In memorium

This I found on the blog of, of all blogs the esteemed century-old journal of liberal opinion, The New Republic. It’s a story about the death of Solange Magnano, 38, and mother of two. Her death is deemed newsworthy because she is a former Ms. Argentina, and because she died as a result of glutal plastic surgery, the story is being milked for laughs–for example, when the reporter choses the word “dernier”.  Jon Chait, a commentator I always respected even when I could not agree with him, reposted the story under the jokey headline, “Dolce Et Decorum Est Pro Ass Mori,” a play on a verse of the Latin poet Horace, ” Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” or,  in English, “It is glorious and honourable to die for one’s country.” Even the ABC news outlet proclaims, in bold 42-sized font, “Former Miss Argentina Dies ‘For Firmer Ass.'”

Magnano is beyond dignity and indignity now. But her family at least could be considered.


This week is Body Image Week

Via an email with a layout far more jumbled than one would expect from the Communications Listserve:

Marquette University’s Converged Student Media presents: BODY IMAGE WEEK with content distributed throughout campus and online Monday-Friday of this week.
Check out for all the details.

      Monday 11/30:

  • MUTV Marquette On The Line: 7-730pm, and The Variety Show/Get Baked with Morgan White: 8:30-9pm
      Tuesday 12/1:
Tribune Closer Look: Marquette Athlete Body Image
Wednesday 12/2:

  • MU Student Media LAUNCH PARTY
  • 5-7pm in the AMU, 1st floor
  • Viewing of Marquette On The Line/The Variety Show
  • “What Is Convergence?”
  • WMUR Live
  • Activities and Food

    Thursday 12/3:
  • Journal – Eating Disorders, Beauty, Plastic Surgery
  • Tribune – Closer Look, Student Health Services; Marquee: Hot Yoga
    Friday 12/4:
  • Everything from Body Image Week on
  • Monday Morning Surrealism

    Dorothea Tanning, "The Birthday," 1942

    Finally, artwork by a woman for what’s supposed to be a feminist blog. I think the creature in the lower left-hand corner
    a.) represents the riddiculousness of all human strivings for freedom in the chaotic and irrational world presupposed by the Surrealists, a reading reinforced by the apparently endless sequence of doors going nowhere, and  
    b.) is an Aye-aye, though those living outside of paint do not have wings.

    “One in eight Americans and one in four children” on food stamps


    Required Reading

    Andrew Sullivan on a horrifying proposed Ugandan law, and our own elected officials’ involvement in its proposal. Read the links, too. Make time.

    Women in Academia panel Wednesday

    Empowerment’s last event for the year will be on Wednesday Dec. 3 from 4 pm-5pm in Cudahay rm. 144. Via the event’s Facebook page:

    Have questions about life in academia? Being a woman in a demanding career? How Marquette treats its female faculty?

    Empowerment is sponsoring a panel of Marquette Professors and Grad Students that will talk about being a woman in academia and who will answer any questions you have. The panelists are from diverse backgrounds, from Computer Science to Philosophy, and the discussion will be guided by your questions.

    Also, there may be baked good!

    Hopefully one of our commentors will be kind enough to provide a list of panelists. Hint hint.

    Dublin commission: Four archbishops, state authorities implicated in child rape coverup

    Via the Irish Times:

    The Commission of Investigation into Dublin’s Catholic Archdiocese has concluded that there is “no doubt” that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the archdiocese and other Church authorities. The commission’s report covers the period between January 1st 1975 and April 30th 2004. It said there cover-ups took place over much of this period.

    In its report, published this afternoon, it has also found that “the structures and rules of the Catholic Church facilitated that cover-up.” It also found that “the State authorities facilitated the cover-up by not fulfilling their responsibilities to ensure that the law was applied equally to all and allowing the Church institutions to be beyond the reach of the normal law enforcement processes.”

    Over the period within its remit “the welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said. “Instead the focus was on the avoidance of scandal and the preservation of the good name, status and assets of the institution and of what the institution regarded as its most important members – the priests [.]”

    The sitting Aauxiliary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh has called for a cessation of further inquiry, claiming:

     …[W]e’d be far better using our time, energy and money in consolidating our church-protection services, our school-protection services and all of the legislation that will enable it.

    Vatican spokesmen have declined comment.

    Via the Boston Herald:

    [A] report in May sought to document the scale of abuse as well as the reasons why church and state authorities didn’t stop it, whereas Thursday’s 720-page report focused on why church leaders in the Dublin Archdiocese – home to a quarter of Ireland’s 4 million Catholics – did not tell police about a single abuse complaint against a priest until 1995. By then, the investigators found, successive archbishops and their senior deputies – among them qualified lawyers – already had compiled confidential files on more than 100 parish priests who had sexually abused children since 1940. Those files had remained locked in the Dublin archbishop’s private vault.


    The investigators also dug up a paper trail documenting the church’s long-secret insurance policy, taken out in 1987, to cover potential lawsuits and compensation demands. Dublin church leaders publicly denied the existence of the problem for a decade afterward – but since the mid-1990s have paid out more than euro10 million ($15 million) in settlements and legal bills.