The New York Times’ Favorite Abortion Doctor

In order to lighten the mood, Willie J. Parker loves to talk about Alabama football while he is performing abortions. The board-certified obstetrician believes that “rather than allowing your fear to amplify any sensation you’re having, you’re having a conversation with me . . .” He calls it “verbicaine.” Parker’s folksy attitude was on full … Continued

Culture, Politics



Why Critics Ignored This Novel’s Approach to Abortion

The forty-fourth annual March for Life takes place in Washington, D.C., tomorrow, and many of the marchers will be in a celebratory mood. It’s not only that one of President Trump’s top advisers will be speaking at the march; it’s also that abortion rates are the lowest they have been since 1973, when the U.S. … Continued

Books, Culture


Lindy West and Nihilistic Feminism

“If you live today, you breathe in nihilism…it’s the gas you breathe,” Flannery O’Connor wrote in a letter in the mid-1950s. Such nihilism is now pervasive, inflicting enormous cultural destruction. For many people, those venerable notions of the good, the true, and the beautiful now seem nonsensical in the age of Snapchat and Tinder. Nevertheless, … Continued

Culture

“You Do You!” – Just Not When it Comes to Religious Belief?

Does “you do you” apply to individuals with deeply held religious convictions? That’s the question that, as a millennial, I’m eager to have answered as I follow the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments today in Zubik v Burwell, a consolidated case involving several non-profits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate; one of the most … Continued

Culture

Feminist Group Freaks Out Over Super Bowl Doritos Ad

For football players and fans alike, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most important days of the year. The same goes for corporations; knowing they have an unusually large and dedicated audience, companies often spend obscene amounts of time, energy, and money putting out the best advertisements they can create. Super Bowl commercials now … Continued

Culture

Was China’s One-Child Policy Actually Feminist?

Analysis of the impact of China’s “one child” policy and the government’s recent decision to reform the program to grant couples two births varies. Unsurprisingly, radical environmentalists who see human beings as a plague destroying Earth’s habitat are concerned about greater breeding in the world’s most populous country. Economists debate the policy’s impact on China’s … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Troll Detective: ‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Recap

This post discusses plot points of episode five of True Detective’s second season.   I can’t help but feel that True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto is trolling his critics exceptionally hard on the issue of sexuality in this season. I get the distinct impression he’s subtly tweaking a lot of people who live to be tweaked. … Continued

Entertainment, Television