There’s a Better Way than Using Sex to Empower Women, Hollywood

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Reclaiming your sexuality. It seems that ever since the #MeToo movement took flight on Twitter in 2017, we’ve been hearing this phrase everywhere. But what does it mean? For most, reclaiming sexuality is part of the recovery process for victims of sexual trauma or sexual assault. It can help victims feel comfortable in their own […]

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Culture Clips: Serving Up Some Curry

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Basketball fans know that the Golden State Warriors—the NBA’s latest and, some say, greatest dynasty—are hanging onto their collective throne by their fingernails. They barely won Game 5 on Monday, pushing the series back to Golden State’s home court. If the Warriors lose, it means we won’t be seeing much of superstar Stephen Curry for, […]

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A Plugged In Conversation With Unplanned’s Ashley Bratcher

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The new movie Unplanned hits theaters this weekend. This riveting, sobering drama tells the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who eventually had a change of heart regarding abortion. In the film, Abby is portrayed by actress Ashley Bratcher. This week, we had a chance talk to Ashley and […]

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Culture Clips: Leaving Neverland Leaves Viewers Disgusted, Conflicted

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Not in doubt: Michael Jackson was a pretty talented guy. And all that talent helped Jackson and his posthumous reputation (the singer/dancer died in 2009) weather lawsuits, accusations and rumors about his alleged sexual inclinations. But perhaps no more. HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland, focusing on two men who allege that Jackson molested them as young […]

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Social Animals Showcases the Inspiring, Terrifying World of Instagram

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Social Animals

In Social Animals, a new documentary directed by Jonathan Ignatius Green, a teen laments the chaos that is Instagram: “You have to deal with the perverts, the disrespectful teenagers, the racist people, and family members,” she says. “That’s too much.” But is she going to delete her account? Probably not. Instagram may be “too much,” […]

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Did ’80s Movies Reinforce Rape Culture?

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Breakfast Club

Some of us who grew up in the ’80s likely have fond memories of John Hughes’ “classic” teen movies: Sixteen Candles. Breakfast Club. Or maybe we recall how much we loved Back to the Future. Or Ghostbusters. Say Anything. Or Big. Now, all of those movies have some content issues, from a Plugged In perspective. […]

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Culture Clips: State of the Teens, Summer 2018 Edition

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Are the kids alright? It’s a question that many in our culture return to again and again. Rightly so: Today’s children represent the future of our society. But while the question itself seems a simple one, answers almost never are. And so it is today. The news about what’s happening with young people—mostly teens, but […]

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Culture Clips: Yeah, Being a Couch Potato is Bad For You

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We’ve always known, deep down, that sittin’ on the couch to do nothin’ but watch TV probably isn’t the best way to spend one’s day. Or month. Or year. But now, thanks to Scientific American, we have some indication of how bad the sin of sloth can be for us. It’s not just that couch […]

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Show Dogs Controversy Hits the Mainstream

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Controversy surrounding the kids’ movie Show Dogs ratcheted up another notch today. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has issued a statement on scenes involving a talking dog having its genitals touched during a dog show, scenes that they’re concerned may promote sexual abuse of children. The NCOSE’s statement reads: “The movie Show Dogs sends […]

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The Clanging Cringiness of Musical.ly

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Musical.ly

We’ve all heard about Facebook and Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Certain apps and social media platforms are as ubiquitous as, well, the smartphone you’re probably clutching in your hand right now. But kids flock to some apps that we parents are sometimes woefully unaware of. The Musical.ly app may be one of those. On the […]

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Spotify vs R. Kelly

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R. Kelly

So Spotify just did a thing. According to their new public hate content and hateful conduct policy, they’ve chosen to take R. Kelly’s music off of their streaming playlists. His music will still be available on Spotify, but will no longer be promoted. After nearly 20 years of allegations that the artist has had sexual […]

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Culture Clips: It’s a Crazy World … So Eat Dinner as a Family

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You don’t have to look further than your news feed to find plenty of disheartening news. And we’ll deal with some of that shortly. But before our weekly deep-dive into the overlapping realms of entertainment, popular culture and what’s happening with kids today, I thought we’d begin with an encouraging reminder from Homeword’s Jim Burns: […]

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Vodcast: Our Love/Hate Relationship With Romcoms

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P.S. I Love You

In our newest vodcast, I sit down with Paul Asay and talk about my favorite movie genre: Romantic comedies. Paul isn’t a diehard fan, but he did have some things to say about how these sorts of movies have the ability to influence us as children and adults. So click on the vid below and […]

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