Lesbian Duplex 27: An Open Thread

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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...]

Part of Parenting Is Letting Go (School Edition)

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School approaches, and in my Facebook feed I've seen many posts by moms sending their children off to kindergarten for the first time. They're worried. They're scared. They talk about crying over their impending separation, and about wondering if maybe they should keep their children home a few more years---homeschooling is better known, now, especially among the more progressive hippie types who grace my friend list. The tenor at school orientation was similar.On some level this feels … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Dr. McGuire Cackles

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 99-105 Gwen got off work at three and scrambled to get home, change clothes and get down to the Fifth Avenue Medical Building to Dr. McGuire's office by five. Her friend, Bonnie, had agreed to switch shifts for the day. Just before she was ready to leave, her phone rang. It was Peter, of course. He lets her know that the judge has given permission for Casey to be seen by Dr. Schram, the psychologist Peter picked out, and that the … [Read more...]

Evangelical Author Shaunti Feldhahn’s Misleading Work on Marriage and Divorce

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Ladies Against Feminism recently linked to a Western Journalism article from last year, written by Matt Barber and titled "You May Have Heard That The Divorce Rate In The Church Is 50% . . . Get Ready To Be Shocked." I clicked through because the overall divorce rate isn't 50%, and I've known that for years.  Heck, a New York Times article addressed exactly this myth in an article last year as well:Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are … [Read more...]

Why Adding a Woman to the $10 Bill Isn’t Enough

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Last spring the Women on 20s campaign held a poll asking supporters to nominate and vote for various female historical figures to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman won the informal poll, and this summer the Treasury Department announced that it is indeed looking into changing the current all-male lineup of our paper money. Here's an excerpt: Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a … [Read more...]

When Positive Parenting Doesn’t “Work”

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Last week I wrote a post about struggling to convince my three-year-old son, Bobby, to take a nap while on a camping trip. I thought about how my parents would have handled they situation---by spanking the child refusing to lay down or stay still---and then about the problems with punishing children for age-approripate behavior that they will grow out of in time. I ultimately solved the situation by suggesting that Bobby and I pretend we were hiding from dinosaurs, a game that he engaged in … [Read more...]

No, the African American Womb Is Not More Dangerous Today than during Slavery

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Several weeks ago I ran a four-post series looking at conservative theologian Doug Wilson's views of slavery and race. But there's one point I realized afterwards I left unaddressed---and it's an important point, because it's one often used by anti-abortion activists to inject race into the conversation. In his 2005 book, Black and Tan, Wilson wrote the following: Who cannot lament the damage to both white and black that has occurred as a consequence of the way in which slavery was abolished? I … [Read more...]


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