Have you noticed how differently the media treats Sarah Palin from her daughter, Bristol Palin? Do you think about how this treatment affects the way our daughters see the world in which they live? I do. And I have written about these two women, their accomplishments, and the media treatment they receive as well as the messages our girls are confronted with about being a woman, and a successful one at that....more
In late August, the California legislature overwhelmingly passed amendments to stiffen penalties connected to its current anti-stalking law. You can read the bill here. The objects of the amendments’ affection? Paparazzi who get too close. Lawmakers had sympathy for the idea that there is such a thing as paparazzi being too close, even to celebrities whom we might think don’t deserve such legal protections given that their careers are often spent in and dependent upon being the center of attention....more
Finding out what your kids watch on TV or on the internet could be as important to your kids' health and wellness as making sure they wear bike helmets. According to an article published in the September issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, kids are learning about sex from the media and the message can be dangerous....more
Radio talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger melted down recently on the air and just couldn't say the n-word enough times to exercise her freedom of speech. Never mind that she has enjoyed freedom of speech enough to get paid to say that lesbian and gay people are a "biological error" and that all gay men are pedophiles.
What does it mean to live in a world in which every fashion mistake, bad hair day, or wardrobe malfunction can be instantly beamed across cyberspace? I've been wondering about this, and not only because my deepest, darkest fear is that I will someday wind up starring in a humiliating YouTube video....more
Then I follow up and get a nice note that the article will post this week, and I'm not going to be in it but my info was very helpful (of course it was - why else do you stay on the phone with me for an hour?) And then I read it. And you know what? My heart sank - it sank. Because it mentions my city - but not me.
Meg Meeker MD(You Won’t Believe It!) The teenage brain is the 8th wonder of the world to me. As a pediatrician who gets to talk to a lot of teens, I enjoy teasing back the sheers which cover their brains and peek inside. The thoughts I find therein are mysterious and terrifying. ...more
Having a black woman as fashion director, it is hoped, will mean that the content of the magazine will be empowering to black women. That is, that the director will be sensitive to the historic and ongoing racist idealization of white femininity that makes black women's bodies, hair, facial features, and skin color seem to need fixing.
Do children and youths today have a too-short attention span? Experts are concerned, but what's the culprit? It's been said that the internet is having a negative effect on people's ability to concentrate. (See Is Google making us stupid? in The Atlantic.) ...more
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