Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sophomoric Slump

Here’s something to make you smile from a friend’s facebook: I’m importing my laughs today because my 20 year-old son just offered some of his always spot-on feedback: “Mom, your blog isn’t funny anymore.” Finally something we can agree on! … Continue reading

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Todd Akin’s “Forcible Rape” of Reason

Here is my column today on the problem of trying to police the kind of trauma that merits an abortion : It’s Code Red as Republicans try to distance themselves from Representative Todd Akin’s recent startlingly inaccurate biology lesson. … Continue reading

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Helpful Tip of the Day: Try Not To Assault People

Re. my earlier piece on the unexamined maleness of violence, I saw that a student posted this on her facebook today. It’s a wonderfully trenchant upending of the typical sort of advice offered to college women. Before y’all get mad … Continue reading

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A Letter To My Conservative Christian Friend

I wrote this letter in 2004, shortly after the re-election of George W. Bush, to a conservative Christian friend who told me — as I’ve been hearing quite a bit in the last few days – that she considered paying … Continue reading

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Is Paul Ryan’s Budget ‘Un-Christian’?

Here is my column today on the Paul Ryan budget. Americans often tell pollsters they yearn for a return to the Christian principles on which the U.S. was founded. If so, they should take a closer look at the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Reason (Yes, It Really IS Hard To Be A Single Parent)

I generally skew liberal, or at least “left of center.” But this Op-ed, “In Defense of Single Mothers,” from the New York Times, makes my blood boil in a most conservative way. To quote my friend, the psychologist and best-selling … Continue reading

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