- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2001

Classical kid

"Charlotte Church has recorded three albums of mostly classical music and sold close to 8 million copies worldwide, 5 million of them in the United States. Her album 'Dream a Dream' made the Top 10 last year … and went on to become the No. 1 selling Christmas album, beating out Christina Aguilera and Rosie O'Donnell. When Billboard ranked the Top 10 female artists of 2000, Church clocked in at No. 9. Whitney Houston was No. 10… .

"John Vernile, vice president for promotion for Sony Classical, says, 'Charlotte has done more to make young kids aware of classical music and opera than anyone has done in years.' …

"Church has been ushered onto the pop stage during a time of seemingly endless hunger for anything to do with teen-agers, especially adolescent girls who project an adult sexuality that they may not fully understand. Sony has made the most of this fact, stretching the conventions of classical performance as far as they can. Church is no Britney Spears, but she's not Shirley Temple, either. Her album covers all feature her pretty young face, with its long eyelashes and full lips, and her television broadcasts show her made up and lighted like a model, wearing gowns that few 15-year-olds would feel comfortable in."

Jonathan Van Meter, writing on "The Major Minor," in Sunday's New York Times Magazine

J.Lo's show

"I don't want to ruffle Bjork's feathers or anything, but try as she might, she just wasn't the most ridiculous-looking human at the Academy Awards this year.

"No, the honor goes to Jennifer Lopez, who clearly needs to seek professional help for her chronic exhibitionism from head to toe.

"Having no problem showing your breasts to 800 million people is one thing, but you really have to be hollow between the ears to showcase those earflaps like that.

"I am usually not a proponent of the death penalty, but in the case of J.Lo's hairdresser, I have to make an exception.

"That hairdo made her look like the demon love child of Mr. Spock and the Keebler elf… .

"And what was up with the mosquito netting J.Lo was almost wearing? TV cameras haven't covered anyone up this quickly since they edited out Elvis' pelvis on the Ed Sullivan Show… .

"What could she have been thinking? …

"Where are the fashion police when you need them?"

Linda Stasi, writing on "Stooping to an All-Time J.Lo," in Sunday's New York Post

New generation

"The news of Gloria Steinem's marriage last September didn't rattle many Gen Y girls. So, another old person got married big deal. For many young women … Steinem's name, if they recognize it at all, conjures up an image of a radical feminist from the far-before-their-time '70s, who fought for Women's Rights, a movement they recall learning something about in history class. The fact that Steinem finally embraced an institution she's derided for most of her 67 years didn't stir these young women in the least. Times have changed, after all… .

"Unlike their '70s feminist ancestors, who believed that 'acting like a girl' was asking to be treated as such, most of today's young women do not feel any disjoint between being a feminist (or identifying with feminist ideals) and being feminine… . In fact, 56 percent of young women agree that 'a man should always open the door for a woman.' "

Rebecca Gardyn, writing on "Granddaughters of Feminism," in the April issue of American Demographics

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