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July 30, 2015

Click, Cluck Goes the Online Shame Game

Every week it's someone new. Perhaps you saw the Mexican singer two weeks ago whose maxi pad fell out from under her dress as she performed on live TV. Then a hacker outed the names of subscribers to Ashley Madison, the "discreet" hookup site for married cheaters.

From illegal (abusive cops) to immoral (campaigning politicians) to merely unfortunate (bozo parents), the online stranger-shaming game offers up viral gotcha videos every single day.

Cameras on drones and dashboards. In pockets and purses. Clamped onto selfie sticks. In an age when technology makes it stupid-easy to both capture and share what used to be private information — and in a culture that's come to believe it has the right to see and know everything and anything of interest — Internet shaming is the new Salem Witch Trials. The modern public stoning. The 21st-century crucifixion.

We line up for what I like to call the weekly click-and-cluck, clicking on links that promise to scratch our itch for schadenfreude, watching in giddy disbelief and exhilarating outrage, clucking our hypocritical tongues in smug self-satisfaction. Tisk, tisk, tisk.

Why do we do it? Why take willing part in the humiliation of strangers?

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July 16, 2015

Tongs for Nothing: My (Latest) Parenting Failure

I forgot to teach my son this basic human survival skill. What now??
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July 2, 2015

Can Transgender Folks Futz with Pronouns?

This isn't gender policing, people. It's grammar policing. And you're under arrest.
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June 4, 2015

Crude Awakening: When the $#!% Hits the Sand

When an Oil Spill Disaster Messes with Our Columnist's Weekly Shoreline Sunset
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May 21, 2015

Hot for the Dad Bod?

Packing a paunch, fellas? Fear not. The Dad Bod is IN this summer ...
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May 14, 2015

Top 10 Things Mel Brooks Taught Us Last Night

I can die now. I just made Mel Brooks laugh. And it doesn't even matter that it was only by telling him my name. (Thanks, Mom and Dad!)
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May 7, 2015

Fine, Mom: You Were Right

Years after our curfew clashes, boyfriend battles and driving disputes, I gotta admit it. The woman was right.
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