What We Can Learn From the Cosby Tragedy

(Disclaimer:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on personal observations only.) Earlier today, we heard that former entertainment legend Bill Cosby was convicted of three felonies related to the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in Pennsylvania.  He has been accused of being a serial rapist. (Note: Ms. Constand has agreed to be identified publicly.) Sexual assault has something predictable in common with every other type of cruelty:  It’s an effort to gain control over one’s own life by creating out-of-control situations for others.  It’s an abuse of power, motivated by weakness … Continue reading What We Can Learn From the Cosby Tragedy

The Drug War on Human Beings

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on observation and personal experience.) At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times opinion piece by Andrea J. Ritchie, describing the nightmare some women are subjected to in the War on Drugs.  These women are often singled out by race, and whether or not any of the individuals in question are guilty of drug offenses this harassment is a national disgrace. Please read all of the statements in Ms. Ritchie’s column carefully.  There are different “reasons” for these injustices, … Continue reading The Drug War on Human Beings

Horrible Coincidence

Yesterday, I wrote a blog piece about how a person’s idealistic bubble might burst after moving to San Francisco.  The post went into some detail about sexual harassment of women by strangers, and a reference was made to the hazards of bystanders trying to help the women. Yesterday a man was slashed on an Uptown A train in Midtown Manhattan after trying to defend a female passenger from sexist abuse.  He’s expected to recover.  A security video of the suspect leaving the station through an exit turnstile has been made public. Please never say the man who intervened was foolish. … Continue reading Horrible Coincidence