The Clinton Impeachment is Finally Getting the Hollywood Treatment

American Crime Story show runner Ryan Murphy recently announced that he is planning a series on President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. The History Channel just gave the green light to a show on the same subject. And Amazon Studios is slated to do a film related to what has proven to be the biggest crisis to … Continued

Politics

Gloria Steinem Still Doesn’t Get It

Octogenarian feminist icon Gloria Steinem has been in the news lately, thanks in part to Caitlin Flanagan’s much-discussed Atlantic essay revisiting the sexual assault allegations against former President Bill Clinton. As Flanagan reminded us, Steinem played a leading role in the feminist campaign to save Clinton’s presidency after Americans learned of his relationship with Monica … Continued

Politics

Sexual Harassment Isn’t Political—Except When It Is

No person, but especially no woman, wants to believe sexual harassment at work is a partisan issue. Indeed, no woman—Republican, Democrat, Independent or indifferent—should go to work for fear of or having to deal with catcalling, verbal abuse, sexual innuendo, unwanted touching or sexual advances or anything similar. Yet there’s an obvious double standard in … Continued

Politics

Please Stop Trying to Make Chelsea Clinton Happen

Here we go again. If you thought Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential election was the end of our Clinton era, think again. Chelsea Clinton announced last week she was authoring a book called She Persisted, about 13 women in American history who, well, persisted. The phrase is newly trendy among liberals because it is … Continued

Politics

Does Character Matter Anymore in Politics?

The 2016 presidential election seems headed toward a showdown between the two least-liked presidential candidates since American voters have been polled on the question—and with good reason. One is a vindictive, politically ruthless, unrepentant liar; the other is an egomaniacal, boorish, bullying braggart. Neither one even bothers to pay lip service to the values of … Continued

Politics

The Bill Clinton Effect: Why Liberals Treat Women Worse

News of rampant sexual harassment at a leading progressive public relations firm seems to have surprised some on the Left: How can enlightened liberals, so staunchly committed to women’s equality and progress, allow old-school sexism and abuse of power to persist? How could FitzGibbon Media, which represented MoveOn.org, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the AFL-CIO, have … Continued

Culture

The Danger of a Celebrity President

Once upon a time in America, it was believed that the President of the United States should have the gravitas and proper sense of priorities to distance himself from the triviality of showbiz. Then along came television, and Nixon poked fun at himself on Laugh-In, Clinton played blues sax on The Arsenio Hall Show, and … Continued

Celebrities, Politics

Why Now is the Time for an Anita Hill Movie

Seen solely through a political lens, the timing of HBO’s upcoming movie about Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings—and particularly Anita Hill’s accusations that he sexually harassed her—seems suspicious. Presumably this film will paint 1991 as a much-needed turning point: Feminist groups and liberals stood up against a backward, Mad-Men-esque 80s culture, raised awareness about … Continued

Culture

Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback

Monica Lewinsky is back—and her return to the public sphere has been greeted with both applause and derision throughout the media and general public, as many suggest that she’s using her past scandal as fuel for fame. We may view her return dubiously, especially in light of Hillary Clinton’s likely upcoming campaign for president. And … Continued

Culture

Are We Living in the Age of Adultery? Part II

In this, part II of what could be an infinitely long series of posts on powerful people in compromising positions, we look at one of the mainstays of what Kay Hymowitz has called our National Adultery Ritual: the “I got caught face” which gets plastered on for the “I’m sorry” press conference. Check out this … Continued

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