Noy Thrupkaew

Noy Thrupkaew is a Prospect senior correspondent.

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Sex, Change

With last weekend's ending to the bonus season of Sex and the City , HBO drew the curtain over a proverbial third act for its heroines. Once viewed as a frothy brew of so-fashionable-they're-hideous outfits and quips about a parade of stank-breathed, ball-scratching "toxic bachelors," the show got serious this season, pitching its characters into mid-drama crises where each of them received their karmic comeuppance -- be it a baby, a divorce, a breakup, or (horrors!) unexpected love. To be sure, Sex and the City is still as pink, tangy, and sharp as one of main character Carrie Bradshaw's trademark Cosmopolitans. The brazen outfits -- gold chains and screaming colors, Manolo Blahniks and giant bags -- are all present and accounted for. So is the show's acid-tongued sense of humor. Only now the characters face different dilemmas. Each episode, sex columnist Carrie taps out a different question on her computer, the thematic glue for the show -- "How much does a father figure figure?" Or...

Sick Tactics:

While abortion is perceived by our society as being an acceptable option to giving birth, most women, at some deep level of their being, realize that abortion is an act against nature, and must "shut down" any maternal instincts they may have in order to carry through with an abortion. After the abortion is over, many women are unable to reconcile the fact that they were responsible for the death of their child, and struggle for years with unresolved feelings of guilt and grief. A woman struggling with negative feelings after an abortion will find that her feelings will not disappear no matter how hard she tries to forget them. Rather, they often lead to a dysfunctional life style. The woman will simply go on with her life never knowing how to overcome the negative, self-destructive behaviors that become a way of life . . . -- from the website of Silent Voices , a California-based anti-abortion center According to Silent Voices, the laundry list of post-abortion syndrome (PAS)...

Murtha's Missile Misgivings

By late afternoon on September 11, 2001, U.S. politicians appeared to have closed ranks around the Bush administration, professing their unqualified support of the president in the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, some Democratic lawmakers weren't entirely singing with the chorus of nonpartisan solidarity that the lawmakers' off-key rendition of "God Bless America" seemed to evoke at the end of the day. The American Prospect caught up with Pennsylvania Democratic Representative John Murtha on the corner of First and Independence shortly after the Capitol had been evacuated at 11 AM on Tuesday. As smoke from the burning Pentagon rose in the distance, Murtha roundly criticized the Bush administration's "hands-off approach to the Middle East" and the president's turning a "blind eye" to the region. Murtha, the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense, suggested that the attacks were the result of the "major...