The second installment in our weekly survey of the five most interesting items we’ve seen in the blogosphere. What’s caught your eye? – Ed

We’re not there yet: At’s Broadsheet, Tracy Clark-Flory comments on the disconnect between realizing that inequality exists and taking effective action against it. According to a new study from Pew Research Center, the majority of men and women around the world believe in equal rights for women. Yet in actuality, Clark-Flory notes, most high-paying job opportunities remain unofficially reserved for men.

Why should I have to learn karate to walk down the street? At’s Women’s Rights blog, Sarah Menkedick highlights women in India who are starting to fight back against the sexual harassment they experience every day while simply walking down the street. But while Menkedick agrees that women should be equipped with self-defense skills, she points out that the real change needs to come from men, and the faulty belief that violence towards women is culturally acceptable.

Another one to help run the world: As Australia’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is under close watch by the public, press, and politicians alike. And as far as Susan Hawthorne of the Women’s Media Center is concerned, she has yet to disappoint. Knocking down a slew of governmental norms, Hawthorne writes, Gillard’s presence is a solid push for change.

Still pioneering after all these years: In this crowded movie season, Jennifer Merin of Women’s eNews reflects back on the works of independent British filmmaker Sally Potter. Since her teenage years, Merin notes, Potter has involved herself in all aspects of the arts, including writing, acting, and choreography. And has any Tilda Swinton film ever topped Orlando?

Can women be funny? Oh no, not this one again:’s Amanda Marcotte responds to an article at The Good Men Project by (the unfortunately named) Andrew Ladd, deeming male and female humor as being so different from one another that the answer has to be No. Marcotte notes that Ladd’s conclusion is untrue and perhaps more important, places it in a tradition of sexist thought in centering comedic value around gender.

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