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  1. juries gone wild
    Unintentional Girls Gone Wild Flasher Loses Lawsuit“She is entitled to go out with friends and have a good time and not have her top pulled down and get that in a video,” said her lawyer.
  2. omg
    Tim Geithner Ponders Our Question: What If Women Ran Wall Street?“It’s an excellent question,” the Treasury secretary notes. Why, thank you!
  3. the vampire squid
    Goldman Sachs Accused of Disrespecting the Miracle of LifeThe embattled firm is being sued by an ex-employee who claims she was put on the “mommy track.”
  4. ink-stained wretches
    At Newsweek, Have Women Really Come So Far?Forty years after a landmark discrimination suit, not all female employees at the magazine are happy.
  5. gail collins
    New York Times Columnist Gail Collins on the State of the American WomanIn an excellent interview by Doree Shafrir, Gail Collins talks about why women aren’t making strides fast enough lately, and why nobody has time to be a mentor anymore.
  6. the greatest depression
    Nation’s Girlfriends Unveil New Economic Plan“Let’s move in together!”
  7. feuds
    Shrill Harridans vs. Dumb SlutsSlate’s Double X Blog just launched yesterday, and already it’s embroiled in a hair-pulling, nail-breaking fight with rival lady-blog Jezebel. WOMEN.
  8. party lines
    Video: Women on Women at the Gracie AwardsWe ask the top women in media what the glass ceiling is all about.
  9. in other news
    Bloomberg, Baby, You’ve Got a Real Problem on Your HandsA slew of other women join the class-action suit against Bloomberg LP for discrimination of female employees.
  10. company town
    Jimmy Cayne Gets His Body GuardedWall Street goes back to work, Bob Schieffer postpones retirement, and a cat owner is charged with cruelty in our roundup of finance, media, and law news.
  11. early and often
    Video: New York Women on Hillary Clinton Is a vote for Hillary Clinton an act of feminism? Should she have cried? Is it more important to have the first black man or the first woman president? These are the kinds of questions that Democratic-primary voters have been asking themselves during the most riveting election season in decades. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, women are evenly split between Clinton and opponent Barack Obama. More women than men also believe that the media is tougher on Clinton than on her male opponents. But what do New York women think? We put these questions to several of them in Union Square yesterday and found that Clinton cannot take even her constituents’ votes for granted. Watch the video.
  12. intel
    Gloria Steinem Remembers Norman MailerIt wasn’t lost on the activists at the National Women’s Conference at Hunter College that literary lion Norman Mailer, whose writing became a target of feminist wrath during the seventies, died in New York on the same day that their event began. The weekend-long program, which drew members of some 50 women’s and girls’ organizations, was planned by the late congresswoman Bella Abzug’s daughter Liz to mark the 30th anniversary of the first such gathering in Houston. And while the elder Abzug once told Mailer, “We think your views on women are full of s—,” she supported him in his losing 1969 campaign for mayor of New York, as did Gloria Steinem, who spoke Sunday morning to a cheering crowd of about 600 women from 21 states who had attended workshops with titles like “Smashing the Glass Ceiling.”
  13. party lines
    Stephen Colbert and Nancy Pelosi Make Jokes, Nice At the Glamour Women of the Year awards last night, Stephen Colbert exchanged jabs with honoree Nancy Pelosi. During his (in character) introduction of the Speaker of the House, he could only muster: “I am so honored to be here tonight to honor all of these honorable … honorees.” (“My writers are on strike!” he cracked, moments later.) Colbert went on to praise Pelosi’s fashion — over her politics — calling her “by far the most glamorous Speaker we’ve ever had” (an accolade that received enthusiastic applause). “Whether she’s prowling the Capitol steps in a cream pantsuit, or strutting the halls of Congress in a blue pantsuit, or grudgingly clapping behind the president at the State of the Union in, say, cream pants and a blue pantsuit blazer — she always has the right accessories,” he said. “While I may disagree with everything she stands for, I will defend until death her right to” — snapping in a fashion-savvy Z — “MAKE. IT. WORK.” Pelosi took the jokes happily, (perhaps she’s over the time he kicked her virtual ass on Nintendo Wii?), but she saved a barb for him as he left the stage. “Of all the introductions I have ever received,” she said to the comedian, “yours is certainly the most … recent.” —Ben Kawaller Read what Diane Sawyer thinks is the biggest problem facing TV journalism, and other important factoids, in our complete quotable coverage of the Glamour Women of the Year Awards.
  14. in other news
    Poll: Old Ladies, Young Republicans Still Hate Hillary So today’s New York Times/CBS News poll has a few choice stats on our lady of Chappaqua, Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Or is it just Hillary Clinton? Or H. Diddy? One loses track.) First, the obvious: Republican men can’t stand the woman. Only 9 percent of them view her favorably, though, interestingly, a full 21 percent of “conservative” men like her. We suppose this means that Rupert Murdoch likes her but Karl Rove does not. (We are aware this may not be news; we report, you decide.)
