Mad Men Exposes the ’60s Girdle — But Will She Get It Off in Time?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall I loved the hotel room strip tease performed by a stewardess on the 2009 Mad Men season premiere. The fitted suit. The cloche … [Read more...]

Why Can’t a Dad Be More Like a Mom? . . . Do We Really Want Them To Be?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall, The Oakland Tribune, July 12, 1987 Carol calls them "the little inequities." She is talking about the small, countless ways … [Read more...]

What’s Rhetoric? Let My Two-Year-Old Enlighten You

By Barbara Falconer Newhall What's rhetoric? I've always thought of it as the high-flown, idealistic and/or manipulative language of politics.  But … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: Feminine, Feminist Pink

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Oakland Tribune, October 9, 1988 When this column first ran in the Trib, I was sure that spike heels and inch-long … [Read more...]

A Case of the Human Condition: When Your Six-Year-Old Wants to Talk Money

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Oakland Tribune, November 15, 1987 Peter likes money. He wants an allowance. The subject came up at the … [Read more...]