The elusive "pink gene," princess weddings and more

Girls are born with fairy-tale fantasies, say the folks at Disney.

Published March 13, 2007 12:33AM (EDT)

Shakespeare's Sister: I'm sure this anchorwoman's dreams of broadcast stardom didn't include: a) reporting on Krispy Creme Doughnuts and b) having some numskull production assistant lift a graphic from a Google Images search that reads "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: So good you'll suck dick." To quote Shakespeare's Sister: "Wow."

Orlando Sentinel: Disney's line of princess clothing and toys has been a smashing success with young girls. Now, grown women are being included in the fun! Coming soon to an overpriced boutique near you: wedding gowns fashioned after the costumes of Cinderella, Jasmine, Snow White, Ariel and Sleeping Beauty. In another article about girls' princess aspirations, Disney spokesperson Gary Foster offers his unscientific take on biological sex difference: "We believe it is an innate desire in the vast majority of young girls to play out the fantasy of being a princess. They like to dress up, they like to role-play. It's just a genetic desire to like pink, to like the castle, to turn their dads into the prince." (Emphasis added.)

Washington Post: This is a little hard to swallow: "Only 20 states have laws that exempt breast-feeding from public indecency laws," according to this Op-Ed. But, hopefully, the nation's capital will adopt a bill introduced last week that "would make clear that a woman couldn't be charged with indecent exposure for breast-feeding; permit a breast-feeding woman to stay anyplace she is otherwise permitted to be; require employers to make a reasonable effort to give break time and provide a clean and private place to express milk or breast-feed; and bar discrimination based on breast-feeding." That's a reminder that common sense often has to be legislated.

CNN: Admirably, the Virginia Department of Health is employing a non-traditional approach in addressing statutory rape in the Hispanic community: telenovelas. The first installment of what is essentially a comic book turned soap opera is titled: "Gracias Papi: A fotonovela about a young woman, an older guy and a loving father." A page-turner, I'm sure!

Time: A mother writes oh-so-rationally about her decision to take her 13-year-old daughter to get the HPV vaccine: "To me, protecting my child from cancer outweighs any reluctance to ponder her sexual future." In encouraging HPV-related news: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to sign legislation requiring all sixth-grade girls to get the vaccination. Also, on Friday, the Washington, D.C., Council Committee on Health advanced a bill requiring the vaccination.

New York Times: Everything about the new New Republic looks different. Except the bylines: "the scarcity of female bylines ... remains."

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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