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SPRING 2008


Winter 2008


In the cover story, Ms. asks:  What’s the measure of a woman? Too often, it feels like it’s the width of our waists rather than the content of our characters.

Caroline Heldman tells how women increasingly see ourselves as visual objects in our media-saturated, body-obsessed culture. The result? Huge hidden costs for our self-esteem, our brainpower, and even our sex lives.

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And more!!!

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Letters
Keeping Score

Egalitarian Marriage Contract
National
Global

Saving a Last Resort
Ethel’s Legacy
State of the Union
Count Count Revolution!
Truth Serum
New Rules for Saipan?
Subprime Pain
Short Takes
Calendar

The New Abolitionists
Better a Small Fish
Her Brief Shining Moment
Tragic Epidemic
Who Is Pratibha Patil?
Short Takes

FEATURES

Cover Story
Your Money, Your Vote | MARTHA BURK
With a sour U.S. economy that often ignores women’s particular needs, it’s time for us to wise up about government money matters—and then use our proven political clout to make our interests count.

Snapshot: The Women’s Vote, 2008 | CELINDA LAKE AND MATT PRICE
Which issues most concern women in this historic election year, and how do they differ from men’s concerns? These pollsters asked, and here’s what they found out.

Too Poor to Parent? | GAYLYNN BURROUGHS
Black children are twice as likely as white children to enter U.S. foster care. The culprit: Our inattention to poverty.

Full Court Press | MICHELE KORT
A California state university pays a high price for sex discrimination in its athletic department.

Out-of-Body Image | CAROLINE HELDMAN
Self-objectification—seeing ourselves through others’ eyes—impairs women’s body image, mental health, motor skills and even sex lives.

 
DEPARTMENTS

Law
Stall Tactics | JUSTINE ANDRONICI & DEBRA S. KATZ
Supreme Court further erodes workplace justice; will the Senate restore pay equity?

Health
Why We Can’t Sleep | BY GAYLE GREENE
It’s not just in our heads, but in our hormones.

Remembrance
Barbara Seaman | BY CINDY PEARSON
Remembering the path-blazing health writer and activist

Art
Brush with Life | Barbara Carrasco powerfully
mixes art with race, class and gender politics.

Bookmarks
Great reads for spring 2008

BOOK REVIEWS
Diana Postlethwaite on Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves

Gail Tsukiyama on V.V. Ganeshananthan’s Love Marriage

Carole Boyce Davies on Helene Cooper’s The House at Sugar Beach: A Memoir

Brenda R. Weber on M. Gigi Durham’s The Lolita Effect: The Media Sexualization of Young Girls and What We Can Do About It

Layli Phillips on Gary L. Lemons’ Black Male Outsider: Teaching as a Pro-Feminist Man—A Memoir

DVD Watch
Feminist films available for home viewing

Backtalk
Black. Woman. | BY DONNA BRAZILE
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