Posts Tagged ‘Popular Culture’

The Fantastic Mr. Fox and the allure of risk-taking masculinity

Practice family law with any degree of passion and intellectual curiosity and you will naturally turn into an amateur marriage counselor and sociologist.  One cannot understand one’s clients without understanding what makes marriages work or not work.  I continuously contemplate how our culture might be restructured to make humans happier and make the stabilizing institutions […]

Don Jon’s refreshingly mature take on male sexuality

SPOILER ALERTS Don Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, has been getting solid reviews for its portrayal of the maturation of a twenty-something, working-class Jersey guy.  Most of reviews focus on the film’s pronounced pornography aspect.  Levitt’s character, Don, and his bros are stuck at a maturity level in which women are debated and rated for […]

Changing family formation and the practice of family law

The past twenty years have seen rapid demographic changes in family court clientele.  I am seeing fewer divorces among the professional/managerial classes and seeing more out-of-wedlock custody, visitation and child support cases (and fewer married couples) among the working class.  However practitioners, such as myself, cannot be certain whether their anecdotal experience is an accurate […]

(Im)perfectly P!nk

I consider myself lucky to have seen P!nk for the second time last month in Charlotte, this time from the center of the VIP mosh pit.  Since P!nk is such a dynamic, acrobatic performer, as well as an incredible singer, being in the midst of her show was overwhelming.  But one reason I’ve been a […]

Zero tolerance idiocracy

It’s dress up Friday at my daughter’s magnet school, in which students can ditch uniforms and come as their favorite novel character.  My daughter’s dressing as Katniss from “The Hunger Games.”  While she was walking out the door with her crossbow and quiver of rubber arrows, I reminded my wife of the school district’s zero […]

Revenge of (and against) the bluenoses

For almost 20 years I’ve seen many of my family court clients gets slammed for unbiblical sexual behavior.  Initially it was the obvious–adultery.  But in recent years I’ve seen some clients punished for sexual banter with others.  A few family court judges have found the mere fact that my client masturbates to be relevant on […]

Protection from what?

A couple weeks ago I received a phone call that is not very unusual.  An anxious mother-to-be had questions about custody.  Of particular concern was how she should “protect” her child from the father-to-be, who also happened to be her live-in boyfriend.  The obvious question–one I always ask in these situations–is why this child might need […]

Perhaps he has a 2,000 mile long penis?[1]

A question I am frequently and increasingly being asked by my colleagues is whether modern uses of technology to engage in sexual banter can constitute adultery as a ground for divorce in South Carolina.  Sexting, instant messaging, emailing, online role playing games and constant or lengthy phone calls (often assumed to be “phone sex”) have […]