Sarah Blustain

Sarah Blustain is the former deputy editor of the American Prospect.

Recent Articles

A Different Equality

Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety by Judith Warner ( Riverhead, 304 pages, $23.95 ) The Career Mystique: Cracks in the American Dream by Phyllis Moen and Patricia ( Roehling Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 304 pages, $22.95 ) The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America by Dorothy Sue Cobble ( Princeton University Press, 336 pages, $29.95 ) One evening this winter, eight weeks before our second baby was due, my husband and I had an argument. I had built some “free time” into my schedule for the final two months of pregnancy, primarily for family and personal maintenance: finding day care, researching a new car, etc. The debate was: Should I use that time as planned, or cut into it by, well, reviewing three books on the work-family tug-of-war? To my husband, I suppose, it seemed like a pretty straightforward question of time management. But for me, it was a total identity challenge. My life was already unrecognizable to me. I was...

Choice Language

Ok, I've unlisted my phone number, changed my name, and moved to a different (red) state. Now I can safely say it: The Democratic defense of abortion makes me cringe. It's the stridency, the insistence, the repetition of a “woman's right to choose.” It rubs me the wrong way -- and I'm one of those classic 30-something, northeastern, educated, pro-choice women who believes the message. I'm tormented by the idea that even as I support Democratic candidates -- and, yes, on this issue -- I'm turned off by their abortion rhetoric. I'm not alone. Poll after poll shows that a majority, albeit a slim one, of Americans favor access to abortion. An ABC News/ Washington Post poll from May of this year found that 54 percent of those asked said they thought that abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Similarly, 55 percent told a Time /CNN poll in January 2003 that they favored the Supreme Court ruling “that women have the right to have an abortion during the first three months of pregnancy...

Arianna's Game Plan

Arianna Huffington, columnist and author of the bestselling Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America , lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters. Here she discusses her latest book, Fanatics and Fools , and other matters. Your new book, Fanatics and Fools, is a compendium of George W. Bush's ideologically driven programs, abroad and at home. How do you think this White House is able to deflect the accusations that it tells lies and half-truths? Why do people still see Bush as a good leader? That's why I called the book Fanatics and Fools : You cannot see one party or one leader in isolation from the opposition, and so the fanatics have been allowed to prevail. We would not have gone into Iraq if the Democrats had actually put up a fight and we would not have had a multi-trillion–dollar tax cut, either. I quote a very telling exchange in the book between Tim Russert and Tom Daschle. Russert asked Daschle, “Well, if you don't like the...

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