It does not diminish Jenner’s personal courage to suggest that a Hollywood self-promoter is not the right person to represent the struggle for transgender acceptance.
A look at inclusivity in the arts after a controversial decision by students at Mount Holyoke College to retire Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play.
In a largely inscrutable recent media announcement, church leaders transmitted some promising progressive messages between the lines.
It’s time for us to act on the protests in Boston and across America with concrete policy reforms to restore community faith and trust in those who pledge to protect and serve us all, equally.
The massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo in Paris is a reminder that protecting the right to offend must trump fears about causing offense.
Protections for speech deemed hurtful or offensive are shaky at best.
They grow up so fast. Let’s make some money off that!
Serious concerns about due process will keep this death penalty case alive on appeal and in the public eye for years and years to come.
Some are conflating the alleged murderous act of one violent man with the peaceful protests of thousands calling for an end to the proliferation of fatal police shootings of unarmed black men.
Of the many lessons to be learned from the recent Rolling Stone-UVA article disaster, one is that apologies work only when they’re real.
Mandatory body cameras will not resolve the real issues between law enforcement and the public.
Mattel gets it wrong — again — with a “computer engineer” Barbie who can’t code and needs help from boys. To say nothing of that hot pink laptop.
It’s time to convert our collective indignation and anguish into genuine moral progress.
Certain members of the media seem to think rioting is a uniquely black form of expression. It isn’t.
The challenge of taking action toward a goal that may never be reached.
Why should a rape victim’s access to the courthouse depend on when the crime was committed?
The very idea of a so-called “safe space” on college campuses, intellectually and emotionally speaking, is anathema to what the academic experience should be: a vigorous exchange of ideas, even ones that might upset some people.
If Betty Friedan was still alive, she would be thrilled to see all the progress we’ve made — but similarly discouraged by how much more there is to overcome.
This is a can of social media worms that I’d rather not open.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on why this is a difficult moment for survivors of sexual abuse.
The former White House intern’s emergence as an anti-cyber-bullying advocate illustrates both the healthy and dark sides of rewriting one’s narrative.
Some say Pope Francis is all talk, but what he’s saying has already changed the church, especially for those Catholics on the margins.
Who needs realistic predictions for the new year when Steve Almond has brewed up such an imaginative batch of possibilities?
The 35-year prison sentence for Manning strikes Nancy Gertner as “disproportionate.”
Are you ready for some football? Because everyone else seems to be.
“Breaking Bad” ended well in a mechanically seamless, loose end-averse final episode that felt right even if it was not quite the emotional powerhouse we deserved.
Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are divorcing after more than two decades of marriage. This has Hinda Mandell rethinking the sex-scandal script.
It angers me that he did what he did. But if we’re going to learn from this, we can’t let slide what brought him here.
I think I’ve finally realized what bothers me about “Girls” and its creator.
Andrea Kremer says reporters on the sideline provide unique access to the realities of the game.
How often do elected officials, working in the fishbowl of public life, get to publicly enjoy themselves in the company of their peers and constituents?
Super Bowl commercials have become cultural markers, providing insights into how major corporations view their customers. In this regard, the results are not good.
Every third person in Massachusetts must have a story about the Democratic stalwart. This is mine.
By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?
An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East — our identity depends on it.
It would be dangerously naïve to attribute the carnage of Newtown — and the grim litany of others before it — as something entirely apart from us.
Pop superstar Katy Perry becomes the latest young woman to carefully pre-qualify a feminist statement with a disavowal of the label itself. Why are so many women reluctant to embrace the feminist mantle?
The media seems enthralled by the narrative that millennials just won’t grow up. But beyond the ever-shifting stereotypes about “kids these days,” there’s not much evidence to suggest the current crop of 20-somethings are all that different from their predecessors.
Election 2012 is writing a new chapter in the evolution of democracy. And it’s happening so quickly, we’ve barely had time grasp its significance.
Thanks to the likes of Lady Gaga and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” S&M is making a comeback — but at what cost? Caryl Rivers examines the effects.
Newspapers don’t need any more bad news. Unfortunately, thanks to a small and obscure federal agency, they just got some. Ed Fouhy breaks down the latest blow in their struggle for survival and asks, whither Boston journalism?
When it comes to reporting on criminal justice cases, retired Judge Nancy Gertner says the media is guilty of producing sloppy, formulaic coverage.
Everybody loves the Olympics – so why don’t we get the exciting, imaginative television coverage these Games deserve?
Another young journalist whose byline will be forever linked to fabrication and plagiarism. From the pantheon of literary pop stars to the dungeon of fallen stars, Tom Fiedler looks at Jonah Lehrer’s lies.
Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.
TV is the new cinema — such is the prevailing sentiment of the time. But this casual acceptance of television’s coup-d’état as fact demands a little counter-programming.
E.L. James’ runaway bestseller fails as a novel and as porn. But Tom Perrotta says in a funny way, this dual failure is probably also one of the secrets of the book’s outlandish success.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.