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**Trigger warning for descriptions of violence and sexual abuse** Today I sat in a room with a man who admitted to stabbing his step-father to death. This isn’t the first time I’ve met with someone who has murdered, but it was the first time I’ve had to tell that person I couldn’t help him because [...]...read more
You’d think they had nothing in common, right? You’d be wrong about that. But perhaps the only way to discover the connection is, as I did, to become an American citizen. Dressed appropriately, the Wizard, a couple of friends and I shot off to an older, but nicely renovated small town theater to be naturalized [...]...read more
I know we all like to laugh at Tea Partiers and radical right-wingers when they deny being racist — when they say that their racialized depictions of Obama aren’t about race, or that their arguments that mosques shouldn’t be built ever are actually about freedom. I’ve long assumed they’re just disingenuous jerks who understand that [...]...read more
It’s true: Randians make the best parents (and kids!). I’d like to start by saying that I don’t get into belligerent shouting matches at the playground very often. The Tot Lot, by its very nature, can be an extremely volatile place—a veritable powder keg of different and sometimes contradictory parenting styles—and this fact alone is [...]...read more
**Trigger warning for description of violence** It’s a Friday night after a long work week. A group of friends, four men and two women, sits down for drinks at someone’s house to unwind. All seems well. There is banter all around the table. Someone turns on a radio and music mixes with the sharp notes [...]...read more
When I first told one of my law school friends that I was going into the JAG Corps, he laughed. It was going to be a life of quiet irony, he said, being a liberal feminist in the Army. I knew what he meant, but I think that it’s genuinely important to have liberal feminist [...]...read more