The Economy of Sex: Hugh Hefner, Harvey Weinstein, and the Marriage of Left-Right Liberalisms

The death of Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in September drew accolades as well as critiques from, shall we say, some rather strange bedfellows.  Some on the left praised his support for civil rights (that is, he objectified black women too) and his more infamous role in the sexual revolution.  From the right, an editorial in The Federalist bizarrely misnamed his sense of personal entitlement as joie de vivre…

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Telling “My Abortion Story”

All too often, stories about engaging with “the other side” of the abortion debate quickly turn ugly and presumptive of others. I hope this story will be different, and am willing to risk ridicule for sharing it because I hope it will encourage others to step out of their comfort zones. This past weekend, I…

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Charlottesville: A Call to Examine Ourselves

In episode 7 of the first season of the beloved political drama television The West Wing, White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler meets with a representative of Indonesia named Mr. Bambang at a state dinner to ask for the favor of releasing Toby’s friend who is a political prisoner there. The main characters have struggled…

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