Disgust, outrage, betrayal: The scandal centered on former Florida Representative Mark Foley has left a sour taste in the mouths of American citizens.The scandal began when concerns were raised about inappropriate contact Foley had with teenage pages through electronic messages.
Just when it seemed Americans' faith in Congress could not slip any lower, it has. Since the unfolding of the scandal, Congress' approval rating has plummeted to a meager 27 percent, according a New York Times poll released earlier this week.
Happily ever after - it's the fitting ending for a fairy tale, or should I say a Hollywood romance? It's also the very wrong assumption we often make about long-term relationships based on silver-screen fiction.
From the classic "Gone with the Wind" to modern teenybopper chick flicks, Hollywood portrays a predictable progression of the romantic relationship: Boy and girl fall for each other, they face some difficulties along the way, but in the end they are left madly in love. Cut.
Pornography. Few subjects are so ubiquitous and taboo in American culture. But it seems the taboo factor is wearing off. Over the past three decades, our society has become increasingly porn-friendly. What was once the occasional Penthouse stashed away in your grandfather's garage has blossomed into what is now a $12 billion industry, according to The Christian Science Monitor.
What has caused this sudden moral shift? Was it the liberating sexual revolution of the 1960s? Or perhaps the embracing of postmodernism and its relative views on morality?
When the Rev. Fred Phelps and his congregation picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998, carrying signs that read "God hates fags" and "Matthew Shepard rots in hell," most Americans reacted in outrage. And rightfully so.We live in a culture that preaches tolerance.
As educated college students, we pride ourselves in being open-minded. Through years of schooling, we have learned to accept, or at least tolerate, those of different races, creeds, sexual orientations and abilities.
What do Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and Esquire all have in common? (Hint: It's not the size triple-zero models.)If you guessed advertisements, you are correct.
Flip open the September edition of Esquire, Vanity Fair or Vogue, and you'll find about 20 pages of ads before the table of contents.
The average American reads, views or listens to an astounding 850 advertisements per day, according to research from Texas A&M University.
Rock group Bon Jovi's "Living in Sin" hit the Billboard Top 10 in December 1989 and catapulted the issue of cohabitation to the forefront of the American moral debate. Lyrics such as "I say we're living on love; they say we're living in sin" split the nation over the ethics of the edgy living arrangement.
The term cohabitation refers to a romantically involved couple who share a residence without being married.