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Yiddische mamas, Anne Frank, and why women have sex - Link Roundup Sep. 29, 2009

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital Friday, went back to work that afternoon. [Washington Post]
  • From "Yiddische Mama" to "Jewish Mother:" Philogos discusses this linguistic and cultural shift. [Forward]
  • France joins the U.K. in the push to put health warning labels on airbrushed photographs of women to promote healthier body image in young women. What a great idea! [Daily Mail]
  • Disney turns down David Mamet's screen adaption of The Diary of Anne Frank because it was "too dark."  Heeb says, "Apparently they were hoping Mamet would deliver a script filled with dancing Jews and singing mice. Instead, he turned Anne Frank into a modern day Jewish girl traveling to Israel to learn about the traumas of suicide bombings." [The Wrap] via [Heeb]
  • There's no crying in baseb- I mean, politics! Two bloggers debate the use and permittance of tears in politics. [The New York Times]
  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer is hilarious at The Center for the Advancement of Women benefit honoring Faye Wattleton, CFAW co-founder and president.  [Forward]
  • The Navy is looking to allow women on submarines. [Washington Post]
  • Roman Polanski is finally arrested for raping a 13 year old girl in 1977, a crime he admitted to in a plea bargain before leaving the country.  The film industry seems to be defending him. In response, the feminist community would like to remind everyone: he raped a child.  Feministing has an excellent link roundup of posts and articles on this story. [Feministing
  • Some interesting reads on Tablet's bookshelf: Abby Sher recounts her battles with obsessive-compulsive religious devotion, with eating disorders, and with the compulsion to cut in her memoir, Amen, Amen, Amen, and Torah Queeries explains how the Torah become a sourcebook for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender activism and thought. [Tablet]
  • "237 Reasons Why Women Have Sex."  I'm not sure if this study is progressive, or offensive.  What do you think? [Alternet]
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Did you hear Scott Simon's interview on NPR last week with Francine Prose about her new book, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife? Prose argues that even at 15, Anne Frank was already a great writer. I had never realized that she re-wrote her diary in the months before the family was arrested. The NPR website has a long excerpt from the book, which seems to answer the question of whether there is anything new to say about Anne Frank with a resounding "yes."

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Berkenwald, Leah. "Yiddische mamas, Anne Frank, and why women have sex - Link Roundup Sep. 29, 2009." 29 September 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on February 19, 2019) <>.


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