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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PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND THE G.O.P. As I tip my hat to Ann Friedman , saying, "I feel ya, sister," I think it also important to examine Planned Parenthood's love note to Giuliani in the context of its larger strategy concerning reproductive rights. While Ann's reaction to the e-mail she received from PPFA President Cecile Richards marks the missive as a less-than-prudent fundraising strategy, it's along the same tack taken by Gloria Feldt who, when she had Richards' job, began courting moderate Republicans. In 2000, the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition tried to launch a floor fight at the Republican National Convention, and came within three votes of doing so. Planned Parenthood had a G.O.P. outreach contingent at that same convention, hoping to help the mayhem along. While I agree with my TAPPED sister that Giuliani would probably sell us out in a heartbeat, I think it behooves Planned Parenthood to continue to push pro-choice Republicans to show some backbone and push the right further...


PLANNED PARENTHOOD HEARTS GIULIANI. A disappointing email from Planned Parenthood hit my inbox this morning, lauding Rudy 's position on abortion: WASHINGTON, DC - In response to comments by Republican primary candidates during tonight's debate, Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards issued the following statement: "Giuliani's pro-choice position proves that you don't have to check your convictions at the presidential primary door. It's increasingly clear that the days of the anti-choice stranglehold on the Republican Party are numbered. "While other Republican candidates pander to and fight over the extreme right wing within their party, Rudy Giuliani is leading the pack and he recognizes that standing up for women's health is a winning position. Freedom of choice and personal responsibility are bedrock values of the Republican Party. Now is the time for mainstream Republicans to raise their voices in support of this important issue. Right. Clearly Giuliani is...


JERRY FALWELL HAS DIED. They call him the founder of the Moral Majority, but actually the idea was hatched between Richard Viguerie , the direct-mail king known by the nickname Reagan's Postmaster*, and Paul Weyrich , the founder of the Heritage Foundation. I'm waiting for Pat Robertson to find a way to blame his rival's death on either feminists or witchcraft. *Note to literalists: I'm not saying he actually was the U.S. postmaster under Reagan . It's a nickname. --Adele M. Stan


DoD: GET OFF THE INTERNET. First came the strict regulation of military bloggers, now U.S. troops are going to have to do without MySpace, YouTube, and a handful of other media and social networking sites because the DoD says their use is eating up too much bandwidth. Obviously, this cuts off an important way troops communicate with family and friends at home. DoD claims soldiers will still be able to access the sites on personal computers, but how many are toting their own laptops around Iraq? The selection of banned sites seems somewhat random to me. Sure, it's easy to understand how streaming audio and video sites like Pandora and Live 365 use a lot of bandwidth. But why is the African American social networking site BlackPlanet banned, but not Facebook? And why is Photobucket off-limits, while Flickr is just fine? The YouTube ban is a bit ironic, as Stars and Stripes pointed out on Sunday: Ironically, the Defense Department this year had just begun expanding its own use of YouTube...


HONEY, I SHRUNK THE CHURCH. It seems as if Pope Benedict XVI is really out to prove his philosophy that he's willing to accept a smaller, but more loyal flock for the Roman Catholic Church. Among the loyalty tests -- aside from the traditionally misogynist stands against women in the priesthood and reproductive rights for women -- one rarely discussed appears to have roiled to the surface: acceptance of Western civilization and culture as superior to all others. Yesterday, as his Brazilian sojourn drew to a close, Benedict described the forced conversions and massacres of Brazil's native peoples by European conquerors as their "purification." So reports Raymond Colitt of Reuters: [Brazil's indigenous people] had welcomed the arrival of European priests at the time of the conquest as they were "silently longing" for Christianity, he said. If a 21st-century religious leader can justify murder and enslavement in the name of Christ, there's no telling what else he may find justifiable...