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“I can’t write five words but that I change seven.” — Dorothy Parker
Categories: Feminism, Media, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Feminism ain’t funny

Woman as “fun-killer,” mother as monster in the American sitcom By Jack Simmons and Leigh E. Rich Whether America has realized President Herbert Hoover’s 20th-century vision of a “chicken in every pot,” there is a television in nearly every home. Powerful and accessible, television programs, whether explicitly, convey values and messages to viewers and, thus, […]

Categories: Books, History, Politics, Religion, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Scientology as case study

What the ethical and legal history of Scientology can teach us about religion By Leigh E. Rich Though in many ways still shrouded in secrecy, Scientology could be said to be one of the most “accessible” religions in the world—that is, in terms of documenting and understanding its origins. Part of this has to do with its young age, […]

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Rep. Todd Akin’s comments a missed opportunity for cultural and ethical debate By Leigh E. Rich These days, one has to feel some sympathy for politicians, political candidates, celebrities and others in the public eye. Modern media technologies and the proliferation of communication channels have created something of a Panopticon, where the relative ease of […]

Categories: Ethics, Feminism, Film, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on ‘Eggsploitation’

Oocyte (egg) donation is riddled with issues that have few, if any, solutions By Leigh E. Rich In one sense, so-called “third-party reproduction” that uses gametes contributed by anonymous (or known) “donors” is no longer novel (Murphy 2009; Sargent 2007; Sauer 2001; Mastroianni 2001), but the highly profitable IVF industry (now sometimes called “ART” for “artificial reproductive techniques”) is still in […]

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Curse drives Denver-based horror duo to dig deep By Leigh E. Rich Chaosicon: A Novel of Supernatural Terror By Christopher Leppek and Emanuel Isler Write Way Publishing June 2001 358 pages Horror authors Christopher Leppek and Emanuel “Mani” Isler never thought “chaos” would stalk them. Or come for their blood. Literally. The Denver-based duo recently […]

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The hairy issues of being a groomed feminist By Leigh E. Rich A friend once called me and, before I had a chance to say hello, asked rapidly, “What one thing would you want if stranded on a desert island?” My reply was as automatic as it was predictable. “Duh. Tweezers.” As if she had […]

Categories: Books, Science, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on The elusive but useful epidemic

Does the ‘preparedness industry’ predict calamity or promote the illusion of a ‘risk-free’ life? By Leigh E. Rich Dread: How Fear and Fantasy Have Fueled Epidemics From the Black Death to Avian Flu By Philip Alcabes Public Affairs April 2009 336 pages When it comes to many of today’s epidemics, perhaps, as FDR warned during […]

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Epidemics and the concept of ‘Dread’ with author Philip Alcabes By Leigh E. Rich In the mid-1300s, the “Great Mortality” decimated nearly one-third of Europe’s population. One of every three or four individuals was stricken with the “pestilence,” a mysterious illness that began with a headache, fever and swollen lymph glands—around which red spots on […]

Categories: Books, Religion, Social Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on On demons and doctors

What does horror have to do with public health? By Leigh E. Rich American sportswriter Red Smith once said, “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and open a vein.” Two Denver-based horror novelists have done away with the metaphor and are literally mixing their blood with ink, selling […]

Categories: Editorials, Film, Science, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Aliens and archaeology

The latest in the Indiana Jones series unearths conspiracy theories By Leigh E. Rich “Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.” — Edward Abbey Sometimes I feel like a humorless Jerry Seinfeld, asking a not-nearly-drunk-enough crowd “What is with the” dot dot dot. There is enough in this world to give one […]

Categories: Elections, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Local voters weigh in on Obama victory

The 2008 presidential election in Savannah By Leigh E. Rich If the local election-watching parties were any indication, the 2008 U.S. presidential election held few surprises for Savannahians. Civility dominated the low-key atmosphere at The Mulberry Inn on Bay Street, where Chatham County Republicans waited for results. A small but hopeful crowd gathered in the […]

Categories: Elections, Politics, Utrinque Paratus | Comments Off on Convening for change

Georgia’s delegates embrace Obama’s message at the 2008 DNC By Leigh E. Rich This November change is the only option, say the Georgia Democrats, who promise they can’t—and won’t—finish what they believe the Republicans started. Themes of change, hope, unity and public service dominated the 2008 Democratic National Convention last week, as Illinois Sen. Barack […]