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July 2009 Archives

Little Girls In High Heels — What’s With That?!

posted by hfields

Ok, now. Twice in the past week I’ve encountered girls under the age of ten wearing high heeled sandals. The first time, I was entering the subway and I saw (from behind) a person under four feet tall wearing perhaps a […]

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The Best Worst Date Story Ever

posted by Padmini Mangunta

One of the fundamentals of ethics is honesty, I’d say. Yet, I’m kind of a dishonest person. I consider myself to be basically morally sound, so why do I say this? Well, I tend to tell people what they want […]

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A Wee Bit of Unethical Self-Promotion: Hillary’s In the Huffington Post!

posted by hfields

Forgive me, gentle readers. It is, perhaps, questionable to flog one’s external publications on a blog concerning itself primarily with ethics, but I simply had to share the news: An article I’ve written, entitled “90 Salads in 90 Days” is […]

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What-If Wednesday: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go To Do A Good Deed?

posted by hfields

We’re rolling out another new feature here at Everyday Ethics… “What-If Wednesdays.” You know the game; you’ve probably played it with your friends a time or two, asking questions like, “What if you had to choose — Brad Pitt or George […]

Michael Vick Reinstated – Did the NFL Act Ethically?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Professional sports and I do not go together like peanut butter and jelly – my eyes take on a lovely shade of “glazed” when my male friends start down the road of player stats, fantasy leagues and rankings.  But Michael […]

New Feature! Moral Monday: A Tip of My Ethical Hat to Folks Fighting the Good Fight

posted by hfields

I get tired of always ragging on people for ethical faux pas. Sometimes I want to focus on what folks are doing right. So today I’m inaugurating a new feature: “Moral Monday.” From now on, on Mondays (whenever possible) we’re […]

Racism — Not as Important as Healthcare!?!

posted by Padmini Mangunta

When Hillary wrote her post about Obama speaking out on Skip Gates’ arrest, I mentally applauded her for tackling the topic- from beginning to hopeful end, the whole fiasco gives me a headache. However, many of the responses to the […]

Being Mean To Telemarketers: Unethical Or Understandable?

posted by hfields

I was just on my way out the door, rushed for time as usual, when the phone rang. Caller ID said, “000-000-0000.” I had a pretty good idea who it’d be (in a general sense) but I was expecting a […]

Porn Star Wife: Awesome or a Breach of Ethics?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

“When you become a public figure you are held to a different level of scrutiny and ethics.” This was the response by Fort Myers’ councilman, Tom Babcock, when questioned about the firing of town manager Scott Janke — fired because […]

Did President Obama “Act Stupidly” or Speak Skillfully by Weighing In On Professor Gates’ Arrest?

posted by hfields

I don’t feel it’s my place to get into the rights and wrongs of Skip Gates’ arrest. I honestly think it’s a case of he-said, he-said, and while I tend to think there are very few times arresting a guy […]

High Class Problems

posted by hfields

Ever heard the phrase, “High Class Problems”? As I understand it, it refers to those who bitch and moan about their woes, when they really have it pretty good. In other words, if you look in the dictionary, you’ll find […]

Erin Andrews Peephole Video: Are Gawkers Getting What They Deserve?

posted by hfields

Today the New York Post reported that looky-loos trying to get an eyeful of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who was apparently filmed in a state of undress without her knowledge or consent through the peephole of her hotel room, went […]

Chris Brown Apologizes To Rihanna…On Video Tape.

posted by hfields

Take a look at this videotaped apology Chris Brown just came out with to address the 2009 Grammy Awards Eve beating of his girlfriend, singer Rihanna.  I’m curious… after watching it, do you think he’s sincere? And, if you think […]

Mission To Mars: Mankind’s Next Giant Leap, Or The Last Thing We Need To Be Worrying About?

posted by hfields

As human beings, it’s in our natures to dream big. And as a species, we’ve done some astonishing things. Today, for instance, marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing and moon walk–a mission we achieved, in part, to […]

Drunken Breastfeeding: What’s the Ethical Punishment?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

