Category Archives: Social Issues

An Ivory Response to an Ebony Frustration

Dear Ms. Mannie, I found your piece for the Daily Mississippian, shared widely by TIME here, to be both thought-provoking and more nuanced than many of the responses have allowed.  I also believe the importance of various minority subcultures to be … Continue reading

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The Public Trial of Mia Farrow

Disclaimer:  I do not know Woody Allen.  I do not know Mia Farrow.  I do not know Dylan Farrow.  I say this because some of the commentary on both sides of the current public discussion seems so definitive that it … Continue reading

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Addiction Is Not “Just Like Cancer”

The death of a celebrity with the involvement of drugs or alcohol is unfortunately happening often enough that a frustrating pattern in the public reaction can be discerned.  It happened with Heath Ledger, Cory Monteith, variations on the theme with … Continue reading

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In Defense of the Selfie

Selfie.  By definition, a photo taken of oneself, by oneself.  Dressed, undressed, in the bathroom, at the gym, with the dog/cat/parrot/random drunk person, at the beach, at the store, at the club, with beautiful landscapes, at famous monuments, in the … Continue reading

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Exploiting Extremists

We have a problem in the modern debate on – well, basically everything.  In a world where we’ve given everyone a multitude of platforms to express every random opinion on any and every event, issue and discussion, we’ve become enamored … Continue reading

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I Am Not Straight-Acting

Straight-Acting.  It’s a shorthand phrase used by many gay men to describe either themselves or the general character and behavior of the kind of guy they are interested in.  It also sends many a homo into a tizzy of sputtering … Continue reading

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The L Word High School

A lesbian relationship between two high school students is making national headlines as Kaitlyn Hunt, now eighteen, has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery of a child age 12 to 16.  The younger girl’s parents notified … Continue reading

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Abercrombie Angst

The recent uproar over Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries comments about the brand’s target market is kind of fascinating.  His comments are from an interview he did in 2006, and yet the entire social media universe is acting as … Continue reading

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The Conservative Wedding Industry Vs. The Gays

With the incredibly rapid advancement of marriage equality with three new states this month, a new battleground is emerging in the wedding industry with prominent skirmishes revealing clashes that are likely to grow in number as the weighty topics of equality, … Continue reading

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Am I Afraid Of Black People?

As I hurried my way down Santa Monica Boulevard this afternoon on my way to the gym trying to beat the after-work rush, just before I reached the crosswalk that regularly sees standoffs between absent-minded drivers and aggressive pedestrians (which, … Continue reading

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