Orange Is the New Black Open Thread!

Orange is the New Black

Since I devoured the much-awaited third season of Orange Is the New Black, which was released last month, I've enjoyed many conversations with other fans of the show. After all, who doesn't like to talk about their favorite characters, or what show producers got right or did wrong! And so I offer you this thread, so that any Orange Is the New Black fans among you will have yet one more place for discussion.What went well? What fell flat? What should happen next season? A quick warning, … [Read more...]

Dating Is Dead: Long Live Whatever-We-Call-It-Now!


I recently came upon a post by Marshall Segal on John Piper's blog. It began:Dating is dead. So says the media. Girls, stop expecting guys to make any formal attempt at winning your affections. Don’t sit around waiting for a boy to make you a priority, communicate his intentions, or even call you on the phone. Exclusivity and intentionality are ancient rituals, things of the past, and misplaced hopes. I beg to differ. It’s not that this new line of thinking is necessarily untrue today, or t … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 23: 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 these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Being Patriotic on the Fourth of July


I grew up in a home where we celebrated our nation's founding and past in an overwhelmingly positive way. As I've grown my perspective has broadened and I've come to see social problems and worse as central to our nation's past. There are atrocities, such as slavery and the way the United States has treated native populations. There are also other problems that may be less stark but are no less important, such as the lack of rights for women or bias against our nation's immigrant populations. Eve … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Is Condescending


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 88-89This week we're still with Gwen, who last week contemplated kidnapping her four-year-old daughter, Casey, out of her temporary foster home---a foster home that we have heard almost nothing about. We know next to nothing about how Casey is faring, though we do know that Farris presented the foster parents in a fairly positive light when Casey was handed over. Today we get to see Gwen hand over the account of the social worker … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about the News


Some years ago I read the book Nixonland. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the glimpse it provided of the turbulent 1960s. But the book gave me a gift I didn't realize at the time. We all see history happening all around us every day, but we usually don't notice it. Nixonland made me keenly aware of it. Someday a popular history book covering our current period will mention Michael Brown, Dylann Roof, and even Rachel Dolezal. It will mention Hobby Lobby and the birth control mandate, Obamacare and B … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend


I recently came upon a blog post titled I've Been Scared to State My Opinion and that Scares Me. In the post the author, a Mormon wife and mother of two (she doesn't give a name, so we'll call her Sarah), explains as follows: I’ve been writing this blog for almost a year now, and in all the time there has been one major hot topic subject I’ve never broached. In fact, I’ve tip toed around it, and specifically avoided it. Even in seminary, I really soft peddled it. Not because I don’t have strong … [Read more...]