Category Archives: Media & Culture

Changing the Field Where Feminists Play

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  Also published in MinnPost. By Andrea Morisette Grazzini An ad I saw recently showed how girls’ confidence plummets after age ten. It felt like a punch in the gut. I had just been discussing with a colleague how feminists seem to be failing girls. Admittedly […]

NRA, Trump love Guns & Hate like Pimps love Women

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By Andrea Morisette Grazzini Updated: June 12, 2016 Related: Leave No Child Dead Dick Metcalf inadvertently turned in his gun-prostitute license when he penned a reasoned view on the gun debate. It left the weapons lords and their traffickers pissed. And left Metcalf out of a job. So […]

A Radically Shameless Holiday

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  Also published at WetheP, Inc. By Andrea Morisette Grazzini, with Rev. Fr. Michael J. O’Connell Hipster pastor Roger Wolsey, a Huffington Post-published United Methodist, preached ‘holiday’ trivia on his Facebook recently, slipping in that the word translates from ‘holy.’ As for Catholics like me, […]

Do Progressives practice what they preach?

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By Andrea Morisette Grazzini Former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards has come out with the claim that bipartisanship is achievable in Congress “only if the public makes it clear that it is not compromise but lack of compromise that will be punished.” He’s crossing a threshold […]

Mortal Sins of Moralistic Mothers and Fathers

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Also published with bibliography and footnotes at Google. July 2012, Andrea Morisette Grazzini One would hardly know it from reading much of the news, but Islam and Christianity are nearly identical — morally, at least.  Though for the violence done in their names it seems apparent […]

Coaches: Time to Train Citizen Fathers

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©Andrea Morisette Grazzini, Father’s Day 2012 Brad Fiedler and Bill Doherty are outwardly different, and yet, in many ways similar in their self-appointed and community-critical roles as citizen fathers. Bill is a global leader in the work of healthy relationships and communities, a committed husband, […]

Home of the Hateful: How our Leaders are Us

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One group of police chaplains was shocked into silence by disturbing photos depicting a full-sized image of Hillary Clinton decimated by bullet holes.
Posed by the presidential candidate’s gutted likeness was a 40-something white man.

Obama and Boehner as running mates? Maybe not, but…

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Also published in MinnPost. And as comments to “Make Way for the Radical Center” in The New York Times. Andrea Morisette Grazzini, July 2011 When Tom Friedman foresaw a flat-world fueled by globalization, one wonders if he could have envisioned how scorched-earth political posturing would […]

From Bipartisan Blame to Civilized Change

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What Basketball has to do with Arizona assassinations

Take the Other to Lunch

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  Two days before Thanksgiving, I called Al Quie the former governor of Minnesota at the recommendation of my colleague Harry Boyte, who suggested I’d see connections in our interests. This was shortly after an epiphany of sorts hit me. I’d come to believe that […]

Bi-Partisan Proof: Rage Rhetoric On Outs

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Also published in MinnPost A new civility movement is spreading like wildfire in American culture.  Whether it engulfs enough American hearts to change a national mindset riddled by polarized views remains unclear.  But evidence is mounting that now is the time.  Unprecedented discussions are emerging […]

Suburbanites Led by Muslim Woman

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Portions of this essay were published in The New York Times. In response to Nick Kristof’s column Heroic, Female and Muslim http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/opinion/16kristof.html profiling Dr. Hawa Abdi, a woman taking a stand for and with other women and girls against Islamic extremists. I’ve seen her model of hero in middle-class America, too. Perhaps, you’ll recognize the type, too —