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    Thu. September 11

    Jolie’s Wedding Dress = Everything Wrong with Our Culture

    Ashley E. McGuire

    I love my sister, Chelsea, but I have to disagree about Angelina’s wedding dress and veil.

    Apart from looking like ugliness threw up on her and ruined a perfectly lovely gown, it was an attention-grabbing tactic that illustrates, pun intended, our culture’s increasingly warped idea of what it means to prioritize one’s kids.

    Let’s start with what we know for a fact is the very best thing that parents can do for their children: get married (before having children) and stay married. Fifty-eight percent of unmarried births now occur to cohabitating parents like the (previously cohabitating) Jolie-Pitts. And the data continue to show that this arrangement remains a less stable situation for children than growing up with married parents. Economically, children growing up in two-parent, cohabitating households may fare the same as with married parents, as they are more likely to benefit from two incomes. But when…

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    Wed. September 10

    The NFL Shows its Compassionate Side

    Mark Tapson

    The National Football League—and indeed, the sport of football itself—is under a lot of fire lately, with scrutiny over damaging concussions, videos of domestic violence, and even charges that the game encourages homophobia and teaches children misogyny. But there is a positive, compassionate side of the league that tends to get lost among the volleys of criticism.

    When Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive tackle Devon Still, for example, learned in June that his beautiful 4-year-old daughter Leah had Stage 4 pediatric cancer, “I just broke down in tears and couldn’t stop crying. It’s like my whole world turned upside down.” Still wasn’t able to give the team 100% after that, and eventually he was cut from the squad.

    But the Bengals then offered him a slot on their practice squad, providing him with a paycheck, health insurance, and more time to spend with Leah. “They could have just washed…

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    Wed. September 10

    The “Diet Fork” Won’t Solve Our Weight Problems

    Gracy Olmstead

    Americans have an eating problem. According to the Journal for American Medicine, over one-third of American adults are obese, and 17 percent of youth also struggle with obesity. Obesity can be extremely costly, both to one’s health and one’s wallet: the estimated annual medical cost of obesity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was $147 billion in 2008; $1,429 higher the cost for those of a normal weight.

    There are always a swath of diets marketed to people struggling with these problems—paleo, vegan, raw, juicing, vegetarian, Atkins, Weight Watchers… the list goes on. And as technology grows more innovative and advanced, we see new tools flooding to the diet scene: mobile calorie counters, Fitbit pedometers, and now—the HAPIfork. In New York Magazine, Jessica Roy describes the fork and its purpose:

    The devil fork is called the HAPIfork, but I immediately slip into calling it the “food-shaming fork,”…

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    Tue. September 9

    A Lesson in Graciously Turning Down a Man

    Mark Judge

    In the past few weeks there has been a lot of coverage in the media about men and catcalling. It kicked off when Doree Lewak wrote a piece in the New York Post claiming that she finds catcalls from men flattering.  This was met with a forceful response by feminists, who argued that catcalls are degrading and offensive.

    I happen to side with the feminists on this one—catcalling is vulgar and obnoxious, and should be shamed the way we shame smokers. Yet there’s another component to the verbal war between the sexes that has been ignored: the way women reject men. Younger women seem to have lost the ability to graciously turn down a man who politely and non-aggressively shows an interest in them.

    We’ve all seen it—at bars, in clubs, at parties. A dude screws up the nerve to take that long walk across the room and…

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    Tue. September 9

    Duchess Kate’s Sacrifice Is Every Mom’s Sacrifice

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Still swooning from the recent release of pictures of one year-old Prince George taking his first steps and being insanely cute in general, the world is swooning again. Royal Baby number two is coming!

    I imagine the Duchess is feeling a little less enthused; she’s dealing with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, again. Not only is she extremely ill, but she has the comfort of knowing the entire world knows that she’s retching her brains out.

