New York City Brings Back the One Drop Rule

Thanks to affirmative action, Latinos applying for city contracts in New York are now going to have to provide documentation of their ethnicity: As part of the application, the city’s Department of Small Business Services asked the Leon-Veras, whose parents were born in the Dominican Republic, to furnish not just her birth certificate, but also a signed affidavit confirming her More …

Virginity: No Longer Just Uncool, Now Also Insulting

Lolo Jones is an Olympic athlete and Christian who has committed to keep herself sexually pure until marriage. She says, “It’s just a gift I want to give my husband.” In my youth, this was considered an admirable commitment, but hardly unusual. But in 2012 Jones’ lifestyle is not only bizarre enough to merit a week’s worth of news coverage, More …

The Ongoing Slow Murder of Masculinity

The recent announcement from DC Comics that they would be “rebooting” the original Green Lantern as a gay man wasn’t really that surprising. I mean, it certainly got them some attention, and some people think it’s a big deal. But as a cultural happening, it’s not the high-megaton bombshell it would’ve been 20 or 30 years ago. Because for at More …