- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 18, 2001

Bare Britney
"Britney Spears says she wants to shock us. She wants to take her act 'to the next level as far as stunts.'
"'I want to do things that people have never seen before. I don't want to be considered a role model,' the perky popster announced while promoting her upcoming HBO special before a gathering of the Television Critics Association on Friday. 'I'm growing up. I'm not a little girl anymore.'
"As if to prove her point, Spears wore an extremely revealing sheer purple mini-dress … prompting one cheeky journalist to ask, 'Is there something under that skirt?'
"The avowedly virginal singer finessed the question with the assurance of, say, Sharon Stone. ('Whaa?' said she.) But … the consensus … was that Britney'd gone bare beneath."
Amy Reiter, writing on "We never saw this coming," Monday in Salon at www.salon.com

Commie plot?
"In the '60s, a 'Father Knows Best' image of the housewife stereotyped women who stayed at home. Today, politically correct feminism creates a stereotype that denigrates the housewife or, more accurately, portrays her as a paradigm of how men politically oppress women.
"This process began in 1963 with the publication of Betty Friedan's 'The Feminine Mystique.' In it, the mother of modern feminism wrote of 'the problem that has no name,' of the mental and physical anguish suffered by housewives denied their humanity and potential by domestic obligations. She described the typical '50s family as a 'comfortable concentration camp.' The book helped spark a cultural revolution, and cemented into feminism the idea of housewifery as a pathology rather than as a choice any healthy woman could make.
"In his book 'Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique' (1998), Daniel Horowitz debunked the myth that Friedan was ever the typical suburban housewife that she claimed to be. She had been, in fact, a staunch political activist on the Communist left for decades before her first book appeared. …
"One hopes that someday feminism will come to understand that being a housewife is a viable and honorable option."
Wendy McElroy, writing on "Saying 'No' to Feminist Stereotypes," July 11 at www.FoxNews.com

Unlucky adulterer
"If Gary Condit didn't kill Chandra Levy, he's the unluckiest adulterer in Washington. Until April, he was just another … congressman, cheerfully nailing as with many, if not most, of his colleagues one of the town's vast herd of obliging interns.
"Not his own intern, perish the thought, but some other fellow's: After all, three years ago, when President Clinton ran into a little difficulty intern-wise, Rep. Condit was one of the few Democrats to vote for the impeachment inquiry, so it was important for him to set an example and only [have sex] with young federal employees not directly under his authority.
"Anyway, there he is, getting it on with this year's curvy Jewish Californian intern, who thinks he looks like Harrison Ford and every so often starts yakking about how she wants to have his baby, which is the sort of thing hot guys like him and Harrison have to put up with.
"And then suddenly, on April 30, she vanishes, leaving a neat apartment with nothing to catch the eye of the investigating constabulary except a photograph of the 24-year-old intern with the 53-year-old devoted husband, father and Baptist minister's son.
"In the 2 1/2 months between the disappearance of his 'friend' and his belated recollection … that, oh yeah, now that you mention it, they were having sex, we have learnt nothing about the fate of Miss Levy, but an awful lot about America's most famous obscure congressman."
Mark Steyn, writing on "The congressman, the missing intern, his wife and his lovers," Sunday in the London Telegraph

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