I have a teenage daughter who just started high school. She’s a great kid: funny, smart, sensitive to others. But I fear that she’s starting to pay heed to all the messages she’s constantly receiving that the most winning thing she can do in life is to be, basically, sexy and dumb. That’s the message I know she’s constantly receiving from (as always) the media, and certainly from social media, which teens use to exert so much peer pressure on young women. [Read more…]
I’m afraid that these days I’m spending so much time working on my upcoming novel—and writing “Ask John,” the advice column I write for the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper—that I don’t have much time to post on my blog.
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I increasingly find myself sickened by the state of things in our country. It feels like America has been turned upside down: now truth means nothing, posturing means everything, and the middle ground is no man’s land. Turning on the news is like stepping through the looking glass: Nothing is as it seems, nobody is whom they’re supposed to be, everything could be anything. [Read more…]
I’m a high school senior. Last month the college I most want to attend (for its awesome special education program) awarded me a full scholarship. I was so excited. My boyfriend, however, was not. He definitely doesn’t want me to move 300 miles away. [Read more…]
We know it isn’t all men, but can you help my husband and me understand the type of man who exposes himself to women in a work setting, grabs women aggressively, drugs or threatens women or girls who are looking to them as mentors, etc.? Where do you think this behavior comes from? And do you believe there is any chance of these situations being stopped? [Read more…]