Flushing the Progressive Pin

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I’ll confess it right up front: I have passed menopause and moved headlong into the crotchety stage of life. I’m a journalist who can barely stand to read the daily headlines. I’m a progressive who yearns for some of the ways of yesteryear. I support the legal right of gays to marry, but by the [Read More...]

Bondage: A Black & White Matter

Photo credit: Jeremy Bales | Book club members recently read "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James.

I couldn’t find any surveys or studies to reference but I have a theory about the cult-hit book Fifty Shades of Grey.  I have a hunch this book is far more popular with white audiences than black ones. Perhaps the Pew Research Center ought to conduct a study? White people have a thing for ropes [Read More...]

Fifty Shades of Grey: Masturbation of the Mind

The young prosecuting attorney called me into his office. “Take a look at these,” he said, handing me a stack of photos. We’d just left the courtroom where a sex offender was given less than five years for sodomizing an 8-year old boy and raping  a 12-year-old girl. The deal was offered in an effort [Read More...]


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