Victoria's Secret…Are They Really Marketing to Teens and Tweeners?

Having heard the latest uproar caused by Victoria’s Secret’s Bright Young Things lingerie line, I decided to check it out for myself.  Many parents are outraged by what they see as a blatant attempt to market sexy lingerie and undies to their underage daughters. The attached video from ABC News makes clear, by showing underwear models in close-up shots that give the impression you are...

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A Matter of Policy and of Law…

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments today and tomorrow on the matter of gay marriage, I am called to reflect upon Hillary Clinton’s words as she declared her endorsement of the rights of LGBT citizens to marry.  She said she “supported it personally and as a matter of policy and of law” in all fifty states.   I couldn’t agree more.  We are one nation,...

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Is it all theatre? How Publicity and Narrative Influence Us — Tonight!

John Smart and I are delighted to welcome Burke Allen, owner of Allen Media Strategies.  Over three decades, Mr. Allen’s impressive credentials include: … successful stints as a radio and TV host, writer, top-rated morning show personality, radio station owner and programmer, broadcast consultant and media trainer/educator prior to launching Allen Media Strategies in 2003.  Allen Media Strategies works with national entertainers, New York Times...

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"We Saw Your Boobs" at the Oscars – Seth MacFarlane's Sexism, Biting Satire or Both?

Seth MacFarlane performed what is likely Hollywood’s most thankless job Sunday night — hosting the Oscars.  Right on cue, his bad reviews came in.  Buzzfeed, among many other publications such as Daily Beast, did a takedown of his “juvenile” material and his nine most sexist moments.  Not being familiar with Mr. MacFarlane’s work, I have no stake whatsoever in defending or attacking  him, but have a different...

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Alaska: A Spirited Adventure, a Spiritual Experience

A departure in subject matter for me, I was recently asked to write about my Alaskan travel adventure.  This article originally appeared on Boomer Women Travelers, a lovely new site …enjoy! Halfway into planning a vacation with my husband that doubled as my 50th birthday present, the stress of work and caring for an elderly parent left me with zero energy to map out a...

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Hypersexualizing Women Leads to Self-Objectification, More Destructive and Prevalent than Society Admits

Images of Rihanna nestled close to fiancé Chris Brown at the Grammys last week were disturbing, considering he had previously punched her in the face, bitten and beaten her, even tattooing what appeared to be an image of the same on his neck.  Beyoncé’s recent half-time show at the Super Bowl was called “sexy” by pundits, but could just as easily be called hyper-sexualized. No...

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Finlay & Smart Tackle Disaster Preparedness and the Upcoming Race for Oscar

We all know the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.  Last Friday, a 9,000 ton meteor hit Chelyabinsk, Russia injuring over 1,000 people.  Please john us tonight as John Smart and I welcome Daphne Germaine, owner of GandDSurvivalKits.com. We discuss the importance of disaster preparedness and what everyone needs to make it through an earthquake, hurricane, or asteroid strike. In our second half, we’ll...

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Expressing My Gratitude to Miss Betty White on Her 91st Birthday

No one can underestimate the value of a kind angel at a vulnerable moment… Dancing around the dial on a rare quiet evening last night, I came across “Betty White’s Second Annual 90th Birthday Celebration” on NBC.  Since comediennes from Lily Tomlin to Amy Poehler and even President Bill Clinton offered their congratulations and praise for Miss White’s wonderful accomplishments and groundbreaking work on television...

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Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Testimony and the Men Who Fear Her

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave 5-1/2 hours of patient and thorough testimony before the Senate and House yesterday regarding the events surrounding the tragic deaths of four Americans in Benghazi.    Not surprisingly, Wesley Pruden of The Washington Times published a smear piece entitled “Hillary’s Last Hurrah.”  He offered a photograph of the one moment she became frustrated with Republican Senator Johnson of Wisconsin, who...

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