Georgia’s On My Mind…
Georgia’s On My Mind…

Georgia’s On My Mind…

As we near a hugely consequential election, I present a tribute to Georgia via “Designing Women,” excerpted from my forthcoming book on growing up with television.

The body and sexuality in cultural representation: an interview with Susan Bordo
The body and sexuality in cultural representation: an interview with Susan Bordo

The body and sexuality in cultural representation: an interview with Susan Bordo

This conversation references Bordo’s prominent works such as The Flight to Objectivity (1987), Unbearable Weight (1993), Twilight Zones (1997) and The Male Body (1999) to contextualize arguments on the body, sexuality and social stigma. The views of Bordo presented here are also based on recent political developments and the rise of women of colour in the global political arena.
An Apology from Kentucky to Georgia
An Apology from Kentucky to Georgia

An Apology from Kentucky to Georgia

We’re so sorry. We make great bourbon, but we let the country down.
We didn’t get rid of Mitch McConnell.

I Wrote a Famous Book about Body-Hating and Never Mentioned my Own. Let me Correct that Now…
I Wrote a Famous Book about Body-Hating and Never Mentioned my Own. Let me Correct that Now…

I Wrote a Famous Book about Body-Hating and Never Mentioned my Own. Let me Correct that Now…

Last year, I was asked to write a preface to a forum that my former graduate students, now successful teachers and writers, had put together for the journal Frontiers. It was published in March 2019. Now, in December 2020, as I’m struggling with pandemic weight-gain, I thought others might identify. So, encouraged by Facebook friends, I’m publishing here. Please do tell your own stories in response!

One of us is“Pro-Choice,” the other is“Pro-Life.” We’re both Anti-Trump.
One of us is“Pro-Choice,” the other is“Pro-Life.” We’re both Anti-Trump.

One of us is“Pro-Choice,” the other is“Pro-Life.” We’re both Anti-Trump.

One of us is “pro-choice” and Jewish. One of us is a “pro-life” Christian. We put these labels in scare quotes because we believe it’s time to get beyond labels and move forward on our common humanity. Branding others is Trump territory. We refuse to go there. And we refuse to let our differences blind us to our shared commitment to defeating Donald Trump — a man who violates both of our traditions. Bill Clinton recently said, of Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “She was not a woman to be labelled.” She was clearly not a woman to label others, either. Following her example, we have looked beyond each other’s labels and discovered that despite the political rhetoric that would thrust us on opposing sides of a divide, we share a great deal.

1968
1968

1968

For months we had been bombarded on television with horrendous, uncensored images of the war in Vietnam. In March, American soldiers massacred 347 at My Lai. Two weeks later, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, the target of anti-war rage, said he would not seek re-election. In April, Martin Luther King had been assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis Hotel, and the inner cities exploded. Just days later SDS students at Columbia barricaded themselves in the president’s office while black students occupied a separate building. In May, Parisian students went on strike, tearing up the cobblestones of Paris. A few weeks later, moments after victory in the California primary, Bobby Kennedy was murdered in the kitchen of a Los Angeles Hotel. A few days before, a marginal member of Andy Warhol’s circle, Valerie Solanas, also founder of SCUM, the Society for Cutting Up Men, shot him in the stomach. Prior to the shooting, she had written a manifesto calling for “systematically fucking up the system, selectively destroying property, and murder.”

Don’t Depend on “Charisma”
Don’t Depend on “Charisma”

Don’t Depend on “Charisma”

Remember that charisma can be just as dangerous as it is compelling. Charisma is subjective. It’s also the appeal of cultists and authoritarians, as well as our greatest leaders. Jim Jones and Hitler, to their followers, were seen as charismatic. And Incredible as it may seem, Trump supporters see him as charismatic.

Thoughts after the third night of the DNC virtual convention…
Thoughts after the third night of the DNC virtual convention…

Thoughts after the third night of the DNC virtual convention…

Gabby Giffords said that sometimes it’s a fight for her to find the words. That’s how I feel this morning. How to describe what I feel? It’s a struggle, and that’s unusual for me. But I can say some of what we were given last night.

Opinion: The hidden metaphor in ‘Perry Mason’ finale
Opinion: The hidden metaphor in ‘Perry Mason’ finale

Opinion: The hidden metaphor in ‘Perry Mason’ finale

Susan Bordo is the author of many books of cultural history, feminist thought, and media criticism; TV, a volume in Bloomsbury’s “Object Lessons” series, is forthcoming in 2021. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)For me and many others, HBO’s “Perry Mason” reboot has been a dark mirror — but after its season finale last week, an immensely satisfying one.

Kamala Harris for Vice President
Kamala Harris for Vice President

Kamala Harris for Vice President

It really was just a debate. Ever since the Kennedy-Nixon debate, the debates have held an absurd amount of power in electoral politics. What happened then is legendary: Kennedy had been well-prepared with a set of talking points, and was instructed to turn the questions around (nowadays, we call this a “pivot”) in order to get them out no matter what the question was.