April 1, 2007
I agree with Gina Piccalo's main tenet that current movies and ads that derive their humor from straight men being mistaken for gay are not overtly homophobic ["Of Ice and Men," March 25]. But what she fails to consider is the way these jokes are consumed in mainstream America. Despite their intentions, ads like the Snickers Super Bowl spot subtly reinforce that homosexuality (or the appearance thereof) is something to be avoided at all costs -- an all too prevalent view. Until there are more gay characters on TV and in movies not defined by their sexual identity and more men who are comfortable with their sexuality, both on TV and in society, reinforcing homophobic stereotypes is irresponsible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1987
Shame on the Times. The photo that accompanied the story on the commuter lane (Feb. 8) did not show the occupants of the car wearing shoulder belts. It's not only the law in California, but given the safety implications of the commuter lanes, it is also in everyone's best interest to reinforce the idea of wearing belts. ROBERT H. HARNAR Anaheim Harnar is in the Western regional public affairs office of the Ford Motor Co.
March 24, 2002
With obesity at epidemic levels nationwide and young girls and women doing damage to their bodies in the quest for the perfect body size, you run an article about a plus-size doll that will hopefully give Barbie a run for the market ("Plus-Size Doll Casts Shadow Over Barbie," March 5). But in describing size 12 as a plus size, you reinforce the idea that unless you are a size 10 or smaller, you are fat. For many woman who are size 16 and above, a size 12 seems a lot more obtainable than a 6 or 8. Thanks for the reminder that even at a healthy size 12, we would still be considered plus size.
September 11, 2006
Re "Is Pakistan friend or foe?," Opinion, Sept. 5 Selig Harrison's piece is breathtaking for its bias. He neglects to mention that Pakistan has lost hundreds of troops fighting Al Qaeda. The punitive measures he suggests would only reinforce the widespread Pakistani belief that the United States is a fickle ally and strengthen the very terrorists who should be the focus of our national security strategy. SAAD GUL Winston-Salem, N.C. The U.S. is rewarding Pakistan financially for catching terrorists.
July 11, 2013 |
Bath salts, the synthetic drug made infamous by incidents of psychotic “zombie” attacks, is more potent and potentially addictive than methamphetamine, a study has found. Rats pressed a lever as many as 900 times in an attempt to get a dose of the powerful stimulant, nearly four times the effort they would exert to get a similar dose of highly addictive methamphetamine, according to experiments done at the Scripps Research Institute. “This has a lot more power than methamphetamine does to reinforce behavior,” said psychologist Michael A. Taffe, who specializes in addictive disorders at the La Jolla institute.
December 11, 1988 |
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.