Adoption has been around, in one form or another, for a very long time. But as a result of its stigmatized, secretive history during much of the 20th Century, there is a lack of understanding to this day about the parties to adoption and the nature of their relationships.
I love you, Modern Family. You've sent so many important messages. Please don't send this archaic one, one that says it's acceptable, funny even, for women to be violent towards men.
When are we going to let children just be children? When are we going to stop dressing children up in adult get-ups for adult entertainment or amusement or shock value?
By five or six almost every child is going to surprise their parents with the "S," "D," or even the "F" word that they overheard on the playground, bus, or even from you.
It's oddly intriguing that a lackluster show and a diluted dose of Ricky Gervais appeals to me greater than his shockmeister two prior appearances.
Consider swapping your resolution this year to something that you know that you can stick to, something that you are hard-wired as a person living in the 21st century to be great at doing. This spring, watch a whole lot of TV.
It's fun to watch. But watching a well-known Hispanic actor, whose previous portrayals have added depth to the Hispanic image in American popular culture, play this role begs a question -- is this progress?
Incest in the arts and literature is not new -- going back as far as Greek mythology -- but it was almost always disguised or implied. Now these twisted romances are depicted in graphic detail for all to see.
It is without further adieu that I share my Top Five Holiday Moments From the 2011 Television Season. Grab some eggnog and enjoy.
Lost was a show that required a weekly recap to go over all the hints and clues. Flashforward six years later to the present day and the Internet has a recap for nearly every single show on TV. How did this happen?
Naughtiness is everywhere, especially in the form of talk about naughty bits. It's particularly potent in some of the season's best new sitcoms.
Just when I thought I was one of a handful to embrace the comedy in college-bound families, Hollywood put its hand on the pulse of family angst.
Given that I think about Myers Briggs Type theory every day, it's perhaps no surprise to my faithful readers that I sometimes ponder the MBTI types of fictional people. Let's assess the extended Dunphy clan of TV's Modern Family.
Even the LGBTQ community feels pressure to portray our families as "perfect," upper-class, mainstream, two-parent homes. It's time to be proud of the variety of familial structures that have existed forever and the new ones we are building.