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Carol Platt Liebau

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…

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 —…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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