Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Jailing the victim

Published: February 19, 2008
It is common in this country for under-age girls engaged in prostitution to be arrested, even though it is a serious crime for an adult to have sex with a minor.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

America's future first spouse

Here are two interesting articles on the candidates' spouses. Maureen Dowd has been anti-Hillary from the start, but she makes a good point.

NY Times Op-Ed Columnist
A Flawed Feminist Test
Published: February 13, 2008
As a possible first Madame President, Hillary Clinton is a flawed science experiment because you can’t take Bill Clinton out of the equation.

BBC News

By Kathryn Westcott
BBC News

As Americans choose their candidates for the 2008 presidential race, never before have so many spouses battled it out so publicly.

Michelle Obama
Mrs Obama has been articulate and passionate
The 2008 campaign has seen the role of the political spouse reshaped, with potential first ladies - and one possible first gentleman - more than ever acting as independent surrogates for their partners.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Women as Leaders

I'm backing Obama, but here's an interesting reflection on women in power, published today in the New York Times.

Op-Ed Columnist
When Women Rule
Published: February 10, 2008
For women, but not for men, there is a tradeoff in qualities associated with top leadership. A woman can be perceived as competent or as likable, but not both.