Is Porn Addictive?

In her recently published memoir, Kay Warren, wife of megachurch pastor Rick Warren, described how she came upon pornography as a teenage girl “at the home of neighbors where I babysat. I was both fascinated and repelled by this forbidden material. … Instant self-loathing, guilt, and remorse. How can I look at pornography? I love … Continued

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It’s Okay to Regret Your Abortion

In the last decade or so, as the number of abortions has slowly waned—they are at an historic low since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973—there’s been an increase in think pieces that promote not only abortion but also the idea that women shouldn’t regret having one. This is both morally disingenuous and psychologically … Continued

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Why Dolls that Read Emotions are as Creepy as They Sound

When I told my ten-year-old daughter that there is a new doll out that can read your emotions, she wanted to know how. When I told her that it can understand facial expressions, she wanted to know whether the doll would know she was sad if she was smiling. “No, the doll can’t read your … Continued

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Why Rage Rooms Don’t Work

Angry Americans with too much money and time now have an outlet for disposing of both. The emergence of “rage rooms”—where people can beat objects senseless—is heralded as solution to the existential wrath that simmers on AM radio and cable news shows and in the driver in your rearview mirror who thinks you’re not going … Continued

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In Praise of Squalor – at Least in College Housing

The wine stain on the carpet looks like Turkey, a little Anatolian plateau in vintage purple—or maybe it’s the head of a chubby theropod. It matches the picture of Atatürk hanging on the wall in its shabby frame, forever winked at by Lana Del Rey from a ragged-edged poster covered in the signatures of distinguished … Continued

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Carrie Fisher’s Death Reminds Us How Drug Use Becomes Habit, Not Merely Addiction

On Friday, June 16, 2017, the Los Angeles County’s Coroner’s Office’s publicly stated that after examining Carrie Fisher’s body they’ve concluded she died from sleep apnea and “other undetermined factors.” Those “undetermined factors” turned out to be drugs. People magazine obtained an official toxicology report yesterday; it shows that Carrie Fisher had heroin, cocaine, methadone, … Continued

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Don’t Ask a Supermodel What Feminism Means

It’s terribly difficult to be a woman in modern America. Just ask former supermodel Paulina Porizkova. After immigrating to the U.S. as a young woman, she pursued a lucrative modeling career, married and had children, and even wrote a few books. Nevertheless, the oppressive mores of American society recently compelled her publicly to adopt the … Continued

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Is Common Sense (Finally) Making a Comeback?

You know American culture is on the decline when we look back on the old Baywatch television show and mourn its “innocence.” At a time when conservative speakers on campus are regularly shouted down and physically attacked, and when even reliably staid news outlets sound like The National Enquirer, it’s difficult to be optimistic about … Continued

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How ‘The Bachelor’ Scandal is Like College Hookup Culture

It looks like there’s trouble in paradise. According to a recent report, one of the contestants on Bachelor in Paradise (which includes former cast members from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette), claims that a sexual encounter she had while taping the show was not consensual. After spending much of the day drinking, Corinne Olympios says … Continued

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