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.
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.”
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…