- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Going straight
"If the lipstick lesbian was the gay icon of the '90s, these days she's been replaced by her more controversial counterpart, the hasbian: a woman who used to date women but now dates men. Though Anne Heche is the most prominent example, many hasbians … are by-products of '90s liberal-arts educations. Caught up in the gay scene at school, they came out at 20 or 21 and now, five or 10 years later, are finding themselves in the odd position of coming out all over again as heterosexuals.
"Some hasbians identify as bisexual, while others say they're straight and describe their lesbianism as a meaningful but finite phase of their lives. … But all say they have had to pay a price, feeling a need to keep their past lives secret from new boyfriends while facing judgment from their closest friends. Patty, a 27-year-old stockbroker, came out during college but for the past six months has been seeing a guy. She says she was so consumed with coming out that she never gave men a fair shot. …
"Jennifer Sharpe, 33 … thinks some women who switch from dating women to men may be thinking about motherhood. 'When you're in your early 20s, maybe you want to have kids, but it's more abstract. I don't think a hasbian would be with a man just to have kids, but if she fell in love with a man, it would be easy to marry him. It's complicated to have kids if you're in a lesbian relationship the whole question of the father and who carries the baby and what happens if you break up.'"
Amy Sohn, writing on "Bi For Now," in the Feb. 10 issue of New York
No new segregation
"A recent study by the Civil Rights Project, a liberal outfit housed at Harvard, uses the racial composition of inner-city schools to allege that the U.S. is undergoing resegregation. Our reading is that the findings say much more about the state of inner-city public education.
"For starters, the U.S. is less segregated today than ever before. A Brookings Institution paper … has the details. Segregation levels are 'at their lowest point since roughly 1920,' say the authors. 'The 2000 Census documents that, for the third straight decade, segregation between blacks and nonblacks across American metropolitan areas has declined dramatically.' …
"Pockets of segregation persist in some of the nation's largest cities, and this is reflected in their public schools. But when we talk about the causes of segregation these days, we're talking about something very different from the past. …
"The racial makeup of our schools results not from the return of Bull Connor, but from economics, immigration and birthrates. Middle-class blacks, whose ranks continue to grow, have moved into mixed neighborhoods."
from "School Colors," an editorial in Friday's Wall Street Journal
'Devils inside'
"One upon a time, producer Phil Spector was everywhere in the music biz, the man with the magic touch on everything from the Crystals' 'Da Doo Ron Ron' to the Ronettes' 'Be My Baby' to the Beatles' 'Let It Be' to John Lennon's 'Imagine.' But for the past two decades, Spector, 62, has existed behind a wall of mystery. … On Feb. 3, the 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was dramatically thrust back into the limelight when he was arrested in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40. …
"Despite his success he is the man responsible for the heavily orchestrated production style dubbed the Wall of Sound Spector was a man plagued by demons. In a rare interview conducted four weeks ago … he said: 'I would say that I'm probably insane, to an extent. I take medication for schizophrenia, but I wouldn't say I'm schizophrenic. But I have a bipolar personality, which is strange. I'm my own worst enemy. I have devils inside that fight me.'"
Tom Sinclair, writing on "The Hit Man?" in the Feb. 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly

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