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Mom caves, sexual harassment and the Super Bowl: Your sex and gender morning roundup

January 31, 2011 - 09:00 AM
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Roger Ailes, president of Fox News (Photo: Associated Press)

A COMPENDIUM of sexist remarks made on the Fox News network, featuring: Mom Caves, a new "place for women to 'relax' and 'make lists of things to do' while 'your man is getting ready for the Super Bowl'"; Kristi Noem, a "hot new freshman member of Congress . . . a good looker"; Ines Sainz, a sports reporter who is inviting sexual harassment because she won't "Get a Whoopi Goldberg outfit, like a big tent"; women, or "babes, chicks," and "skirts"; dating, or "legal prostitution"; the women's movement, which Rush Limbaugh loves, "especially when walking behind it."

AFTER THE JUMP: John Boehner defines rape; why "too many Americans will not be able to realize the American dream" if they refuse to shack up for life; Michele Bachmann looks to the left.

#DEARJOHN: For when the Speaker of the House makes it his priority to define which rapes count more than others; Amanda Marcotte explains.

THE PEACE CORPS, lacking in peace: "There's no question that in male-dominated, developing countries, the Peace Corps experience is often more harrowing for women than men, the Baltimore Sun reports. "Approximately 0.5 percent of female volunteers become rape victims in the Peace Corps (during the two-year service commitment), a figure that is artificially low due to underreporting of sexual assaults (by comparison, 15 percent of American women are raped during their lifetimes). Much harder to track are inappropriate touches, stares, shouts and intimidation, which female volunteers endure on a daily basis."

VIRGINIA could put at-risk children further at risk.

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE, abandoned by the middle class: "'The retreat from marriage in middle America means that [far] too many Americans will not be able to realize the American Dream,' [UVA researcher W. Bradford] Wilcox said. 'While many highly educated Americans have progressive views on social issues in general, when it comes to their own lives, they are increasingly adopting a marriage mindset and acting accordingly.'" KEY: ""Middle America, defined in this survey as adults who have a high school diploma and some or no post-secondary education, includes 58 percent of the population. Educated America, defined to include people with college degrees, makes up 30 percent of the population. The least-educated population, which includes high school dropouts, makes up 12 percent."

MICHELE BACHMANN'S UNNERVING LEFTWARD GAZE, ridiculed:

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