    I was excited as anyone else of the female sex to learn of her pregnancy, but found myself particularly touched to learn that she is suffering greatly yet again. I am empathetic, having dealt with pretty intense morning sickness, all morning…afternoon… and evening, for nearly half of my first pregnancy. It’s enough to make you wonder why anyone does it more than once, but yet people do, over and over again.…

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    Tue. September 9

    The Ray Rice Saga Continues

    R. J. Moeller

    America awoke Monday morning to the news that the most infamous Atlantic City casino elevator incident in modern times was not about to go away.

    From Yahoo Sports:

    All the support the Baltimore Ravens gave Ray Rice this offseason as he dealt with his domestic violence incident evaporated after TMZ released video of the running back knocking out his wife.

    The team cut him on Monday afternoon.

    If you haven’t seen the video in question yet, you probably should. Not because I’m a glutton for “violence porn” but because you should know exactly what everyone is talking about when it comes to something as serious as domestic violence. The nation is watching and what it sees is the most popular, profitable sports league in the world embroiled in a controversy that centers around one of its players cold-cocking his then-fiancée and dragging her lifeless body out of an elevator.

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    Mon. September 8

    Airplane Etiquette: Don’t Recline Your Seat

    Ryan Duffy

    Throughout my childhood, whenever I would fly with my parents I was told many consistent lessons: go to the bathroom before we board, make sure you have something to do on the plane, and never, ever, under any circumstances, recline your seat. My dad in particular was a stickler for this rule, convincing me time and time again that this behavior was the epitome of rudeness. I have distinct memories of him and my uncle sitting around the kitchen table talking about air travel and how they would rustle their newspaper on the back of people’s heads who dared to invade their space by leaning back.

    Into adulthood, as I continued to fly, this mantra stuck with me. I firmly believed that reclining on an airplane was wrong, and that the people who choose to do this knew it was wrong but did it anyway. It was a sign…

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    Mon. September 8

    Roger Federer’s Family Values

    Ashley E. McGuire

    Watching tennis star Roger Federer glide back and forth on the courts of the U.S. Open, you’d never think he’s a 33 year-old devoted dad of four. Roger and his wife have two sets of twins, twin boys and twin girls. The boy twins are just four months old.

    I love what Federer had to say about learning they were expecting twins, again:

    I can’t actually remember when we found out: for me, Mirka being pregnant, that’s the big news. And then, if it’s one or two, that’s secondary. Same with boys or girls, it didn’t matter this time. I would have been really happy to have another two girls, because I love my girls so much. It’s boys now, clearly, and I couldn’t be happier.

    These are incredibly refreshing words in today’s increasingly anti-natalist culture, similar to those of soccer…

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    Mon. September 8

    Good Luck to Brangelina, Hollywood’s Coolest Parents

    R. J. Moeller

    After nine years and six children together, Hollywood’s preeminent power couple—Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie—got  married in a private ceremony in France late last month. Affectionately known to whoever reads US Weekly and watches Extra as “Brangelina,” Tinsel Town’s first family celebrated their nuptials with their children and twenty guests in a chapel at Château Miraval in the French village of Correns.

    A few interesting tidbits about the intimate ceremony… The children helped design mom’s wedding dress and contributed to the vows exchanged between their parents Jolie’s father—legendary actor Jon Voight—was not only not invited to the affair, but only first found out about it from the press They allowed their 10-year-old son Pax to bake the wedding cake Jolie wore a golden locket around her neck that belonged to her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

    As a strong proponent of the…

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    Fri. September 5

    Joan Rivers’ Moral Clarity

    Abby W. Schachter

    Joan Rivers will be remembered for many things. The writer of jokes, the butt of jokes (especially about her plastic surgery habit), a feminist icon according to Camille Paglia, a horror-show to others, a merciless critic, a star with a wicked tongue. Here are two more: hard working and loyal.

    A 2010 documentary about Rivers’ life and career made plain how hard she worked and how seriously she took being funny. In the trailer we get a short clip of her extensive filing system of 3×5 index cards each with a joke and punchline. The drawers and cards represent every joke she ever wrote over more than four decades.

    Eulogizing the loss, Julie Klausner explains that rather than praise for her work ethic, Rivers was castigated. “Joan got a lot of shit for having the nerve to say “yes” to opportunities that came her way, from cruises to lecture circuits to dinky…

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