Articles written by: "Chris Lombardi"

How Gold Star Mothers Celebrate Memorial Day

May 30, 2016 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

Cathy Smith is a Gold Star Mother: Her son Tomas, shot by a sniper in Fallujah, died two years ago. But that doesn’t mean she opposes observing Memorial Day—rather, the opposite.

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No More ‘Same-Sex’: U.S. Supreme Court Affirms My Full Marriage

June 30, 2015 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s final words of his opinion will likely be quoted in many weddings going forward: “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed. It is so ordered.” Those last words are a mic-drop declaration that the matter is settled, in every state of the Union.

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Reaching for “Soul Repair” on Veterans Day

November 11, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

Soul Repair addresses the condition among veterans called ‘moral injury, as defined by psychiatrist Jonathan Shay: “Betrayal of ‘what’s right’ in a high stakes situation by someone who holds power.” Shay knew from his decades of work with Vietnam vets that “the body codes moral injury as physical attack and reacts with the same massive mobilization” in response.

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My ‘Obamacare’—and Yours

October 15, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

When I last wrote for WVFC about the Affordable Care Act (ACA),I called it “a sort of Rube Goldberg contraption,” meaning a machine that uses incredibly complicated gears to accomplish something simple. Three years later, the law is taking full effect: a guide to what’s to come, and how it’s already helped me and many others.

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The Women Who Took Down Facebook’s Rape Culture

June 6, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

What to do when such a presence in our lives as Facebook sprouts near-pathological sexist features? Just walk away? Last month, some groundbreaking women had a better idea: to use a sort of jiu jitsu and startle the behemoth by using its own strengths against it.

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‘Memorial’: A Term That Compels Us to Remember

May 27, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

The very term “memorial” ought to compel us to remember. “Bringing Mulligan Home” tells the complex stories of 12 marines who fought on Okinawa during “the good war.”

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Cleveland Kidnappings: Power, Possession, and Women’s Voices

May 16, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

The house on Seymour Avenue where Ariel Castro held 3 women prisoner for 10 years. (Photo: ABC News)

By Chris Lombardi

Why is it dangerous to call the Ohio kidnappings “a domestic-violence” situation? Because we are all too familiar with—and consequently, numb to—the horrors embedded in violence against women.

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Jennifer Beals and Sen. Claire McCaskill: ‘Military Sexual Assault Survivors, We Have Your Back’

May 1, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

Senator and former prosecutor Claire McCaskill, who has been working against sexual assault for 40 years.

By Chris Lombardi

Women from very different worlds, including a Hollywood star; senators; congresswomen; and veterans from all branches of the military, converged in Washington, D.C., last month to address an age-old crime.

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To ‘Lean In,’ What Do Working Women Need?

April 23, 2013 by Chris Lombardi

25 years since Diane Keaton tried it in "Baby Boom," work/family

Two proposals for solving the child-care puzzle—one innovative, one a practical, do-able idea dating back to the days of Rosie the Riveter.

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Selling Soap, Dove Whispers, ‘You’re Fair and Skinny Just the Way You Are’

April 19, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


Dove’s new “real beauty” ad campaign, using “forensic sketches,” aims to reassure you that “You’re not as fat/freckled/old as you think.”

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Huma Abedin Weiner: “Good Wife” or Next Mayor?

April 17, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


Is Huma Abedin ready for the challenges of a new mayoral campaign with husband Anthony Weiner? Yes, but only if she’s the candidate.

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Monica Wesolowska, Holding Life

April 15, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


By Chris Lombardi

In “Holding Silvan,” Monica Wesolowska explores with honesty the kind of questions most of us don’t want to think about — the kind of choices people make for their loved ones when they’re about to die.

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Veep, Season 2: ‘Good-Looking’ Women in Politics, Cont’d

April 11, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


When a woman is the main character, it makes the show all that much harder to resist: part of me is still in mourning for Geena Davis’s short-lived 2005 ‘Commander in Chief’. Which is why, despite some misgivings, I’m actually looking forward to the return of Julia Louis-Dreyfus in HBO’s ‘Veep.’

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Why President Obama Had to Apologize to Kamala Harris for Calling Her Good-Looking

April 9, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


To me and to many others, all of the president’s “You have to be careful to first say” praise sounded like one of those cover phrases, as in “I’m not a sexist, but . . .” Kamala Harris deserved better.

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Japan: Bridge to Caroline Kennedy’s Dreams?

April 5, 2013 by Chris Lombardi


If Caroline Kennedy is, indeed, appointed ambassador to Japan, sources speculate, she—like Hillary Clinton—could be a powerful force for the rights of women.

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