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1. From Mother Jones:

We want the lowdown on student activism, past and present. Been arrested and regret it? Would your school win the prize for silliest student protest? Was student activism way better when you were in school? Is your cause unique?

Help us put together our best student activism roundup yet. It’s our 15th annual! Answer a few quick questions and you could win some cool prizes.

Go take their survey if you’re a student (doesn’t indicate college or high school).

2. Fantastic post by What Tami Said about Michelle Obama and that horrific, now-removed Daily Kos graphic and post which I mentioned a couple of days ago but that few mainstream feminists (men or women) have written about. Tami appropriately asks why not.

Here you have Michelle Obama, bound, submissive and strangely sexualized in a backless, clinging red dress intersected with themes of racial violence. Black female bloggers raised a ruckus, but many of our allies have been noticeably silent, and if possible, the groups that have been most vocal about sexism against Hillary Clinton have been worse than silent on this and other incidents of sexism aimed at the presumptive Democratic nominee’s wife.

Michelle Obama seems not to inspire the fealty among mainstream women that Hillary Clinton does. Over at the blog Hillary is 44, which has very vocal about suspected sexism directed at the first viable female candidate for president, a screed was recently posted entitled “God damn Michelle Obama.”

Mainstream feminists have been extremely vocal about the gender bias that has dogged Hillary Clinton since she appeared on the national stage. They rightly realized that sexism against the former First Lady and current Senator is just an example of the way society views ALL women. So, why are so many women standing silent, and worse, abetting the demonization of another woman of substance?

3. Also great post by Digby, on feeling like we’ve gone backwards in the abuses we allow others to hand out:

There are times lately when I feel as if I’m back in 2003. I’m being told that up is down and black is white and that what i’m seeing just isn’t real. It’s actually much more disorienting than it was then because this time it’s coming from the left side of the dial.

You know, I hear a lot about the need for change in our politics — that we need to turn the page and inject the system with some new blood. And I hear a lot of it from allegedly liberal pundits like Hertzberg and Matthews who, without irony, tell tales of their earlier flights on Carter’s Airforce One and recount their adventures in the Reagan years and the crazed politics of the 90s. And it never occurs to anybody that it’s the liberal punditocrisy that’s stale and tired and most in need of changing.

If we are now believing that Chris Matthews is a “net plus” for American politics, then the reality based community has followed the Bush administration straight down the rabbit hole.

Bullying people without power just doesn’t impress me much, especially when you have people on the show every day who actually have some and you kiss their asses with gusto. Sorry, not impressed.

I understand precisely what she’s describing.

4. Blogs Return to the Block:

Anthony Fossececa is back at Blue Ohioan with a great post in favor of Hillary Clinton. That post also serves as a reminder as to how you can tell I am not a Hillary or Obama supporter. I’ve never written anything even remotely close to anything like that post. And I won’t be doing so until a Democratic nominee is finalized.

Daniella of American Pink Collar is also back (it looks wonderful!)

And the AFL-CIO of Ohio has a blog here.

5. Fess up now because I’m on the trail. How many of you have played Sexy Politics:

What is this?
SexyPolitics was built to find a cool way to engage you with politics. With these quizzes, compare your brain to the world and test your political knowledge. How sexy are you?

And why is this sexy?
As you get yourself informed about politics, a beautiful model of your choosing will coach you through the process. Get questions right and the model will reward you with removed pieces of clothing. Make an Impact

Nope. No sexism problem in this country. Hattip

6 . Thank you a hundred times to the author of the blog Logophile (not sure if you want your name out there or not!) for the link to the Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership.

7. Susan T. Zelman resigns as Superintendent of Ohio schools. The buzz had been heard for a long time.

8. Speaking of which, Chancellor of Higher Education Eric Fingerhut will be speaking on Friday at Stark State College in the morning (see here for details) and then will be at the City Club of Cleveland for the Friday lunch speaker series.

9. Democracy of America is providing scholarships to people who want to attend Netroots Nation – a Daily Kos event fka Yearly Kos.

10. The Plain Dealer asserted that 20% of employers violate the Family and Medical Leave Act but, like a good blog should, the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog checked up on the PD and received conflicting information.

11. (late addition) Pho with an interview of the judge for whom the new Ohio AG clerked. Thanks, Scott.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:37 pm May 28th, 2008 in Blogging, Ohio, Politics, Remains of the Day | 2 Comments 

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Ben Keeler of the Keeler Political Report userhs us into the almost dog days of summer with a road-trip foreshadowing image for Carnival of Ohio Politics #119. Thank you, Ben for doing the deed this week.

