talks to Lloyd Grove about spinning off and the future of news.

    Time’s Nancy Gibbs, who this week was appointed managing editor, the first woman to run the 90-year-old newsmagazine, formally inaugurated her reign with a cover story on how an Internet giant is launching a new health venture that it hopes will discover ways to slow the aging process. 

“Can Google Solve Death?” the cover line asks.

 But here’s a more pressing question for Gibbs and her colleagues: Can Google—or anyone, for that matter—solve the death of the newsweeklies?

    “That’s not a problem that needs solving,” Gibbs insisted on Thursday, as Time staffers demanding her attention began to accumulate outside her office door. “They’re not dying. At least this one isn’t. I’m always a little bemused by the whole ‘death of newsmagazines’ thing. In his wildest dreams, Henry Luce wouldn’t have had the audience we have. It has never been bigger.”