Monthly Archives: February 2011

Is your dad a tattoo offender?

Tattoos have graced the body and gratified the soul for Millennia.  The ancient art of tattooing has been passed down through legends, songs, and ritual ceremonies. One of the oldest of these traditions is Samoan, where tattoos mark their various social positions within their groups. Name tattoos are commonly popular amongst men, are always in honor of […]

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This years Oscars Perfection & Desperation

This year’s Oscar nominations have highlighted a fascinating group of films. I’m particularly struck by the richness of the roles for women. There are certainly an awful lot of passionate extremists vying for our attention. I’m thinking especially of the mad perfectionism of the ballerina in Black Swan, the fierce dedication to duty from Elizabeth, […]

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Hollywood’s obsession with bad moms could harm young girls, expert says

From Fox Entertainment News: “We are obsessed with bad mothers largely because the face of women in western culture has transformed radically since the 1950s. With new models of motherhood challenging old norms, what we favor now are the obsessive extremes,” explained Los Angeles-based pop culture and human behavior expert Suzannah Galland. “The more outrageous […]

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Hollywood’s obsession with bad moms could harm young girls

Fox Entertainment News Pop Tarts columnist Hollie McKay cited me as a “Pop Culture Expert” in an timely article about bad mothers being negative role models for young girls today. “We are obsessed with bad mothers largely because the face of women in western culture has transformed radically since the 1950s. With new models of […]

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Invite love into your heart on Valentine’s Day

I came across a short BBC feature on You Tube that I found quite moving and thought provoking. It is called “Maasai tribe: The meaning of Love & Polygamy.” Two young central African men seeking wives are interviewed, as well as a young woman who is already “chief wife,” that is the first of several […]

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I demand you fix this right now!

I don’t know about you, but I had a hell of a day not long ago.  It was literally an inferno of the snow-bound variety. There I was, trying to get out of New York City in the midst of the worst winter storms in its history. Few things could make me nostalgic for London’s […]

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FlipOut Sandals Event, NYC

The invitation reads, “Soothe Your Sole.” I specialize in the other more transcendent variant of that word, soul, but when Tracey Hunter and Cheryl Hamersmith-Stewart asked me to take part in the New York launch of a line of footwear they’d created – FlipOut sandals – I was eager to support them.  First of all, […]

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