- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Not falling prey

"My best friend, Kiki, and I were the only virgins in our class when we were 17. In her case it was partly due to her religious upbringing. I chose to remain a virgin in high school because it didn't seem prudent to go around risking pregnancy at 16 or 17 when you would have just as much fun doing other things … It seemed a lot more fun not to have sex than to have to worry about getting a sitter or running out of food stamps to buy diapers nine months later. It was actually fun to remain a virgin. Instead of falling prey to pressure from boys and situations, I could pretty much do my own thing and not have to worry about how someone was going to perceive me, because boys are not quite honest when they talk about the girls they've conquered."
MTV personality Kennedy, interviewed by Charlotte Hays in the Winter issue of the Women's Quarterly

Help wanted

"Absent a major souring of the economy, there is every reason to think that Americans will become increasingly reliant on paid housekeepers and that this reliance will extend even further down into the middle class… . Children, once a handy source of household help, are now off at soccer practice or SAT prep classes; grandmother has relocated to a warmer climate or taken up a second career… .
"One more trend impels people to hire outside help, according to cleaning experts … fewer Americans know how to clean or even to 'straighten up.' I hear this from professional women defending their decision to hire a maid… . Since most of us learn to clean from our parents (usually our mothers), any diminution of cleaning skills is transmitted from one generation to another… . Upper-middle-class children raised in the servant economy of the '90s are bound to grow up as domestically incompetent as their parents and no less dependent on people to clean up after them… . The American overclass is raising a generation of young people who will, without constant assistance, suffocate in their own detritus."
Barbara Ehrenreich, writing on "Maid to Order," in the April issue of Harper's

Fleeing art patrons

"It used to be so easy. You made your fortune in coal mining or steel or widget manufacturing and when you wanted to show the world that you had 'arrived,' you plopped down a couple of big bags of money in front of the symphony or opera or the art museum… . Times have changed. And it's not just that young New York socialites on the make aren't working at the Met anymore (they're at the soup kitchen or over at savetheplanet.org). There is a sense that the nature of great art, or perhaps the way the public perceives great art, has changed… .
"According to Giving USA, charitable giving to the arts actually declined slightly last year. Donations to the category of arts, culture and humanities organizations decreased from $10.62 billion in 1997 to $10.53 billion in 1998; a minor decrease, but the second consecutive year that arts was the only category in which giving dropped… .
"Those 'art wars' have been bloody. Brooklyn Museum officials were quick to compare New York Mayor Giuliani's objections to the 'Sensation' exhibit with Kristallnacht. Artists who had their funding cut after the NEA debate ominously proclaimed that 'this is how things started in Germany.' … The overheated political rhetoric cultural nonprofits generate may inflame the elites in New York and Los Angeles and those who are dying to impress them but most would-be arts donors want nothing to do with this sort of thing."
Tom Riley in "Who's Afraid of Giving to the Arts?" in the January/February issue of Philanthropy

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