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By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev

Dear Ellen Goodman

| June 30, 2009

Dear Ellen Goodman By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev This month’s column is a response to Ellen Goodman column, Figure in the Father Factor. In her column she is critical of the national spotlight on Mary Cheney and Heather Poe’s pregnancy and raises questions about the role of sperm donors in the family-building process. Goodman notes […]

What’s Wrong with Maple Sugaring, Anyway? Response: Postcards from Buster

| June 30, 2009

What’s Wrong with Maple Sugaring, Anyway? Response: Postcards from Buster By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev It has been a very busy month in queer ‘toon land. Apparently these television shows that I usually careful monitor for violence and inappropriate language, are actually a hot-bed of homosexual activity. Who knew? I knew about Tinky-Winky of course, […]

Go Rosie Response: Rosie O’Donnell’s interview by Barbara Walters

| June 30, 2009

Go, Rosie By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev It takes a lot to move me to tears. Working as a therapist you hear horrors all the time—not that it has made me immune to people’s emotional pain, but it does destroy an innocence about "how bad it can really be out there." I know about child […]

Complex Families Don’t Make for Easy Advertising Response: Gay Adoption Commercial

| June 30, 2009

Complex Families Don’t Make for Easy Advertising By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev Only a few years ago I would have been surprised to see the face of my family in American advertising. Images of two women touching — that might portray friendship but looks an awful lot like lesbians–are being used to sell cars and […]

Me. I Need Kids Response Response: Kate Walters on LesbiaNation.com

| June 30, 2009

Me! I Need Kids! By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev It generally takes a lot to get my dander up, but Kate Walter has succeeded. In her article on LesbiaNation last week, she asks the pointed question, “Who need kids?” As a lesbian who spent ten years struggling with fertility and is now the exhausted but […]

Aging into Feminism Response: Off Our Backs

| June 30, 2009

Aging into Feminism By Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev From a talk: Sex & Gender in the City: From Lesbian Feminists in the 70’s to LGBTQs Today: A Cross-generational Dialogue on Gender, Identity and Activism Saturday, March 20, 2010 Wheelock College Brookline MA When I told two friends in Boston that I would be coming here […]

Letter to the Editor Response: In the Family Magazine

| June 30, 2009

Letter to the Editor In the Family Magazine    June 29, 1998    Once again, In the Family has taken on challenging issues — s/m –with depth and grace! A number of years ago, I presented a workshop on s/m issues at the National Gay and Lesbian Health Conference, and the interest was so great […]