Jun 26, 2012
commented on I Have Not Fallen Out of Love With Sandra Fluke
All I can add to this discussion are the comments I've heard from my teenage daughters. They both have told me that some boys their age have many expectations in sexual relationships that apparently stem from their early exposure to Internet porn. This seems to put a lot of pressure on the girls (and possibly on the boys as well) to conform to sexual behavior that may not be comfortable to them, especially in the early stages of exploration, but appear to be "what everybody is doing" because it's so ubiquitous in the virtual world. Porn has always been with us, and I'm sure always will be, but as a parent I do worry that Internet porn may have a detrimental effect on teens of both genders and of whatever sexual orientation.
Jun 13, 2012
commented on One Person Dies, Another Is Seriously Injured Falling from Gasworks
I have to say I think society might be better off if we weeded out the kind of people who think "Darwin award" comments make for witty commentary on a kid's death. Especially the ones who say essentially the same thing about...oh, let's say about 32 comments into the thread. Callous and unoriginal! Congrats!
May 31, 2012
commented on Former Girlfriend on Ian Stawicki: "It's either nothing or really bad."
As the parent of a child with mental health issues, I wish people would quit saying this guy was "mentally ill", at least until there is further evidence to support that statement. Was he hearing voices? Did he have delusional beliefs that pushed him into violent behavior? Or was he just another angry, abusive, gun-loving man who knew exactly what he was doing? I also find it curious, in a disturbing way, that those who knew him say that his issues escalated in the last five years, which corresponds to the beginning of the last presidential election season. Based on his father's Facebook page, there were ideas floating around in his family about "socialism" and "liberals" that may underpin his rage-filled act against society. But that doesn't make him mentally ill, and it's unfair to those who struggle every day to live a better life despite a debilitating illness to use that label to explain his actions.