Tuesday Tidbits

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Noble Savage, who generously commented on yesterday’s post, gave me a good idea for my blog: devoting one day just to list other posts and articles found on the Internet. (She calls hers “Smart Reads Saturday.”) I’m always finding things I want to share with my readers, often several items a day, but to write individual posts about them would be pointless because, frankly, they’ve already said it better than I can. So I’ve decided to devote Tuesdays to the various tidbits I discover as I surf the Net.

Today on RH Reality Check, Sara Seltzer writes about the sexual awakenings of the young adult characters in the latest Harry Potter movie. (“Our Little Wizards Are All Grown Up.”) One interesting point she makes is the difficulty Hermione has being seen as desirable because she is also smart. (And conversely, being believable as a nerd when she is also good-looking.)

On May 14, 2009, the Los Angeles Times had an article about the challenges faced by women immigrants in the U.S. I was also proud to find this well-written article by Margaret Watters in The Miami Student (because it comes from Miami University in my home state of Ohio) which expands upon this issue.

An article from August 29, 2007 on Medical News Today states that “Maternal Mortality Rate in U.S. Highest in Decades, Experts Say.” An update from RH Reality Check tells us that in 2005 623 women in the U.S. died from complications of pregnancy (including childbirth) compared to the 540 in 2004 noted in the first article. I don’t have statistics more recent than that, but I do know that the U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among westernized countries.

On May 31, 2009, lollydee argued in Daily Kos that Scott Roeder, who (allegedly) killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, is actually a domestic terrorist. She also discussed the conservative voices that may have contributed to his violent act and who are attempting to excuse him now.

Noble Savage also linked to an excellent post, “Confessions of a Brand-New Feminist,” by Anna Corbett on the The F Word website ( contemporary UK feminism).

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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