NewsReal Contributor Alex Knepper Stirs the Feminist Pot


“I don’t mind being hated for my views,” says Alex Knepper, 20, a political science student at American University. Knepper wrote a column in the campus newspaper, The Eagle, which states that a woman who attends a fraternity party, drinks a lot of alcohol, and then accompanies a guy to his dorm room or apartment [...]

Busy Parents: The Real Cause of Childhood Obesity


I recently ended up in a long conversation with another mother at our children’s elementary school who told me about the ongoing conflict among the school’s board members about nutrition in the school. Apparently, the head of the committee wants all things sugar banned from the school — even lollipops for Valentine’s Day.
My friend — [...]

NewsReal Sunday: Is There An Objective Standard of Right and Wrong? Yes, But We Can — and Will — Change It As God Draws Us Closer To Him


This past week at NewsReal Blog we saw an intriguing debate between Suzanne Venker and Jeanette Pryor. Suzanne had chosen to challenge our Movement’s social conservatives by positing that advocating abstinence until marriage was wrongheaded. Jeanette responded that this was a form of relativism and would lead to moral anarchy as universal standards of Right and [...]

Tom Brokaw Lets Baby Boomers Off the Hook


In Tom Brokaw’s documentary Boomers!, which aired last week, the main subjects — six baby boomers — asked the narrator at the end of the program what he thought a good word was to describe the baby boomer legacy. To which Brokaw answers, “Unrealized.”
Brokaw had spent the better part of the two-hour documentary describing how [...]

Cannibalism: Does It Have to Be All Or Nothing?


On August 16th, 2008, Candidates Barack Obama and John McCain answered the questions of Rich Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church. During his now-famous, four and a half minute “Abortion is above my pay grade” diatribe, the President stuttered the following:
“The goal for me right now…and this is where I think we can find some common [...]

Premarital Sex: Does It Have to Be All or Nothing?


In my article last week about feminist Jessica Valenti, a reader named “Jess” commented that she dislikes “how there’s apparently no middle ground between sleeping with everything that moves and waiting for marriage.” Ironically (since we seem to have little else in common), I agree with her. Ms. Valenti makes a living telling young women [...]

Crunchy Conservative Parenting: On Co-Sleeping, and Actions vs. Ideology


Yesterday, Suzanne Venker had a post concerning co-sleeping that may have been well-intentioned, but spends a good deal of its time attacking the wrong target. We don’t disagree that our culture at large is too concerned with being PC, and often too sensitive to children’s self-esteem (see George Will’s excellent article in yesterday’s Washington Post). [...]

Co-Sleeping and Other Politically Correct Parenting Concepts


According to yesterday morning’s segment on Good Morning America, getting kids to sleep in their own beds has become so difficult it’s costing parents money. Parents like George Stephanopoulos and his wife have turned to sleep therapists to help them get their kids to bed at night.
“Ellie and I are now waving the white flag [...]

Misguided Wives and Powerless Husbands


The new brouhaha about parents Joseph and Rebecca Reyes, one of whom is Catholic and the other Jewish, is a classic example of two broken institutions in America: the judicial system — and marriage.
The problem with the judicial system is simple: Judges have taken their power and run with it. As one lawyer from Rochester, [...]

What – and Who – Is a Postfeminist?


Megyn Kelley, anchor of the new FOX news program America Live (1 pm EST), has been dubbed a “postfeminist babe.” Sarah Palin has been labeled a postfeminist as well. Which begs the question: Just who or what is a postfeminist?
According to the dictionary, postfeminist means “of, relating to, or occurring in the period following widespread [...]