Review for “Hell or High Water”

Published: The Good Men Project (August 23, 2016)

co-author Liskula Cohen

2016 has been an especially political year when it comes to the movies. It seems like each of the major presidential candidates has had a major cinematic release to accompany the themes of their campaign: The unapologetically feminist“Ghostbusters” is linked to the same cultural zeitgeist fueling Hillary Clinton’s campaign, schlockmeister Michael Bay’s “13 Hours” exists for the Donald Trump supporters who crave artificial machismo and conspiracy theorizing in equal doses, and “Captain America: Civil War” offers a libertarian view on regulatory state powers that I personally deplored even as I admired the film’s many other strengths. read more

A First Amendment Pioneer’s Take on the Second Amendment (republished after the Orlando mass shooting)

Published: GirlieGirlArmy (June 12, 2016, July 3, 2014)

co-author: Liskula Cohen

Editor’s Note: This was republished because, at a time when the media is fanning the flames of Islamophobia, we need to remember that if it wasn’t for our lax gun control laws and belligerent pro-gun culture, that mass shooter may have never had a firearm in the first place.

I have, shall we say, an interesting relationship with the Constitution. Back in 2009, I was involved in a lawsuit with Google over whether libelous speech (in this case that of a cyberbully against me) was protected by the First Amendment. When a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled in my favor, a precedent was established that protected victims of bullying against their attackers. read more

“Eyeglasses can be fashionable too,” says Liskula Cohen

Published: The Good Men Project (September 8, 2015)

Historically, eyeglasses have often been regarded as a fashion faux pas. My co-author for this article, Matthew Rozsa, recalls having to wear them his entire life – and can attest from firsthand experience that his thick-lenses and bulky frames played a major role in the “nerd” persona that he assumed through much of his early childhood (for more on that, see Point #2).

On the other hand, I didn’t discover that I needed eyeglasses until shortly after my fortieth birthday. I had just received an iPhone and fell in love with its sleek and beautiful design…. but damn it, the font was soooo small! After a day or two I found myself having mild dizzy spells and eye strain, so I figured out how to increase the font size and went back to sending and receiving texts with ease. Then one day a few of my friends noticed my larger font. They all made jokes about me getting older. Was my vision changing now that I hit the ripe old age of forty? After speaking to an optometrist I learned that most people’s vision starts to decline a wee bit around that time, and he diagnosed me with what is known in the optical world as Presbyopia, a hardening of the lens inside your eye that makes it a little harder to focus on small things. read more

Tips for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: Dietary

Published: Good Men Project (May 16, 2015)

co-author: Liskula Cohen

Liskula Cohen discusses the dietary changes she’s had to make as a result of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

On April 10th of this year, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

This may seem like an unorthodox subject for a men’s website – after all, MS impacts two to three times more women than men. That said, there are many male patients with the disease, and what’s more, there are many men who have wives, daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends with the condition. 80% of people who have MS have RRMS (or Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis)… which is what I have. It’s sort of the “first stage” of MS – the mildest form, and one that a large percentage of people never move out of. It is not a death sentence, and many have it their whole lives without being debilitated or wheelchair-bound. Initially after my diagnosis, however, I was terrified – my ability to walk and see properly were heavily affected. So I spent weeks stuck in a hospital room with lousy food and an IV drip in my arm. Although there were only a couple days when I couldn’t walk without support, for a while my vision, balance, and gait were severely off-kilter. read more

The Sentencing Gap: Why are Men More Likely to Go to Prison?

Published: Good Men Project (March 17, 2015)

co-author Liskula Cohen

Men are statistically more likely to go to prison than women for the same crime. Feminists and Men’s Rights Activists alike should be outraged.

People forget that prisons aren’t always there to protect us; in fact, they often aren’t there to help us at all. When you have a primarily or entirely privatized penal system, prisons become a business and their primary reason for existing is to make money.

In America today the prison business is booming… and men are disproportionately paying the price.

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According to a recent study by Sonja Starr, an assistant law professor at the University of Michigan, men on average receive 63 percent longer prison sentences than women who commit comparable crimes. Reinforcing data accumulated from numerous other surveys on the subject, Starr also found that women are twice as likely to avoid incarceration if convicted of a crime – which may explain why 90% of the prison population is male – and estimated that the gender gap in sentencing could be as much as six times as large as that between white and non-whites (more on that in a moment). Despite this trend, the existing tendency among progressives has been to push for changes that only exacerbate the problem, such as the concerted effort among British feminists to abolish female prisons altogether. read more

Why do we laugh at male body image issues?

Published: Good Men Project (March 14, 2015)

co-author Liskula Cohen

Liskula Cohen asks an important question: Why do we think it’s okay to body shame men?

It’s hard to argue that we don’t derive a sadistic enjoyment of male sexual humiliation. Prison rape is treated in comedy as a punchline instead of an atrocity; lazy kids’ comedies rely on the trope of a man being injured in the groin as a go-to sight gag; and when studies reveal that men throughout the world suffer from a serious body image disorder, we poke fun at their vanity.

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This was the thought that occurred to me as I – like virtually everyone else who regularly uses the Internet – was bombarded with articles about penis size. Some address serious subjects, like homophobic preconceptions about gay penis sizes; others liked to compare average lengths from every country in the world; one piece offered readers an ability to catch a man in the dastardly deed of lying about his penis size; and a pair of others tried to reassure men that, with rare exceptions, 96% of the male population has a penis between five and six inches in length… so no worries there! read more

Why Are People So Upset Over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’?

Published: The Good Men Project (March 7, 2015)

co-authored with Liskula Cohen

This is an article by two people who haven’t seen or read Fifty Shades of Grey. That’s why—and we can’t stress this enough—this is NOT a review of Fifty Shades of Grey. It is, instead, an attempt to understand the controversy from the perspective of two total outsiders (and written from Liskula Cohen’s perspective).

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The controversy with Fifty Shades of Grey stems from concern within the medical community that it promotes abusive relationships. “Our analysis shows that emotional and sexual violence is pervasive in the relationship,” writes Amy Bonomi, an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Ohio State University-Columbus and lead author of a recent study in the Journal of Women’s Health, “Double Crap! Abuse and Harmed Identity in Fifty Shades of Grey.” The National Center on Sexual Exploitation—which has launched a Twitter campaign against the film (#FiftyShadesIsAbuse)—shares this view, characterizing both the book and movie as glorifications of “domestic violence and abuse against women.” read more

Dating with Asperger’s: A new documentary follows a lonely Aspie’s search for love

Published: Salon (March 2, 2015)

co-author: Liskula Cohen

Asperger’s syndrome can make dating a challenge, but loneliness proves more a debilitating hurdle in this new film

This review was written by Matthew Rozsa, who is a high-functioning autistic, and Liskula Cohen, who is not, so that it could incorporate both perspectives.

There is a universality to the suffering captured in “Aspie Seeks Love,” a new documentary by Julie Sokolow that premiered at Cinequest over the weekend. As it chronicles its protagonist’s dogged attempts to enter a successful romantic relationship, the film reveals an agenda much deeper than discussing Asperger’s syndrome or the broader autistic spectrum. At its heart, “Aspie Seeks Love” is a parable about loneliness — a condition which afflicts everyone at some point in their lives and for far too many proves incurable. read more