Whatever you think of Helen Thomas's comments about the Jews and Israel, it's clear that her status as a pioneering icon for outspoken women in public life will forever be colored by this controversy. And maybe that's okay.
Look, Brigitte Bardot was stunning and all, and represented a certain kind of liberation. But, um, isn't she a little more complicated than that?
Saturday, August 16, is Madonna's birthday. She will be 50 years old. Hank Stuever pondered the life of the woman often called The Material Girl in a must-read article for Sunday's Washington Post. He writes: "Madonna turning 50 is not about Madonna. As ever, it's about the rest of us, who are always caught watching…