I have never in my life heard so many people say such nice things about journalists.

And, I’ve been a journalist for a long time. It just keeps on coming.

From the Sunday NY Times conversation with Catherine MacKinnon, “a pioneer and lightning rod for sex equality.”…Last month, she met Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who, more recently, became a public face of sexual harassment. 

CM Women have talked to each other about this issue forever. But the media’s reporting it, and staying on it, is an amazing credit to journalists. They discovered that this is a story with legs. It matters, and it’s everywhere. It’s not just for the latest iteration of the women’s page. It’s in sports, politics, business, tech. Now that they’ve discovered the abuse is everywhere, they can cover it everywhere. It also means that men in power — generally white men, wealthy men — can’t afford to ignore it, which they’d always been able to do before. Now it’s going to cost them — their customers, their advertisers — in a way that’s going to bring them down. 

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@niemanfdn @nytmike and @emilysteel from @nytimes talk about how they’ve covered #SexualHarassment

From a talk Wednesday at Harvard.

Steele said she borrowed from lines in the movie to talk to her sources. Not sure these are the exact lines, but FYI.  sasha 1

We were worried about getting a small detail wrong and then they would drive a tractor trailer through the story…If there was anything we were not 100 percent sure about, we took it out.

More from Spotlight: This follows a delay in the story after 9/11. sasha 2

Long before Carrie Bradshaw, there was Cynthia Heimel. In the early ’80s, she gifted us “ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood.”

Sorry to read of the death of Cynthia Heimel, author of 1983’s “Sex Tips for Girls.” From The Washington Post:

download.jpgCynthia Heimel, a humor columnist whose biting, ribald commentary on sex, romance and late-century womanhood were collected in books including “Sex Tips for Girls” and “Get Your Tongue out of My Mouth, I’m Kissing You Good-Bye,” died Feb. 25 at an assisted-living community in Los Angeles. She was 70.

The cause was complications from dementia, said her son Brodie Ransom. Ms. Heimel had been diagnosed about a year ago.

In her books and columns, Ms. Heimel wrote about bad boys, bad dates, bad sex and bad birth control, with the occasional reminiscence of blissed-out pleasure thrown in. “God protects drunks, infants and feisty girls,” she once observed, and in a tumultuous, three-decade writing career, she was feistier than most.

“Everyone in the world seems to think that they are codependent and that they come from dysfunctional families,” she wrote in one 1989 column for Playboy. “They call it codependency, I call it the human condition.”