Ding, dong, the witch is dead.Â Which old witch?Â The wicked witch.Â
Ding dong the wicked witch is dead.Â Well, not dead, exactly, but
at least she’s been banished from television, which is something
we can all be thankful about.Â And speaking of thanksâ€¦
The credit truly goes to the people at “StopDrLaura.com” who waged
a brilliantly tenacious advertising boycott, along with the hundreds
of gay activists in Los Angeles and around this country and in Canada,
who wouldn’t let her televised malignant bigotry stand unchallenged.Â
Way to go, boys and girls.
The fight to contain and rebut her moralizing drivel goes on, however.
Dr. Laura, whose doctorate is in physiognomy, is still heard on
talk radio in over 400 stations in the U.S. and Canada, and has over
18 million listeners, according to many estimates.Â Her power is
still vast, and we must continue to watch, counter and offer an
alternative point of reference.Â Ironically, Dr. Laura called her
show a “true alternative,” as she promised to “preach, teach and
nag for people to do the right thing.”Â Oh, sister, beware.
Dr. Laura is one of the leaders of right-wing talk radioâ€”The leading
female host on the airwaves.Â This is heartbreakingly distressing
and very dangerous for those of us who are modernists, progressive
or who believe in women’s self-determination.
“Do the right thingâ€¦ Do the right thingâ€¦ Do the right thing,” the
subliminal Dr. Laura voice hissed in her now defunct hour of daytime
This former nudie and exhibitionist, as proved in the infamous
boyfriend photos seen on Seth Warshavsky’s site so long ago, conveniently
traded in her buff bravura for Torah teachings, announcing her credentials
as evidence she has the insight, education and the right to tell
other humans how to live.Â The nerve, the audacity, the chutzpah!
Hey, Doc, practice what you preachâ€¦
Dear Dr. Laura,
Do the right thing?
Doing the right thing means to understand that each of us is
finding our own way through life as best we can, however flawed
our efforts might be at times and regardless of how many times
it may take us to get it right, if we ever do get it right.
Doing the right thing means to have compassion for those things
we don’t understand, including individuals that are different
than we are, while also accepting that God is an all loving force
that condemns no one because of who they inherently are at birth.Â
Translation:Â Gays are born, not made, Doc.Â Get a clue!
Doing the right thing means to grasp that we are in the 21st
century and that modern times are here.Â This means that women
have the right to have children, a career and a husband (or not),
without feeling guilty that their choices will condemn their child,
spouse or themselves to Hell for being a modern woman.
The age of blaming women for wanting a full life, which includes
happiness, is over.Â Get it?Â O-V-E-R. We can have
children with our husband, but if the home becomes a battleground,
we understand that divorce is a solution we are responsible for
choosing.Â It is better to be in a peaceful home with one loving
parent than live in a war zone between two people who despise
Single motherhood is not a moral abomination, it is a difficult
choice made by modern women who, more times than not, know what
they’re doing and can afford this independent choice.Â Their children
will thrive through their mother’s bravery and love.
Dr. Laura, you will not succeed in condemning another generation
of women or men to live life according to 1950s confines, which
didn’t work the first time around.
A plague on all your proselytizing.
Every modern person living in the real world understands that
we must all strive to be the best that we can be.Â We also know
that even at our best, we are anything but perfect (see WashingtonPost.com).Â
A little forgiveness, compassion and understanding goes a long
way, as does listening to our own inner voice.
So, would you please shut the hell up, I can’t hear myself
And as far as individualism, Doc, how do you think all those
humanitarians and philanthropic individuals got to where they
can be so selfless?Â Because they took their inner journey
first, which is our holy reason for living.Â Finding out exactly
what it is that is special about who we are in order to then take
our unique, individual gifts and use them to serve others.
Selflessness in the face of a life unexamined leads only to
bitterness, resentfulness and regret.
And by the way, since you evidently missed this one, judgment
is not ours to pronounce, Dr. Laura.Â Â Ever heard of God… or
humility?Â Well, maybe you should read the good books again.Â
Because I think you missed their message while attempting to
co-opt their meanings to suit your own misguided musings and capitalistic
Oh, and please do a rewrite on your righteously reproachful
rantings, sanctimonious sermons, and maniacally moral messages.
Because frankly, my dear, you don’t know what the hell you’re
talking about, and it’s getting a little embarrassing, not to
mention time consuming, calling you on all your dimwitted, high
falutin’, asinine assumptions.