- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2007

Feminist fairness

“Gender issues from a ‘dissident feminist’ perspective pro-fairness and equal treatment, anti-gender warfare have long been one of my areas of interest. The ‘Mommy Wars’ of full-time motherhood versus career are likely to remain intractable, with some feminists accusing stay-at-home mothers of letting down the sisterhood, some conservatives accusing working mothers of letting down their children, and people in the middle calling for freedom of choice. If we can even begin to resolve this often acrimonious debate, it is by moving toward more genuine choice for men as well as women to scale down careers for family.

“While feminists have called for more male involvement in child-rearing, the women’s movement has also championed blatant favoritism toward mothers in child custody disputes, often to the point of vilifying fathers. This seems to be a clear case of putting solidarity with women over equity. While the fathers’ rights movement has often been depicted as a patriarchal backlash, it is in many ways more faithful to the true feminist legacy than are the women’s groups which endorse maternal chauvinism.”

Cathy Young, writing on “A fruitful six years for this ‘dissident feminist,’” Monday in the Boston Globe

‘Today Forever’

“NBC announced last week that, starting this fall, its cash cow ‘Today’ would be getting milked for an extra 60 minutes daily, bringing the length of each broadcast to an epic four hours.

“This is not the salon of Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, with its intrusions of politics and war, but rather a romper room for the ceaselessly jovial weatherman Al Roker, the peerlessly blow-dried correspondent Natalie Morales, and Ann Curry, who shucks off the newsreader’s role she inhabits earlier in the show to help prepare easy meals.

“‘Today’ has grown into an empire by merging the approaches of a shelf’s worth of lifestyle magazines into one cozy promise: Despite the odds, the postmodern homemaker can have it all.

‘And what if the fourth hour of ‘Today’ is a success? Will there be a fifth hour? A ninth? How about a 24-hour news channel? Call it ‘Today Forever,’ a network devoted to helping women across all demographics soothe their harried souls.”

Troy Patterson, writing on “The Perkiness Never Stops,” Monday in Slate at www.slate.com

Viking weather

“The big problem for global warming alarmists is a period called ‘The Medieval Warming,’ which occurred from about 950 A.D. to 1350 A.D. It’s well known from the history books. The Vikings colonized Greenland in 982 A.D. and stayed until 1425 A.D., when the cold weather and permafrost drove them out. Leif Ericsson, blown off course while headed for Greenland in 1000 A.D., discovered ‘Vinland’ probably Nova Scotia where he found wild wheat and grapes growing in abundance. Today the land is barren.

“The Hudson Institute has just published an excellent book, ‘Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years’ S. Fred Singer and Dennis Avery present their own countertheory that the Earth goes through regular 1,500-year cycles of warming and cooling, driven by the fluctuating intensity of the sun. There was a Roman Warming from 200 B.C. to 600 A.D. and of course the well-documented Little Ice Age from 1300 to 1850, when Europe nearly froze to death.”

William Tucker, writing “The Global Warming Two-Step,” Tuesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.com

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