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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.



Yes, You Have a Smartphone Habit. Here’s How to Break It.

When I started to become an observant Orthodox Jew seven years ago, I came to realize the depth of my dependency on technology. There are many rules observant Orthodox Jews follow, but one of the most difficult relates to technology. On the Jewish Sabbath, a twenty-five-hour time period between Friday night and Saturday night, technology … Continued

Culture


What Trump’s Transgender Tweets Reveal About the Culture Wars

The breakdown of American social norms is advancing at a lightning pace. Just five years ago if you were told a woman doesn’t necessarily have a vagina, and may instead have a penis, you might have called that insanity. Today, you’re a hateful bigot if you don’t subscribe to this kind of thinking. Not only … Continued

Politics

Why Do We Treat Celebrity Addicts Like Shia LaBeouf So Badly?

Millennial child-stars aren’t having a good summer. Earlier this month former Disney star Shia LaBeouf was arrested and charged with public drunkenness, and in the process, was filmed going on a racist tirade against the police who arrested him. Another Disney star also ran afoul of the law this week: Aaron Carter was arrested for … Continued

Celebrities


Even the Fourth of July is Now ‘Problematic’

Everything is problematic these days. Every single thing. Elle Magazine has even given women who don’t adhere to the group think of the “sisterhood,” like Megyn Kelly, Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway a new moniker: Problematic Women. Nothing can just be enjoyed anymore; no, now everything is a commentary on our current political climate. A … Continued

Politics

Why Are American Kids as Sedentary as Senior Citizens?

When I first started talking to my husband about the possibility of homeschooling our children, he warned me, “You’re almost certainly not going to be able to convince me, but you’re welcome to try.” These days, whenever we see a new study on education or the state of American childhood, he exhales and says, “Thank … Continued

Parenting

When Will Liberals Learn that Women Know How to Vote for Themselves?

One would think that after losing not one, not two, but four special elections since Donald Trump won the White House in November, Democrats would begin to consider the fact that their strategy needs work. Before the latest race, a special House election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district to replace Tom Price, who was tapped … Continued

Politics

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