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Dr. Laura - Livin' the Good Life

Oct. 29th, 2008

10:54 am - Dr. Laura

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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):


Date:October 30th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
I think what I admire most about Dr. Laura...that she was able to leave her feminist ideas and see the great worth women have. That men also have. That we are equal but so inherently different, and that is GOOD. That children need both a mother AND a father. That it is worth all the sacrifices one needs to make to give our children a happy home. I love that she preaches this every day on her program. What I don't like, besides her rudeness, is how often she acts like the children are the enemy and they need to be controlled through punishment. But I suppose if she were not controversial, she would not still be on the air.
Jill :)
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Date:October 30th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Agreed, Jill. I don't go along with Dr. Laura on a lot of things. But, I am very greatful to her for championing the cause of moms at home. She is a loud voice out there among the masses that calls women back into their homes to be great wives and mothers. And I think that's worth overlooking the things I think she's wrong on.
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Date:November 3rd, 2008 03:47 am (UTC)
You are so right! That is why I continue listening to her nearly everyday.
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