Women (Sic) of the Year: Princesses, Rape Victims - and A Panda?

Abby Zimet

Pandagate Rules! Much well-deserved furor over the BBC's so-called Women of the Year list, which had to reach outside the species to find a furry bamboo-eater because apparently they couldn't find 12 female bipeds who accomplished anything. Thus, Tian Tian, aka Sweetie, the admittedly cute Chinese panda on loan to the Edinburgh Zoo, joins a few truly deserving women (Gabrielle Giffords) but also several sexual assault victims and women famous for marrying men who are famous. Umm, okay. The Pandagate hashtag and Sweetie's Twitter account are busy.

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