Is Looking Your Age Now Taboo? From The New York Times:

Are wrinkles to become a thing of the past for the self-selected few, like crooked teeth after the advent of modern orthodontics? At the very least, wrinkles are being repositioned as the new gray hair — another means to judge attractiveness, romantic viability, professional competitiveness and social status.

In interviews, many women, some as young as their early 30s, said they are feeling caught between nature and an anti-aging climate. Many are involved in an internal debate — a negotiation, of sorts — about how much they are willing to intervene.

“It makes people ask themselves whether age is a matter to be treated like white teeth or a manicure,” said Nancy Etcoff, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School who has studied human perceptions of attractiveness. “For some people, the pressure to keep back a few years of time has turned upkeep into a third career, after work and family.”

Why is Harper’s so Bizarre about Women Writers? Heather Mallick ponders the paucity of female writers on the pages of American magazines. Also noted: WomenTK.com, a website created by Ruth Davis Konigsberg that tracked the ratio of male to female writers in five magazines. “Over the course of a year, the overall average shows that these magazines publish stories by male writers three times more often than they do stories by female writers, thereby supporting Ursula K. Le Guin’s hypothesis that ‘there is solid evidence for the fact that when women speak more than 30 percent of the time, men perceive them as dominating the conversation,'” Konigsberg wrote.

The 51 Percent Minority: Lis Wiehl, a law professor at New York Law School, has a new book out, “The 51 Percent Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It.” She discusses the book in her column.

At Home with Sara Davidson: Carolyn See of the Washington Post reviews Sara Davidson’s new book, “LEAP!: What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives?” The Times visits Davidson at her Boulder home.

Women Leaders Help Get Countries Noticed: So says Finland’s President, Tarja Halonen.

Live Like a Queen: Or, to be more precise, “The Queen.” The Hollywood home of Helen Mirren, our favorite Oscar winner is for rent, for a mere $40,000 per month.

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