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Boris Johnson’s Woman Problem

According to Huffington Post, London mayor Boris Johnson has made an offhand public remark implying that women attend university to find husbands. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/08/boris-women-university-ma_n_3560276.html

This inevitably puts me in mind of my long -ago student interview at the college I was going to attend, during which I, a fully-formed feminist bursting with career and world-changing ambition, was told by my interviewer that the school wasn’t a place to come to find a man to marry. I was stunned. Incredulous that anyone still imagined girls went to college for this purpose. Horrified that anyone thought this way. 

This story has two twists.

First twist: four years later, shortly after graduation, I married a fellow grad.

Second twist: a couple of decades and three children later, my husband announced that he was no longer going to be a husband and father, and never had been a man. 

The college interviewer was right. The school wasn’t a place to find a man to marry.

 

 

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Domestic Abuse: Nigella Lawson, Charles Saatchi & You

First Nigella Lawson is choked by her husband, Charles Saatchi, in public no less. Then she gets hit with a media blitz about her sad predicament, to which I’m now adding my bit.

The only good that comes out of these painful, sordid events is that they raise awareness of domestic abuse, which tends, after all, to happen behind closed doors, where victims remain alone to cope with their attackers.

This story happened to make headlines at a moment when I was reflecting that among the communications I’ve received from readers since the publication Of Sex Changes, some of the most meaningful and moving have been those that come from women who say that while the specifics of my story may not match theirs, the book has helped them decide to leave a relationship that is in some way – physically, emotionally – abusive. Helping anyone else in this way makes it all worthwhile. 

This Huffington Post Editorial skirts a blaming-the-victim attitude, which I don’t like or share. But it does make a good point: if the relationship is hurting you, end it. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/liz-jarvis/nigella-lawson-assault_b_3457587.html

And if you know someone in an abusive relationship, don’t blame them; help them get out while they can. 

 

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Huffington Post This Week

The Huffington Post ran a story this week about a child who identifies as transgendered. Many were concerned that the child was being pushed into this designation by over-eager parents, while others applauded the support the child was receiving at home. I don’t pretend to be an expert, but I do know that the issues are incredibly tricky where a child is concerned.

In any case, I can imagine the President addressing transgender issues in his inaugural speech – and finding himself censored by trans activists for saying the “wrong” thing. I posted this comment:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Christine_Benvenuto/transgender-girl-obama-speech_n_2533298_224960885.html

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Huffington Post

An excerpt from the book, on Huffington Post:

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/26/christine-benvenuto-sex-changes_n_2330988.html?utm_hp_ref=fifty&ir=Fifty

 

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