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December 2, 2014

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

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Apr. 16, 2013/ 6 Iyar, 5773

New Whine in Old Battles

By Suzanne Fields




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Some feminists are exposing their herd mentality, and it isn't pretty.

The herd emerged in collective rage against President Obama's offhand compliment to the good looks of California's attorney general, Kamala Harris. The lesson these feminists want men to take away is that a man may observe the combination of female beauty and brains, but he better keep it to himself.

This may be the triumphant revenge of, or in behalf of, ordinary looking feminists who never get such compliments. But for women who aspire to power, as feminists insist they do, it's simply silly.

Beauty can no longer be in the eye of the beholder, as Santayana suggests, but it can't exist at all if the beholder is a man looking at a woman who happens to be an aspiring professional.

The president's fossil attitudes from the '50s may have been shaped at home. Michelle enjoys being remarkably beautiful. When she posed for a Vogue cover, she talked of her love for clothes. "That's what women have to focus on," she said, "what makes them happy and what makes them feel comfortable and beautiful."

Well, of course. Women, after all, spend $7 billion a year on cosmetics and other beauty enhancers, and men aren't supposed to notice? Imagine, for a moment, the disappointment of all the wives and girlfriends whose male companions never stop to admire a new coif, carefully eyelined eyes, a narrow waistline with the help of Spanx and an "enhanced" bosom with the assistance of a Wonderbra. (Who has to know how it's done?)

Their disappointment would be considerable. The newest chic fashion for female television correspondents are sleeveless dresses, the better to show off sleekly sculpted arms. Jane Fonda had a complete surgical makeover, and she didn't do it to be taken more seriously as an actress.

These embittered feminists expect us to believe impossible things. Helen of Troy launched a thousand ships, with her intellect? She was just a pretty face, and now we're supposed to have grown out of the attitudes and tastes of decadent Greeks and Romans. What can myths tell us about female beauty? The passage of time and the ravages of nature disarmed Venus de Milo, literally, and we're told that the admiration of men is disfiguring our own view of the female face and form.

Feminists have become tedious and hypocritical talking about female beauty. Learned studies and common sense demonstrate that looks matter in politics and business; physically attractive candidates, male and female, do better than their plainer brothers and sisters. But it supposedly carries a different "resonance" if applied to women in 2013. "Resonance" is already a cliche for describing something "thoughty."

But silencing appreciation of authentic female attractiveness, in any woman, with or without resonance, diminishes us all, reducing our ability to see distinctions. The Internet exacerbates this trend (as it does all others), contributing to gang-like bullying by gathering sweeping numbers, exerting what psychologists euphemistically describe as "informational social influence."

Jack Goncalo, a professor of group dynamics at Cornell University, tells The New York Times that men and women succumbing to this phenomenon don't want to think for themselves and go along with the "mob mentality." Anne Hathaway, celebrated for her feminine beauty and talent, has become an Internet target of cult-like disparagers who call themselves "Hathahaters."

Feminist rants against male appreciation of good looks is similar verbal aggression. There are many things we can criticize the president for, but playfully calling Kamala Harris ""the best looking attorney general" isn't one of them.

Women of the '50s who couldn't break through barriers of suburban conformity to express their individuality were put down as "Stepford wives." Now certain feminists insist on a Stepford-like society, refusing to acknowledge a "looker" because she is thought to have exploited her "beauty" to get where she is. Compliments, we're told, make women more tolerant of sexism, and they can't recognize what researchers call a "tool to keep women playing along with male dominance." (So that's what the clever president was up to.)

Margaret Thatcher, who died this week, was famously unflappable when confronted by either compliment or name-calling. Francois Mitterrand, the French socialist president, described her as having "the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe." She accepted both.

She reveled in accomplishments and good looks. She wore a filmy red chiffon dress to meet her constituency after the Soviets called her "the Iron Lady," pleased that "my face was softly made up and my fair hair gently waved ... ." Once, when a Tory MP complimented her on looking stunning, she asked with stunning confidence, "And when don't I?"

The first female prime minister of Great Britain wielded handbag power in her own way, an indomitable leader unfazed by feminist whine in old battles. She knew she was made of iron, so why join the herd?

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