The Foursome Returns: The long-awaited “Sex and the City” movie opens at midnight tonight. Bob Thompson of The National Post interviews Kim Cattrall, 51, about reprising her character, Samantha:

As usual, Cattrall’s Samantha tells it like it is —
just as she did on the show, elevating the status of the single
professional woman from uncool to very hip.

“In fact, I think she helped me get through my own forties,” Cattrall says of Samantha’s spunky attitude.

“You know, actresses, especially, always accuse Hollywood of
ageism,” says the veteran who started the series at the age of 41. “But
I found that I was doing that to myself because at first I was really
questioning if I could indeed play a woman who was that sexual.”

She could and did, and defined her with sass and class in the great
tradition of the smart-mouth bombshells of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Plus: The AP reports on the advance ticket sales and interest from women of all ages, and Women & Hollywood notes the double standard for defining a film’s success. Meanwhile, Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, a fan of the series, wishes it remained it re-runs.

Schmich, who also pens the Brenda Starr cartoon strip, describes a
run-in with a young woman whose idea of a journalism career is based on
watching SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) write
single-girl-in-the-city columns:

“I love Carrie Bradshaw,” said the woman, who, when I
asked, said no, she did not read, and had never read, a newspaper
except sometimes for the ads. “I would love your job. Is it really fun?”

Such is the power of “Sex and the City” to seed fantasies.

I want to keep talking about “Sex and the City” fantasies, but hang
on a sec. This darn camisole. I swear, one of the hardest things about
writing is the way the teensy silk straps keep falling off my shapely

Anyway, “Sex and the City” fantasies usually have more to do with
love and shoes than with writing, but it speaks to the show’s power
that it could make even laptops seem like sex toys.

And this week, as you can’t help but know, the fantasy is coming to
American movie screens, which leaves some watchers of the TV show to
wonder: Aren’t fantasies like dinner guests? If they stick around too
long, doesn’t the fun wear off? …

“I Do Not Blog on the Bench”: That’s a quote from U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston, who contributes to “Convictions,”
Slate’s new blog on legal issues. Gertner, 62, is the only jurist among
nearly two dozen contributors and the only judge in Massachusetts who
blogs about her views on legal issues, reports the Boston Globe.

For the past nine years, she has also taught two courses
on sentencing, one a semester, at Yale Law School, her alma mater,
where she shares her insights in her characteristically chatty manner.
So blogging, she says, is not a radical departure.

“I saw this
as the new media version of what I’ve always been doing,” the former
criminal defense lawyer said recently at her office at the John Joseph
Moakley Courthouse. “If this is where people are getting information,
this is where we have to be.”

The Million Women March: “[L]ess than 3 percent of those
women-owned businesses have achieved revenues of $1 million or more,
according to the Center for Women’s Business Research (CWBR), a
nonprofit research institute,” notes Newsweek, in this story on efforts to change the numbers following decades of discrimination against women.
The program “Make Mine a Million,” for example, provides capital,
coaching and marketing and technology resources to women who want their
business revenues to hit the $1 million benchmark.

“Twenty years ago there was a question of whether a woman could even
reliably build a business to that level,” says M. Thérèse Flaherty,
director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center at the
University of Pennsylvania. “That’s just not a question anymore.”

Nothing to Sniff At: “The nose is the up-and-coming route for
delivering medication, and increasing numbers of drugs are being
squirted, snorted and sprayed into the nasal passages for diseases as
diverse as seasickness, diabetes, migraines and osteoporosis,” reports The Independent
(UK). The nose is also considered a route for boosting libido in women,
“with research showing that a nose spray based on testosterone,
currently in development, increases libido and improves arousal in
women over 40.”

Women’s Signature Effort: The Boston Globe reports
on how an aircraft part that was found in the Papua New Guinea jungle points to the
overlooked story of U.S. women’s work efforts during WWII. The part bore the names of the women who built the plane, and the story
details the painstaking research that went into identifying those whose work went unrecognized for so long. Eric Moskowitz writes:

women were among many thousands on the homefront who spoke little about
their work at the time — posters on the walls warned them not to talk
about their work – and even less afterward.

For some, the notion of factory work was vaguely embarrassing, just
a few years removed from Great Depression notions that a woman in the
workplace was stealing a job from a man who needed to feed his family.
In some parts of the country, women were legally barred from certain
types of jobs. But even those who were proud of their work tended to
view it as insubstantial, the least they could do when men were dying.

So in later decades, even as academics began rediscovering women’s
contributions to the war effort, and as feminist daughters embraced the
famous image of Rosie flexing her muscles for the war, the women of
Consolidated Vultee in Tucson — indeed, of every plant — were
dispersed, largely silent, and disappearing by the day.

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