Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

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SUDDENLY THE ABSTINENCE-ONLY MOVEMENT CARES ABOUT FACTS? Sometimes I give anti-choicers too much credit. This week, when articles started cropping up on pro-fetus websites about how a government study showed comprehensive sex ed programs disseminate false information, I was actually kind of concerned. After all, the whole "false information about condoms" thing is the abstinence-only folks' area of expertise -- not ours. So I wasn't exactly surprised when the Washington Post reported yesterday that the research was conducted by two right-wing organizations -- the Sagamore Institute (which has close ties to Bush's faith-based initiatives office and the Hudson Institute) and the Medical Institute for Sexual Health (remember them? they "train" med students to promote abstinence-only). It's shocking, I know, that Republicans would ask pro-abstinence-only groups to evaluate the comprehensive sex-ed programs they oppose. The analysis -- requested two years ago by Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and...


CULTURE OF LIFE. If anyone still thinks we should refer to the anti-abortion movement as "pro-life," this event next week should change their mind. The forced-pregnancy movement is holding a four-day rally to honor Paul Hill , who murdered abortion provider Dr. John Britton and his clinic escort in Pensacola, Florida in 1994. Why Milwaukee? Why not? There are people here who recognize Paul Hill as a hero, and we would love to welcome others from around the country who share our belief. Hopefully, in the future, others will host events in their cities. The event will feature a re-enactment of the day Hill murdered Britton. Fun for the whole family! For a compelling read on Dr. Britton's life and death, check out Tom Junod 's National Magazine Award-winning feature, " The Abortionist ." This is how Junod describes Paul Hill and his life's work: His church "excommunicated" him. Hill is not without a congregation, though; there are others who believe as he does that Christians have to...


EVENT: TORTURE IN THE WAR ON TERROR. Tomorrow TAP Senior Editor Tara McKelvey will be participating in a panel discussion : Sunlight in the Torture Chamber Expert Views on the United States' Use of Secrecy, Detention, and Interrogations in the War on Terrorism Thursday, June 14th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Fordham Law School McNally Amphitheatre 160 W. 62nd Street New York, NY Additional info after the jump.


THE GAY BOMB. This is unbelievable : A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting. Pentagon officials on Friday confirmed to CBS 5 that military leaders had considered, and then subsequently rejected, building the so-called "Gay Bomb." [...] "The Ohio Air Force lab proposed that a bomb be developed that contained a chemical that would cause enemy soldiers to become gay, and to have their units break down because all their soldiers became irresistibly attractive to one another," Hammond said after reviewing the documents. Because what could be better than turning the enemy into a bunch of homos ? Our ultra-hetero-masculine soldiers would easily triumph over a nancy-boy army! At least the Pentagon was smart enough to reject the idea. --Ann Friedman


SO HELP ME IVY. The Post reports that President Bush is beefing up his besieged White House legal team with some crack lawyers to defend the administration against a variety of congressional inquiries. As the Post 's Peter Baker notes, all eight [of the newly-hired attorneys] received degrees from Ivy League schools or from West Point. So, when it comes to policy-making over at the so-called Justice Department, a Regent University law degree, like the one held by Monica "I may have crossed the line" Goodling and a battalion of other fundies, suffices. But when it comes to protecting the president's backside, apparently a divine legal degree is no substitute for an East Coast elite Ivy School pedigree. --Tom Schaller