- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Modern love
"Melissa Etheridge describes 'Lover Please,' the anguished song that opens her seventh album, 'Skin,' as 'classic Etheridge. … I've learned, I've moved on now. … I will never write from that place again, is what I'm trying to say.'
"In other words, she's happy. Both 'Skin' and her autobiography … center around her breakup with longtime partner Julie Cypher, with whom she has two children (biologically fathered by David Crosby). 'Skin' makes clear how painful this separation was. The story of how their 12-year relationship ended is a distressingly common tale of declining passion. Feeling increasingly sexually and romantically rejected, Etheridge finally decided there was nothing left to save after Cypher's declaration during a couples-therapy session that she 'just wasn't gay.' She and Cypher now live in houses with adjoining backyards, so that their children Bailey, 4, and Beckett, 2 1/2 can have as much family continuity as possible despite their parents' breakup. And in addition to a new house, a new record and a new book, Etheridge has a new girlfriend and a new outlook on life: less defended, more proactive."
Mim Udovitch, writing on "How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?" in the July 5 issue of Rolling Stone

Closet Confederates
"Most of the political problems in this country won't be settled until more folks realize the South was right.
"I know that goes against the P.C. edicts, but the fact is that on the subject of the constitutional republic, the Confederate leaders were right and the Northern Republicans were wrong.
"Many people today even argue the Confederate positions without realizing it.
"For example, if you argue for strict construction of the Constitution, you are arguing the Confederate position; when you oppose pork-barrel spending, you are arguing the Confederate position; and when you oppose protective tariffs, you are arguing the Confederate position. But that's not all.
"When you argue for the Bill of Rights, you are arguing the Confederate position, and when you argue that the Constitution limits the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, you are arguing the Confederate position. …
"So, regardless of where you were born, you may be a Southerner philosophically."
Charley Reese, writing on "Are you Confederate but don't know it?" Sunday in the Orlando Sentinel

Feminist myth
"As for all those miserable '50s mothers who allegedly were put on tranquilizers to deal with depression: I checked with an expert a '50s mom and sure enough, this turned out to be yet another feminist myth. Carolyn Graglia, a lawyer and author of 'Domestic Tranquillity: A Brief Against Feminism,' laughed when I asked her about this. 'I was a housewife in the '50s, and I didn't know anyone on anti-depressants,' she said. 'Feminists exaggerated this out of all proportion to the facts,' especially Betty Friedan, who was 'successful in convincing people. … All the problems she cites about alcoholism, and women getting fat and depressed [are] absurd.'
"The reality is that 'far more women are depressed today, in terms of the drugs prescribed to them. All you hear about is the number of women on Prozac,' Graglia pointed out. And no wonder: they're being pulled in too many directions, and feel guilty and worried all the time about their kids.
"Graglia is right. Too many of these tired, depressed, modern moms came of age in the Feminist Renaissance, symbolized by a television commercial popular in the '70s. It featured an attractive woman in business attire singing: 'I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, ever let him forget he's a man.' By the decade's end, the exhausted mothers who believed this absurd message that they could do it all, all at once, and be sexy while doing it probably felt more like whacking Gloria Steinem over the head with the frying pan than cooking bacon in it."
Anne Morse, writing on "Debating Daycare," June 21 in Boundless at www.boundless.com

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