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Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time

ISBN-10: 081297638X
ISBN-13: 9780812976380
Edition: 2006
Authors: Katha Pollitt
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Description: "As this book, which is greater than the sum of its brilliant parts makes clear, Katha Pollitt, who is famously a feminist, is also a humorist, a moralist and a most hilarious, wise, and incisive observer." -Victor Navasky, author of "A Matter of  More...

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/13/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

"As this book, which is greater than the sum of its brilliant parts makes clear, Katha Pollitt, who is famously a feminist, is also a humorist, a moralist and a most hilarious, wise, and incisive observer." -Victor Navasky, author of "A Matter of Opinion" Through presidential administrations Democratic and Republican, Katha Pollitt has observed and exposed the inconsistencies and illogic of those who stand in the way of progress solely to hold on to their power. In defense of human rights and equality, she assails the corrupt and educates the misguided with compassion, Swiftian wit, and complete literary authority. In this compelling collection, Pollitt skewers one hypocrite after another. She suggests, for example, that creationists be permitted to oppose the teaching of evolution only so long as they agree to forgo the benefits of the theory-such as flu vaccines. She gently wonders if those who denounced the decision to allow Terri Schiavo to die in peace would themselves be satisfied to be video-diagnosed by Senator Bill Frist. And in the title essay about fundamentalists' antagonism toward sex education and STD prevention, she asks, "What is it with these right-wing Christians? Faced with a choice between sex and death, they choose death every time." Pollitt is one of the most eloquent and persuasive voices in American political conversation of this or any other era, and "Virginity or Death! "Is a marvelous demonstration of her keen insight, mordant humor, and sense of justice. "Katha Pollitt has long and rightly been hailed for her brilliance, wit, and great insight into politics, social issues, and women's rights. As with all of her work, I am enormouslygrateful for Virginity or Death!, and also deeply jealous." -Anne Lamott, author of "Traveling Mercies"

Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms,' 'Harper's,' and 'Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'

Introduction
Dear Larry, Thanks! John
No Olive Branch
Vaginal Politics
Anti-Catholic? Round Two
Letters to the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives
This Warning May Be Hazardous to Your Health
Analyze This
Childcare Scare
Happy Mother's Day
Cold Comfort
Mad Bad Ads
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's ... Superclone?
Baby, It's Cold Inside!
Summer Follies
Put Out No Flags
Where Are the Women?
War and Peace
After the Taliban
Shotgun Weddings
Pierre Bourdieu, 1930-2002
Egg on the Brain
Justice, Not So Swift
God Changes Everything
Backlash Babies
Regressive Progressive?
Special Rights for the Godly?
Ashcroft Love Iran
School's Out
Beyond Good and Evil
Letter to an Ex-Contrarian
Raise a Glass to the Stay-at-Home Voter?
As Miss World Turns
They Know When You Are Sleeping
War. What Is It Good For?
Pride and Prejudice
Weapons of Mass Delusion?
Bah, Humbug
White Lies
Blond Ambition
Lost Innocents
Selling Dean Short
Stacked Decalogue
Governor Groper?
After You, My Dear Alphonse
Is the Pope Crazy?
There They Go Again
Adam and Steve-Together at Last
Good News for Women
Lost in Space
Judy, Judy, Judy
Kristof to the Rescue?
Toothpaste, Cough Drops, Aspirin, Contraception
The Protocols of Mel Gibson
Pull Over, NASCAR Dads
Pregnant and Dangerous
Down and Out in Texas
Show and Tell in Abu Ghraib
Desperately Seeking Health Insurance
Sex and the Stepford Wife
Let's Not Devalue Ourselves
Bush Bashers and the Bashers Who Bash Them
Mary Cheney, Mary Cheney
Mourn
Earthly Rewards for the Christian Voter
Stop Crying, Start Working
Bittersweet Bomblets
Jesus to the Rescue?
Summers of Our Discontent
Invisible Women
Backward Christian Soldiers
Andrea Dworkin, 1946-2005
Practice What You Preach
Virginity or Death!
Stiffed
If the Frame Fits ...
Should Roe Go?
Feminists for (Fetal) Life
Theocracy Lite
Intelligible Design
Desperate Housewives of the Ivy League?
If Not Miers, Who?
Madam President, Madam President
The World According to Dowd
Girls Against Boys?
Pro-Choice Puritans
Betty Friedan, 1921-2006
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