In Defense of a Weiner

June 12, 2011
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Anthony Weiner’s exhausted public relations team announced this weekend that the congressman is entering a “treatment center” to “focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person.” The announcement comes in the wake of recent revelations that Rep. Weiner was communicating privately on Twitter with a 17-year-old Delaware girl. Though leaked messages from Weiner’s exchange […]

Now We’ve Got the Pill…

May 11, 2011
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In “The Pill”—my favorite Loretta Lynn song—Lynn croons: All these years I`ve stayed at home while you had all your fun And every year that`s gone by another baby`s come There`s gonna be some changes made right here on Nursery Hill You`ve set this chicken your last time `cause now I`ve got the pill The […]

Another Perspective on the “Good Old Days”

April 29, 2011
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Megan McArdle, responding to Paul Krugman’s and Jim Manzi’s reminiscence of the “glory days” of 1960s middle class life, points out that that golden period in American history was made possible by (among other things) gender inequality: Maybe it’s because I grew up later than either Manzi or Krugman; maybe it’s because I grew up […]

Posted in: Anti-Feminism

“Ruined” Women and the Value of The Abject

April 27, 2011
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Washington State high school student Gaby Rodriguez made national news last week when she announced that she’d been faking a pregnancy for six and a half months. She revealed the fraud in dramatic fashion, pulling her fake bump out from under her shirt before a shocked student assembly, who gave her a standing ovation when […]

Drink Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

April 10, 2011
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A scandalous photo of actress Kate Hudson hit the internet last week. No, she wasn’t caught with a married costar or with a vial of cocaine. The pregnant Ms. Hudson was photographed having dinner in Argentina—while sipping a glass of red wine. “Kate Hudson, What Are You Drinking?” demanded gossip site Popeater, who published the […]

Posted in: Health Care

The Physical Intelligence of Elizabeth Taylor

April 4, 2011
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After Elizabeth Taylor died, Salon called up their founding contributor Camille Paglia for her eulogy. Paglia—a lifelong devotee of Taylor—took the interview as an opportunity to talk about what’s wrong with Hollywood actresses today: To me, Elizabeth Taylor’s importance as an actress was that she represented a kind of womanliness that is now completely impossible […]

Guest Blog — The Game: A Surprisingly Homoerotic Romp Through the Male Id

April 4, 2011
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I’m a little late to The Game, but last week I read Neil Strauss’s exposé of the pick-up artist (PUA) community. Feminists might find offense in these dudes’ approach to women, but the book isn’t about women at all. It’s about men. The Game is a Fight Club-esque dudes-on-dudes tour of the search for self […]