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 This week, the blogs give us one Port Authority exec’s 9/11 memories, glimpses of new fall fashion trends, and how Lizz Winstead’s feminism helped her empower the funny seriousness of The Daily Show.

    •  In a week where all forms of media are trying to figure out how to cover the 9/11 anniversary with sensitivity, Guernica offers an interview with Port Authority executive Mary Lee Hannell, who “in 2001 worked on the sixty-seventh floor. In 1993, Hannell had just stepped out of the building for lunch when a terrorist bomb exploded in the World Trade Center’s parking lot.” Click over for the rest, including Hannell’s smart musings on trauma: “I mean, at one point I think we all felt like we were swimming with our heads just barely above the water with regard to this whole World Trade Center disaster. What happens, I think, over time is you rethink so much of the what-could-have-beens and the, ‘Boy, I made that decision, not knowing how important that decision was.’ That creeps up on you. It’s really powerful and it’s sometimes tough to manage.”
    • We’ve been meaning to introduce you to Beyond Babedom, whose tagline sounds a little like ours: “We’re Over 40. Get Over It.” This week, BB weighs in on the kerfuffle surrounding the movie The Help, but from a distaff angle: “one thing really bothered me: the main character, Skeeter, who was supposed to be tall and gangly and unattractive was . . . Emma Stone! Now, really, Emma Stone? … This isn’t the only time we see Hollywood (and every other entertainment venue) replacing  a normal woman with an uber woman. Show me one leading lady (other than Whoppie Goldberg) who isn’t stunning. I challenge you. Oh, sure, you may be able to find one or two obscure examples. But for the most part, girls and women in movies and on TV are all idealized versions of male wet dreams.” Not news to us, though she was as cheered as we when Helen Mirren was acknowledged for still being a babe.
    •  Egalia at Tennessee Guerrilla Women points to an interview with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at ThinkProgress, where she reflects that “If I Were Nominated Today, My Feminist Work For The ACLU Would Probably Disqualify Me.” Now we know why her new peer Justice Elena Kagan stayed so private for so many years, and hope we live to see the day that a future Supreme Court nominee can hold up her civil-liberties service with pride.
    • does their Feministing Five, and this week writer/producer Lizz Winstead is at the top of their list. This year, the Daily Show c0-creator’s national tour is in support of Planned Parenthood. Feministing’s Anna asked her What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge facing feminism today? Life is becoming so hard that it’s eating away at our time for activism,” Winstead said, “and it’s eating at our time for bonding with each other to figure out a way to get out of the computer and back onto the streets. You have to work two jobs and you’re constantly trying to survive so carving out time for activism has been a really big struggle.”  Below, Winstead tells how her activist spirit helped her create the now-most-trusted TV news show.


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  • Roz Warren September 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    Great top five! All interesting and relevant — thanks!