The Family Research Council and the Politics of Exclusion

Guess what I noticed on the Family Research Council Facebook page?Image description: A Family Research Council Facebook post featuring a picture of three girls in swimsuits in a locker room with the text "Protect Their Rights" emblazoned on it, the words "because they should not be silenced for feeling uncomfortable with a male student in their locker room" above it, and the words "urge Congress to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration's radical overreach" … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 69: 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...]


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Saturday Link Love: AIDS, Exotic Problems, and the Satanic Panic

Saturday Link Love is a new 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. Note: Inclusion does not imply full disagreement. Meet the Woman Who Cared for Hundreds of Abandoned Gay Men Dying of AIDS, on Out---"Who knew there’d come a time when people didn’t want to bury their children?" We Weren’t That Resilient, on Maureen O'Leary---"Look, if we take away … [Read more...]


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Anonymous Tip: Stephen and Donna Have It Out

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 297-299Last week the local newspaper posted an article about Gwen's civil rights case, but while Gwen and Peter had reason to be pleased with the article, Donna did not. She was especially worried about the questions the article raised about Blackburn's death. She knew she was innocent of any connection to Blackburn's death, but she was terrified that somehow the detectives might stumble into the blackmail plot and implicate her in t … [Read more...]


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That Christian Man Selling Child-Training Whips Is Back

The above image is an advertisement that used to run in Christian homeschool magazines. "The ideal tool for child training," reads the test below an image of a long, thin shaft with a handle, a rod intended for whipping children. "The means prescribed by God," it reads. And there's a poem: "Spoons are for cooking / Belts are for holding up pants / Hands are for loving / RODS are for chastening." This "flexible nylon rod" with its "cushioned vinyl grip" was marketed by Steve Haymond, and was … [Read more...]


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I Don’t Want Obedient Children

I grew up in an authoritarian family, the kind where the most important thing for children to be is obedient. We played games and made cookies and ate strawberries out of the garden and hiked to a nearby creek to play, but the expectation underlying all of this was that we obey our parents---always. And the word was used---frequently. When dropping me off at a friend's house to play for the day, my mom would tell me to "be a good obeying girl." Mom would read aloud out of Proverbs, and remind us … [Read more...]


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For the Children of the Latest Target Protestor

By now, you've probably seen this video of a mother of twelve walking through Target, Bible in hand, loudly condemning Target for its trans-inclusive bathroom policy.Here are some of the things the woman said as she walks through the store: “Mothers, get your children out of this store!”“Are you going to let the devil rape your children, America?”“Repent, wicked Target…the judgement of God is coming on this nation and Target!” According to a blogger who grew up with one of the i … [Read more...]


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