- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2000

'Truly sexy broad'

"By the time 'Sex and the City' returned for its third season … it just wasn't neurotic single women (and their gay male friends) who'd become 'SATC' junkies. Jeez, even straight men were watching. We think this is Samantha's fault. If the show has, in fact, bravely put forth a rather novel idea 'that it's OK to be single,' as its creator, Darren Star puts it Samantha has taken it a big step further… . 'I really don't think there's ever been a character like this before,' says [actress] Kim Cattrall… .

"She doesn't want 'commitment'; she doesn't even want a husband! Where did this come from? …

" 'Samantha's my age,' says Cattrall, who's 44 and proud of it. 'But she has more of a problem with her age.'

"What Cattrall brought to the role besides the ability to reach post-40 fame as a truly sexy broad was a mixture of maturity, perfect comic timing, raunch, and sisterhood."

Lisa DePaulo, writing on "Woman on Top," in the Oct. 23 issue of New York

Brave new world?

"On Thursday, Oct. 5, it was revealed that biotechnology researchers had successfully created a hybrid of a human being and a pig … Extracting the nuclei of cells from a human fetus and inserting them into a pig's egg cells, scientists from an Australian company called Stem Cell Sciences and an American company called Biotransplant grew two of the pig-men to 32-cell embryos before destroying them …

"Since the creatures are 3 percent pig, laws against the use of people as research subjects would not apply. But since they are 97 percent human, experiments could be profitably undertaken upon them and they could be used as living meat-lockers for transplantable organs and tissue.

"But then, too, there has been some suggestion that the creators' purpose is not so much to corrupt humanity as to elevate it. The creation of the pig-man is proof that we can overcome the genetic barriers that once prevented cross-breeding between humans and other species… . But what difference does it make whether the researchers' intention is to create subhumans or superhumans? Either they want to make a race of slaves, or they want to make a race of masters. Either way, it means the end of our humanity."

J. Bottum in "The Pig-Man Cometh" in the Oct. 23 Weekly Standard

Not there yet

"I think that under the law, gay couples who have manifested a genuine commitment should have all the legal options that others do, whether it's how they leave their estates or cover their partners with health insurance on the job or such simple things as the right to visit hospital beds during family visiting hours. And then I think that when people come to respect that, people will put their own words to whatever the relationship is… .

"My views were and are that people who have a relationship ought to be able to call it whatever they want. And insofar as it's sanctified by a religious ceremony, that's up to the churches involved. And I always thought that. I think what happened [with the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act] in Congress was that a lot of people … didn't feel that they should be saying that as a matter of law, without regard to what various churches or religions thought, that the United States policy was that all unions that call themselves marriages are, as a matter of law, marriages. I don't think we're there yet. But I think that what we ought to do is to get the legal rights straightened out and let time take its course, and we'll see what happens."

President Clinton, interviewed by Chris Bull in the Nov. 7 issue of the Advocate

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