Carol Platt Liebau

See No Evil…Unless!

 

It’s been fifteen years since the cultural elite ridiculed Dan Quayle mercilessly for criticizing the glamorization of unwed motherhood in sitcoms like Murphy Brown. Through innumerable press accounts and Hollywood asides, the message was clear: Only someone irremediably stupid would actually confuse a television program with reality! A decade and a half later, however, the […]

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Bad Girls Go Out

 

Perhaps youthful celebrities like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are more to be pitied than blamed. Certainly, one branch of their education has been sadly neglected: No one has ever taught them how young ladies climb out of vehicles — knees together, both legs lifted simultaneously, torso swiveled, feet placed firmly on the pavement. In […]

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Swallowing the Kryptonite

 

The newest film incarnation of the Superman myth opened recently to much fanfare across the country. From the outset, it’s clear that Superman Returns takes a number of liberties with the legend of the Man of Steel. In this version, he returns from a five-year absence to find one-time love Lois Lane with a young […]

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Postmodern Bride

 

Given the season, it’s hardly surprising that the Wall Street Journal would report on the newest bridal trend. But the trend itself is anything but predictable: Brides are hiring wedding “photojournalists” to snap risque pre-ceremony photos of them — in their lingerie, in provocative poses, or even in the bathroom. Certainly, the phenomenon highlights just […]

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Textbook Sex

 

In a bygone, more sexually reticent age, it was understood that one’s sex life wasn’t anyone else’s business. Even as they undermined the traditions that had buttressed restraint (especially among unmarried young women), those in the vanguard of the sexual revolution appealed to Americans’ libertarian instincts. What right, they asked, did the community have to […]

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Primo de Mayo

 

In endorsing the proposed May Day strike by all illegal immigrants and their political allies, the Democrats in the California State Senate may have thought they were taking a principled stand “about the tremendous contribution [illegal] immigrants make on a daily basis to our society and economy.” Ironically, however, by supporting the boycott, its proponents […]

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Immigration Ground Zero

 

After last weekend’s enormous rally in opposition to proposed immigration reform legislation and Monday’s mass protest staged by more than 40,000 middle and high school students, Los Angeles is buzzing with controversy and debate. In at least one important sense, the rallies were strategic failures for those participating in them. The protests elicited unusually spirited […]

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Where the Joys Aren’t

 

According to a study released last week by the American Medical Association, almost three quarters of the women (74 percent) surveyed revealed that they equate “spring break” with sex and outrageous behavior. Eighty-three percent said it means heavy drinking. Is this what the feminists had in mind when they touted the virtues of “liberation”? Because […]

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Why Do They Hate Us?

 

In the days after the 9/11 attacks, Americans watched their fellows grieve for 3,000 innocent loved ones lost in the heaps of charred rubble at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a Pennsylvania field. Though the press’s reporting in the first few days of the crisis had been courageous and straightforward, it wasn’t […]

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The Problem With The Book of Daniel

 

Occasioning the most recent cultural clash between people of faith and the entertainment industry, NBC last week aired the pilot for a controversial new television drama. The Book of Daniel focuses on the family of an Episcopal priest who regularly pops vicodin. His wife is a little too fond of martinis, his daughter is dealing […]

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