The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: March 2, 2010

-Several young, attractive Republican women are running in Senate primaries: Jane Norton (Colorado), Sue Lowden (Nevada), Kelly Ayotte (New Hampshire), and Cherilyn Eagar (Utah). Linda Hirschman dubs them the “mini-Palins” -“beautiful, impressively fecund, unreservedly conservative, and stonily pro-life.” [ The Daily Beast ]

-In a New York Times op-ed, Harold Ford announces he won’t be running for the U.S. Senate . He says New York Democratic party bosses bullied him out of challenging Kristin Gillibrand for her seat. [ New York Times ]

-Muslim women recently staged a stand-in at D.C. mosque to protest rules forbidding them to pray alongside men. How is it that places of worship in the United States aren’t allowed to discriminate based on race but can require women to sit behind men? [ The Daily Beast ]

-Latoya Peterson calls fat-shaming “the new Millennium bloodsport ,” as evidenced by Kirstie Alley’s new weight-loss show, Kirstie Alley’s Big Life . Shouldn’t larger women in the entertainment business, which is so unforgiving of their size, fight its promotion of unhealthy weight loss? [ Jezebel ]

-An all-female U.N. force from India has played an essential roll in fostering peace in Liberia, where sexual violence was a common weapon in a 15-year-long civil war. Women peacekeepers have an advantage in winning female victims’ trust and providing them with successful, empowered female role models. [ CNN ]