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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 4, 2008 / 4 Elul 5768

Confessions of a third-rate sexist

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I'm in trouble already. On a national television talk show I referred to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's choice to be his running mate, as a nice "young lady" who's probably not the best choice. That night I received three e-mails accusing me of sexism — not for opposing McCain's choice of Palin but for calling her a "young lady."

America, we're in sad shape if a lady who happens to be young cannot be called a "young lady."

After all, I did not use "lady" in a diminutive version of her distinguished titles, like "lady governor" or "lady moose hunter" or "former lady mayor of a teeny town in Alaska."

Nor has anyone, as far as I know, objected when I have called, say, Sen. Barack Obama, McCain's Democratic opponent, a "young man" or a "young guy." He's 47. Palin is 44. I have more than a decade on each of them. To me, they're kids.

Nevertheless, after a primary election season that was marred by such male chauvinist piggyness as the "Hillary Clinton Nutcracker" sold in novelty shops, the Thought Police are on as full alert as the Louisiana National Guard before Hurricane Gustav.

Three days after McCain named Palin, a Google search of the words "Sarah Palin sexism" brought 54,000 hits. Leading the headlines: "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch #1," "Sarah Palin Sexism Alert" and "Laura Bush, 'thrilled' by Palin pick, warns of sexism."

At least I didn't call Palin "good looking," even though she is. That faux pas to feminists goes to that master gaffe-maker, Sen. Joe Biden. Back when he was Obama's opponent instead of his running mate, you may recall, the Delaware senator virtually grounded his own presidential campaign on the day of its birth by complimenting Obama as "clean" and "articulate."

In case you didn't know, such faint praise strikes the ears of many African Americans, including yours truly, as more than a wee bit condescending. Nevertheless, on an umbrage scale of 1 to 10, I give it a zero-point-five. After all, Biden surely meant no offense. In a society that has long been separated by race, we should not be surprised that various peoples have widely different views of racial etiquette.

When someone commits a breach of racial etiquette out of ignorance, not malice, it should be viewed as what diversity counselors call a "teachable moment," not a racial "gotcha."

Still, Biden has not been living in a cave for the past 40 years, so I am as surprised as anyone else that he did not know better than to describe his female opponent for vice president as "good looking," even though she is. Truth is not necessarily a defense against the Thought Police.

As sexists go, I'm pretty third-rate. I don't always catch it in myself, but I'm quite prepared to see it in others. For example, it took barely more than a nanosecond after McCain had announced his pick of Palin to be his running mate than commentators asked whether a Vice President Palin would have the time to care for her five kids, including a baby with Down syndrome.

When CNN anchor John Roberts raised that question, congressional correspondent Dana Bash responded delicately, "My guess is that ... the line inside the McCain campaign would be, if (the candidate) were a man ... would you ask the same question?" Answer: Hardly.

And no sooner did her 17-year-old daughter's 5-month-old pregnancy make international news than skeptics asked whether Palin would be able to handle the extra burden. Why should we presume that a working mom must bear more of her family's burden than her able-bodied husband does? Because society has conditioned us to think that way. At least that's what my wife tells me.

On the other hand, some sexism charges strike me as bum raps. The liberal media watchdog site Media Matters for America has condemned commentators who say that Biden will have to crank down his tone in debates to avoid the appearance of bullying Palin or condescending to her. In fact, he will have to do just that, if history is our guide.

Democratic veep candidate Geraldine Ferraro turned the tables on then-Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1984 when she accused him of thinly veiled condescension.

Hillary Clinton sealed her first Senate election victory when her Republican opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, waved a paper pledge to shun unregulated campaign contributions in her face and demanded that she sign it. He looked to many eyes like a husband who was angry about a credit card bill. Such images are not helpful to a growing political career.

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