Abby W. Schachter, a Pittsburgh-based writer and blogger (Captain Mommy). Her latest book is No Child Left Alone: Getting the government out of parenting. She contributes to the Weekly Standard, Acculturated, Reason, the New York Post, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Abby is a senior fellow at the Inependent Women's Forum. She's appeared on Fox & Friends and CSPAN's Morning Edition. When not working, Abby spends her days in Iron City raising four children with her artist husband Ben Schachter.

Why Tim Gunn is Right About The Fashion Industry

At the opening of New York Fashion Week earlier this month, Tim Gunn went on a rant about how designers ignore women over a size 12. “Despite the huge financial potential of this market,” Gunn declared, “many designers don’t want to address it. It’s not in their vocabulary.” As if on cue, Lane Bryant has … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Mark Zuckerberg: Prude and Coward?

First Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, was a prude. Then he chose to be a coward. The initial problem was about nudity. Norwegian writer and Facebook user Tom Egeland posted a series of iconic photographs, including one by Nick Ut called The Terror of War, on Facebook. The photograph—which is one of the most famous … Continued


Does Reality TV Encourage Entrepreneurship?

Where is capitalism and entrepreneurship shown off in the best light? Just where one would expect – on reality TV. According to the New York Post, the monstrous success of Shark Tank has led to an explosion of similarly-themed business entrepreneur shows. The two latest entries in this genre are Adventure Capitalists and Cleveland Hustles, … Continued

Entertainment, Television

The Government’s War on Fun

You’ve no doubt heard of the war on poverty and the war on women, but what about the war on fun? As unhappy as it sounds, there has been a decades-long march by government-empowered bureaucrats, school administrators, regulators, and health professionals against nearly every aspect of childhood fun, both indoors and out. Toys, games, playground … Continued


How the Government Became the Worst Helicopter Parent

Uncle Sam is the worst helicopter parent in America. The number of stories detailing mothers, fathers and guardians who have been harassed, threatened, humiliated, and arrested for allowing their kids to be alone and do for themselves is nearly endless. The adults affected by the overreach of police, judges, medical, educational, and social-service personnel come … Continued


Why TV Networks Respond Badly to Real-Life Tragedies

For the folks who produce violent and ripped-from-the-headlines television shows, recent events have made life tougher than usual. USA Network, for example, announced that it was delaying the premiere of a new show starring Ryan Phillipe. “In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we … Continued


The Enduring Virtues of ‘Sixteen Candles’

I want to live in Samantha Baker’s house. Samantha, played beautifully by Molly Ringwald in John Hughes’ 1984 classic movie Sixteen Candles, was one of my heroes growing up, and now that the house where the movie was shot is up for sale in Evanston, IL, I’m thinking I could finally get to live out … Continued


The Bias Against Big Families and the Rise of Childless Cities

Oh, the bias against big families—especially religious families. Take this recent Washington Post headline: “Stop assuming that families with lots of children are religious.” Or how about this one from Babble: “This is why you should never judge that mom in the grocery store with five kids.” Where does this naked assumption that there is … Continued