As a single girl, I must admit breastfeeding stories don’t often catch my eye. So, please forgive me for being a little late on the “let’s lynch the drunken breastfeeding mother” bandwagon. Honestly, I’m reluctant to lynch the guilty mother, […]

Amazon Kindles Outrage With Ironic Removal of Orwell Titles

posted by hfields

I’ve coveted the Kindle since Amazon first came out with them. My apartment is overflowing with books, and I’m forced to carry an ENORMOUS purse to and fro because I refuse to leave the house without a book. I literally don’t […]

Obama’s Speech to the NAACP: Preachy or Pitch-Perfect?

posted by hfields

President Obama spoke at the NAACP last night, thanking them for the work the organization has done that broke barriers and helped get him elected. He also urged African Americans to take responsibility for their own future success, saying, “Your […]

Rwandan Genocide Leaders Get a Whopping Sentence in Court…

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Not. On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced a former governor of Rwanda to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 genocide. This is the third such ruling this year; previous convictions by the U.N. court include […]

Is Internet Surfing at Work a Right, a Privilege, or a Big No-No?

posted by hfields

Hi all. A quick shout out here from Hillary land. I just started a short temp assignment on top of my other gigs, and while I was drumming my fingernails waiting to get set up with the internet so I […]

World’s Oldest “New” Mother Dead at 69

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Back in 2006, Maria del Carmen Bousada gave birth to a set of twins – at the ripe old age of 66. Three years later, she’s passed away, leaving behind two young children. After Bousada became pregnant using in vitro […]

Assisted Suicide Tourism: A One-Way Trip With A Whole Lotta Baggage

posted by hfields

The case of British conductor Sir Edward Downes and his wife Joan, who, it was reported today, traveled to a Swiss clinic to avail themselves of legally assisted suicide, is raising ethical, legal and moral questions worldwide. Edward, 85, had […]

Soldier Refuses to Deploy; Says Obama Isn’t President

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I love a good conspiracy theory. U.S. Army Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook is refusing to deploy to Afghanistan because he doesn’t acknowledge President Obama as the rightful president of the United States. Cook is being represented by Orly Taitz, who […]

Levi Johnston: Media Whore Or Palin Family Confessor?

posted by hfields

Is he seeking revenge or defending his good name? To hear Levi tell it, he’s just clearing the air. Take a look at this clip from msnbc: Wow, he’s got a ton to say about the personal finances of the Palin […]

Athlete Pimps His Way to 2012 Olympics

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Should a legal brothel be allowed to fund a man’s bid for the 2012 Olympics? New Zealand’s Logan Campbell says yes. The Taekwondo athlete needs $300,000 to train his way to London, and by golly, he’ll do what he needs […]

An Etiquette Roundup for the Ethical

posted by Padmini Mangunta

One of the many things I love about my friends is their unflagging enthusiasm – since I started writing for this blog, countless dinner conversations and happy hour chatter have ended with the refrain, “Hey! A new ethical dilemma perhaps??!” […]

Journalistic Narcissism: Unethical or Merely Inevitable?

posted by hfields

Nar-cis-sism??[nahr-suh-siz-em]  -noun1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity.2. Psychoanalysis. erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development. Is it unethical for the news to become about […]

Kill All the Lawyers? Maybe Not…

posted by hfields

Is it ethical to sue? And if so, when? My husband and I were discussing this issue last night. I promise I’ll get to the reason for the picture you see to your left in a second, but let me […]

No Funding for Zoo? OK, Let’s Euthanize Some Zebras!

posted by Padmini Mangunta

A Boston orphanage may shut down due to lack of funding, and officials estimate 20% of the children will not be placed in new homes and could be euthanized. Shocking? Yep. True? Well, no. However, substitute “orphanage” for “zoo” and […]

Graverobbing in Chicago: Unethical? Yes. Disgusting? Also Yes.

posted by Padmini Mangunta

More from the “Everyone Knows This Is Unethical But Let’s Enjoy a Rare Moment of Unanimity” file. Or perhaps the “Who Does That?” file.  Apparently authorities in Chicago have been conducting an investigation into graverobbers at Burr Oak Cemetery over […]

