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Monday, April 16 2007

Nine Wives

In the modern day, much like the archaic harems, there is no better way to show off a wealthy and important man than to show him surrounded by subservient women: observe James Bond or 50 Cent.

Thursday, April 12 2007

Don Imus: The Character of the Content

It would be easy to "get over" a disparaging remark about one’s race or gender (or religion or sexual orientation) if one could confidently believe that one's thus ridiculed identity would never be the cause of denied fair treatment, or extended common courtesy, in society at large.

Thursday, March 29 2007

The Death of Jean Baudrillard Did Not Take Place

The controversial French philosopher's legacy has been tarnished by reductionist readings of his work, generated precisely by the tendencies of the mass media he sought to illuminate.

Tuesday, March 27 2007

Ave Anna: Anna Nicole Smith and Celebrity Culture

Lost in the media's sensationalizing of Anna Nicole Smith was any sense of the human being behind the myth.

Sunday, March 4 2007

Not Such a Merry Dance

Should it matter that Simone Clarke, a ballerina for the English National Ballet, is also a member of the far-right, anti-immigrant British National Party?

Thursday, March 1 2007

The Rise of Christian Fascism and Its Threat to American Democracy

We must attend to growing social and economic inequities in order to stop the most dangerous mass movement in American history -- or face a future of fascism under the guise of Christian values.

Sunday, February 25 2007

Sorting Out Farrakhan’s Legacy

Farrakhan has been both vilified as an anti-Semite and also deified for championing the interests of the black poor.

Monday, February 12 2007

The Kink Continuum

When Jason Fortuny baited BSDM fetishists on Craigslist, he exposed their personal information -- and our society's rampant sexual hypocrisy.

Thursday, February 8 2007

The Terrorists of Our Imagination Aren’t Muslims… They’re Us

Terrorism is now the stuff of fiction, as a glance at the best-seller lists will attest. But while Islamic plotters make the headlines, the terrorists we find on the bookshelves live in our own backyard.

Wednesday, February 7 2007

Salon Language

Communicating aesthetic ideals and desires is daunting, even for artists. When you’re not the artist, it's even more difficult. But this is exactly the predicament in the hair salon.

Tuesday, February 6 2007

America’s Pony

Despite a short career in a dying sport, Barbaro brought something special to a nation suffering a widespread poverty of hope and deficit of inspiration.

Saturday, February 3 2007

Don’t Mess With Texas:  The Lone Star State Loses Its Greatest Spitfire

Molly Ivins was one of the world's most gifted bar stool philosophers, someone who effortlessly segued into the world of ideas from the sure-footed ground of details.

Wednesday, January 31 2007

Twilight of the Idols

When Nietzsche conceived of the superman, he didn't have a musclebound alien in red tights in mind. Rather, the hero of Superman Returns is an affront to human potential.

Monday, January 29 2007

An Atomic Threat Made in America

Beyond the fear of North Korea's or Iran's nuclear capabilities looms a more far-reaching threat: the vast amount of nuclear bomb-grade material scattered across the globe. And it wasn't Kim Jong Il or the ayatollahs of Iran who put it there. America did.

Thursday, January 25 2007

The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair

Millions of Americans live trapped in soulless exurbs which lack any kind of community, leaving them feeling isolated and vulnerable. Without alternatives for their social despair, they flock to demagogues promising revenge and a mythical utopia.

Monday, January 22 2007

The Second Looting of New Orleans

The city is an international symbol of neglect and racism. But the federal government isn't the only one to blame.

Wednesday, January 17 2007

The Birth of an Idea: Instant Nation

The history of the United States is essentially the history of an idea; the idea that all men are created equal, and its gradual manifestation in actuality with all of its contradictions and hypocrisies.

Monday, January 15 2007

Barbra Streisand: Lessons from a Lesbian Icon

The existence of gay male fans of Barbra is well documented and highly visible, but in the lesbian community, our fandom is just as long lived, though not as well known.

Sunday, January 7 2007

Sex, Hope and Rock and Roll: A Conversation with Ellen Willis

Chris O'Connell remembers a very personal and poignant conversation with political essayist, journalist, and rock critic Ellen Willis.

Thursday, December 7 2006

A Freight Train of Hate

Michael Richards's racist outburst made him a scapegoat, but not in the way those who regard him as the "real victim" think.

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