Going to Space, Rising Up, and NOT Apologizing for Roethlisberger: Editors’ Picks, 1/30-2/5

Families across America will be sitting down to watch Super Bowl XLV today, where the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will have the chance to win his third ring. At the Huffington Post, Jackson Katz has some excellent advice for parents about how to talk to children about a quarterback with a history of multiple rape allegations.

World-renowned Egyptian feminist activist Nawal El Saadawi gives Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! her take on the popular rebellion against the Mubarak regime.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ husband Mark Kelly has decided to board space shuttle Endeavor for its final flight in April. Debra Nussbaum Cohen of The Sisterhood points out how different this choice would have been for a woman in his space-boots, who “would be expected to put taking care of her husband first and set aside her professional ambitions…It’s hard to imagine a woman proceeding in a job that holds such risk while her husband was seriously injured and remained hospitalized.”

Last week, we reported on an African American mother in Ohio who was jailed for enrolling her children in a better school. On Monday, grand theft charges were dismissed against Kelley Williams-Bolar, a 40-year-old single mother-of-two who works as a teacher’s assistant for special-needs kids at a nearby high school, in the school residency case that has outraged the nation. Colorlines has the story.

Monica Roberts from TransGriot reports that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has just proposed new regulations intended to ensure that its core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. HUD will also be conducting the first-ever national study of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing rental and sales.

From VIDA, a revealing count of the number of women writers were featured in, or reviewed by, 14 of the most prestigious literary publications in 2010. Says VIDA’s Amy King, “We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity.”

From TAPPED: Who’s really lazy: the poor, or the behavioral economists who came up with theory that the poor are lazy? Channing Kennedy opines on the behavioral economists of the Reagan and Clinton years, whose theories helped design a public welfare system that punishes poverty–but not with the results they had expected.

Above: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback and twice-accused rapist Ben Roethlisberger. Photo courtesy Flickr user AndyeMcee under CC2.0.


Annie is the Community Editor at The Nation and the former New Media Coordinator at Ms. magazine. She studied sociology and women's studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She's a big fan of birds, plants and things that are funny. Her animal totem is the bat.