Thanks to everyone and don’t be shy – we know there’s a lot going on in these here parts of the U.S. of A.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:56 pm May 28th, 2008 in Carnivals, Ohio, Politics | Comments Off 

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You know, I mentioned this article earlier this week because I was, frankly, pissed off at the New York Times for giving so much space to yet another blogger who feeds into the stereotype of blogs and bloggers being so attention-starved. Uck.

[Mini-update: Professor Kim tells us that the New York Times paid Gould $15,000 for that article?? Okay - I should have been a lot meaner in this post - a lot.]

[2nd mini-update: Susan Mernit writes about it here.  And Megan's Minute posts about it here.]

Now, in the New York Observer, Emily Gould, formerly of and the author of the NYT Magazine piece, sounds as though she is pulling a Miley Cyrus.

Mr. Marzorati [editor-in-chief of the NYT Magazine] said his instructions [for photographing a cover of Gould] were “to try to convey this sort of intimacy and dreaminess and sort of intimate detachment—if that’s a meaningful oxymoron—that is in the piece. They worked that out together.”

And this is how an image of Ms. Gould, poured upside-down onto a rumpled bed wearing a camisole, no bra and a come-hither look, landed on New Yorkers’ laptops and brunch tables over Memorial Day weekend. The writer was involved in winnowing the photos to a dozen, Ms. Carucci said. Still, “when I saw the cover, I was shocked,” Ms. Gould said on the phone from Bryant Park on May 27. Did she feel a tad exploited? Ms. Gould paused. “Yeah, I really don’t want to talk about it.”

She referred Off the Record to an online Q&A she gave for the Times Web site, in which she describes the photos as “vaguely cheesecakey.” “I am starting to wish the Magazine had chosen to illustrate the piece some other way, though,” she wrote.

You have got to be kidding me.

Sigh. Okay – getting control of myself.

In the online interview, she says things like,

Q: Here is a question for Emily: Is the tenor of the posted comments going to change what you write about, or are you going to dismiss the opinions of hundreds of N.Y.T. readers and keep on with that blog of yours? Has this been a wakeup call for you that nobody cares about any of this? I certainly don’t. I couldn’t even bear to finish reading your blog (yes, it is a blog, not an article). Do you know how many people would have liked this kind of space and exposure? Shame on you for wasting the opportunity. You had better do something with this exposure worthwhile or you will have to answer to all the talented people who didn’t get the nod. But I won’t put my money on it. How’s that for “mean”? You aren’t the only one who can pull it off. (Go to Comment)

A: It is hard for me to dismiss the opinions of hundreds of N.Y.T. readers, not to mention the thousands of people who have posted negative comments elsewhere. Let me take this opportunity to try to figure out exactly what it is about me and what I’ve written here that’s inspiring such virulent hatred. The easy answer is, as you’ve said, that I am answering to “all the talented people who didn’t get the nod,” who “would have liked this kind of space and exposure.”

But maybe there’s something more complex going on than “haters are jealous.” This is just a theory, but I wonder sometimes about the way blogging has democratized and devalued writing, which used to be the exclusive province of professional writers. Now that anyone with five free minutes can start a blog, it’s unclear who gets to call himself a “writer.” Weirdly, it’s bloggers who seem the most heavily invested in policing the border between “real” writing and “bloggy” writing — it’s funny to me how many blogs dismissed my essay by calling it a really long blog post.

Wow – if that doesn’t sound like something straight out of the “ME” decade. And typical of the, you know, stereotype of the, you know, blogger always looking for attention.

Please, Emily, do us a favor and think:

No one should be hating you. I don’t. You did what you did – I wouldn’t have, but whatever. If you feel that the magazine exploited you, well, you have to think about how you make decisions and whether you might, you know, want to change that process.

I’m angry at the magazine and so should anyone else who thought that your piece was weird, being in the magazine. It’s the fact that the magazine could choose from more than 110 million blogs and/or bloggers, and they chose you and your story, neither of which do justice to the best of the blogs.

That’s my disappointment: that the MSM continues to refuse to select representative sets of people and product that do anything other than sell an already pre-packaged image they think people want to see more of, as opposed to shedding some good, positive light on so much that’s out there that you have to really hunt for to find, when it’s as worthy if not more worthy of so much ink.

For example, Beth Kanter. Why didn’t the NYT chose her and all the amazing stuff she’s done? If that’s not worth the cover of the NYT mag, truly, what is? They gave her a quick mention here and, although I don’t know Beth personally, I know of her work and social media mavenness. And her blog.

Or, why not a montage of stories about female writers who blog, or female bloggers who write?

Why not the BlogHer founders whom the NYT Tech section featured a little over a year ago, and all the wild and crazy and different stuff in that community? How about a follow-up on them and their impact? They got Barack Obama to sit down with them for goodness sakes.


How about some of the 400 or more political bloggers who are women? And don’t blog “just” about “women’s issues”?

