Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is an independent writer in Washington DC and a senior contributor to The Federalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Review Online, and RealClearPolitics, among others. She has appeared on EWTN and WMAL. Melissa shares all of her writing on her website and tweets as @slowhoneybee.
Why I’m Conflicted About Drew Barrymore’s Working Mom Comments

My beef isn’t with Drew Barrymore working while mothering. It’s rather how she talks about that work that unsettles me.

7 Things Kourtney Kardashian Should Consider Before Freezing Her Eggs

At 38, Kourtney Kardashian is considering expanding her family by freezing her eggs. Before she does, she should think it through.

Professional Feminists Lena Dunham And Jill Filipovic Find The Facts Of Life Are Stubbornly Conservative

Both outspoken feminists find themselves attracted by elements of the traditional life script seemingly at odds with their public image.

5 Lessons About Life And Love From ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

She may have been left to raise two kids while her husband plays house with his secretary, but Midge Maisel is forever fabulous.

How To Prepare For Marriage And Make It Good Once You Get There

The newly released ‘The Joy of Intimacy: A Soulful Guide to Love, Sexuality, and Marriage’ includes practical suggestions for deepening intimate bonds.

Rob Porter Story Shows It’s Time To Agree Character Counts For Public Officials

Judging by the reaction to the Rob Porter story, it’s time we agree to agree: egregious private behavior is concerning, and even disqualifying, for a public servant.

How I’m Teaching My Kids To Behave Better Than Donald Trump Does

What are parents to do when the president can no longer be understood as a role model for their children? My family has adopted ‘The Pork Rule.’

The Iran Protests Present An Opportunity To Teach Kids About Tyranny

While many news cycles over the last two years have not been G-rated, this is one where I hope children are watching. And let’s be honest, they’re always watching.

5 Thoughts On The Furor Over The White House’s Hanukkah Party

Because it was Donald Trump’s first Hanukkah party, we’re supposed to be inflamed by the White House’s supposed hostility to American Jewry. Please.

This Progressive 1970s Kids Album Sounds Reactionary Now, But Should It?

Social norms have changed so completely that what was radical in 1972 more closely approximates the cultural right than the cultural left in 2017.

5 Thoughts On Lena Dunham’s Reaction To Kylie Jenner’s Pregnancy

Lena Dunham: ‘A solid 10 friends texted me triggered by Kylie pregnancy. I’m like ‘ladies she’s 20. We were all v fertile then, we were just broke.’’

Our Perpetual Political War Is Poisoning Us

Media coverage, and punditry in particular, has become blatantly skewed toward provocation, rather than persuasion. This is a loss for democracy and our shared humanity.

Judd Apatow, Stop Fooling Yourself. You’re Conservative

The film director throws out a lot of stereotypical views about conservative ideas, but deep down, he thinks and acts much like the rest of us.

Yes, Motherhood Is A Privilege, But It’s Exactly The Opposite Of Selfish

Unlike Karen Rinaldi, I don’t believe motherhood is selfish. If anything, parenthood may be the world’s longest and most intense self-improvement class.

What Happens When Jews And Christians Throw An Israel Celebration Party

As a Jew, it was an incredibly uplifting experience to be in a convention hall brimming with positive spiritual energy and support.

11 Ways To Save The Planet Without Shrinking Your Family

If you’re interested in being green while also being fruitful and multiplying, and reversing our record low birth rate, here’s a list that isn’t anti-family.

Finally, There’s A Name For The Generation Between Gen X And Millennials

I’m honestly not sure why it took the world so long to discover that people like me exist, or that we’ve long been miscategorized as members of Gen X.

Unless Feminism Doesn’t Support Women’s Choices, Charlotte York Is Not Anti-Feminist

A Marie Claire writer insists ‘Sex and the City’ character Charlotte York is an ‘anti-feminist.’ This just goes to show how narrow minded and dour feminism can be.

In ‘4:44,’ Jay-Z Raps A Father’s Perspective On Infertility

Jay and Bey are helping others on fertility journeys know they’re not alone. For those facing setbacks on the road to building a family, that in itself is meaningful.

Looking For A Radical Solution To Bitter Politics? Teach Your Kids Manners

No one has to agree with House Speaker Paul Ryan, or any other member of Congress for that matter. But what ever happened to basic manners?