Dare We Say


Is Poverty Porn the New Trend in Reality TV?
05 Jun 2015

Is Poverty Porn the New Trend in Reality TV?

CBS’ new reality show, The Briefcase, debuted last week to big numbers and per The Week, “continues a long American tradition of putting the poor under a microscope.” First, The Briefcase teases two financially strapped families with a briefcase containing $101,000 cash. As they learn about each other’s hardships, the families are pitted against one another and must decide how much of that cash –...

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Shocking Number of Professors on Public Assistance
03 Jun 2015

Shocking Number of Professors on Public Assistance

I have long had a stereotyped view of affluent college professors living in relative comfort, but in a trend reflective of America’s new economic model, many colleges are dealing with drastic budget cuts by relying more heavily on part-time contractors, without job security or benefits.   The result is that a substantial number of college professors are living below the poverty line. A recent piece by...

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03 Jun 2015

Rand Paul and Marco Rubio: Getting Traction or Faltering?

In the ever burgeoning pool of Republican presidential candidates, Rand Paul is playing a dangerous game speaking out against Republicans, even blaming them for the growth of ISIS. Paul states: “They have consistently been wrong on foreign policy for the past 20 years.” How will this maverick streak work for him going forward and is he biting the hands that feed him? Is he telegraphing...

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Feminism is Not the “F” Word: An Interview with Jennifer Hall Lee
28 May 2015

Feminism is Not the “F” Word: An Interview with Jennifer Hall Lee

Feminism is not the “F” word and feminists should not be stereotyped as the ball-busting, bearded, Birkenstock wearing sisterhood!  Disabusing wrong-headed notions about feminism is vital in understanding its benefits to society as well as the opportunities now available to women as a result. In a special edition of Dare We Say, I had an opportunity to interview award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Hall Lee, who reminds...

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Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho: Another Fraternity Doing More Harm Than Good
27 May 2015

Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho: Another Fraternity Doing More Harm Than Good

On a recent episode of Dare We Say, we asked if Fraternities Should Be Abolished. As if in answer to the question co-host Shawna Vercher and I posed, yet another frat house, Kappa Delta Rho at Penn State University has been shut down for three years amidst allegations “that members posted pictures of nude and partially nude women – some who appeared to be sleeping...

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Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?
21 May 2015

Why Are Men in Congress Still Sidelining Women Staffers?

National Journal’s article that Some Male Members of Congress Won’t Be Alone with Female Staffers caused quite an uproar. This is a problem on both sides of the aisle, wherein “numerous women who work on the Hill say they’ve been excluded from solo meetings and evening events, a practice that could be illegal.” Author and commentator Anita Finlay says this is discriminatory and can also...

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Louis C.K.’s Controversial Monologue: He’s Laughing All The Way to the Bank
19 May 2015

Louis C.K.’s Controversial Monologue: He’s Laughing All The Way to the Bank

Comic Louis C.K. caused quite a stir after hosting the season finale of the 40th season of Saturday Night Live. Though he tackled a few sensitive subjects such as racism and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, it was his monologue on child molestation that had both media critics and social media buzzing. (You can see the controversial portion of the monologue at 5:30 in the video below.)...

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Can a Man Ever Have a Bad Hair Day?
15 May 2015

Can a Man Ever Have a Bad Hair Day?

Every day, women have to budget extra time just to negotiate the “female uniform.” In our latest episode of Dare We Say, I confess my daily “hair hell” with the curling iron and various and sundry accountrements before walking out of the house. Listen, there’s no such thing as a man with a bad hair day! My co-host, Shawna Vercher, tells me that when she’s...

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Republicans in Search of a Platform?
15 May 2015

Republicans in Search of a Platform?

The Republican field gets more crowded by the day, with the potential for nearly two dozen candidates jockeying for position on the debate stage. But how will they distinguish themselves from the pack? It’s early in the race, but they each need to find their focus on big issues and get beyond posturing. As author and political strategist Shawna Vercher notes, if the candidates do...

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15 May 2015

Jameis Winston Rape Case: Big Bully or Finally Fighting Back?

For years Jameis Winston, Heisman quarterback from Florida State University, has defended himself after being accused of raping a fellow student. Bobby Bowden – legendary Florida State coach – said “he was an embarrassment in a lot of ways to the university.” Now the number one NFL rookie in the country, Winston is now taking the position of offense: he has filed a counter suit...

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