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IN­CLU­SION is all very nice, but ex­clu­sion gets bet­ter pub­lic­ity: Por­tia de Rossi, the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, has got a book out. In Aus­tralia to pub­li­cize it last week, she re­fused to talk to any male in­ter­view­ers. This suc­ceeded in get­ting pub­lic­ity for the tome, which is about her strug­gle with anorexia, among other things, and ti­tled Un­bear­able Light­ness: A Story of Loss and Gain. But the pub­lic­ity was not very pos­i­tive. David Koch, one of the TV in­ter­view­ers she boy­cotted, put it this way: “ If a male said I don’t want to be in­ter­viewed by a woman, there would be a mas­sive out­cry of dis­crim­i­na­tion. I ad­mire what she and Ellen have done for com­mu­nity tol­er­ance and in­clu­sive­ness. But ( her boy­cott) is a real con­tra­dic­tion for what she stands for, which re­ally sur­prises me.”

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