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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 how past masculine behavior has backfired on men in today's culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When women are as mad as the men

Sometimes a rolling stone that gathers no moss picks up a lot of dirt, sticks and debris. That happened when one particular Rolling Stone published a slanderous and sloppy attempt to tell a story about a fictitious gang rape at the University of Virginia. The magazine "officially" retracted the story only after the Columbia Journalism Review demonstrated how it failed at every level of responsible reporting and editing. Published April 8, 2015

Illustration on tragedy in the midst of Spring's renewal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When tragedy stalks the season of hope

Tragedy never takes a holiday, and the days just overflowed with fear and grief. A German airliner crashes into the French Alps, and then three buildings in the East Village of New York collapse after a basement explosion, days after a hot plate left unattended to warm food sets fire to a house in Brooklyn, and six of eight children die. Suddenly there's no room in our hearts and minds to think about political tragedy that may be playing out in the Middle East. Published April 1, 2015

This artwork by Donna Grethen refers to Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account while secretary of state.

Hillary and Monica, together again in ‘shame and survival’

Monica Lewinsky is back, and playing offense. The woman in the little blue dress is giving a Ted talk about the "culture of humiliation," scolding cyberbullies who wound innocents, and reclaiming a personal narrative in her own voice. She's burning the beret and the blue dress with a telltale stain, "giving purpose to my past" in the name of a softer feminism that she says begins with a "little f." Published March 25, 2015

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

Bibi as the bulwark against hate

Foreign elections don't always interest Americans very much. But Benjamin Netanyahu has become a familiar name in America, almost pronounceable, since his speech to Congress. Many Americans, Democrats and Republicans, cheered him to the polls in Israel this week. Published March 18, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience."  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The saboteur of Hillary’s ambitions

Hillary Clinton has been a reflection of the changing images of women in America for decades. She's had more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine, more fashion makeovers than Cher, more comebacks from bad press than Madonna. The images always need updating. She's the life-size balloon toy, weighted at the bottom, that a child smacks over and watches with surprise and suspicion when it bobs back upright. Published March 11, 2015

Netanyahu's Bible lesson from Queen Esther

Benjamin Netanyahu leavened his powerful account of what's really at stake in the nuclear negotiations with Iran with a little history and a little wisdom from the Bible. And why not? The war against the terrorists in the Middle East is a war against evil men peddling a violent perversion of a religion. Published March 4, 2015

Oscar's gem from across the ocean

Hollywood can't help itself. The glitteries inevitably use the Academy Awards to push their personal politics, sometimes cheap and occasionally not, rewarding razzle-dazzle over real life. This year the two most important Oscars, for best picture and best director, went to "Birdman," about razzle-dazzle, and not "Boyhood," about real life. Published February 25, 2015

Teach Civics in School Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Looking for a Presidents Day bargain

Another Presidents Day, like the presidents it was meant to honor, has come and gone and nobody remembers what it was all about, beyond another three-day weekend for federal employees and a little hype to sell automobiles and snake oil. Presidents Day replaces holidays to mark the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln, and now, presumably, the catch-all honor is extended to William Henry Harrison, Chester Alan Arthur and Millard Fillmore as well. Published February 18, 2015

Illustration on Britain's diminished role in world affairs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

England's bewildering identity crisis

England is having an identity crisis — Scotland is just getting over one — and just in time to hover over national elections. Published February 11, 2015

Illustration by Heng, Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore              CartoonArts International

‘Austerity dominatrix’ confronts ‘Sexy Alexi’

Angela Merkel, the no-nonsense leader of Germany and protector of the euro, has a fearless new rival. Alexis Tsipras, the newly elected prime minister of Greece, and the leader of the left-wing Syriza Party, offers a different understanding of economics: Spend money whether you have it or not, and get someone else to pay up. Eager to reduce a multitude of problems to caricature, the Greeks regard themselves as caught between a stern German disciplinarian, the "austerity dominatrix," and the man playful Greek women call "Sexy Alexi." Published February 4, 2015

Illustration on heroism replaced by narcissism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Heroes in the age of the selfie

Heroes, real ones, are getting harder to find. One of the few remaining annual surprises in the typical State of the Union address is the president's introduction of his "mystery guest." President Reagan introduced the first one in 1982, celebrating one Leonard Skutnik for an extraordinary act of courage. Published January 28, 2015

Illustration on the impact of anti-Semitism on France by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘First they came for the Jews’

A widely distributed political cartoon by Ranan Lurie, published after the massacre of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris, depicts a tiny shrub above ground and just below the surface, supporting the plant, is a web of thick twisted roots spread in the design of the swastika. Published January 21, 2015

Marine Le Pen      Associated Press photograph

The worm in Charlie’s apple

An atrocity is a terrible way to increase a magazine's circulation, but that's how Charlie Hebdo got its current run of 3 million copies or more, up from 65,000. Satire, once regarded on Broadway as "what closed on Saturday night," now sells, and this week in Paris it might sell out. Published January 14, 2015

Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945             Associated Press photo

Bess Myerson, first Jewish Miss America, dies at 90

Bess Myerson, whose death at age 90 was revealed this week, was a Miss America who lived through nearly a century of change in the perception of "the ideal American woman." She paid for celebrity in the way many celebrities before and after her paid. She was crowned in 1945, when the Miss America Pageant was taken more seriously than it is today, and she was anything but the typical "queen of femininity." Published January 7, 2015

Illustration on the search for prolonged physical youth by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Life can be good in the sunset years, but political concerns grow

When that old man with a long white beard turns over the new year to a robust, round baby in diapers, they share framed edges of life, one at the end and one just beginning. With the help of science, an old man today passing the baton has a greater life expectancy than his predecessor did in 1840 when data began to show steady increases. The baby this year is lively and bouncing and need not worry as much about infant mortality. Published December 31, 2014

Illustration on Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren        The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton's problem is not a glass ceiling, but the new girl in town

Back in the day when Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem were in high school and a new girl walked into the classroom, the boys looked to see whether she was a pretty one, and the girls looked to see what she had to offer to their cliques. The boys evaluated looks, the girls personality. Published December 17, 2014

Illustration on the damage done by false accusations of rape by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The feminist rape of reputation

Feminism is entering a new phase of the movement. You could call it the era of mea culpa. Feminism has rightly claimed "victim" status at the mercy of rapists, and now certain women have turned the tables and are making victims of men, but with slander, the rape of reputation. This isn't an "epidemic," as feminists have said rape is an epidemic, but the numbers are significant enough to make the headlines. Published December 10, 2014

Illustration on Supreme Court case on threatening speech on the Internet by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Supreme Court is asked again to judge the lethality of language

When the chief justice of the United States recites lyrics from a rap song about violence and murder, you can bet he's not rehearsing for a shot on "Saturday Night Live." He's inquiring into the redeeming value of the crude and coarsened language of social media in the digital age. Published December 3, 2014

Illustration on Bill Cosby by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bill Cosby’s message survives personal disaster

What's fascinating about the coverage of the persuasive accusations against Bill Cosby, now 18 and rising, is that race doesn't dominate. There's an outcry at the abuse of women, and he's shredded the healthy black-father family man image he carefully cultivated on his sitcom, but you don't read or hear notice taken of the fact that the women who say he drugged and raped them were usually white. Published November 26, 2014