The “Spanking” Edition

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Who Gets to Stay?

What kind of violence abroad should allow women and children to win asylum in the United States? The recent influx of both families and kids traveling on their own from Central America is adding the urgency of large numbers to this question. So far, th……
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The “They May Take Our Lives, but They’ll Never Take Our Freedom” Edition

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Relax, Parents

It’s obligatory: Every generation of adults must panic about kids and sex. In their new book Kids Gone Wild, Joel Best and Kathleen Bogle begin with quaint, bygone examples: a 1920s New York Times story in which mothers complained about “petting parties” and a 1950s book that warned girls against the “heavy necking” involved in going steady. More recently, parental and societal alarms have sounded over “rainbow parties,” in which girls supposedly leave different rings of lipsticks, in different shades, around the penises of boys they have—yuck, in my own moment of parental squeamishness, I refuse to finish that sentence. Another color-coded modern-day scare: “sex bracelets,” in which the color of the bracelet is reported to stand for the act performed.


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Don’t Blame the Prosecutors

While Roger Goodell and the NFL scurried this week to come down hard on Ray Rice, New Jersey prosecutors are standing by their handling of the criminal case against the now-former Baltimore Ravens running back. A domestic violence advocate in New Jersey, however, told ESPN she was “stunned” and “outraged” by the resolution of the criminal charges Rice faced for punching and knocking out Janay Palmer, his girlfriend at the time, who has since married him. I’m trying to figure out if I feel the same way.


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