Time for a Rewrite: Mental Health in Primetime

Last year, a study in the UK found 45% of characters on primetime television with mental health issues were written as dangerous or potentially so. This month, the World Health Organization reported 45% of young adults, ages 10-24, struggle with mental health disorders - these numbers aren’t adding up....more
 @GaelMc I would be interested in this group.  I write a blog about compulsive hoarding at ...more

Wake Up Call: 12 year-olds Charged With Attempt to Rape

Recently, in Redwood City, CA, five teenage boys were charged with the intent to commit rape on two of their female classmates during a school field trip. Everyone involved was between the ages of 12 and 14. What are we communicating to our boys that makes any of them think that violence towards women is OK?...more

I used to like Rihanna, but I was absolutely horrified to listen to her song S&M:
"Cause I ...more

The Trial

Why are we so interested in this chic who killed her daughter or whatever?  Yes I'm deliberately being flippant.  Yes, I understand that it is a heinous crime, but does it say more about us or her that we are obsessed with the DETAILS? ...more

Taiwanese Case Gives Bloggers Something to Chew On

As a journalist and blogger, I was alarmed by the recent news that a Taiwanese blogger has been sentenced to jail after writing a negative post about a beef noodle restaurant....more

While this particular case happened in Taiwan, the web is so international, we all need to pay ...more

The Millennial Media...and its Problem

“We’ve got stars directing our fate,And we’re praying it’s not too late,Cause we know we’re falling from grace…Millennium.” ...more

Unstoppable in Stilettos: Lauren Ruotolo Stands Tall

New York magazine executive Lauren Ruotolo, born with a rare genetic disorder called McCune-Albright Syndrome, could have chosen a wheelchair at an early age. Among other difficult symptoms, this disorder affected her bones and legs, arresting her height at 4'2" and making walking a challenge. It would certainly have been understood if she had chosen to use a chair to help her navigate her busy life. ...more

thanks for sharing this story, its really inspiring.more

Feminism, Masculinity, and the Mystique of the Asian Woman

Feminism, Masculinity, and the Mystique of the Asian Woman   In The Asian Mystique, by Sheridan Prasso, Prasso discusses the stereotypes, expectations, and fantasies the Western world has of Asia and, especially, of Asian women....more

Why I'll Miss "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

The Oprah Winfrey Show is over and I've used up the last of Kleenex. Before watching the show, I had all kinds of things I planned to say about why I’ll miss Oprah’s daily hour of love, laughter, pathos, confession, inspiration and enlightenment. But what I wanted to write changed after watching the show....more

You're right, for someone who didn't have children, Oprah was smart enough to remember that a ...more

Guiding Our Children Through Life, One News Cycle at a Time

I wrote a piece last year for Momversation about kids and television. In it I took exception to the "tv is bad for kids" idea, noting that as long as you, as a parent, provide the proper supervision, an atmosphere of encouragement for discussing what kids are seeing, and actively participate in their choices, then it can often be a great learning medium....more

The Royal Wedding: A Much Needed Break From Reality

Every year has its ups and downs; but it seems like 2011 has already had its share of tragedies.  Between the high gas prices, the horrendous events that struck China, the verbal mud-slinging between Republicans and Democrats that could have ultimately shut down the government, the dangerous and debilitating storms that hit Alabama and many other states, it’s no wonder that people seem to be a little moody these days.  Many people have expressed their unhappiness with the much publicized coverage of the Royal Wedding which has occurred over the past few months.  “Why ...more