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

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Why Professional Culture Warriors Should Get a Real Job

As someone who has spent most of his life in the volatile field of journalism, I’ve often had to take part-time work between jobs or when things are slow, which has been frequent since the digital revolution. These gigs have ranged from the rewarding (substitute teacher), to the luxurious (housesitting and pool maintenance for summer … Continued

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Reminding Women to Use Common Sense in the Workplace is Not ‘Victim Blaming’

When the Harvey Weinstein sex-scandal story broke earlier this month, fashion designer Donna Karan quickly leaped to his apparent defense. Referring to the dozens of accounts by Hollywood actresses who said Weinstein had engaged in disgusting and/or coercive sexual behavior when they visited his hotel room ostensibly to talk business, Karan, a longtime friend of … Continued

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Why Funeral Selfies Must Die

It’s a common complaint of modern life that people are so busy photographing or otherwise documenting their lives online that they forget how to behave in the real world. But when it comes to death, we need to talk. It’s astonishing that anyone needs reminding of this, but this is the world we live in: … Continued

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The Problem with the ‘Me Too’ Campaign

“Me too.” If your social media feeds have been filled with your friends writing this phrase, you may be wondering exactly what’s going on. You can blame Alyssa Milano. On Sunday the actress tweeted: “Suggested by a friend: If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, … Continued

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Why Don’t Millennials Know How to Use a Tape Measure? Ask Their Parents

The growing concern that millennials don’t measure up reached new lengths this week when it was revealed that millennials literally don’t measure up. As in, they don’t know how to use a tape measure. That’s what the Wall Street Journal noted in a recent piece highlighting how Home Depot is creating instructional videos for millennials … Continued

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Is There A Merit Badge for Gender Denial?

In the effort to elevate girls, why do we need to destroy organizations designed to help boys? That’s precisely what’s happening to one of America’s oldest and most trusted organizations—an organization actually created to help boys develop into civic-minded, responsible men. The Boy Scouts of America announced this week that starting next year, young girls … Continued

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Where Were the Feminist Women Who Should Have Stopped Weinstein?

Forget waiting for Superman. I’m waiting for Wonder Woman. Since the various stories of Harvey Weinstein’s crimes and misdemeanors have appeared in the news this week, I keep looking for one in which a woman tells Weinstein to take a flying leap (or something a little more explicit) in a public place. I kept looking … Continued

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Pets Shouldn’t Be For Rent

If the dog of your dreams is not in your budget, Wags Lending is here to help.  The Nevada-based company says it’s an “alternative financing option to help you take home that pet TODAY.” At first blush, the website seems like a clever parody from The Onion.  A promotional video features a sketch of “Jack” … Continued

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