Published December 16, 2013
Monday, a reader sent me a story from The New Zealand Herald about a teenage girl who was badly and repeatedly beaten at home -- and who was then forced to disguise her considerable facial injuries, including a broken nose, damaged teeth, and extensive bruising.
Published October 01, 2013
Young love, foolish love, love upended by reality, love remembered over time. Haven’t we all known something like this?
Published September 10, 2013
As an ardent anti-racist, I must deplore the racialization/Balkanization of identity and the valorization of victim status that has come to characterize the contemporary American academy and electoral politics.
Published May 22, 2013
People who think, write, and speak out, are now being attacked for their ideas, not only on the page, but in very ugly and economically and physically violent ways.
Published May 30, 2012
Texas-born Patricia (“Tissie”) Said, the mother of Amina Said and Sarah Said, who were shot to death by their Egyptian father in the United States, should long ago have been charged as an accomplice in their honor killing.
Published February 07, 2012
One would have hoped for no further dirt. But the shameful story of White House intern Mimi Alford and President John F. Kennedy leaves us hoping that President Kennedy would have been a gentleman not an arrogant Prince of the realm.
Published January 29, 2012
Although some have called for a special “honor killing” law, it is important to note that the Shafias were tried and convicted under existing Canadian law. They were not tried for committing a culturally approved “honor killing,” but for having conspired to commit a cold-blooded and pre-planned murder on Canadian soil.
Published August 05, 2011
Updated for the 21st century, "Mothers on Trial" attempts to break the false stereotype that mothers receive preferential treatment over fathers in custody battles.
Published July 12, 2011
Just as we expect men to be violent, we do not expect women, especially mothers, to be violent, and certainly not violent towards their own young and helpless children. That is why the Casey Anthony trial has gotten such a response from the public.
Published July 08, 2011
Even if the mother is in emotional free fall, she must become a hard-headed pragmatist. A women expects her husband to be her protector not her most dangerous enemy. But when war erupts, many women do not know how to fight to win.