Does the film that launched Julia Roberts’ stardom insensitively overlook sexual exploitation or is it a romantic comedy that features one man’s fantasy? The jury is still out. It’s very difficult to make a comedy about such serious issues as prostitution and sexual trafficking (see my post on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). And, with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Garry Marshall’s Pretty Woman starring Roberts and Richard Gere, reactions have resurfaced from many camps. Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Executive Director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitatin (CAASE) writes an open letter to Gere in HuffPost with the plea...

In her Human Rights Campaign award speech on 3/14/15, Shonda Rhimes said that writing as a child saved her. I’m sure it did. Yet, I think her ability to create a world of people who served as placeholders until she could find her “people in the real world” is the most important thing. Shonda was able to persevere through a lonely childhood of feeling marginalized, erased, and judged and to believe her loneliness wasn’t forever. Knowing that there are people out there to find is the real solution to loneliness. Some lonely people lose faith very early and retreat into...

Racism is a symptom - a troubling and destructive one, to be sure. But, like any symptom, it has its personal roots. As a psychoanalyst, my work is to find the roots of any symptom brought into my office. And, with the multi-storied American Crime unfolding each week, the roots of Matt’s mother, Barb’s (Felicity Huffman) racism are starting to be exposed. What’s made her how she is? It’s not people of color that Barb hates or looks down upon – even though she treats them that way. What she hates is her own humiliation; circumstances that left her out of control....