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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.


Celebrating Father’s Day Without a Father

In the classrooms of my childhood, almost every other kid around me was crafting something for their dads in June. Painting photo frames for desks, decorating hammers and making pretend ties; all pretty cliché objects for kids to create in order to hand over to their Dads on Father’s Day. With one or two other … Continued

Parenting


It’s OK to Want to Get Married

One of my girlfriends recently got into a strange fight with her potential future mother-in-law. Her boyfriend isn’t particularly wealthy or famous; there’s no concern about my friend being a gold-digger, and yet his mother warned her son, “She just wants to get married.” This accusation stung, but it also confused my friend. She’s a … Continued

Culture



Are Ariel Winter’s Revealing Outfits a Cry for Help?

Actress Ariel Winter of the hit television show Modern Family would like everyone to stop talking about her breasts—and the rest of her body, too. It seems like a simple enough request, and one that she shouldn’t have to make. As is often the case, however, there’s more to the story than that. Recently, Ms. … Continued

Celebrities

Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Good Divorce?’ Hollywood Thinks So.

Given the fact that everyone in Hollywood eventually gets divorced (or so it seems), celebrities like to think they’re getting quite good at it. Ever the trendsetters, there’s a new “best way” to get divorced for parents in Tinseltown, with every couple working to show just how cool they can be while dissolving their union. … Continued

Celebrities

The Passover Diet

As any Jewish parent can attest, Passover is hard. Preparing for the holiday involves spring cleaning on steroids. Orthodox families not only keep their kitchens clean, but either cover countertops in foil or pour boiling water over them as part of the koshering process. For eight days, eating anything leavened such as breads, pastas, or … Continued

Culture

Why is Chicago Holding High School Graduates Hostage to Government Whims?

During my first job interview after college, my interviewer asked, “What did you learn in college that can best translate to working here?” My answer: “Waitressing.” As a history and Jewish studies major, studying and writing papers on topics as varied as early African history to early Islam to the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict … Continued

Politics

Slouching Towards Leggings Gomorrah

If you blinked, you might have missed it. Last Sunday, the nation’s latest outrage began as they often do: someone with a large Twitter following tweeted something without having all of the facts. Shannon Watts, the founder of the anti-gun group, Moms Demand Action, observed some preteen girls who were denied boarding their United Airlines … Continued

Culture, Fashion