Articles written by: "Diane Vacca"

Banahan and Kentucky: Obamacare Done Right

April 22, 2014 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

“When I applied [for Kentucky Obamacare], that was the best eight minutes of my life,” LaTonya Ellington told me. “It only took eight minutes to sign up, and it changed my life.” She photographed her application and displays it on her cell phone.

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“Just a Little Off the Top”: How Would the Chained CPI Impact YOU?

October 31, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

It’s looming again—a budget fight over adoption of the “Chained Consumer Price Index” (C-CPI), a proposal to reduce Social Security payments by estimating smaller increases in the cost of living. What IS Chained CPI, and how will it affect you?

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Let’s Make a Deal: Women Senators Get Things Done

October 22, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

Female senators have persuaded their male colleagues that “women’s issues” affect everybody; that sexual assault in the military is a real problem, and not just for women; that health, education, child care, abortion, and pay equity affect the entire family. And they seized the reins in the default debate.

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Pornography: Getting It Up and Putting Her Down

September 17, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

The debate over porn—allegations of its contempt for women (evidenced by women’s subordination and abuse), countered by assertions of its innocuousness—hasn’t been so heated in years.

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Today’s Sons Are Teaching Their Fathers

June 16, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

When I was growing up, it was unusual to see a father kiss or embrace his son in public, especially if the boy was an adolescent or older. Tom Ruth was “very young, probably less than 12,” when his father would kiss him. “After that, it was the occasional hug. Not a lot of display of emotion,” he said. “Men don’t cry, that sort of thing.”

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Wonder Women! Superheroines with the Allure of Attractive Women, the Strength of Powerful Men!

April 13, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

By the 1960s, Wonder Woman had been enervated and diminished. Her superpowers and provocative costume had been stripped away. No more daring exploits. But then Gloria Steinem brought her back with a bang.

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The Provocations of Hannah Arendt

March 19, 2013 by Diane Vacca

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By Diane Vacca

When Adolf Eichmann, a former officer in the SS, was captured in Argentina and taken to Jerusalem, “The New Yorker” tapped Arendt to cover his trial, one of the most sensational of the century. Arendt was a German Jew who had experienced firsthand the pain of exile and was compelled to flee the Nazi regime, first in Germany and later in France. No one anticipated that her reportage would result in a third exile—ostracism by most of the Jewish community.

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Hats, Saints, Milliners, and a Synagogue

December 1, 2012 by Diane Vacca

An elegance of milliners wearing fabulous chapeaux honors St. Catherine, the patron saint of hatmakers. At the service in the Millinery Center Synagogue, the cheerful cantor praises them for looking beautiful to make their husbands happy and proud.

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Birthday Tsunami

July 10, 2012 by Diane Vacca

Was The Birthday responsible for these mishaps—these signs of falling apart—coming in such rapid succession? I had survived 35, weathered 50, and pretty much sailed through 60. But 70?

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Nora Ephron: Exit, Laughing

June 29, 2012 by Diane Vacca

Ephron was funny, witty, and sharp, and she was always honest. She was a keen observer of human foibles, her own as well as those of others. She had the courage to bare her own warts and make them funny. By making us laugh, she helped us to accept the things we most worry about but rarely discuss.

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Fashion Friday: Milliners’ Challenge, Part 2

April 20, 2012 by Diane Vacca

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This week, we spotlight more fantasies from the Fashion Institute of Technology exhibit—all of them dramatic, some of them delightfully wild.

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Fashion Friday: Milliners’ Challenge

April 13, 2012 by Diane Vacca

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For the exhibition “One Block Many Milliners,” Linda Ashton proposed that each hatmaker begin with the same block (form), with free rein to choose materials and trimmings. The imaginative results were on display last week.

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Tomorrow: Back-to-Back PBS Profiles of Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee

April 1, 2012 by Diane Vacca

Both of them grew up in the South and transformed their experiences into best-selling novels that grappled with the traditions of Southern culture (albeit in very different ways). So PBS’s pairing of Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee in two American Masters specials tomorrow evening, April 2, is a natural.

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Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

March 9, 2012 by Diane Vacca

By Diane Vacca

Sharon La Cruise’s film explores how Bates, a black feminist who stubbornly refused to be cowed by either black men or white mobs, managed to spur the desegregation of Little Rock schools.

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“Black Butterflies”—the Poetry of Love and Anger

March 4, 2012 by Diane Vacca

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The film derives its power from three women—the director, whose vision harmonized diverse elements; the strong leading actress; and the subject, South African poet Ingrid Jonker.

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