How Low Can BK Blow?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Hillary and I were catching up yesterday and found ourselves chatting about the recent Burger King ad controversy. We yammered on in complete agreement for a few minutes before realizing we were referring to completely different ads, both in what […]

Church Hates Islam, Not Afraid to Say So

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Whoa now. A church in Florida is not mincing words on a sign posted on its grounds, “Islam is of the Devil”. The church’s pastor, Terry Jones, has no qualms about the sign, saying he plans on adding other signs to […]

Obama Ogles Ass? Nah, but Sleazy Sarkozy Sure Did.

posted by hfields

There’s been a lot of back and forth in the office today about the proper way to appreciate a woman’s, er… ‘assets’. Naturally, it was brought on by the pictures of Presidents Obama and Sarkozy apparently staring at the rear […]

From Sotomayor to Swim Clubs, Are Exclusive Clubs Unethical?

posted by hfields

Apparently, in Philadelphia, a big scandal has brewed over a local day camp that contracted with a private club to use their pool facilities. After some members complained (and allegedly were heard uttering racist remarks in terrible fear of seven-year-old […]

Gal Throws “Abortion Party” to Pay For Abortion, Guy Blogs About It

posted by hfields

People keep sending me the oddest ethical issues. Like this one, which came by way of a pal living in Prague. She stumbled across a blog post written by a guy who had been invited to–get this–an abortion party. After […]

Is it Unethical to Live an Inauthentic life?

posted by hfields

Sorry, folks, I’m in an existential angst mood today, perhaps even an existential crisis mood. I’m feeling like a phony, if only in the sense that my day-to-day existence feels inauthentic. But by inauthentic, what do I actually mean? Well, I’ve […]

A Dignified Opinion

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Last night I wrote a post relaying my discomfort and chagrin at what I considered to be an unethical gut reaction to the homage paid to Michael Jackson after his death. A few days earlier, Hillary referenced an article asking […]

Washington Post Whores (Excuse Me, “Salons”) Itself Out For Profit?

posted by hfields

 I know the newspaper business is hurting, and hurting bad… but when it comes to journalistic ethics, the Washington Post is supposed to be among the finest institutions in the nation, if not the world. But now, the people who […]

My Gut is Treating Michael Jackson Unethically

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I scared myself a bit today – while I’ve always prided myself for being independent enough to see past the ol’ Republican/Democrat divide, I’ve never actually experienced a time in which my gut (as opposed to my head) agreed with […]

Racism in the Workplace: What Do You Do When a Coworker Makes Off-Color Remarks?

posted by hfields

Recently, I put out a call amongst my acquaintance for their everyday ethical dilemmas. A friend brought me a great one–What do you do when someone at work is a racist? The gist of her email (which she asked me […]

Sarah Palin Resigns Early: Ethical Behavior from a Future Presidential Nominee?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Warning: This post is based on a series of assumptions. Yesterday, Sarah Palin resigned from her position as governor of Alaska. Her supporters are left reeling in confusion, and her critics are chalking this up to more bizarre behavior from […]

An Analysis of Love

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Ah love. Love with the capital L. It’s great, isn’t it –the natural high, the bliss, the warmth that comes from finding someone to love. Until you experience the lows – the breakups, the heartbreak, trusting your happiness in someone […]

Morality: Does It Come From the Heart or the Head?

posted by hfields

I came across an interesting argument today by way of a friend, who sent me a link to an article in Fast Company magazine. I thought I’d share it because it asks an important question: are we ethical for logical […]

Banana Republic Promoting Their New Ethical Fashion Line?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

An editing background + ethical blogging = geeky enjoyment over this Banana Republic typo. Apparently ethics are in style this season!

Underground Ethics: A Subway Series. Part III: Would You Let Your Kid Ride the Train Alone?

posted by hfields

This mom did. She let her 9-year-old son ride the NYC subway alone, giving him 20 bucks, a map and a Metrocard, along with some words of advice. Why? Because he wanted to. Lenore Skenazy is a writer and mother […]

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