  15. party lines
    Tina Fey Likes It When Soledad O’Brien Is MeanThe estrogen was flowing nearly as freely as the cocktails at the Marriott Marquis last night, where American Women in Radio and Television brought together lots of, well, women in radio and television for the 32nd annual Gracie Awards. The night’s biggest-name winner was 30 Rock creator Tina Fey, presented with the award for outstanding female lead in a comedy series. Fey told the crowd that she was thrilled to be honored along with her “favorite anchor,” Soledad O’Brien. “I loved Soledad because she always seems like the only other woman on TV who was as overworked and grouchy as I am,” she joked. “You could always see it in her eyes in her promos. She was like, ’American Morning, every day at 6 a.m. 6 a.m.
  16. in other news
    You’ll Never Find Him, Ladies. Just Read the ‘Times’Today’s “Thursday Styles” brings bad news to single New York gals. As it turns out, taking classes — running, tennis, wine tasting, you name it — is not the best way to meet men. Apparently, men don’t think they need to take classes, explains Stephanie Rosenbloom. “It goes against the male grain to acknowledge ignorance about a subject.” Consider the case of Wendy Hill. The poor girl signed up for a course at the Met and various activities for the unattached, all with unpromising results. “She described the men in her architecture classes as 60-somethings, and the few she’d met at class activities geared to singles as ‘blech.’” Sure, there are exceptions — congrats on that upcoming wedding, Debra Wilensky and Randy Weinstein! — but, overall, instructors don’t report high hit-it-off success rates. Still, ladies, don’t despair: Hope comes in the very same section of the Times. It’s not that men avoid all group activities: They’re just really busy with Bounce-n-Slide. —Lori Fradkin Mr. Right, It Turns Out, Does Not Take Classes [NYT] Stretching, Sliding, Bonding: A Multitasking Mix [NYT]
  17. in other news
    Bad News for Mr. Big: ‘Sex and the City’ Is Kind of RightWe hate to reinforce Sex and the City stereotypes almost as much as Chris Noth does, so it is with mixed feelings that we report the following: They’re kind of true. New York women are single, overeducated, creative, and moneyed, and there are new federal stats to prove it. According to an analysis of Census data, a New York woman is fourteen times more likely to be an actress than her average American counterpart; no easy feat, considering how heavily L.A. should be skewing the nationwide stats on that one. She’s also nine times more likely to be an author, a lawyer, or a judge. Only 45 percent of adult New York City women have ever been married (that proportion drops to 37 percent in Manhattan); the national average is 61 percent. And one more sub-trend that caught our eye: Married women in Manhattan have “much higher household income” but lower earnings than the singles. Ergo, when female New Yorkers do succumb to matrimony, they tend to marry up. Hello, Trey MacDougal. Women of New York City [Gotham Gazette] Big Regrets From Former Mr. Big [NYM]
  18. in other news
    Sheryl Crow Will Save the Newspaper Industry! So there are all the standard problems newspapers are having with their readerships — that they’re too old, that they’re moving online, that they never call or write anymore — and at the Wall Street Journal there’s a whole other set on top of that: Long seen as only the businessman’s paper, the Journal has a readership that’s particularly old and significantly male. How to bring younger, womaner readers to the paper? With a new ad campaign, of course. People like the New York Giants, Alice Waters, and Sheryl Crow will be depicted talking about why the Journal is important to them, according to a reporting today’s Times. For example: Ms. Crow, 44, for example, learned last year that she had breast cancer; the ad with her includes part of a Journal article about breast cancer. You know, as opposed to all those old Journal ads featuring men talking about their prostate cancer. Newspaper Readers of a Different Kind [NYT]
  19. early and often
    How Chic Is Our Power? Yesterday’s Times brought word that Nancy Pelosi’s elevation to House Speaker is changing not just Washington’s politics but also its fashion. “[W]ith the ascent of Nancy Pelosi, 66, widely recognized and admired for her Armani and easy fashion savvy, the days of the dowdy Washington dress code may be numbered,” wrote reporter Lizette Alvarez. She quoted Representative Mary Bono: “I am so sick of the matronly box — the rest of America doesn’t dress like that.” It made us wonder: Do New York’s big-shot female pols have better fashion sense than Washington’s? We pulled a bunch of photos of five Big Apple power players and gave them to New York fashionista Amy Larocca for a once-over. After the jump, her verdicts.
