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Cocktails at Denny’s: ‘the nadir’ of NYC’s ‘suburbanization’

On one hand I applaud the return to a time in American culture when asking for the “adult drink” menu made one a laughing stock and one didn’t compete with children over who ordered the bigger Coke, but on the … Continue reading

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The burden of corporal punishment

Michael Eric Dyson, one of our best public intellectuals, describes how black households that rely on spanking act out projections of how white America expects them and their children to act: The lash of the plantation overseer fell heavily on … Continue reading

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‘When violence is the medium, violence is the message’

Sharing the story of how as a child he picked a paddling over detention, Will Saletan debates the effectiveness of corporal punishment: Did he say anything while it happened? What was he trying to teach me? I have no idea. … Continue reading

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‘The husband did it’

She doesn’t want to pursue it. A private matter. Diana Moskovitz, a former reporter for The Miami Herald, lays out in wearying detail why women have a lot to fear from men they love: Domestic abuse is a spectrum, and … Continue reading

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‘The violence often comes as a real surprise’

I won’t comment on the National Football League and Ray Rice, not when the question of abuse and reportage has more urgency. Digby directed me to this excellent post on Obsidian Wings about the special peril women face during what … Continue reading

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Mary Beard: “still a major current of misogyny in Western culture”

A historian whose popular pedigree is impeccable in England, Mary Beard has made it a practice of fighting received notions about female discourse in academe. She responds to trolling students on Twitter. By all accounts she deflates them with politeness: … Continue reading

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‘I’ve grown beyond using my own experiences’

Sinead O’Connor, promoting the sold I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, discusses the sources of her craft. Does that change the way you sing some of your older material? Do you see a younger version of yourself as a character … Continue reading

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