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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Illustration on fatherhood by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

New responsibilities for the gander

Bonding with a newborn baby isn't just women's work any longer. Men now say "what's good for the goose is good for the gander." Fathers want in on parental leave. Published June 12, 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

When Democratic candidates talk sense

When the sacred cow is a pet and you twist her tail you can expect booing, not mooing, from the cow's friends. That's what happened at the California state Democratic convention in San Francisco over the weekend when two presidential candidates took a turn twisting the cow's tail. Published June 5, 2019

Illustration on Moe Berg by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The catcher behind the home plate was a spy

Once upon a time in America baseball was not only the National Pastime, but the national obsession, an idyll of summer. Every town and city had a team. Abbott and Costello made their bones with their classic routine, "Who's on First?" Baseball was the great equalizer on sandlot and ball park. Everybody knew the words to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and everybody shared in the enthusiasm for the "home team." Published May 29, 2019

College Admissions Scandal Illustration by Donna Grethen

Pomp, circumstance and inspiration

Pomp and circumstance depends a lot more on circumstance than pomp. The 396 graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta learned that in an unforgettable way the other day at their commencement ceremony. The graduates with their families and friends whooped it up, with plenty to whoop it up for. The commencement speaker surprised them with the announcement that he was paying off all their student loans. Published May 22, 2019

Actress-singer Doris Day in 1962. (Associated Press)

Doris Day did it her way

Doris Day, who died this week at age 97, was a revolutionary who did it her way. She was the buttery blond beauty with the tantalizing silken voice that could light up lyrics with seductive directness. Hard-core feminists hated her for how she did it, and have been trying to bury her image for years. Published May 15, 2019

Luis Saez rides Maximum Security, right, across the finish line first against Flavien Prat on Country House during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner after Maximum Security was disqualified following a review by race stewards. (Associated Press)

We've got the horse right here

The less imaginative among us are calling it "Gait-gate." Not as clever as "Watergate" -- derivatives never are -- but it's about horses, not humans. Jonathan Swift might have included this story in "Gulliver's Travels." A horse goofs, humans whine, and the Kentucky Derby disqualifies the winner for the first time in its 145 years. Published May 8, 2019

Illustration on time and earning gaps between the sexes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The affluent woman falls into a new gender gap

Freud was supposed to be a wise man, but he could never answer the question, "What do women want?" When he suggested that women who want the power and authority to be like men suffer "penis envy," he coined a modern myth. He didn't get it quite right, but the meaning behind his diagnosis became a driving force of modern feminism. (You could ask the women running for president.) Published May 1, 2019

Illustration on the trepidations of finding romance in the current culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taming men from toxic to timid

Identity politics revives sexist stereotypes, and like most stereotypes, they diminish us all to a multitude of prejudices. Generalizations seek the simplest common denominator and usually sink to the lowest. Published April 24, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu   Associated Press

A crucial election in Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu just won his fifth term as prime minister of Israel. He's not the most beloved in the pantheon of Israeli leaders. As a patriarch, he has no aura. In this re-election he was haunted by allegations of corruption and his political rhetoric of expediency lacks trustworthiness. He's not loved, or even that well liked. Published April 17, 2019

Illustration on the war of the sexes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Unexpected costs of total war

Between the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s and the #MeToo movement of the present day, lies a battlefield strewn with bodies and minds battered by the changing weapons of physical and psychological destruction. The war between the sexes, like all wars, exacts an unexpected price. Published April 10, 2019

Joe Biden    Associated Press photo

Caught in a time warp

Generation gaps become generation ditches, with glitches. Published April 3, 2019

Illustration on the effects of Hillary Clinton's failed run for president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sexual politics in the Age of Trump

The Mueller report ought to bring an end to the obsession that Hillary Clinton was robbed of the presidency, but it won't. Donald Trump beat her fair and square. He didn't get any help from the Russians. Published March 27, 2019

Illustration on mourning and the mass murder in New Zealand by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When lyricism is lost in the mourning for a massacre

The good news is that the technological revolution and social media have produced the swiftest and the most expansive means for the communication of ideas that man has ever known. The bad news is that we pay a high price for it. Fact and opinion linger long after proven wrong, as they often are, and the coarsening of the culture continues apace as every Tom, Dick and Henrietta taps a keyboard or speaks into a microphone, magnifying fleeting misinformation. Published March 20, 2019

Illustration on obscuring anti-Semitism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When anti-Semitism is reduced to bitter farce

Politics has always exploited the pop culture to reach "the people," but in our identity-conscious time, employing social media as the mode of communicating, pop references can be hazardous to the health of your political party. Those using such new ways of talking must know the audience, like a traveling salesman must "know the territory." Published March 13, 2019

Illustration on the romantic damage done by partisan politics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lost in the muddled middle

The definition of who's a suitable friend, lover or lifelong mate has changed over the years. As racial prejudice has done a slow fade from the bad old days — it's still with us but it's no longer respectable anywhere — the new, respectable prejudice is political. Published March 6, 2019

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in a promotional image from 'The Green Book.'

Art! Politics! Spectacle!

We've survived another spectacle of the Academy Awards, with the protesters and the preeners celebrating politics, talent and craft. We watched a lot of posers with attitude. Published February 27, 2019

Illustration on women running for president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The female ascent to the top, on screen and stump

"Ah, women," doesn't quite have the resonance or ancient history of "amen," but if women had been as dominant in Biblical times as they are today, that might be how we would close our prayers today, though the word is derived from the ancient Greek meaning "truth" and has nothing to do with gender or even sex. Today, we're bombarded with changing images of women in the pop culture as well as in the larger culture, tracing a wide arc in politics and in both bedroom and boardroom. Published February 20, 2019

Illustration on the Equality Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Harry, Sally and an odd alliance

Radical feminists and conservative intellectuals make odd bedfellows, and you wouldn't expect to find them in bed at The Heritage Foundation. But these are odd times. They're united in support of the untrendy idea that biology, not "cultural identity," defines sex. Published February 13, 2019

Illustration on the poularity of football in Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Football in a funny place

Football fans usually don't agree on much. Arguing is part of the fun. But nearly everyone agrees that this year's Super Bowl, won by New England by only 13-3, was a snoozefest. Still, it was a welcome respite from acrimonious politics. Published February 6, 2019