- The Washington Times - Friday, March 17, 2000

"We've come to know it as Latin pop. Its look is young, trendy and American. It sounds like a lot of other dance and rock music that has topped the charts, with the addition of a conga drum or a flamenco guitar. It's bringing Latin names, images, and music into households across the country.

"The new genre's explosion started after Ricky Martin … ignited the fuse at the 1999 Grammy Awards… .

"With 17 Latino artists receiving 35 [Grammy] nominations, this is the first year Latino candidates appeared in all of the chief pop music categories, except traditional pop.

"Ricky Martin captured five pop music nominations, including album of the year. He was even up against two Latinos in separate categories: Martin faced Carlos Santana for album of the year and Marc Anthony for best male vocalist. Christina Aguilera emerged in the categories of 'best new artist of the year' and 'female vocalist in pop and dance.'

"Santana was up for 10 awards, and both Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan were nominees in the best dance music category."

Diana A. Terry-Azios, writing on "Can the Explosion Last?" in the March issue of Hispanic

Rape risk

"Among the important implications of the biological understanding of rape is that programs meant to educate people about rape should be revised so as to stop spreading the notion that rape is not sex, but violence. Both young men and young women should be taught about male and female sexuality (particularly male sexuality) and about risk factors for rape… .

"Science has nothing to say about what is right or wrong in the ethical sense. Biology provides understanding, not justification, of human behavior… . Whereas many ideological issues (e.g., abortion, conservation, taxation) involve a great deal of disagreement, it is safe to say that the vast majority of people are against rape.

"This being the case, it is our hope that concerned people will begin making use of the knowledge that evolutionary biology provides in order to reduce the incidence of rape and to better deal with this horrendous crime's effects on its victims and their significant others."

Randy Thornhill and Craig T. Palmer in their new book, "A Natural History of Rape"

Media: Fools or goons?

"Most of those who cast their ballots for McCain did so, I maintain, with little sense of his flawed character and thin legislative record.

"Thanks to the manipulations of the northeastern press corps, McCain's brittleness, evasions, inconsistencies and hypocrisies were concealed from an electorate that had barely if ever heard of him before the publication last fall of his ghostwritten autobiography, which implicitly offered his early experiences in a Vietnamese prison camp as a credential for the presidency… .

"If there were any principles left in journalism, at least a dozen high-profile print, Web and TV reporters would have been fired outright or put on probation by now because of their gross mishandling of the McCain boomlet, which they effectively created to disrupt the campaign of Gov. George W. Bush… .

"If reporters actually believed McCain was ever shooting 'straight talk' at them, they're fools and patsies. But if they were playing a cunning game to help the Clinton-tarred Democratic Party, they're amoral goons who have corrupted democracy and compromised their own profession… .

"Ironically, liberal journalists' blindness or malice has enormously strengthened their archfoe, Rush Limbaugh whose radio show was the one reliable place … to hear the refreshingly tart truth about McCain."

Camille Paglia, in a Wednesday column in the on-line magazine Salon at www.salon.com

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