‘Fuller House’ and the Disappearance of Marriage

A year and a half ago, I reviewed the first season of Fuller House for this site. Despite enjoying the throwback, I was ultimately unimpressed with the fact that it was just a more adult version of the show I grew up watching. In my review I wrote, As an adult, I’m enjoying the series … Continued


Single Motherhood on “Parenthood”

According to Twitter, I’m in the minority. Everyone else who tweeted about a recent episode of #Parenthood found it heartwarming. Viewers especially enjoyed Amber’s baby shower, which was held at a hospital, after her grandfather Zeek’s heart attack. Amber’s baby shower certainly showcased the bonds of family and warmth of motherhood, but it was hard to … Continued

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Millennials’ Marriage Problem

The other day, something came across my newsfeed about Kourtney Kardashian’s pregnancy style. I’ll hand it to her; she’s a stylish pregnant lady. And we know this for certain now, because this is her third pregnancy with boyfriend Scott Disick. But that’s just it. Boyfriend. It’s head scratching to me why a couple would have … Continued


Kids and TV: How Much is Too Much?

The other day, in a moment of type-A parenting neurosis, I did a Google search on the recommended limits on toddler television. I let my daughter watch two, twenty-two minute episodes of T.V. a day (sue me), and I needed my monthly reminder that I was not destroying her brain or life chances at becoming … Continued

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Murphy Brown’s Daughters

Has Dan Quayle ever watched Drop Dead Diva? I doubt it, but recent episodes might horrify him. In 1992, our then-Vice President warned Americans about “Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice”. … Continued

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Charles Murray’s “Fishtown” in Popular Culture

Charles Murray’s new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, has been getting a lot of buzz, and for good reason: Murray presents an important and provocative thesis about the growing disconnect in values between America’s richest and poorest citizens, a rising “cultural inequality”: Over the past 50 years, that common civic culture has … Continued

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