Here’s some things that have been interesting me over the past few days….

Further to previous coverage of the Roman Polanski (see here, here and here) I was interested to read this from Everyday Sociology about the difference in reporting of the Roman Polanski case and the Elizabeth Smart case which looks at some of the ways in which the media reporting of each case is affected by issues of class and power.

Over at Barbara Ehrenreich’s blog is a question about women’s happiness. The discussion is around whether, as some argue, feminism has made women happier or whether research into women’s happiness has yet to find an answer as to what makes women happy (answers in the comments please!). Meanwhile (and I don’t conflate longevity with happiness necessarily), the BBC reports that well educated women mean longer lives for both the women and their male partners (apparently non-straight couples weren’t looked at….)

A woman’s education and social status were more important for a man’s life chances than his own education, the findings indicate. And a woman’s education also affects her own mortality, with someone with a school education having a 53% greater risk of dying early than a university educated woman. The authors said: “Education is of great importance through a direct influence on mortality as well as indirectly via occupation and income.”

From BBC News

Meanwhile it seems there are no depths to which Playboy will not sink to exploit women’s bodies – Marge Simpson (yes the cartoon character) will appear naked in an issue. Allison McCarthy over at Global Comment says more on this…

And finally, courtesy of Feministing, a slam poetry performance on transgender experience which is amazing….