- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 7, 2000

New feminine ideal

"The United States women's soccer team that romped to victory in last summer's distaff World Cup didn't have a real opponent.

"There was, granted, the team of Chinese women whom the Americans beat in a penalty shoot-out in the tournament's final game. But they didn't have to compete against the ultimate challenge: a pre-existing notion … of soccer as it is played by a team of accomplished men.

"Owing to this accident of sports history, the Women's World Cup opened up a vista onto how the world would look if women enjoyed what Colette Dowling, in her new book, 'The Frailty Myth' … calls 'physical equality.' The remaining battle to be fought by the women's movement, Dowling contends, is the fight … for the freedom to enjoy the strength and power of their bodies… .

"In 'The Frailty Myth,' women … are … participating in a culture-wide prohibition on women's being as active as men, or occupying as much space, or having their athletic achievement taken as seriously… .

"Dowling's feminine ideal is a kind of ponytailed amazon who breast-feeds her baby at the sidelines of the soccer field … and who … sneers at weakling male predators."

Rebecca Mead, writing on "The Gender Game," in the Aug. 21 issue of the New Yorker

Hey, it works

"Home schooling's first wave of graduates is coming of age. And home schooling has earned not only a college of its own, but also respect from traditional schools, including elite institutions… .

"And though they still account for only a small fraction of the applicant pool at most colleges, home schoolers are winning over admissions officers.

"This year, Stanford University accepted 26 percent of the 35 home schoolers who applied nearly double its overall acceptance rate. Twenty-three of this fall's 572 freshmen at Wheaton College in Illinois were home schooled, and their SAT scores average 58 points higher than those of the overall class.

" 'Often we're impressed by what someone has done under unusual circumstances,' says Marlyn McGrath Lewis, director of admissions at Harvard University. 'And home schooling fits the bill.' …

"Most colleges take a close look at standardized test scores when weighing home-school applications and find that home schoolers outperform their school-educated peers."

Rebecca Winters, writing on "From Home to Harvard," in the Sept. 11 issue of Time

Justifying racism

"[N]ot every racist is an evolutionist. Not every evolutionist is automatically a racist. What I say … is that the teaching of Darwinian evolution gives people a basis to justify their racist attitudes about certain groups of people… .

"Charles Darwin taught that groups of people, like the Australian Aborigines, were closer to their 'ape-like' ancestors than other groups… . Because of evolutionary ideas applied to the Aboriginals, thousands of bones of these people were shipped to museums … as evidence of the so-called 'missing link.' …

"I'm not saying that evolution causes racist attitudes it's sin that's the root cause. Nonetheless, the teaching of evolution and its ideas of primitive and advanced peoples provides a basis for people to justify their racism.

"All humans descended from the first man, Adam not from an ape-like creature… .

"In fact, the Bible doesn't even use the word 'race.' It talks about tribes and nations that resulted from the split-up of people after the tower of Babel.

"Students were once taught in public schools that people were evolved to different levels… . Many racist attitudes resulted from this wrong view."

Ken Ham, author of "D Is for Dinosaur, A Is for Adam," interviewed Tuesday on Crosswalk at www.crosswalk.com

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