Whatever. It’s the NYT. I wrote them my thoughts.

Now, Emily, get over it and make better choices next time, if you are so mortified about this choice.

Update: and another thing, bloggers of color. How about some space for them? I know I mean that when I refer to 400 political bloggers who are women, but I want it stated – where are the stories on the bloggers of color, men, women, whomever?

Gawd. The MSM is driving me nuts.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 1:40 pm May 28th, 2008 in Blogging, Business, Culture, Gender, Marketing, Media, Social Issues, Women, Writing | 14 Comments 

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The folks behind this website must be used to being creative if they’ve trolled blogs and found a post I wrote more than two years ago about preparing for my oldest child’s bar mitzvah, two years ago.

The site is called Green Mitzvot and the author actually has a number of overlaps with me. Weird. However, I’m not convinced she’s Jewish, though that really isn’t a requirement for helping plan a mitzvah.

Good luck to her and check it out.

PS While we are on the subject of Green, the author of that site has a far more developed one which she’s turning into a book to be released at the end of this year, Green Bride Guide.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 12:52 pm May 28th, 2008 in Culture, Environment, Jewish, Judaism, Parenting, Religion, Women | 7 Comments 

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You know, when I got my joint degree in law and social work, I was the only one doing that program in my class, the class ahead of me and the one after me.  People didn’t get it – not the law students, not the social work students.  Not the big firm people, not the major league clinicians.

But I absolutely never, ever questioned the combination of law and social work as incredibly natural.  They both focus on problem-solving skills, writing skills and getting to an answer from any one of a million different ways.  How could they not be integral and bound to lead to…good leadership?

CWRU president Barb Snyder has a social work background, Ted Strickland has his ministry and psychology background  and so now we have the new Ohio AG, Nancy Rogers, with a social work undergrad degree and a life-long involvement in non-profit law and academia.

One of these days, when I find that elusive “time,” I really want to research and write more about how these educational and experiential choices are proving to be the ones that people look to, especially in cases where the idea of “restoring” something is involved.

This is no small observation.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 11:56 am May 28th, 2008 in Education, Law, Mental health, Ted Strickland | 2 Comments 

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Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced this morning that Ohio State University Moritz Law School Dean Nancy Rogers will serve as the state’s attorney general. She will not run in November 2008 for the unfinished term of former Attorney General Marc Dann who resigned after being engulfed in scandal related to a hostile work environment and improprieties in the office.

University of Kansas, Social Work undergrad degree – YES!!

Worked at Legal Aid – YES!!


Sigh of relief.

Update of coverage:

The Plain Dealer

Columbus Dispatch

Sarah Cole of OSU Law School on the ADR Prof Blog:

Governor Strickland has made an inspired choice in tapping Nancy for
this post. As dean of Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law since 2001 and
faculty member since 1976, she has served the university and the law
school with great distinction. The people of Ohio are fortunate that the
state’s new top attorney has the highest degree of integrity, widely
respected legal skills and strong leadership qualities.

Crains’ Cleveland Business

Progress Ohio – post and video of swearing in, and of the Governor’s announcement

A little analysis:

Ohio Daily Blog

Pho’s Akron Pages

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 10:07 am May 28th, 2008 in Announcements, Government, Marc Dann, Ohio, Politics, Scandal, Ted Strickland | 5 Comments 

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I mentioned the alleged solicitation case involving Lorain Councilman Dennis Flores here (see #5). Today, the Morning Journal’s editorial says Flores should resign:

On Friday night, along a stretch of Broadway in Lorain, Dennis Flores allegedly solicited sex from a police decoy prostitute and was arrested. That is when Flores went from being part of the solution to being part of the problem in Lorain.

Now, the only way Flores can begin to undo the damage he has inflicted on Lorain is to resign as 2nd Ward councilman.

Unfortunately, Flores seems to think that he can get away with just an apology, a nod to counseling and a big dose of denial. Sounding strangely like the pre-resignation Marc Dann, Flores told our reporter yesterday, ”We’ve got lots of work to do at City Council, and that’s what I’m concentrating on. I’ll deal with my personal problems as I go along.”

Strange is right.

I’d recommend keeping an eye on The Word of Mouth Blog (check out this post on the topic) for community reaction and thoughts.

Again, for me, the issue is how case after case demonstrates such wretched lack of respect for women. I don’t want to hear about the choices the women made – no amount of liberation excuses other people’s bad behavior and we all know that.

I don’t live in Lorain so I’m not sure whether I’d demand his resignation.  But if any folks from there can shed some light on how clear or unclear this case is, I’d love it.

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By Jill Miller Zimon at 8:15 am May 28th, 2008 in Cleveland+, Ohio, Politics, Scandal, Women | 9 Comments