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

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“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

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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

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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

The Loathsome Claire Underwood

Television is full of anti-heroes these days, and House of Cards’ Claire Underwood leads the pack in the female category. She is, I would argue, the most loathsome woman in television currently. She is a mash-up of various real political figures. Before anyone, she reminds me of Wendy Davis, the female hero of the abortion movement for her … Continued

Entertainment, Television

Devaluing Life on ‘Scandal’

Patients expect to be treated for their ailments without question on Grey’s Anatomy. They don’t even realize how lucky they are, because on Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, which airs immediately afterward, those same patients would have to justify their lives before anyone saved them. If anyone decided to help at all. This raises questions for viewers: … Continued

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The Gender Police Are Ruining the Royal Baby Celebrations

Question: How do you spoil the royal baby announcement that the entire world was waiting for with baited breath? Answer: By turning it into an opportunity to advance a radical agenda that opposes gender realities. There I was, basking in the news that the lovely Duchess of Cambridge safely delivered of a healthy baby girl … Continued

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Kimberly Henderson’s Abortion That Wasn’t

It’s the lullaby that almost wasn’t. Kimberly Henderson, the American Idol contestant who first became famous for her YouTube rendition of Sam Smith’s version of Whitney Houston’s, “How Will I Know,” revealed that she almost aborted the baby that she sings to in the video that now boasts over four and a half million hits. … Continued

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