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U.S. scores poorly in global gender gap report. Plus: Why is CNET rating "girl geeks"?


Page Rockwell
November 28, 2006 5:01AM (UTC)

New York Times Magazine: With research increasingly suggesting a strong genetic basis for anorexia, the NYT mag offers a harrowing first-person account of one mother's quest to bring her anorexic daughter up to a normal weight.

Associated Press: Bebe Moore Campbell, the bestselling and award-winning author who penned (among other works) the novel "Brothers and Sisters," the nonfiction book "Successful Women, Angry Men: Backlash in the Two-Career Marriage" and the children's story "Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry," died of complications related to brain cancer today. She was just 56.

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World Economic Forum (PDF), via Feministing: The forum's 2006 gender-gap report, which ranks the world's nations based on their efforts to reduce inequality between men and women. The big winner: Sweden, naturally. Last on the list: Yemen. The U.S. scored well in the economic-opportunity and health categories and poorly the education and political empowerment categories, coming in at an overall ranking of 22nd, below the Philippines, Moldova, Colombia and most of the European Union.

Hindustan Times: India's Shia Muslim women have been granted expanded marital rights, including the rights to divorce their husbands on the grounds of mental or physical torture, infidelity or being prevented from studying or getting a job. (Previously Shia women could only divorce on the grounds of cruelty or impotence.) The new marital code also entitles women to maintenance payments after a divorce.

San Francisco Chronicle: Insert global-warming joke here -- a group of self-proclaimed "ecobabes" are trying to sex up the environmental movement by posing for a pinup calendar. Enviros' reactions have been mixed, with some saying protecting the climate is sexy and others expressing concern that the calendar is effectively "making money off another form of oppression."

CNET: Have you been wondering who the top 10 "girl geeks" are? No? Well, CNET has compiled a list anyway, with winners ranging from Marie Curie to Paris Hilton, since having one's Sidekick hacked apparently qualifies one as a geek. Awesome-but-fictional Lisa Simpson also makes the grade (though at least Simpson is actually a girl, while the other "girl geeks" are women). It's great to see brainy, trailblazing women get props, but the sex-segregation seems unnecessary -- we'd rather see CNET celebrate geeks of both sexes.


Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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