Parents: ParaNorman Introduces Children to Homosexuality

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When we lived in Philadelphia, one of my daughter’s acquaintances was being raised by two women in a lesbian relationship. My friend explained the girl had two mothers and – essentially – two fathers, due to the circumstances surrounding the insemination. It was a bit much for my kindergartner to properly process, so I didn’t address the issue with my daughter. After all, I wasn’t going to tell her that “all families are the same” which was the message the public schools in Philadelphia were pushing. Instead my family’s Christian faith informs how we view sex, marriage, and parenthood, so I figured I’d answer questions only as they came up. At the time, I wasn’t ready to talk to her about heterosexual romance and definitely wasn’t ready to explain our position on homosexual relationships.   [Read more...]

“Gender Creative” Kids and Their Parents: A Lament

One afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., my kids were playing on the swing sets in the park when a little tike wearing a football jersey ran into my daughter’s path. I lunged for the swing — I jerked the chain so abruptly that I feared whiplash — and shared a “wow, that was close” exchange with the kid’s mom.

“How old is he?” I asked. The lady looked at me as she placed her kid on the swing and said with no trace of irony, “His name is Jill, and she’s three.”  [Read more...]

Dear Office Depot, Is Lady Gaga “Inclusive?”

 

Dear Office Depot,

Your newest Back-to-School partnership with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Foundation” pretends to promote “bravery,” “accepting oneself” and “tolerance.”  [Read more...]

The Top Five Worst Moments of “Overnight Dates” on The Bachelor/ette

On every season of The Bachelor/ette, the producers give the main contestant an opportunity to spend the night with three of the remaining options, in what is euphemistically called “The Overnight Date,” but what would be more appropriately called the “Put Out or Get Out Date.”  There are many terrible moments in the “Overnight Date” episodes, but here are the top five absolute worst: [Read more...]

The Bachelorette’s Overnight Dates: How Did Southern Bachelorette Emily Handle Them?

On every season of The Bachelor/ette, the producers give the main contestant an opportunity to spend the night with three of the remaining options, in what is euphemistically called “The Overnight Date,” but what would be more appropriately called the “Put Out or Get Out Date.”  The creator of The Bachelor, Mike Fleiss, was very candid about these dates when he was interviewed on the 20/20 special Inside the Bachelor: Stories Behind the Rose.  He said: [Read more...]


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