- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Glamorous 'victims'
"Congratulations to the New York Times in bringing to light the unspeakable suffering of yet another horribly oppressed victim group: Cover Girls of Color.
"In the lead story of the business section on Nov. 18, journalism's grumpy Gray Lady agonizes over the plight of the supremely glamorous, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry who, in conjunction with her starring role in the new James Bond film, 'Die Another Day,' became 'only the fifth black to appear on the cover of Cosmopolitan since the magazine began using cover photographs in 1964, and the first since Naomi Campbell in 1990.'
"This situation with Cosmo led the Times to the chilling conclusion that 'in many broad-circulation magazines, the unspoken but routinely observed practice of not using nonwhite cover subjects for fear they will depress newsstand sales remains largely in effect.'
"Magazines may indeed discriminate against whole groups of people in selecting the faces for their covers, but it's not discrimination based on race. Instead, there's an appalling prejudice against the old, the fat, the ugly, the unknown all of whom deserve more sympathy and support than the fortunate and adored prospective cover girls who are fatuously categorized by the New York Times as the latest group of 'nonwhite' sufferers."
Michael Medved, writing on "A new victims' group: Cover Girls of Color," Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

'Clever con game'
"For free sex to succeed, women and men must be willing to forgo deep emotional commitments to each other. It is apparent that, under this arrangement, women lose.
"Ironically, this kind of sexual availability was promoted by feminists a few decades ago as an aspect of women's equality and freedom. If men want sex without commitment, it must be what women want, too. The Playboy philosophy sex without commitment was transformed from an example of oppression to one of liberation.
"Looking back on this from the vantage point of 30 years, I think we got conned. Women fell for a shell game, and gullibly assumed that male sexual values were better than their own traditional, self-protecting ones. And like many victims of a clever con game, they continue to tell themselves that they got a good bargain.
"In the history of women's sexuality, free sex is a brief, crazy experiment, and it has failed."
Frederica Mathewes-Green, writing on "The Oneida Experiment" in the November issue of Touchstone

Skeptical view
"Skepticism as a political philosophy is not at all very consonant with the American experience. It doesn't seem to be particularly in touch with anything in terms of contemporary politics, either in this continent or in Europe. But for [political philosopher Michael] Oakeshott, conservatism was fundamentally about, at a deep level, the skeptical temperament.
"Oakeshott's conservatism was based not on the notion that there are some rights of man that we can know for sure, let alone truths that are self-evident. It wasn't based upon the notion that a free society generates more wealth or power. It was simply based upon the notion of the limits of human understanding.
"This radical defense of liberalism on the ground of skepticism can be described in a certain basic way, which is that we cannot know. As an empirical matter, as a practical matter, human beings do not know the consequence of their actions. They cannot see the future.
"How do we know that what we're going to do is produce the results we want? How do we know that a certain policy is going to bring about the consequences it is designed to bring about? How do we know, when we start a war, where we will end up in that war?"
Andrew Sullivan, in a Bradley Lecture on Nov. 4 at the American Enterprise Institute

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