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* Alex Kuczynski has a surrogate mother bear her biological child, writes ten pages for the New York Times on her physical and psychological battle with infertility:
Celebrities offered hope, and still do. Halle Berry had her first baby at 41! So did Nicole Kidman, and two weeks later there were pictures of her wearing skinny white jeans. Not only fertile, but fit. Salma Hayek was 41. Marcia Cross, from “Desperate Housewives,” was 44. John Edwards’s sometime mistress had a baby when she was 44. Or was it 43? Who cares? That’s way older than I am!
* Also in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof details the phenomenon of Pakinstani acid attacks: “flinging acid on a woman’s face to leave her hideously deformed.”
* Today is World Aids Day.
* So, what’s up with Hitler’s missing testicle? Ron Rosenbaum for Slate:
There’s no excuse now for this incessant dwelling on Hitler’s sexuality, as if it tells us anything about the true nature of his evil. No, all the obsession can tell us about is the way the culture as a whole exhibits a refusal to face the profundity and complexity of evil and instead—with some honorable exceptions—prefers to escape responsibility for Hitler and the Holocaust by blaming it all on ludicrously unserious and ahistorical sexual mythologies, and the Freudian-influenced notion that all behavior has a sexual explanation at heart.
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