My Tattooed Teenager

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She'd been asking for years.  My firstborn, with the red hair and creamy skin, wanted a tattoo.  For years she's been asking.The child who, if she could, would paint her room a different color every other month.  The child who, if her parents could, would ask them to rearrange the furniture in her room every other week.  The child who, as a pre-teen, declared matter-of-factly, "I require constant change."  The undeniable implication was, "Is that so wrong?  Is that so difficult?  Why is nobod … [Read more...]

“Were You Trying?” Well, That Question Certainly Was…

We truly are an entitlement-driven culture.I’m not talking about welfare or tax breaks–I’m talking about people feeling entitled to KNOW things they have no business knowing.  I recently wrote about politicians' infidelity (and how it is or isn't relevant) in this post at The Broad Side.  I could blame it on the internet, or too much information, or Facebook for encouraging over-sharing. Truthfully, though, this sort of butting in happened waaaay before the internet age made everyone experts … [Read more...]

Moral Limbo, Political Style

A couple of years ago, when former California Governor and movie icon Ahnohld Schwarzenegger's revealed his dalliance with one of his domestic employees, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek response to the "shocking" news.  I framed it as a letter to those opposed to letting gay people marry, and suggested that the crowd to whom we should deny marriage is the group of people who, historically, had proven themselves really, really bad at it.I am talking about superstars in the businesses of ente … [Read more...]

Rape Culture Round-up

Well, folks, it's June 24, 2013, and I'd like to welcome you to a little feature I call "Rape Culture Round-up."  Progress on the War on Women front?  Let's just say any moves have been lateral at best, rather than forward.We can start with this little gem from conservative talking head Laura Ingraham.  When discussing how Plan B (emergency contraception) will likely soon be available over the counter, she opines thusly: " It’s a good deal for pedophiles, a good deal for people who commit sta … [Read more...]

The Plan B Pill: If It Were MY Daughter…

...I'd want Plan B to be available over the counter.I say this realizing there are great moral complexities involved here.  I've thought about it a lot regarding under-age girls seeking abortion.  When it comes to abortion, I ask myself, "Would I want to be notified if it were my daughter?  Would I want the doctor to insist on my consent if it were my daughter?  My husband's consent?  If my daughter was 15?  What about if my daughter was 13? 12?"  Of course the answer to all of these questions … [Read more...]

So, Then I Covered the President…

Yeah, so I've been fortunate enough to have some of my writing published on The Broad Side lately, and the fabulous Joanne Bamberger (publisher and editor) added me to the Facebook group of contributors where she and others leave fodder for potential pieces for the site.Last Wednesday, she posted a press release about President Obama visiting a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, and asked if anyone would like to cover it.  And I'm all, "Hey!  I live in Baltimore!" and "Hey!  I'd like to cover … [Read more...]


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