The High Costs of Free Love

When the subject of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals comes up, it is not uncommon to hear people speak of the ways that sexual repression by the church contributed to this situation. If only priests had been allowed to marry or find another outlet for their “energies,” things would have been different. Perhaps, but … Continued


Why is Australia Dissing Chris Brown?

The Australian government has notified rhythm-and-blues singer Chris Brown, still tarnished from the brutal assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, that he is not welcome Down Under, no matter how many $400 tickets he sells. In declaring the intent to deny a visa to Brown, Australia’s minister of women, Michaelia Cash, declared, “If you … Continued


Why Americans Were Disappointed in the “Fight of the Century”

Public perception of Saturday’s boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao—dubbed the “Fight of the Century”—was overwhelmingly negative and not just because it was boring. Mayweather’s unanimous victory delivered a near-unanimous disappointment for millions of fans and viewers. USA Today described the event as “a complete waste of time and money,” and Forbes declared this … Continued

Entertainment, Sports

Women Who Emotionally Abuse Men

We’ve all seen it. And heard it. You’re in a restaurant. There’s a man there with his girlfriend. As people are eating and socializing, you can’t help but notice. When the man tries to speak, he is cut off by his girlfriend. She mocks him when he tells a story that might make him look … Continued


Fifty Shades of Misery

No one is confusing Fifty Shades of Grey for great literature, but the Twilight fanfic certainly has proven itself a (particularly tiresome) pop culture phenomenon since its 2011 publication. The insipid defense of Fifty Shades of Grey as a bit of harmless pornographic fun—or even a coup for women’s liberation—is competing now with the recent … Continued

Books, Entertainment, Movies

‘Slap Her’ Video Gets Domestic Violence All Wrong

As of this writing, a short video called “Slap her: children’s reactions” has accumulated well over 23 million views since going up on YouTube two weeks ago. Produced by an Italian company called Ciao People Media Group for the website, it is presented as a social experiment to gauge the attitudes of little boys … Continued


New Benetton Ad Spins Violence into Beauty

Last month saw the end of a 16-day United Nations campaign to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. In partnership, the United Colors of Benetton produced an ad campaign of its own, aimed at millennials, to help transform violence into beauty. The 76-second spot depicts a barren desert in … Continued


The Cosby Conundrum: Can We Separate Fact from Fiction?

“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”— Bill Cosby A little over a month ago, a quick search for “Bill Cosby” on the Internet could have given you a toothache. Doting references to Cosby as a “pioneering comedian” and “all-around joyful fellow” … Continued


Sex and Power: What Lena Dunham is Selling

This may be the best lesson we can learn from the ongoing Lena Dunham brouhaha: Kids raised in houses with photographs of their mom’s vagina on the wall grow up to have a weird relationship with sex. This would be funny if Lena Dunham weren’t packaging and selling her sexual shtick as “the voice of … Continued