I know this wasn’t the first time, but this is the time when I first felt fear because of it.

I was 13 on a class trip in Mexico (that I had saved and fundraised and begged from obscure relatives for so that I could go), and we were looking through an open market. Several other girls and I stopped by a florist stall.… » 4/22/15 2:50pm Wednesday 2:50pm

I think people can cover surrogates’ medical bills and maybe things like groceries, but straight-up paying someone to have a baby is illegal.

Disclaimer: My knowledge of this topic comes completely from the TV show Parenthood.
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It doesn't matter if you don't care for them as people, you have to admit that what they are doing here is pretty decent. They are giving their children family vacations even though they are divorced. That takes a level of maturity that is commendable. » 4/02/15 10:37am 4/02/15 10:37am

I'm not necessarily defending this strategy, but your comment got me thinking. Cosby is not going to go bankrupt. A boycott of his show (or other books/videos/whatever) won't hurt him in the least, because he is so goddamn rich. But, if you buy a ticket and make a scene, you are essentially buying a chance to have the… » 3/30/15 2:28pm 3/30/15 2:28pm

Isn't "belief in the implicit supremacy of man-on-man sex" just another way to say sexual identification? If I think man-on-man sex is the greatest, I'm probably a gay man. If I think man/woman is supreme, I'm most likely straight, etc. Everyone is allowed to toot our own horn in this department, I think. Explore and… » 3/03/15 1:15pm 3/03/15 1:15pm

For those wondering what Pharrell said: basically that we should be talking more about the alleged robbery Brown committed beforehand, and that Brown shouldn't have walked down the middle of the street. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2... » 2/08/15 11:54pm 2/08/15 11:54pm

The link between birth weight and adult weight or amount of weight gained in pregnancy is tenuous at best. Petite women give birth to 10+ pound babies all the time. Overweight women regularly have babies that are 6-7 pounds and perfectly healthy. Babies are not adults. A 14 pound newborn is not automatically unhealthy. » 2/07/15 3:38pm 2/07/15 3:38pm

O'Reilly seems to focus on Colbert not being able to compete with the Jimmys because Colbert's humor (as evidenced on the Report) is too liberal. I think Colbert will tone the political commentary down somewhat, but I also think the reason they chose Colbert is that they hoped he would bring his younger audience with… » 1/27/15 12:12pm 1/27/15 12:12pm

No one likes being labeled as a racist. No one likes criticism, period.

I am a white ally. I try to listen more than talk. I try to talk when I notice none of my white friends are talking. I try to acknowledge that, to quote LeVar Burton, they shouldn't just take my word for it - they should pay attention to the black… » 12/18/14 2:19pm 12/18/14 2:19pm

While blatant, violent racism still exists, it is far less prevalent today, but subtle racism has not changed much over the decades. Distrust of black people is a major part of modern racism. As Cox points out, we have implicit, unconscious biases that manifest in a myriad of ways. Studies have shown that these more… » 12/18/14 1:11pm 12/18/14 1:11pm

TV fathers letting us down left and right. It might be a stretch, but there is something about holding the ultimate patriarchal position in pop culture while at the same time abusing all the privilege that comes with it while in private that makes Cosby's and Collins's actions all the more disgusting. It is the gender… » 12/17/14 3:23pm 12/17/14 3:23pm