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> "Affirmative Action" for Men on College Campuses
> This article made me want to throw something at the
> deans of admissions for many reasons.
> "The Campus Crusade for Guys"
> index_np.html
> (watch a short ad to see the whole article)
> Basically, colleges are starting to give preference to
> men, even when they are not as prepared to enter
> college, over women because women are in the majority
> on college campuses and tend to graduate more than
> men. Oh, horror! We can't have women outnumber men in
> the work force, too! Who's gonna stay home barefoot
> and pregnant? Something must be done.
> I checked the census to see if women are just simply
> in the majority, and the numbers are roughly equal.
> 105 men per 100 women, ages 10-20 in 2000.
> Interestingly, men's numbers plummet as they get
> older. I knew women lived longer than men, but didn't
> know there are over 1 million women over 90 and only
> 300,000 men. WWI and WWII may have had something to do
> with that, though.
> Here are a few quotes from the article:
> "New York Times Op-Ed writer John Tierney made waves
> in January with an essay warning that educational
> success will come back to haunt women as a dearth of
> educated, eligible husbands turns them into miserable
> spinsters -- and in a rebuttal, Nation columnist Katha
> Pollitt asked why, years ago when she was in school
> and men made up the majority, no one was worrying
> about whether they'd find wives."
> "And it's not just former women's colleges facing a
> 40-60 [men to women] divide anymore. A quick survey of
> colleges and universities around the nation found that
> Kalamazoo College in Michigan comes in at 45-55, the
> University of New Mexico at 43-57, New York University
> at 40-60, and Howard University at 34-66 (low-income,
> minority men and women are most affected by the
> educational gender gap)."
> "Despite their flagging performance in elementary and
> high school, men have hardly abdicated their power to
> women. While women may have held the majority in
> higher education for more than a decade, men still
> earn more than women, still hold the vast number of
> tenure-track university positions. Women possess
> executive positions at less than 2 percent of Fortune
> 500 companies. Could it be that men aren't going to
> college because they don't have to?"
> "...a Department of Education sample of more than
> 9,000 high school students, interviewed over a period
> of eight years, revealed that women with bachelor's
> degrees earn 24 percent more than women without, while
> young men with bachelor's degrees experience no
> significant economic gains."
> "'On the one hand, you want to embrace the success of
> women," he (Tom Mortenson, of Opportunity) tells me.
> 'Yet, as more and more women substitute careers for
> having babies, I've come to see that we're looking at
> a population crisis. The most educated women have the
> fewest children -- this is not rocket science, it's
> just the way things work. We need women to have 2.1
> children [in order to maintain the U.S. population],
> but the recent Census Bureau reports show that
> American women with bachelor's degrees average only
> 1.7. You can do the math -- if we continue this way
> the white population is headed for extinction.' "
> Yes, you read that last one right. And thankfully, Ms.
> magazine steps in:
> "In the fall 2005 issue of Ms. magazine, Phyllis
> Rosser wrote that rather than being 'celebrated for
> [our] landmark achievements, [women] have engendered
> fear,' and offers up this fact, conspicuously absent
> from most media coverage of the gender gap: 'There has
> been no decline in bachelor's degrees awarded to men,'
> she writes. 'The numbers awarded to women have simply
> increased.' Put simply, in the words of Jacqueline
> King, director of the Center of Policy Analysis at the
> American Council of Education, who is quoted in
> Rosser's piece, 'The [real news] story is not one of
> male failure, or even lack of opportunity -- but
> rather one of increased academic success among females
> and minorities.' "


a "preventive maintenance issue"

In Small Town, 'Grease' Ignites a Culture War

New York Times

Published: February 11, 2006



February on -empyre-: Sedition

Australia's rcently enacted Sedition Act undermines the right of free
which has "ever been justly
deemed the only effectual guardian of any other right" --James
Madison (Fourth
President of the United States and an author of the US Constitution)

This month on -empyre- , the discussion will focus on the legal term
and its political impact on global media and culture.
Our guests this month: Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) members Lucia
Sommer and
Claire Pentecost (US), Nicholas Ruiz (US), and Ben Saul (AU)

Please join our guests for conversation on 'sedition' at

On an international scale, the prosecution of Steve Kurtz from
Critical Art
Ensemble is a case in point. The ongoing court case with the US Justice
Department has demonstrated the effect that the "war on terror "has
had on
limiting free speech, particularly in the arts.

In December 2005, the Anti-Terrorism Bill was pushed through the
Parliament. This legislation has met with much concern from the
cultural sector
and human rights and freedom of speech advocates. On 27 October 2005,
Connolly from the University of New South Wales, in a Submission to
the Senate
Legal and Constitutional Committee, outlined many issues that were
raised in
regard to Sedition. In his appendix regarding "Sedition in the Arts"
he makes
the comment that the best known use of sedition laws was during the
period of
McCarthyism in the USA in the 1950s.