  20. in other news
    Breaking: ‘Times’ Trend Piece Focuses Mainly on White, Middle-Class WomenThe only thing more fun than reading a puffy trend piece in the Times is reading another venerable outlet tearing that trend piece apart. The ivy-covered Columbia Journalism Review has, not unsurprisingly, set its sights on the Times’ Tuesday spinsters exposé, which claimed that more than 51 percent of U.S. women are now living alone, without a husband. Details CJR duly spanks: (1) The figures on the prevalence of singletons are correct — if you count anyone over 15 as a woman; (2) the “exuberant” article completely ignores the fact that a large number of single mothers are not celebrating their choice but rather were forced into poverty by not having a spouse; and (3) the lack of racial diversity in the article is preposterous for a paper that just ran “groundbreaking series on both race and class.” Here at Daily Intel, of course, we would never display such myopia. To NYT and CBS, All Women Look Like Carrie and Angie [CJR Daily] Earlier: More U.S. Women Are Single Than Married: Discuss
  21. in other news
    Rabbit Redux: About All Those Single WomenNow that single women officially outnumber married ones in the United States, it’s worth remembering that it was New York feminists in the seventies who first advanced the idea — long before Maureen Dowd made her first pop-culture reference — that men might not be so necessary. (At least, not until fish started needing bicycles.) And what did those activists say could take the place of men? Vibrating sex toys, says 85-year-old Dell Williams, founder of Eve’s Garden on West 57th Street, which she claims was the first sex shop in the city owned and run by women. “Vibrators are a girl’s best friend, not diamonds,” she says. She recalls with particular fondness “The Rabbit,” a bedside companion first introduced in the eighties that ran on three batteries. “It had a clitoral stimulator that looked like a rabbit. It appeared in Sex and the City and suddenly became very popular.” Williams, a divorced former actress and advertising exec who opened her shop in 1978, says that three-decade-old books on feminine fulfillment — like Betty Dodson’s Sex for One and Lonnie Barbach’s For Yourself — remain best-sellers at Eve’s Garden. “Marriage hasn’t done that well for women in our society,” she says. “Think of all the violence, all the prejudice. Marriage is not so great for women, and women are saying, ‘I’m not so sure this is what I want.’” She doesn’t rule out giving marital life another try herself, though. With one condition: “I would have to have my own bedroom.” —Mary Reinholz Earlier: More U.S. Women Are Single Than Married: Discuss
  22. in other news
    More U.S. Women Are Single Than Married: Discuss A record-setting 51 percent of U.S. women are now living without a spouse, according to a report in today’s Times — up from 35 percent in 1950. How do New York women feel about that spike? We asked them in front of that temple of matrimony, the Kleinfeld bridal megashop in Chelsea. —Tim Murphy
  23. intel
    ‘Glamour’ Awards Reduce Winners, Audience, Our Reporter to Tears We’re not the type who cries during Extreme Makeover: Home Edition or Verizon commercials or when that diamond-ad music starts playing. (Duh duh da da, duh duh da da.) Still, we had a hard time fighting the stereotype during Glamour’s tissue-fest of an awards show Monday night at Carnegie Hall. The magazine’s “Women of the Year” honorees ranged from three generations of Missoni women to Queen Latifah — who, judging from chorus of screams that greeted the mere mention of her name, is the most popular person in the world — and all of them, plus nearly everyone in the audience, had wet eyes through much of the evening.
  24. in other news
    Halloween Skanks, or Female Chauvinist Pigs?“Good Girls Go Bad, for a Day” is the headline of today’s “Thursday Styles” front-pager examining why women these days use Halloween as an excuse to dress like sluts, and it’s entirely unsurprising such a piece has become the top item on the Times site’s most-e-mailed list. The article is filled with quotes from feminist academics and gender-roles scholars, but that’s all a bit too high-toned for our tastes. Instead we checked in with New York’s Ariel Levy, who examined the rise of “raunch culture” in her Female Chauvinist Pigs — and who’s so over feminist shibboleths she actually spent a week with the Girls Gone Wild guys while researching the book. Okay, so why are women getting so skanked-up on Halloween these days? There is a huge aspect of generational rebellion to raunch culture: Nobody wants to turn into her mother, and whether your mother was/is a radical feminist or a right-wing Evangelical Christian — both pretty common among baby-boomers — either way it’s going to get under her skin if you dress as a stripper to go trick-or-treating. Or if you dress as a stripper to go to junior high.
  25. intel
    New York Moms Have Got It Going On “Hotness is not about looking good,” said a diminutive goateed man named Jeff Greenfield. “It’s about taking care of business. Moms are overwhelmed.” Greenfield spoke with the authority; he is the executive producer of the inaugural Hottest Mom in America contest, which was holding its New York tryout Saturday in a warren of studios on Eighth Avenue. At 8 a.m., there had been a throng of 1,000 women — or perhaps 2,000; the line stretched down and around the block, according to Greenfield — hoping to have their shot at Hottest (Which Does Not Mean Most Attractive, Really) Mom. By 2 p.m., it was down to 30 contenders, and from there, the field will be culled to five finalists, who this week will compete to be named the New York winner.