Longing for Love; Or, It’s Not Just Nerdy Boys

I've generally refrained from commenting on the #gamergate controversy and issues surrounding nerd or gamer culture. Partly this is because I have never been a nerd or a gamer. I suppose my status as a Whovian, my love for Firefly, and my interest in cosplay may place me on the outskirts of those communities, nut I've never felt connected enough to claim membership. But I do want to weigh in for a moment. I've noticed that many adolescent and young adult men in nerd/gamer culture seem to feel … [Read more...]


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Things HSLDA Opposes: Criminal Background Checks for Homeschool Co-op Instructors

Here is what HLSDA had to say about House Bill 295, a 2013 bill in New Hampshire:Summary: House Bill (“HB”) 295 imposes the requirement of criminal background checks on employees and volunteers at recreation and “youth skill” camps. The bill is a potential problem for homeschoolers because of the overly broad definition of “youth skill camps” that could include homeschool groups.The Senate Health, Education & Human Services committee amended the bill to define “Youth Skill Camps” as … [Read more...]


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Reinforcing Other Axes of Oppression Isn’t “Punching Up”

I recently read a skepchick post by Jamie Bernstein titled Even Awful Women Don't Deserve Rape Threats. After discussing gendered slurs and attacks on the appearance of such women as Sarah Palin, Vani Hari, and Ann Coulter, Jamie concludes with this:Look, it’s ok to criticize all these women for the terrible things they have done and said. You should criticize them and do so harshly but without using gendered slurs or threats of violence or comments on their appearance. That type of lang … [Read more...]


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Mockery and Alienation: Or, Thoughts on Snark

I was struck by a recent post by fellow homeschool alum Leon Brooks-West.Text here: The unexamined (internalized or otherwise) misogyny of ex-fundies or ex-homeschoolers as they create a stereotyped spectacle of "homeschool girls/moms" further isolates and alienates all those who identify or present as women or girls within the fundie homeschool system, many of whom are subject to a high level of abuse and control. The denim skirts and scrunchies are not the problem. Your notion that … [Read more...]


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#DefendTheDuggars (Sort of)

By Kathryn ElizabethOriginally posted on The Life and Opinions of Kathryn Elizabeth, PersonI’ve said it before on social media and I’ll say it again here. The mocking of Duggar children is not something I can get behind. Criticize the Duggar parents for what they’re doing to their children, criticize Jim Bob, Michelle, and Josh for their anti-LGBT activism, that’s fair game. Mocking the kids isn’t.Kids like the Duggars, who aren’t being given a real education (you don’t get a real edu … [Read more...]


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Anonymous Tip: Meet the Social Worker

Today we meet the social worker, Donna Corliss. What's really interesting is how Farris introduces her---hungover with her law school boyfriend, lying to her boss and skipping work. The late morning sun crept slowly across the bedroom floor. The first ray of light crawled up the bed, touched her eyes and stabbed deep into her skull like a flash of lightening. Donna Corliss would be getting into nothing that Friday, except the bicarbonate of soda. Yep. This is how we meet social worker Donna … [Read more...]


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Do Traditional Gender Roles Lead to Good Sex? No.

I recently read a blog post from several years ago that had me doing that whole "but . . . wait . . . what . . . NO" thing throughout my reading of it. I thought I'd share, because illustrates something we've seen before---the idea that anything good in a marriage must of necessity be a result of following the gender roles God laid out, not, you know, a result of things like communication or compromise. I've covered posts in the past by women who are functionally living in egalitarian marriages … [Read more...]


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