Female cadets in the U.S. military are increasingly falling victim to debilitating, silent struggles -- eating disorders. Military officials say that eating disorders aren't problems in their ranks, but cadets and low-profile studies say otherwise.
Welcome to the macho world of cosmetic surgery. Once the hush-hush domain of aging society women, the fast-growing market for cosmetic procedures increasingly includes male baby boomers. Over the past five years, the number of men having liposuction has tripled, according to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the number having face-lifts has doubled. Cosmetic surgery, with ads promising quick and easy high-tech results, is being marketed to men the way sports cars and stereo equipment are sold -- as accessories to make them more attractive, powerful, and masculine.
As a behind-the-scenes campaign organizer, a convention delegate, a political strategist, and a co-founder of the Republican women's movement, Tanya Melich has devoted her life to the party of Lincoln and the principles it stands for. Until recently, that is. As a moderate and a woman, Melich pushed within the party to maintain its traditional support for women's equality and individual rights by fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment and women's rights to keep abortion a private choice. But over the years, she found, women's voices in the party were silenced by male party officials who felt they were getting in the way of a broader strategy. That strategy, argues Melich in her new book The Republican War Against Women: An Insider's Report from Behind the Line. Laura Fraser talked to Melich about the upcoming election, the GOP, and the politics of meanness.