The entire point of quality time is that it is not unreal, pretentious, or insincere. Time spent connecting one-on-one with your child is by definition not “idle chatter.” Look—really look—at what Michael is doing here: He rejects the idea of “quality” time versus “quantity” time and then mocks time spent talking with and connecting with your child in favor of time spent setting your child to chores. Yes, really! Click through to read more! Read more

To protect Medicaid programs. What does that mean? No, really—in what way is giving recipients access to birth control at facilities that also offer abortions a threat to a state’s Medicaid program? Has it ever been framed as such? Literally no one wants to ban Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds because they care about Medicaid. Click through to read more! Read more

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 week, I put up a fresh post. Click through to read more! Read more

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. Click through to read more! Read more

And Julia? Damn, girl. Rivers seems to think that she’s governed by Calabah now—because apparently she always has to be controlled by someone—but the speech she gives here is masterful, and I don’t see any reason to think that wasn’t her talking, rather than Calabah. And yes I know—that means I’m cheering for the wrong character—but honestly, I can’t believe I thought this book was about Hadassah, rather than Julia, when I read it as a teen. Julia is front and center—and a far more fascinating character. Click through to read more! Read more

Historically, racism has generally been enmeshed in ideas about superiority and inferiority, not a personal hate. I’ve read sermons by Southern pastors in the 1940s who claimed up and down that while they supported segregated schools, Jim Crow laws, and bans on interracial marriage, they weren’t racist, they couldn’t be racist, because Uncle Charles and Aunt Bertha were black and had always been the dearest friends and helpers to their families, and there was no one they respected more. Click through to read more! Read more

From where I’m standing, how one’s partner handles differences is far more important than whether there are differences—because there will be differences. But from the Pearls’ perspective, a woman is to mold herself to the man she marries—to adopt his religious beliefs, his political beliefs, his views on life. If she molds herself to him, there won’t be difference. Of course, she will also be surrendering her mind. Click through to read more! Read more

“Police find 13 emaciated siblings aged from 2 to 29 in Perris home with some chained to beds as parents are arrested,” the headline read. I couldn’t not click. I am the oldest of 12 children myself. What in the world happened to this family? So I clicked. Click through to read more! Read more

Straightness is not neutrality. Think about it—that is what Staver is alleging. That a straight person could rule on one of these bakery cases in a neutral manner. Would Staver take it a step further and say that a black judge could never fairly judge a Jim Crow law? Or that a female judge could never fairly rule on a sexual harassment case? Straightness, whiteness, maleness—these things are not neutral. Click through to read more! Read more

It seems Moody Bible Institute in Chicago is going through a bit of a shakeup. The school is letting go its President, Chief Operating Officer, and Provost following allegations of self-dealing and other impropriety raised by Julie Roys, a conservative journalist who was associated with Moody and spent months trying to get her concerns heard by the administration, and then by the board. Click through to read more! Read more

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