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"Sesame Street" gets girlie, Andi Zeisler defends young feminists, and "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis humiliates a female reporter.

Published August 8, 2006 12:29AM (EDT)

New York Times: The newest addition to the mostly male "Sesame Street" cast is Abby Cadabby, a girlie-girl with magical powers. (Priceless quote: "If Cookie Monster was a female character," Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of the show, told the Times, "she'd be accused of being anorexic or bulimic. There are a lot of things that come attached to female characters.")

New York Times Magazine: Antagonistic interviewer Deborah Solomon accuses Bitch co-editor Andi Zeisler and other feminists born in the '70s of being "trapped in a pop-culture bubble." Zeisler more than holds her own.

Los Angeles Times: Brace yourself before reading this chilling profile of "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis, in which he violently simulates an attack on a female reporter, then calls her editor to complain about what a cunt she is.

More Los Angeles Times: The California Labor Federation votes to oppose Proposition 85, which would direct doctors to notify the parents of minors seeking abortions.

Detroit Free Press: Reports of boys molested by women are on the rise.

By Lori Leibovich

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

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