How To Improve The State Of Our Viciously Polarized Union

When you think about people who disagree with your politics, do you consider them misguided, evil, or likely to teach you something? How you answer that question says a lot about you, as well as the real state of our politically polarized union. Sociologists say that in recent decades Americans have increasingly self-segregated, retreating to … Continue reading

Women’s March Partners Explain Why They’re Ignoring Allegations Of Anti-Semitism

Amidst the controversy over alleged anti-Semitism within the Women’s March leadership, the organization has seen numerous progressive allies — including Emily’s List, the Human Rights Campaign, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — quietly uncouple. However, many partners remain and groups like Psychologists for Social Responsibility have added their names … Continue reading

How Our Anti-Boy Culture Affects Mothers Like Me

Et tu, American Psychological Association? If anyone was going to hold the line on masculinity’s being a psychologically healthy phenomenon, this descendant of social workers would have hoped it would be mental health professionals. Instead, the APA released guidelines for treating the traditionally masculine, those recognizable by their “anti-femininity, achievement, eschewal of the appearance of … Continue reading

Why Parents And The Media Need To Stop Injecting Children Into Politics

If any feeling defines the Trump Era, it’s anger. Without channeling the anger of Americans who felt ignored by Washington, Donald Trump might never have been elected president. And since the 2016 election, anger — even white-hot rage — has fueled his political Resistance. This is the emotionally polluted air we, including our children, are … Continue reading

Lawyer’s 7 Miscarriages Lead To The Infertility Memoir Everyone Needs To Read

If ever there were a predictable story, it’s the one about the birds and bees. However, as we become adults, we learn that even when we want to become parents, things can go sideways for all sorts of reasons. Elizabeth Katkin, an accomplished lawyer who experienced numerous medical obstacles on her winding way to motherhood, … Continue reading

Jewish Continuity Isn’t Sexist — It’s Necessary

Is Jewish continuity inherently sexist? In some people’s minds, like the author of a recent op-ed in these pages, Jewish continuity is toxically identified with Jewish sociologist Steven M. Cohen. I’m neither judge nor jury, but if the #MeToo allegations against Cohen are true, and they may well be, the prominent sociologist should be held … Continue reading

Mona Charen Wants You To Be Happy, And That’s Why She Advocates Sexual Sanity

Oprah’s not the only one who wants you to “live your best life.” Syndicated columnist and author Mona Charen does too, and she’s not afraid to say so, even in this era of “no judgment!” Charen’s vision of the good life is decidedly less about pampering oneself and buying the world’s best products than it … Continue reading

Not Only Does Banning Straws Not Help The Environment Much, It Hurts Disabled People

Last June, an organization I’ve been affiliated with for a long time — since high school, in fact — held its semi-annual meeting. Allowed a guest, I invited a retiree I know to join me and my then-infant daughter. Everywhere I walked in the hotel ballroom that day, fellow members greeted me warmly and cooed … Continue reading

6 Reasons Millennials Should Stop And Embrace Parenthood

Americans love babies. At least, we do in theory. It’s just not clear we all enjoy raising flesh and blood miniature humans anymore. Last Friday, Pew Research released the results of a June survey showing that “41 percent of U.S. adults think that families of three or more children is ideal. . . . the … Continue reading

What College Students Say About Their Campuses When They’re Allowed To Be Honest

As far back as 1965, George Harrison urged his listeners, “Think for yourself.” That was good, countercultural advice at the time, and it seems it still is. But the counterculture has since shifted right, especially on college campuses. In the wake of the American Civil Liberties Union’s disappointing decision to embrace free speech relativism, I … Continue reading