Dr. Laura - Livin' the Good Life
Oct. 29th, 2008
10:54 am - Dr. Laura
I've been loosely following Dr. Laura for about 15 years. She is a controversial radio host/psychologist who gives advice to callers, and she's been on the air for many, many years. Lots of people I know seem to detest Dr. Laura. It's understandable because she takes very determined, unpopular stands on hot-topic issues. For this alone, I admire her.
When I was 18, I was having trouble with my mother, who was single and very depressed at the time. I found myself a psychologist and started attending group therapy (which was free through UCLA) and private sessions (which I paid for with my part-time job) in order to help me learn how to deal with my troublesome feelings and get along with my mom better. I remember the psychologist as a tough, older woman who was pretty hard on me. But, I kept going to her for about a year, because she was really helping me face my fears and also face myself. I think she helped me become the strong person I am today, and I'm grateful for that. Dr. Laura reminds me of her.
Since Laura is pro-Bush Administration in general, and strongly supports the war in Iraq in particular, we have parted ways when it comes to politics. But, I have to admire a woman who was a militant feminist activist in the 60s and 70s and has made a complete about-face in recent years, sharing her change of heart on her radio program along the way. She also was an atheist when I first heard her, and she has since thoroughly embraced Judaism. She talked about her conversion frequently on her shows, and my respect for her grew as I listened. Anyway, Dr. Laura is considered "harsh" in her manner with her callers and is criticized roundly for it. But, remembering my equally harsh psychologist back in the late 60s, I have to say that sometimes that's exactly what is needed to get someone to make a change. A good kick in the pants!
My main reason for supporting Dr. Laura is that she has become a huge advocate for stay-at-home moms (and a sharp critic of working moms)... an unpopular stand in today's materialistic, mainstream America. And she has many good things to say about marriage, and men in general, that I find refreshing in this day and age. She believes that the feminist movement gave men a bad rap, and that most of them don't deserve it. In fact, she has written many books on these subjects. And though I often find her writing a bit overbearing, based on my own experiences, I usually have to agree with her conclusions. I love it when people boldly speak their truth, even when they know their view will not be well-received. That takes a lot of guts. Check out Dr. Laura's latest entry on her blog that relates to all this (Whoops, she posted again. Scroll down to the "Baby Boomers Committing Suicide" post):