Is it the sexism thing, or is it Katie Couric?

Also, 216 common chemicals found to cause breast cancer.

Published May 15, 2007 12:36AM (EDT)

Sure, "sexism" is a scary and not-so-popular word. But couldn't today's New York Times article headlined "Is It the Woman Thing, or Is It Katie Couric?" -- which explores the CBS Evening News' drooping ratings -- have mentioned the word "sexism" at least once instead of hinting at in the headline? Three-quarters of the way through the piece that "woman thing" is finally mentioned: Sean McManus, president of CBS News, says, "There is a percentage of people out there that probably prefers not to get their news from a woman."

Miniskirt ban. A Polish legislator is combating prostitution by trying to criminalize miniskirts, heavy makeup and low-cut shirts. But, not by actually, uh, criminalizing prostitution, which is legal in Poland. The lawmaker, Artur Zawisza, notes that it's "possible that a pretty girl on the way home from a disco might get arrested," but, charmingly, adds that the police can "tell the difference between respectable women and women with loose morals."

Happy Future Mother's Day! The Washington Post celebrated Mother's Day with a feature on the rising number of women choosing to ... delay motherhood. More and more clinics are offering to freeze women's eggs "to buy more time on their biological clocks," reports the Post.

Congrats, "Miss D"! Remember the Irish teen -- known as "Miss D" -- who pleaded with the Dublin High Court to have permission to travel to the United Kingdom to have her fetus, which has severe birth defects, aborted? (Abortion is illegal in Ireland, but women are allowed to travel to neighboring countries for the procedure if they prove that they're suicidal.) Thankfully, the court finally granted her request.

Breast cancer-causing chemicals in french fries? According to a new report, 216 common chemicals were found to cause breast cancer in animals. Included in the list are 73 compounds found in everyday consumer products, including "1,4-dioxane in shampoos, for example, or acrylamide in French fries." What's more, "thirty-five are common air pollutants, 25 are in workplaces where at least 5,000 women are employed, and 10 are food additives," reports the Los Angeles Times.

A haircut for women on the go. Hair thieves in Yangon, Myanmar, are giving women unwanted trims. They sneak up behind long-haired ladies on a busy street or commuter bus and snip off a chunk of hair to later be sold as extensions.

By Tracy Clark-Flory

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