When Punitive Childrearing Creates Deceptive Children

I recently came upon a headline declaring that "Stricter Parents Are Turning Their Children into Effective Liars." Curious, I clicked through. As the article explains: According to research by Victoria Talwar, a renowned expert on children’s social-cognitive development at McGill University, strict parenting tends to result in offspring that really know how to deceive. By producing an atmosphere of inevitable punishment for any wrongdoing, the children of these parents learn how to lie in order … [Read more...]


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Silence Does Not Communicate Inclusivity: On Lesbian Christian Teen Lizzie Lowe’s “Misplaced” Suicide

I recently came upon this headline: Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian. I immediately wondered---what does "misguided" mean? Many Christians believe that gay and lesbian identities and relationships are perverse, and I have a hard time imagining how a child with LGBT-inclusive Christian parents would not realize they would be accepting. I skimmed the article looking for answers, and finally came upon this bit, toward the end: Asked how th … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 82: 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: Family Detention, Ole Miss, and Poverty

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 agreement.  Mothers in Family Detention Launch Hunger Strike: ‘We Will Get Out Alive or Dead’, on Rewire---"The women say they've been in detention with their children between 270 and 365 days." The Culture Of The Smug White Liberal, on the Huff … [Read more...]


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Anonymous Tip: Late Night Tears

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 351-357So we've just got through Peter's dramatic rescue of Gwen from Gordon. We'll get back to the Gordon situation in a moment, but first we get another moment of Rita and Donna. Rita's pretty excited. She tells Donna that she's found a job in Sacramento, starting in December, and that she "will get a $15,000 a year raise." That sounds excessive even for 2016, and this book was published in 1996. Perhaps the point is that social … [Read more...]


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“Burkini” Bans Shut Women out of Public Space

"Mr. Anderson, Mr. Anderson!" I called, trying to get his attention. Mr. Anderson was the church youth group leader. I was in middle school, and I was considering joining. I was from a large, conservative homeschool family, and at our hip, upbeat evangelical megachurch, that meant I didn't fit in with the other children. I had attended Sunday School only sporadically, and youth group would be a different experience---it would bring me face-to-face with my church's public school children and … [Read more...]


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Women Who Murder Their Husbands Are “Wicked” While Men Who Do the Same Are Ordinary Blokes

After writing yesterday's post, I came upon something very interesting. A study by Australian researchers published last year evaluated judges' sentencing remarks in 72 cases of domestic murder---67 involving male perpetrators and 5 involving female perpetrators---and found stark differences between the way the judges talked about men who murdered their domestic partners and women who murdered their domestic partners. While the study looked at cases in two provinces in Australia, many of the … [Read more...]


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