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Defending Ms. Behavior.

Meryl Cohn has been amusing readers of gay newspapers for 12 years with her syndicated gay etiquette column, Ms. Behavior. Now the lesbian writer has competition from a similar manners manifesto that started running in The Boston Globe in March.

Citing trademark infringement, Cohn's lawyer in April ordered the Globe to cease publication of its Miss Behave column, but it refused, arguing that Ms. Behavior was not competition because it was "risque." Cohn filed a lawsuit, and the Globe changed its column to Miss Conduct.

Strangely, the Globe profiled Cohn in June. "They went against their own point, that the stuff I do is not of mainstream interest," Cohn said.
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Title Annotation:Media
Author:Fonseca, Nicholas
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 31, 2004
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