Saturday Link Love: White Teachers, Timeout Alternatives, and Abigail Fishers

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.  Pokémon Go Could Be A Death Sentence For A Black Man, on Kotaku---"The premise of Pokémon Go asks me to put my life in danger if I choose to play it as it is intended and with enthusiasm." 10 Books I Wish My White Teachers Had Read, … [Read more...]


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Anonymous Tip: You Are the Worst, Peter

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 328-331Labor Day has arrived, which means it's time for Peter's annual party. Every year on Labor Day, Peter hosted a barbecue at his home on Liberty Lake. Over fifty people were invited to this year's event for an afternoon of swimming, boating, and, of course, eating. Farris tells us that Peter "wasn't much of a cook." This likely helps cement Peter's manly man status in Farris's eyes---real men are only capable of grilling, … [Read more...]


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Is Josh Harris Actually Taking Responsibility?

Josh Harris was interviewed on NPR recently. I know this because my husband started yelling at me to come into the kitchen right freaking now and I was like, wait, you can't just order me to drop everything like that, that's not how it works, and he was like, trust me, you're going to want to hear this. And there it was. Josh Harris on NPR, discussing his 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. After reading his apology two months ago to several bloggers who have, like me, spent years blogging … [Read more...]


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The Invisible Labor of Mothering

I've been thinking, lately, about the amount of labor mothers perform that is rendered invisible and often taken for granted. Blogger Elizabeth Esther recently wrote up this list of the things she did as a stay-at-home mother: My main job was providing high-quality, full attentive, deeply intuitive child-care. But that was just my 9-5, so to speak (although it was really like 6am-5pm). What makes at-home work so exhausting, though, is all the OTHER WORK on top on top of the regular, child-care w … [Read more...]


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Gender, Gender, Everywhere

I was recently at an appointment in a medical office with my preschool son, Bobby. As he is sometimes want to do, Bobby was wearing a dress. The dress was flowered, with a wide skirt that swirls out when he twirls. He usually wears pants or shorts, but he loves dress-up and has a small collection of dresses of his own, and I figure, if girls can wear pants as well as skirts, why shouldn't boys be allowed to wear skirts if they so desire? It wasn't his appointment and we hadn't been there before, … [Read more...]


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What the Ark Encounter Reveals about Science, the Bible, and Entertainment

I have some training in public history---museums, archival work, etc.---and one thing I remember very clearly is that historical architectural reproductions should be built using materials as close to the original materials as possible, especially when it is a reconstruction (or restoration) of a specific historical building. Using tools and materials they would not have had available to them at the time changes things significantly, and is generally done as sparingly as possible. After all, it … [Read more...]


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I Was Raised to Be a Conservative Culture Warrior. Then I Jumped the Political Fence.

I grew up in a conservative homeschool family and religious community firmly ensconced in the Christian Right. I was raised to be a culture warrior. I was raised to create change, to be a mover and a shaker. But only for the conservative side of things, of course, and there's the rub, because I'm no longer conservative. My mother recently told me she thinks I should write historical children's books---she's always suggesting careers that she thinks would allow me to work from home and homeschool … [Read more...]


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