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Skirts as art, the backlash against policewomen in Peru, more slutiness in the New York Times. Plus: Will Mo'Nique be in Playboy?

Published July 17, 2006 8:10PM (EDT)

San Francisco Chronicle: Columnist claims "funny is the new sexy." But as we learned last week, columnists can be very silly when it comes to gender.

Entertainment Weekly: Two years ago, F.A.T. actress Mo'Nique -- yes, we're a little obsessed -- dared Hugh Hefner to invite her to pose nude for Playboy. She still hasn't received an answer. Should we start a letter-writing campaign?

New York Times: More on sluts.

Los Angeles Times: Can a skirt be considered a work of art? (I vote yes.)

Yahoo! News: In an effort to give law enforcement a "kinder, gentler and less corrupt face," the Peruvian government replaced male traffic cops with female ones in the 1990s. It's really working out well. Roughly a third of the 1,031 policewomen on the force in Lima have been "cursed, shoved, punched, dragged, run over or taken hostage by angry male drivers," which may have something to do with the fact that the female cops are trained to "keep their cool, never pull a gun, and always address the driver as "el señor."

By Lori Leibovich

Lori Leibovich is a contributing editor at Salon and the former editor of the Life section.

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