January 24, 2019

“Can’t we just drop it?” people ask. Well, we could.  The problem is, the story has reverberated beyond the initial encounter, so that it is now not so much about what happened in a particular complex cultural situation, and more about broad perceptions and the shaping of narratives. And because of this, we owe the young white men in the video an apology. No, I never doxxed, threatened, or called for violence against these young men. And I denounce the… Read more

January 21, 2019

The March for Life isn’t supposed to be a Trump rally. If you turn it into one, it will carry with it the kind of tension that has been found at Trump rallies for the past three years. Read more

January 18, 2019

One of the sillier of many silly responses to the “men can do better” Gillette ad is a meme: “No one called it ‘toxic masculinity’ when we were saving the world from Nazis.” The answer to this is, of course, obvious: fighting Nazis IS fighting toxic masculinity. Or, it should be. It is interesting, however, how “fighting Nazis” serves a particular rhetorical purpose in arguments like this. As though the function of “Nazis” in the equation has less to do… Read more

January 14, 2019

When a person admits to being sexually aroused by that which is not intended to sexually arouse, that person is saying far more about themselves than about the work of art. Read more

January 12, 2019

I do not think that he saves many babies with his attitude. It is unlikely that any woman in a vulnerable situation would consider him a safe person to go to, in a crisis pregnancy, or in any other kind of crisis.  Read more

January 10, 2019

Sometimes the conflict is not so much a conflict as it is an attack by nihilists on diverse, well-meaning humans simply trying to do their best in the world. Read more

January 5, 2019

There are many times when staying silent, keeping a middle ground, gives tacit support to whichever group is already in power or achieving dominance. In which case, one is not really taking a middle ground at all. Read more

December 31, 2018

To be a Catholic of Jewish ethnicity, right now, is to feel rather like Treebeard: to be not altogether on anyone’s side, since no one is altogether on ours. Read more

December 29, 2018

In one of history’s many bitter ironies, advent season – a time when we prepare to welcome the child Jesus into our hearts and homes – kicked off while the US’s merciless and punitive treatment of refugees intensified. And plenty of Christians got the irony – such as the Massachusetts pastor who caused a stir by setting up his church’s nativity scene with baby Jesus in a cage.  Many Catholic organizations and individuals have been involved for a while doing… Read more

December 29, 2018

Those who have power are usually more interested in preserving the institutional forces that scaffold their power. Read more

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