“The Upcoming Demographic Tsunami”

Many have derided a recent article on The Federalist in which Hans Feine argues that men and women can never (and should never) be "just friends" for its regressive ideas about gender, but few have focused on its scare tactics about demographics. Here's the relevant quote from the article: The latest numbers on American birth rates are in, and they yield only one reasonable conclusion: All of us need to start having more babies or else the upcoming demographic tsunami will consume our nation, cr … [Read more...]


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Why Aren’t Millennials Having Babies?

Sometimes it seems like the whole of American media has conspired to dump on Millennials. When I see my own generation responding to accusations of Millennial incompetence and general horribleness, the recession tends to take center stage, along with a changing economy. Consider the number of middle aged Trump supporters angry that the well-paying union jobs of the past are in decline. Millennials are affected by these same economic changes, and the recession---and they're frequently saddled … [Read more...]


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What Conservatives Get Wrong about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Home School Legal Defense Association has seized on rumors that Trump may withdraw the U.S. from a number of U.N. treaties. HSLDA argues that the United States should not be party to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Why? These treaties tend to seek to solve problems by undermining parental authority and granting more po … [Read more...]


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This Is How It Happens

The "pro-family" lobby frequently uses the language of the "traditional family" to combat efforts to define the family more broadly, including both gay and lesbian couples and other family forms. When I point out that the "traditional family" was one in which things like domestic violence were tolerated and accepted, individuals who engage in this rhetoric are frequently askance---that's not what they mean, they insist. They mean the family form---man, woman, children---not … [Read more...]


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Approaching the Holidays with Trump-Supporting Relatives

If you're anything like me, you have a lot of relatives back home who voted for Trump. This could make the holidays very, very uncomfortable.I'm no stranger to uncomfortable holidays. A decade ago, when I was in college, my evangelical family tried to make me break off my relationship with my now-husband. That was one of the most horrific experiences of my life. These tensions haven't disappeared, either. I get heat for not spanking my children, for not homeschooling my children, and so … [Read more...]


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No, Minecraft Does Not Have a “Sex Mod”

As I write, a new rumor is spreading across the mommy blogosphere, and thousands of mothers are starting to panic. Minecraft has a sex mod. You may think Minecraft is a safe, creative, healthy activity for your children, parents everywhere are being told, but it's not. Have a look at this piece by Amy Betters-Midtvedt on a parenting website: Take a minute to Google “Minecraft + sex mod.” I’ll wait.Did your brain explode? Because when I found out that this was a thing, not only did my brain e … [Read more...]


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Will Marriage Equality End Parental Rights? Part 2

Last spring I dissected an article by Melissa Moschella, a philosophy professor at Catholic University of America. Moschella contended that the Obergefell decision was a threat to parents' rights. In the piece I looked at, she asked to whom children belong. Moschella argued that Obergefell suggests that children belong to the state, rather than to the parents. I pointed out that there have long been a variety of family forms and that the state by necessity must decide whose guardianship of a … [Read more...]


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