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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.


What Elizabeth Smart’s Story Taught Me About Resilience

Elizabeth Smart was rescued on March 13, 2003, less than a week after my sixteenth birthday. That birthday was particularly memorable: it was the first since my mother died less than three months earlier. I was estranged from my father and living with my best friend’s family and had been back to school for only … Continued

Culture

Twitter Killed Our Attention Spans, and Just Killed Itself

How long have I been on Twitter? I joined two boyfriends before I met my husband, who is the father of our three children. To put it another way: Most of my adult life. I have tweeted 129,000 times; I’ve live-tweeted debates, elections, everyday interactions, and everything in between. I tweet too much; I know … Continued

Culture



Why So Many People Drink the Kool-Aid

In her best-selling book about escaping Scientology, actress Leah Remini revealed the question she is most often asked since departing the cult: “‘How does someone like you get involved with an organization like Scientology?’ Or some people may phrase it more like ‘How the f— did you get into some crazy sh– like this?’” She … Continued

Culture

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood Whataboutism

Hollywood has evidently decided that the appropriate way to deal with the black eye that is producer Harvey Weinstein is with an eraser. That’s right. An industry blog, Deadline, reports that his company, The Weinstein Company, is looking to erase Weinstein’s name from the credits of movies and television shows he produced, and the Company … Continued

Celebrities

What You Can Do After a National Tragedy

In the wake of a national tragedy on the scale of the shooting in Las Vegas, it can be incredibly disheartening to see just how fast Americans can churn out political statements, vitriol, and any other manner of unhelpful responses. After events like this mass shooting, we are left to feel angry, helpless, and grieving. … Continued

Culture

The NFL is Playing – Right into Trump’s Hands

This past weekend, Americans tuning in to watch football were met with even more politicization of their sport than last year. In response to tweets from the President, about kneeling or locking arms during the anthem, If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see … Continued

Politics


How I Escaped the Mommy Wars

With my first baby, motherhood came fairly easily. After a bit of a rough start breastfeeding, I got back on track with the help of a wonderful lactation consultant. My daughter was an easy eater, sleeper, teether, you name it. So naturally, I got a bit cocky. I thought about how much some of my … Continued

Parenting