Shani Hilton

Shani Hilton is associate editor of Campus Progress. You can find her blogging here.

Recent Articles

Doing a Disservice to "Western Mothers."

Mikhail Zinshteyn , a writer at Campus Progress (and a former TAP intern) has an interesting take on controversy around Amy Chua's "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" piece: Perhaps most frustrating about Chua’s essay is how impractical her approach to parenting is for most American families. It’s terribly time-consuming for the parent to be so thoroughly hands-on. With public funding for after-school programs constantly gutted, parents are in a bind to manage their careers, personal needs, and the primary task of nurturing their kids. Beyond the interpersonal development school plays and athletics programs afford, they also take the load off parents who work well past 5pm. Moreover, for many parents, affording nannies and private care services is fiscally unviable. There's nothing wrong with being proud of the work a woman does to raise her children, but there is something wrong with praising it while ignoring that it isn't tenable for all. -- Shani O. Hilton

The Cable Will Be Alright.

New York magazine reports that Conan O'Brien's new show on TBS is the top late-night show for viewers under 50...with a catch: TBS's numbers are so-called "live plus seven" figures, which mean they counts folks who catch up on Coco within a week of each show's broadcast. Late-night shows historically haven't bragged about getting huge bumps from DVRs, but Conan seems to be an exception. [The] show seems to be adding up to 20 percent more viewership via time-shifting. Considering that 88 percent of DVR content is watched within three days of recording, it certainly makes sense to add in time-shifted viewings. (Related, networks don't need to be as concerned about revenue, since Nielsen also points out that almost half of people do watch commercials on DVR.) I, perhaps prematurely, predicted the death of cable not long ago. Despite the increase in people who cancel their cable subscriptions and opt to watch online content like Netflix and Hulu, it seems like cable can be saved. If...

The Death of a Ladyblog.

Salon has closed its woman-focused site Broadsheet , which is probably one of the longest-running news blogs targeting women; it was started in 2005. Salon editor-in-chief, Kerry Lauerman , writes: For much of the last year, Broadsheet has been a one-woman show performed by Tracy Clark-Flory . She's done a terrific job, but it's time for her to move on to focus her attention on stories that she's most interested in -- analyses and reporting on sex, love and relationships -- and stop running Broadsheet. We fully intend to integrate Broadsheet's best, shrewdest writers and commentary in the other sections in Salon, and to a large extent have already started to do that. We've featured pop culture coverage from Broadsheet stars Lynn Harris and Amy Benfer in our arts section; Kate Harding appeared in the War Room blog. You can continue to follow Tracy’s great work ( Twitter ). And we expect to aggressively follow many of the issues Broadsheet championed -- and urge those interested to...

The Mathematics of (White) Beauty.

Dating site OkCupid has released its latest user study -- which appear periodically on the site's blog -- this time focusing on beauty and women. After promising to get to the male users at some point, author Christian Rudder dives into the data, which apparently reveals: [W]hen some men think you're ugly, other men are more likely to message you. And when some men think you're cute, other men become less interested. Why would this happen? Perhaps a little game theory can explain: Suppose you're a man who's really into someone. If you suspect other men are uninterested, it means less competition. You therefore have an added incentive to send a message. You might start thinking: maybe she's lonely. . . maybe she's just waiting to find a guy who appreciates her. . . at least I won't get lost in the crowd. . . maybe these small thoughts, plus the fact that you really think she's hot, prod you to action. You send her the perfectly crafted opening message. There are several things that are...

A National Online Password?

Well, this is interesting: President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said. That news, first reported by CNET, effectively pushes the department to the forefront of the issue, beating out other potential candidates including the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. The move also is likely to please privacy and civil liberties groups that have raised concerns in the past over the dual roles of police and intelligence agencies. Called the "National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace," U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said, it's not "a government-controlled system. What we are talking about is enhancing online...