Is this where we are headed? -empyre- in February asks the question.
as artists
and cultural producers are we losing our right to express ourselves
and comment
on the state of our society?

The discussion will also look at how sedition laws could affect
online activist
networks like Indymedia and Znet. As such network operate as open
systems, will there be limitations in the capacity to publish and

guest bios:

------------------------->Dr Ben Saul is a Lecturer in the Faculty of
Law at the
University of New South Wales, the Director of the Bill of Rights
Project at the
Gilbert + Tobin Centre for Public Law, and an Associate of the
Australian Human
Rights Centre.

----------------------->Lucia Sommer is an artist, writer, and
activist whose
work is concerned with pleasure in everyday life and the creation of
ephemeral publics. Since 1994 she has taught art in various settings
public school to museum, and her work has been shown individually and
as part
of the cyberfeminist collective subRosa in Europe and North America.
she is pursuing a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the
University of
Rochester, NY.

----------------------->Claire Pentecost is an artist and writer,
engaging a
variety of media to interrogate the imaginative and institutional
that organize divisions of knowledge. Having spent years tinkering in a
conceptual laboratory for ideas about the natural and the artificial,
her most
recent projects concentrate on industrial and bioengineered
agriculture, the
alternatives and the trade regimes that force one over the other. She
has been
an active member of the Critical Art Ensemble defense fund

------------------------>Nicholas Ruiz III was born in New York
City. His work
has appeared in Noema Tecnologie e Society,, Media/,
The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Reconstruction, Public
Resistance and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Kritikos:

join us at <
empyre forum


Persona-Personae in New York

Fri Jan 27, 2006 00:00 - Fri Jan 27, 2006

now through February 24, 2006

Sara Tecchia Roma New York is proud to present PERSONA-PERSONAE, a group show of new work exploring different pathways into both psychological portraiture and the photographic medium.

Sara Tecchia Roma New York, 529 West 20th Street, 2nd floor, NYC

BEN E GRAHAM's series, People At The Start Of The New Century, seeks to "pull people from their own egos and surroundings back to their neglected being." Using inversed photography and hyper-stylized electronic drawings, Graham captures "not so much vulnerabilities, but the essential connection that humans feel for one another when they feel safe." Most of his portraits portray women who have broken his heart.

An interview by G. H. Hovagiman with Ben E Graham is podcast online at

Media artist CHRISTINA MCPHEE presents large-scale images from her Carrizo-Parkfield Diaries, a meditation on seismic memory and identify along the San Andreas Fault in California. The landscape is a riddle of identity: who is in place, is place persona(e)? Seismic data, together with layers of documentary video stills, film and digital photography imply both a landscape of information and a physical presence. The persona of the artist disappears within the digital trace. Black depths of field absorb and project fragments of traumatic memory. The architectural scale of the prints evokes the ‘big data’ of current natural disasters--the tsunami, Katrina--and the amnesia that follows. She recalls Persephone--the goddess who disappears into the ground, and is reborn in spring--as if to suggest a cybernetic link between site, identity, and memory.

This is the first time that a group of digital chromogenic prints from the Diaries will be seen in New York City. Videos from the related Carrizo Quartet series, incorporating Diaries content, were presented in a solo exhibition in Sweden at Bildmuseet, December 2005 - January 2006, ( . The Diaries will travel to Cartes Center for Art and Technology, Espoo, Finland (Helsinki) May to September 2006 as part of a 5 year retrospective curated by Maria Tjader-Knight. A related net artwork, using near-live ground motion data is archived at Whitney Museum of American Art Artport

Award-winning photographer LUCIEN SAMAHA also presents a new series, "From Above" approaching the portrait from quite literally a new angle. Using photos taken from a balcony in Venice, Samaha lifts his subjects from their settings, floating them in a white void free of distraction. He has also recreated his Italian balcony to present an experience pregnant with an angelic voyeurism.

Samaha is also showing a selection of "As Promised...," his ongoing e- mail archive project. With well over 4000 entries to date, Samaha records everyday and extraordinary people stating their e-mail addresses. Samaha interviews day and night, from the club scene to the street. The result is a series of intimate portraits as well as a clever play on the perfect mailing list. Now in its debut in the United States, "As Promised...." secured Samaha a nomination for last year's Nam June Paik Award in Germany.

Contemporary to PERSONA-PERSONAE in Germany, the exhibition "Gut ist was Gefallt (Good is what is liked)" , part of the series Frankfurter Positions, at the Museum fur Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) Frankfurt am Main has just opened with work by Lucien Samaha, together with Wolfgang Tillmans (with his students of the Stadtschule) and Hans-Peter Feldmann. The show runs from January 15th to February 15th, 2006.

SARA TECCHIA ROMA NEW YORK is located at 529 West 20th Street, between Tenth Avenue and Eleventh Avenue. The gallery is on the second floor. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For more information, contact 212-741-2900, or visit