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Bethany Mandel is a writer on politics and culture and a stay-at-home mom to two under two in New Jersey.


What “Black-ish” Gets Right About Trump Voters

Just a week before the inauguration, the country is still raw with post-election angst. While non-Trump-supporting Republicans have had since the summer to reach a point of acceptance, Hillary voters have had far less time. While losing a primary race is different than losing a general election, non-Trump-voting Republicans were forced to face the fact … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve Meltdown and Our Entitlement Problem

During the Gilmore Girls revival series which aired on Netflix recently, we found one of its stars, the fearless millennial Rory Gilmore, floundering in her career. It’s inexplicable (at least to her) why this is happening. Why can’t she find a steady writing job so many years after graduating from Yale University? She was editor-in-chief … Continued

Celebrities

If Women are Better Doctors, Aren’t Men Better Firefighters?

Men and women are made differently and possess different skills and attributes. This is one of those statements that used to be uncontroversial and incontrovertible, but in the last few years become politically incorrect to utter. Female applicants to the New York City Fire Department are held to a different standard than men in the … Continued

Culture

Why Holidays Offend Feminists

Long before political arguments were the basis for thousands of think pieces and blog guides for how to survive this year’s holiday rituals such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, my family perfected the art of the tense holiday meal. One year, for example, drinks were thrown and nobody noticed I had Super Glued my hands … Continued

Culture

Why You Should Give Gifts to Your Kid’s Pediatrician

Last year around this time was a stressful season in the Mandel house. My almost one-year-old son had been deemed “failure to thrive” and hadn’t gained weight or grown in months. He was vomiting or spitting up (depending on your definition) upwards of thirty times a day and woke up every ninety minutes starving, needing … Continued

Culture

Want Happy Kids? Let Them Roughhouse with Dad

Whenever our kids climb, jump on, or otherwise maul my husband, I laugh and think, “Better you than me.” When he’s not home, my youngest often tries to roughhouse with me in the same manner, to which I tell him, “Sorry dude, that’s your dad’s job. Mommy doesn’t do that.” Having grown up without a … Continued

Parenting

Forgive and Forget – But Not with Student Loans

At seventeen years old, while applying to college, I had a fairly one-track mind: I was going to my dream school. I applied to one other school that had a relationship with aforementioned dream school, so that if something went wrong with my application, I could always easily transfer to dream school from the school … Continued

Culture

Kim and Kanye Really Are Together, in Sickness and in Health

When you imagine classic, timeless love stories, the first couple that comes to mind probably isn’t Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Given the number of internet rumors floating around about their relationship being a business arrangement or merely a set-up for reality television, they aren’t most people’s vision of an ideal couple. For those who … Continued

Celebrities

Safety Pin Virtue-Signaling

Imagine the scene: On the subway, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab is sitting, minding her own business. A man approaches, full of hatred in his heart. He wants that seat; she doesn’t deserve to sit. He approaches and spews epithets and seems prepared to strike her. He feels emboldened to do so because the … Continued

Culture

What America Forgot About the Suffering of the Forgotten Man

For most political junkies, waking up on Election Day is akin to waking up on Christmas morning. Sitting and watching the returns is downright exhilarating. But for most Americans, this year was very different. There were a great number of #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary voters, and it’s unclear how many folks actually voted in favor of … Continued

Politics