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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

FIELDS: When rhetoric hides the reality

Between the tragedy over loss of life and limb in Boston and the rejoicing in the certainty that two young men will not strike again, there is a large space for reflection. Emotion clouds reason, which is why we live by the rule of law. Published April 25, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Deep in the shallows of the '60s

"Mad Men" is back, the cultural phenomenon with a loyal audience after a 10-month hiatus. It returned with 3.4 million viewers, its second-highest rating and is again getting so much intellectual attention you might think it was "War and Peace." Published April 18, 2013

New whine in old battles

Some feminists are exposing their herd mentality, and it isn't pretty. Published April 11, 2013

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FIELDS: 'The Jew in the Box'

"Art" can smooth the rough edges of life, nurturing beauty and imagination and showing a different and provocative way of looking at the world, but artists — and museums and galleries that show their work — are sometimes surprised by the hostile reception their works provoke. Published April 4, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Taking swipes at the smartphone generation

The digital age continues to confuse and confound a generation of adults who have learned to participate in it, but lack the ability for what Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley called "doin' what comes naturally." Published March 28, 2013

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FIELDS: When not tying the knot is not good

We pay outsized attention to women at the top, about whether they lean in or lean back, act like men or even like women. After decades of feminism telling women they can control their own destiny, scoring a seat on the fast-moving monorail to success is finally possible. Published March 21, 2013

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FIELDS: 'Leaning in' to score a room at the top

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan described the suburban woman as the unhappy housewife. She lacked challenging choices. Her abilities and identities were attached to her kitchen. Published March 14, 2013

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Words are power

Everyone's looking for a quick fix in education -- President Obama most of all. "Let's make sure none of our children start out the race of life already a step behind," he says. "Let's make it a national priority to give every child access to high quality early education." Published March 7, 2013

First lady Michelle Obama, on screen from Washington, announcing the best picture

FIELDS: A glamorous night with the sharks

Conservatives usually have a few bones to pick with Hollywood over the Academy Awards. Not content with merely opening it, Hollywood pushes the envelope, often with questionable taste and mockery of common values. Published February 28, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Genderfication of adolescence

Not so long ago "gender" was something mostly of interest to flirtatious nouns, but then, as the culture became both more vulgar and more squeamish, "gender" replaced "sex" as the distinction between "him" and "her." Now "date," which described how him and her got acquainted, is replaced by "hook-up." Published February 21, 2013

FIELDS: Forbidden advice for Plain Jane

American women have been cleared for combat, but the generals at the Pentagon only think they are the very model of the modern major general. Published February 7, 2013

FIELDS: Hearts and flowers for Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton got an early valentine from President Obama, leaving Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to celebrate Groundhog Day alone. Perhaps the veep sees a shadow already (you can't blame him for looking over his shoulder), and he'll burrow underground. Published January 31, 2013

FIELDS: Diversity with conceit

The diversity warriors, with no sense of humor and short on irony, keep looking for victims in all the old places. Published January 24, 2013

Illustration College by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Pricking the academic bloat

The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. mail or the Internet. Published January 17, 2013

The sun rises over Oxon Cove Park and is reflected in a Potomac River estuary in Oxon Hill. Water quality in the Potomac was already bad and has grown worse in the past five years, a Potomac Conservancy report said Thursday. (Associated Press)

FIELDS: Poetry on the Potomac

A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires. Published January 10, 2013

Illustration Politics by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Faking it in art and politics

Here's a resolution for one and all as we slide down the fiscal cliff (or not): Beware of fakery in popular places. Fakery, particularly in culture both high and low, bubbles up from the media, affecting the way we see everything, even, for example, politics. Published December 26, 2012

The Kennicott Bible, described as "the most lavishly illuminated Hebrew bible to survive from medieval Spain."

FIELDS: Illumination from medieval manuscripts

It hasn't been an easy year, decade or early century for organized religion. Books by atheists proliferate, some meaner than others. Fewer men and women attend church or synagogue services. Published December 19, 2012