Author Archives: Lindsay Cross

The Next Steubenville? A Connecticut Rape Trial Involving Two High School Football Players And A Bunch Of Victim-Blaming

The Next Steubenville? A Connecticut Rape Trial Involving Two High School Football Players And A Bunch Of Victim-Blaming

The story is eerily similar as we continue to debate the verdict and implications of Steubenville’s highly publicized rape trial: Two high school football players are accused of rape. Victim-blaming is spreading over social media towards the girls brave enough to come forward. And a school seems to be all to willing to look the other way when its star athletes break the law. It’s like the very worst deja vu. More »

We Saw This Coming: Octomom Might Go To Jail, Is Being Investigated For Welfare Fraud

We Saw This Coming: Octomom Might Go To Jail, Is Being Investigated For Welfare Fraud

I feel like no one should be surprised by the idea that Octomom might end up in jail for welfare fraud. We’ve all be in agreement for years that Nadya Suleman is more than a little sketchy. There have been numerous claims of abuse and neglect for the woman’s 14 kids. It wasn’t really a question of ‘if’ her children were going to be taken away from her, just when and how. And now, we might have an answer. More »

9-Year-Old ‘Protester’ Inspires Humanitarian To Paint A Rainbow Flag House Across From Westboro Baptist Church

9-Year-Old 'Protester' Inspires Humanitarian To Paint A Rainbow Flag House Across From Westboro Baptist Church

It’s your feel-good moment of the day. Remember this amazing 9-year-old boy, Josef Miles, who decided to teach the Westboro Baptist Church a little something about God? While walking by a group of WBC protesters, Josef decided to make his own sign that said, “God Hates No One.” His mom proudly put a picture of the scene on her Facebook page and the rest is viral internet history. But the story doesn’t stop there. Josef’s brave and simple stand inspired another amazing act. More »

Should Pregnant Kate Middleton Stop Wearing High Heels? Do You Think This Is Any Of Your Business?

Should Pregnant Kate Middleton Stop Wearing High Heels? Do You Think This Is Any Of Your Business?

Remember when an adorable Kate Middleton told a guardsman on St. Patrick’s Day that she kinda, sorta wants a little boy, instead of a fairytale princess? Well you guys probably didn’t notice because you were busy living your lives, but the Duchess and royal fetus carrier was wearing high heels while she was out celebrating green beer day. Cue the concern-trolling! More »

Vile Teenage Murderer Insults Victims’ Families One Last Time Before Spending His Life In Jail

Vile Teenage Murderer Insults Victims' Families One Last Time Before Spending His Life In Jail

Let’s start with the good news. T.J. Lane, a teenage boy who fatally shot three teenagers and wounded three more, will be spending the rest of his life in jail. He was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This monster will waste away in a jail cell and we’ll never have to talk about him again. But before that eventuality, he wanted to hurt and torture his victims’ families one more time. More »

Lawyer To Appeal Steubenville Verdict, Says Ma’Lik Richmond’s Brain Wasn’t Developed Enough To Know That Rape Is Wrong

Lawyer To Appeal Steubenville Verdict, Says Ma'Lik Richmond's Brain Wasn't Developed Enough To Know That Rape Is Wrong

We already know that the court drama surrounding the Steubenville rape trial wasn’t over yet. Attorney General Mike DeWine announced after Sunday’s verdict that he would be convening a grand jury trial to look into other people responsible for failing to report or covering up the rape a 16-year-old girl at a party in August. Now, we’ve learned that at least one of the convicted rapists will be appealing the trial outcome, claiming that a 16-year-old’s under-developed brain is not capable of understand that raping an unconscious girl is wrong. More »

Grade Expectations: Charlie Sheen Shows Us The Exact Wrong Way To Deal With Bullies At School

Grade Expectations: Charlie Sheen Shows Us The Exact Wrong Way To Deal With Bullies At School

If you follow Charlie Sheen, and I hope you don’t, you know that his daughters are having some serious bullying problems at school, problems that no child should have to deal with no matter how insane their parents are. According to Sheen, the school and teachers did little to help his girls in the face of this difficult drama. So how does Sheen react? Try not to be shocked, but he made the whole thing worse. More »

Suri Cruise Could Maybe, Kinda, Sorta Get The Little Sibling She’s Always Dreamed Of

Suri Cruise Could Maybe, Kinda, Sorta Get The Little Sibling She's Always Dreamed Of

Back when Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise were happily married, I remember a huge fuss being made about the possibility of a sibling for little Suri. In fact, I remember mommy outrage because Holmes dared to suggest that she would have another child partially because Suri would really like a brother or sister. Well, the rumors are back that Suri might finally get the sibling she desires. More »

Pope Francis I Proves He Isn’t ‘More Of The Same’ By Admirably Focusing His Attention On The Poor

Pope Francis I Proves He Isn't 'More Of The Same' By Admirably Focusing His Attention On The Poor

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis I, there was an immediate rush to see just where his positions fell on the most controversial topics of our time. Same-sex marriage? Oh so against. Birth control for women who deserve control over their own reproduction? Not a chance. Traditional, conservative family and home structure is the only way to go? You betcha. Pope Francis was immediately brushed off  as “more of the same.” But his immediate focus on helping the poor is proving some critics wrong. More »

Easter Dresses Bring Out The Very Worst In Little Girl ‘Kiddie Fashion’

Easter Dresses Bring Out The Very Worst In Little Girl 'Kiddie Fashion'

This past weekend, my mother-in-law and I made our annual trip to the department store with my daughter in tow, ready to pick out the perfect Easter Dress. I knew that it was going to be difficult to balance my conservative MIL’s love of traditional, girly modesty and my daughter’s love of anything a girl in a Disney sitcom might wear. I was prepared to play moderator between the two extremes. But I had no idea just how awful the “kiddie fashion” was for Easter dresses. More »

Fox News Is The Latest Media Outlet To Fail The Steubenville Rape Victim

Fox News Is The Latest Media Outlet To Fail The Steubenville Rape Victim

When you stop and think about the number of ways that the media has failed the Steubenville rape victim, it is truly appalling. From their lack of coverage until the internet made the story too big to ignore to their questionable focus on “poor” Ma’Lik Richmond and Trent Mays and their promising football careers, this entire case has brought some of the worst of rape culture to light. And now, an established media outlet that should know better has released the 16-year-old rape victim’s name. More »