The Surprising Evidence that Gender Matters, and What to Do About It

When future generations reflect on the fall of the American republic, they'll no doubt get a chuckle over our obsession with having every aspect of our lives carefully legislated, to the point that our proto-emperors have now taken it upon themselves to dictate where and how their millions of citizens might relieve themselves.Keep in mind we already have laws concerning toilet problems.  Whether you are worried about hygiene, or sound plumbing, or commodes-per-occupant, or sewage treatment, … [Read more...]

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Look Mom, I Found the Porn!

This week over at the Catholic Conspiracy, we watch me lose my temper at the people who tell me I need to calm down and get along about that porn basket.But they’re taped shut. That doesn’t change the fact that you’re selling pornography at your store. You’re telling the world that it’s fine to buy and sell this stuff. You’re making the decision to attract buyers of pornography to your business. But that guy who runs the stall is just trying to make a living. That’s right. He’s decided he … [Read more...]

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Trump vs. Clinton and the Triumph of Democracy

The egregious slate of presidential candidates we're being offered this year is an understandable cause for concern.  A question worth considering is whether the two-party system, or some other aspect of American political structures, is to blame for this state of affairs.Meanwhile, as he considers a separate but related question, Timothy Scott Reeves, who sometimes guest blogs here, writes: For me, THE core value is the understanding of my neighbor as someone made in the image of God. A … [Read more...]

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Amoris Laetitia and the Trans-Bathroom Can of Worms

Humans, all humans, have a need to feel safe when we go to the bathroom.  It's a viscerally rooted survival instinct.Back when we were young and childless, if a transvestite friend came to the house there were never any issues.  But now we have these young Catholics filling our home, lovely children but still growing in their life of virtue, still easily swayed from the narrow road; we have to think carefully about how that affects our social choices.  And thus, when such a friend asks to use … [Read more...]

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Sexual Bravado vs. Sexual Maturity

My 8th grader was describing an acquaintance of the same age, and I paraphrase: Her rallying cry is, "Let's go f*** some sh** up!"  She says never posts *full* nudes of herself, so it's okay.  She's obsessed with having a boyfriend, and she keeps asking me what it's like to actually talk to a boy. This is the middle school narrative: If you sext, brandish vulgar language, and organize your life around the quest for a boyfriend, you're the sophisticated one -- even if you've never had a real c … [Read more...]

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Whom Does Modesty Serve?

I've got sex on the brain, and before I start into that conversation, I want to lay out a few comments about the limits of modesty.Here's a quick working definition: With respect to chastity, modesty is the collection of actions we take in order to safeguard our purity.  Modesty includes not only the way we dress, but the way we interact with others.There are of course other areas where modesty applies -- with respect to our wealth, our accomplishments, and so forth.  For your homework, y … [Read more...]

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One for the Watchlist: Mid-August Lunch

Elizabeth Scalia's essay on the Eternal City reminded me of a film I've been meaning to mention.  Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto) is a desultory Italian film in which the reluctant hero does the thing you probably don't want to do either.  It's a lovely tribute to virtue and friendship, without even a wisp of Hallmark-y sugar anywhere in it.Here's the description from Wikimedia, which doesn't include the worst of the spoilers: Gianni (Gianni Di Gregorio), a broken man with mounting c … [Read more...]

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