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  • September 18, 1999

    ‘Finality’ or Justice?

    Remember the bizarre daycare center “ritual abuse” trials of the eighties–the McMartin case in Los Angeles, the Little Rascals case in Edenton, North Carolina, the Kelly Michaels case in New J

    Katha Pollitt

  • September 16, 1999

    Polymaritally Perverse

    I’ve always vowed I would never be one of those people–and you know who you are!–who cancel their ACLU membership in a fit of pique over a single issue.

    Katha Pollitt

  • September 2, 1999

    Weird Science

    My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life.

    Katha Pollitt

  • July 8, 1999

    Natural Born Killers

    It didn’t take long for the press to connect 21-year-old white-supremacist multikiller Benjamin Smith with the all-purpose explanation du jour: violent entertainment, in this case the computer g

    Katha Pollitt

  • June 10, 1999

    Depression Confession

    How will we know when women have achieved equality? Male politicians will all be bachelors.

    Katha Pollitt

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  • May 27, 1999

    A Bronx Tale

    You’re 19, single, on welfare. You breast-feed your baby because you know breast is best. When the baby fails to gain weight, your mother says not to worry, you were even smaller at that age.

    Katha Pollitt

  • May 13, 1999

    Humanitarian, All Too Humanitarian

    Masses of people driven from their homes, murdered, maimed, raped, sent into panicked flight.

    Katha Pollitt

  • March 11, 1999

    Women’s Rights: As the World Turns

    Does it seem to you that feminism this past year was just one long gargle over the meaning of Monica? That the biggest women’s issue was whether oral sex is sex?

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 14, 1999

    The People vs. Larry Flynt?

    I didn’t realize how much I was counting on Larry Flynt until I noticed I had spent Monday evening trying to find on the Web or TV a report of the much-anticipated news conference in which h

    Katha Pollitt