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Anne With An ‘E’ Gets It Right

First Published in U.S. Catholic, Dec 2017 Judging by the stories media tell us, boys are the only humans perplexed by puberty. Film and television tales of moving from adolescence to adulthood focus primarily on young men, as though girls did not also lurch awkwardly toward maturity. Think of Boyhood, The Sandlot, Stand By Me,...

She’s a 10, He’s a 2: Playboy Cartoons and a Culture of Male Entitlement

When University of California Santa Barbara student Elliot Rodger was 22 years old, he stabbed his two roommates and a friend to death and then drove to Starbucks for coffee. Sitting in his car in the parking lot, he recorded his motivations uploaded the video to YouTube, then emailed some friends and family. He...

Silencing The Female Voice

The Cyber Abuse of Women On The Internet For a woman journalist in 2017, working on Twitter entails opening oneself to attacks such as: "I hope you get raped"Just Not Sports, 2016 "You need to be hit in the head with a hockey puck and killed"Just Not Sports, 2016 "You are clearly retarded, i hope someone shoots then...

Urban Presence

The Visitation Sisters of North Minneapolis model gentleness and humility while living as a spiritual presence in a marginalized urban community. It looks like just another house on just another block in just another American neighborhood. Tidy hostas line the walkway to the front door, pretty wicker chairs are circled on the front porch, and...

Art: Revealing the Us In The Other

It is not a passive thing to sit in the audience. It is also not a safe thing. We file in, avoiding eye contact and clutching tickets. We sort ourselves into aisles that are lettered and numbered in illogical fashion, we search for but can't spell mezzanine, and we politely share the armrests as though...

Remembering Roger Ebert

First Published in U.S. Catholic, August 2017 He was perhaps the most beloved American film critic ever, but that is not what Roger Ebert thought he wanted to be. The way Ebert tells it, he imagined a career as a columnist, something along the lines of being a Mike Royko. Instead, Ebert’s boss at the Chicago...

Women’s Work

A cancelled series reveal the fight for women's pay equality is still underway. Once upon a time, in 1969, women weren't "allowed" to wear slacks at the office. This wasn't for modesty - miniskirts and tight dresses were fine, 9-5. The dress code was to keep gender difference clearly delineated, as in the classic insult...

Who Runs The World?

In CBS drama Madam Secretary, patriarchy matters a little less. Madam Secretary (CBS, in its third season) breaks bold new ground in media portrayals of women leaders: Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord's friends, family, colleagues, and even the President of the United States treat her as if, in fact, she can lead. On television and in film,...

A Murderer’s Dress

Yes, I own one. Yes, I wore it. Yes, I wrote about it. This article was published in Milwaukee Mag, and is available here.