Dispatches > Quotables


Issue: "Spring Draining," April 12, 1997

Morris makes my hair stand on end.

Former Labor Secretary ROBERT REICH, on his disdain for political consultant Dick Morris, whose advice President Clinton continues to seek. Mr. Reich, in his book Locked in the Cabinet, scheduled for release April 25, expresses special contempt for Mr. Morris, who brought Mr. Reich "face-to-face with all I detest in American politics." The arch-liberal labor secretary of Mr. Clinton's first term wrote that because of the president's reliance on Mr. Morris's advice, Mr. Clinton "will utter no word that challenges America, no thought that pricks the nation's conscience."

I'm probably the strangest adult cruiser there is. I go and look at the structure, look at what they offer, count the images, and I'm out. It's kind of like an OB/GYN type of thing.

Tacoma, Wash., housewife and mother of two BETH MANSFIELD, who runs a website listing hyperlinks to pornographic content on the World Wide Web. Mrs. Mansfield says she has no personal interest in pornography but is earning more than $50,000 a month from advertisers on her website. According to a New York Times CyberTimes Extra, 300,000 visitors a day use the site to find Mrs. Mansfield's "unparalleled list of the lewd and lascivious online."

I'm trying to diversify. I don't want my name to be tied to sex. You get tainted by that.

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Seth Warshavsky, the 23-year-old president of Internet Entertainment Group, a publisher of online pornography. So as not to become tainted, Mr. Warshavsky told The CyberTimes he is considering broadening his World Wide Web business to include psychic readings, legal advice, mental health advice, and gambling.

Our rhetoric has long relied on euphemism.... This approach was bound to cede the moral high ground to our opposition and to guarantee an erosion of support for abortion rights.... By ignoring this hunger for a moral framework around legal abortion, we inadvertently played into the drama that was performed before Congress. When someone holds up a model of a six-month-old fetus and a pair of surgical scissors, we say, 'choice,' and we lose.

Pro-abortion feminist author NAOMI WOLF in an April 3 op-ed in The New York Times.


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