31 Heroines of March 2012: Suzyn Waldman

Suzyn Waldman – Thick-Skinned Baseball Commentator I grew up as the daughter of two die-hard Yankees fans, so it was almost inevitable that I too would come to cheer for the ‘Bronx Bombers.’ And since I was an only child, my dad had no choice but to pass his love of baseball down to me. When I was nine he gave me a book of inspiring stories in the history of baseball, and it was then that I first learned of Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn Waldman has worked as a sports reporter covering the Yankees since 1987, making her only the third woman to be a full-time baseball commentator.  However with this...

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Climate change disproportionately affects girls

Eight-year-old Samani, taking refuge with her family after being displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, drinks her morning tea outside a makeshift shelter in Sukkur in Pakistan’s Sindh province. 10 July 2011. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/teen-girls-face-heaviest-risk-from-climate-impacts-report One of the more contentious and fractious issues in politics (at least American politics) is climate change – the science of our deteriorating environment.  Our modern technology and way of living are negatively impacting the Earth’s biosphere, creating chaotic and...

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"Personhood" amendment threatens birth control options

This past Tuesday, which was Election Day in the United States, a “personhood” amendment to Mississippi’s state constitution was put to the vote.  This amendment, had it passed, would have not only outlawed abortion but also made many forms of birth control and reproductive assistance illegal. The concept behind this amendment was that life begins at the moment a sperm cell embeds in an egg – and so this law would have banned any birth control method that can possibly inhibit a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus and continuing to develop.  This would have made the morning-after...

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Judge beats daughter, sees it as no big deal

http://www.twirlit.com/2011/11/03/judge-william-adams-daughter-speaks-out-about-beating-on-today-show-watch/ For years, one of the many points of contention in debates across the United States has been whether hitting a child is ever justified.  Some believe that any type of physical punishment is wrong, while others think that a mild spanking can be a form of correction – while some parents feel that it is their right and their duty to whip their children for misbehaving.  Falling into this latter camp is William Adams, a Texas judge who was caught on film beating his daughter with a belt....

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Teen drinking more harmful to girls than boys?

http://jezebel.com/5821855/binge-drinking-is-more-likely-to-affect-teen-girls-than-teen-boys Teenagers drink, no matter how much we try to stop them.  It doesn’t matter what kinds of laws we enact, and at what age they’re legally allowed to drink.  The fact that drinking is against the law only makes it more alluring for teenagers.   But drinking heavily as a teenager can have consequences – and those consequences might be more detrimental for girls than for boys.  A study published earlier this year found that when girls and boys consume proportional amounts of alcohol, girls seem to be...

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Reddit’s "Jailbait" finally shut down

Reddit screenshot discussing the pornographic images http://gawker.com/5848653/reddits-child-porn-scandal For six years, the website Reddit has existed as a news aggregation site with a twist–it features over 67,000 communities devoted to all kinds of topics, where users can post content and comments. Though this type of news site has allowed millions of members to share information and find like-minded users, one community has drawn ire from Reddit fans as well as critics across the internet. Jailbait was a Reddit community whose members posted pictures of underaged girls and then make...

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The dollars and cents of teen pregnancy

http://jimdemints-southcarolina.blogspot.com/2011/06/south-carolina-teen-pregnancybirths.html We all know that teenage pregnancy is tough on the girls who have babies before they’re out of high school.  Studies have shown that teenage mothers are more likely to live in poverty, not complete their education, and suffer from serious stresses and  a poor quality of life.  But beyond personal upheaval, teenage pregnancy exacts a cost on society too – a cost that can be measured in dollars and cents. According to the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit...

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Bachmann vs. HPV Vaccinations

Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry Last week, cable news network CNN hosted and aired a debate among Republican Party candidates, and one of the more contentious issues (besides CNN serving as co-host) that arose was the HPV vaccination for girls. At one point in the debate, Representative Michele Bachmann challenged Texas Governor Rick Perry over a law he signed that mandated girls in Texas to receive an HPV vaccination.  Bachmann argued that this law “forced” girls to take a “potentially dangerous drug,” even though this vaccine has been found to be safe and effective for preventing...

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Movie Review: Trust

Movies about “tough subjects” can be a chore to watch. You feel like you’re supposed to learn something at the end, or else you get sucked into a maudlin cryfest that feels like a Lifetime Movie Special. But I recently saw a movie that dealt with some serious girlhood issues but wasn’t preachy, unrealistic or sugar-coated, and I’d like to recommend it. Trust is about Annie, a 14 year-old girl from a loving, stable family who goes through the many insecurities of teenage life: wanting to be accepted, feeling misunderstood by parents, and learning to cope with...

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Poledancing for fitness

http://jezebel.com/5825096/the-pole+dancing-children-of-facebook Putting pictures of girls in a dance class on Facebook seems pretty normal, right? While some parents might object to any image of their children circulating on the internet, most people would hardly find this objectionable. But what if these pictures were of girls at a pole dancing class? A studio in the U.K. offers “pole fitness” classes to children and has put photos of its girl students on its Facebook page. The studio calls these classes a form of gymnastics and says that they focus only on fitness, not on any...

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