Modern Tupperware Parties

Remember the famous pink Cadillac that successful Mary Kay sales women used to receive? Well, these days, the Cadillac has been supplanted by a sleek, black BMW for top reps, and direct selling—as the type of merchandising pioneered by Mary Kay is officially called—has become, as the Washington Post describes it, “hipper and higher end.” … Continued

Culture

The Post-Election Pauline Kael Award Goes to. . . . The Left

The other day, when a friend who is old enough to have matured past her Bernie Sanders infatuation—but hasn’t—said to me with a mixture of awe and disdain that I was the only person she knew who voted for Trump, she put me in mind of the New York film critic Pauline Kael. “I can’t believe … Continued

Politics

Don’t Call Me Ms.: The Life and Times of Phyllis Schlafly

As the leading woman politician today consorts with the rich and famous at glittering locales, let us pause to consider the legacy of Phyllis Schlafly—she of the helmet hairdo, pastel suits, and pearls—who mobilized an army of cookie-baking mothers to step in at the last minute and defeat the all-but-inevitable passage of the Equal Rights … Continued

Politics

More and More Students Think They’re Oppressed

College students are losing their minds. According to the new annual survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, released last week, the two top complaints that send students to the counseling office—anxiety (47.3 percent), and depression (40.01 percent)—have remained fairly stable for several years. But the survey saw an uptick in … Continued

Culture

Is Camilla the Wicked Stepmother in the Royal Family Drama?

Just in time for Mother’s Day, bestselling royal biographer Christopher Andersen is out with his latest book, Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne, which portrays Prince Charles’ second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as something of a wicked stepmother. Take, for example, what the New York Daily News called Camilla’s “Lady Macbeth-esque … Continued

Celebrities

Nancy Reagan: An Alternative Obituary

In death as in life, Nancy Reagan, the former First Lady, who lived in the White House from 1981-1989, and who died Sunday at the age of 94, couldn’t catch a break from the Washington Post. Lois Romano led off Mrs. Reagan’s Post obituary this way: Nancy Reagan had an undeniable knack for inviting controversy. There … Continued

Culture

Steinem, Albright Try Bullying Female Voters into Supporting Hillary

Snow provided by Mother Nature combined with threats of eternal damnation from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright were not sufficient to prevent Democratic women from deserting Hillary Clinton in droves this Tuesday to deliver a smashing victory to avuncular socialist Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. Any woman who has ever had a … Continued

Culture, Politics

The Rising Campaign Against Single-Sex Education

Although the headline of a December 22 Atlantic article was “The Resurgence of Single-Sex Education,” a less misleading title might have been “The Resurgence of the Campaign against Single Sex-Education.” Because every time single-sex education finds a constituency, it seems there are people waiting in the wings to shut it down. This time it’s the … Continued

Culture

The Perils of the Christmas Eve Sermon

On Christmas Eve, nothing irritates me more than a sermon on the ills of commercialism. This is a good time to talk about the Babe in the manger, not our shopping habits. I always think that such a sermon preached on this night (of all nights!) is tantamount to the preacher’s shrugging his shoulders and … Continued

Culture

Celebrities, Please Stop Talking About Menopause

Author Gail Sheehy called it the “silent passage” in her landmark 1992 book, but now women can’t stop talking about it. “It” is menopause. Yes, menopause is now like the love that once dared not speak its name. It’s all the rage (no pun intended) and celebrities are happy to discuss its impact on their … Continued

Celebrities, Culture