Why is ‘Sesame Street’s’ New Muppet with Autism a Girl?

Welcome Julia! Julia is Sesame Street’s new autistic character, and she will be making her debut in April, which is Autism Awareness Month, to seemingly universal approval from both parents and experts. Scott Badesch, president and CEO of the Autism Society of America, says that “they got it right.” Badesch, whose son has autism, was … Continued

Culture, Television

‘Vogue’ Tries to Make Shabbat Stylish

Of all the media outlets that might embrace Shabbat—the 25-hours between sundown Friday night and sundown Saturday night that traditionally-observant Jews mark as a separate period of time from the rest of the week—Vogue might not be at the top of anyone’s list. As surprising as it may seem to have a fashion bible endorse … Continued


Looking for Misogyny in the All the Wrong Places

The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti—author of several books including Sex Object and Full Frontal Feminism—recently tweeted her latest complaint: My favorite, though, is when men will only direct questions & conversation at my husband (this happens w/’progressive’ guys too) — Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) March 17, 2017 It’s nice that she notes that it’s not only knuckle-dragging … Continued


The Challenges of Dating While Conservative

In 2017, dating can feel like navigating a wasteland, especially for the conservative. Single conservatives are often asked, “Would you be willing to date a liberal?” For most of the conservatives I know, that’s a difficult question. It’s certainly easier to be with someone whose values align with our own, but we would be open … Continued


Why March Madness is the Cure for Our Culture’s Ills

When you grow up in a cold-weather city like Chicago, March is a big deal. You jokers who were raised in places like Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Miami will never be able to fully appreciate what Spring means to those of us who have just endured months of frigid temperatures, snow pants and seasonal depression … Continued

Culture, Sports

Do Millennials Really Think Feminism Has Changed Dating for the Better?

Millennials. We might not vote in elections, but at least we have “woke” attitudes toward social conventions such as dating. Or do we? There’s a new survey circulating which, according to USA Today, shows most single people today believe “feminism has changed dating for the better.” But I’m not sure that’s what the survey, conducted … Continued


Why So Many Pop Songs Kick Men to the Curb

“Mister Right could be nice for one night But then he wanna take control And I would rather fly solo” Those are the lyrics that my 10-year-old daughter walked off the school bus singing a couple of weeks ago. They come from a song released last year called “Sit Still, Look Pretty” from a singer … Continued

Culture, Music

Millennials: Here’s How to Be Civil and Disobedient

The history of democracy is the history of protest. Sometimes protest leads to revolution, other times to repression and retaliation by the people in power. Odd though it may seem, however, there are basic rules to effective and productive protest that ensures that two critical things happen: your message is heard and you don’t alienate … Continued