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Feb 13 2012

Why Are We Applauding Chris Brown?

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Rihanna performing at the Grammys last night.

Most American popular celebrities–and most of us, if asked–would profess to be pro-women. Last night showed that we are liars.

Facebook is generally a good measuring stick of one’s peer zeitgeist. The other week on Facebook, many of my friends were up in arms about the Komen-Planned Parenthood funding flap. They proclaimed with great ardor that this was a terrible blow to women. They got on soapboxes and decried the move as a calamity. Similarly, I read at least one post a day about the insidious nature of the princess industry, bemoaning how if we dress our American girls in glitter and pink, we are slowly wending our way toward an overly sexualized culture. Read the rest of this entry →


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