Sex Bias in Citizenship Law Challenged

Challenging one of the few remaining gender-based federal statutes, women’s advocates urged the Supreme Court to overturn the law that makes it harder for fathers to transmit citizenship to their foreign-born children than it does for mothers.

Men’s Mag Rates Colleges: Easy Sex, Sports, Frats

Men’s Health magazine, in its September issue, rates the 10 “best” and “worst” colleges for men in terms of policies on sexual conduct, women’s studies, overall friendliness, strong sports and solid academics. Hint: Schools lose points for “silly rules,” anti-date rape policies, “cranky” feminist studies departments and cutbacks in men’s sports for women’s equality.The 10 most “male-friendly:” California State University at Long Beach, Davidson College, Illinois Wesleyan University, Indiana University, Lewis & Clark College, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University and Washington and Lee University.The 10 most “anti-male:” Antioch College, Bates College, Brown University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Oberlin College, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Massachusetts and University of Michigan.”Can you spend four years without being denigrated? Absolutely. But it helps a lot if you choose the right school,” it says. “Ironically, the schools that most aggressively pride themselves on tolerance and diversity are often the very schools where men are demonized.”Question: Where do they want their daughters and sisters to go?

AIDS: Always An Outrage

Although we usually highlight a singular outrage, this week we draw attention to a global outrage: the AIDS epidemic and its disproportionate impact upon women worldwide and in the U.S.Last week the United Nations released the latest global survey of the epidemic. The news was expectedly outrageous: At least 5.4 million people were newly infected in 1999, including 2.3 million women 15 to 49, and 620,000 children under 15, many of whom are girls.Next week at the Thirteenth International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, scientists, health care workers, officials, lawmakers and advocates will be discussing the scourge, its prevention and treatment, as well as strategies and limited resources for the war on AIDS.The U.N. report contains more disturbing statistics, using data from December 1999. The global report defines women as being 15 to 49. 14.8 million women were living with HIV/AIDS last year, out of a total 33.6 million people. Another 1.3 million were children under 15.1.2 million women died last year, out of a total of 2.8 million people.