On the Vandalism at the Boston Holocaust Memorial

During my childhood, my family visited Boston every few years. We often walked the Freedom Trail, and always stopped at the Holocaust Memorial, which was located in its path. The memorial always inspired awe. It is made up of six glass towers, bearing the names of various concentration camps. The glass his numbers etched in it, one for each victim of the Holocaust. The height of the towers, the numbers going up and up and up—let’s just say the memorial... Read more

I Already Answered Trump’s Question about Statues of Slave Owners

In a press conference today Trump posed the following questions: “George Washington was a slave owner. Was George a slave owner? So will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson? What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? Do you like him? OK, good. Are we going to take down the statue? Cause he was a major slave owner. Now are we going to take down his statue?”... Read more

Protestant Masculinity and Catholic Female Space

Some weeks ago, while taking a long walk, I came upon a Catholic church. I went in. I breathed deeply and looked up, up, up at the rafters and around at the beautiful, familiar setup of the church. I grew up in an evangelical home and converted to Catholicism in college, but I am no longer religious today. Still, because I came to Catholicism at a time of turmoil and found some temporary peace there, I enjoy walking into a... Read more

White Supremacists and Parents in Denial

As I read about the events in Charlottesville this weekend, I was struck by Ohio resident Samantha Bloom’s response upon learning that her son, who drove his car into a crowd of leftist protestors, had attended a Nazi rally. In an interview Saturday night in Toledo, Ohio, with The Associated Press, Samantha Bloom said of her son James Alex Fields Jr., “I just knew he was going to a rally. I mean, I try to stay out of his political views….” Bloom was... Read more

Lesbian Duplex 132: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to... Read more

Saturday Link Love: Breastfeeding, Transgender Soldiers, and Lousy Parents

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Why Is ‘the Decimation of Public Schools’ a Bad Thing? on Current Affairs—“Introducing an incentive to make money will necessarily mean exploiting and neglecting the poor, whose ‘choices’ are highly constrained by their circumstances.” The class dynamics of breastfeeding in the United States of America, on... Read more

Voice in the Wind: Marcus Is a Prick

Voice in the Wind, pp. 261-271 With Julia off at Caius’ villa, Hadassah has settled into serving Phoebe and Decimus. Hadassah settled quickly into her new duties, and she delighted in serving Phoebe. They enjoyed spending hours in the gardens working in the flower beds or in the weaving room with the looms. Hadassah loved working in the garden the most, for she enjoyed the pathways and trellises that were budding with the coming spring. She loved the feel of the... Read more

Abortion Opponents on Birth Control: Coincidence or Patriarchy?

Last January, after the Women’s March, MSNBC host Joy Reid briefly discussed birth control with Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life. Reid began by stating that everyone agreed that contraception should be legal, but Hawkins broke in. “I believe certain forms can be legal, yes,” Hawkins agreed, adding, “I don’t believe abortion causing contraception should be legal.” “What kind of contraception are you talking about?” Reid asked, with Hawkins replying, “Hormonal contraception.” When pressed by Reid, Hawkins stated that both IUDs... Read more

Why Defending “Spanking” Is Dangerous

One reason I oppose the corporal punishment of children entirely is that the term is undefined. People mean vastly different things when they use the word “spank.” I’ve had people defend spanking only to be horrified when they read excerpts from Michael and Debi Pearl’s To Train Up A Child. I’ve had people defend spanking on the grounds that it’s meant to surprise, not hurt—a concept that seems bizarre to me, given my own childhood experience, where the point was to create pain. The... Read more

Trump: “Make America Proud Again!”

“We will make America proud again!” Donald Trump declared at a rally last summer. This rhetoric is reminiscent. My father came of age in the midst of the Reagan revolution; I remember him saying that Reagan “made people proud to be American again.” The nation had just weathered Vietnam, Watergate, the oil embargo, and the Iran hostage crisis. The period was so difficult that historians have referred to it as a “decade of nightmares.” Reagan promised “morning in America” and a fresh... Read more