What My Cisgender Children Have Taught Me About Gender Identity

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As a parent, I am very passionate about breaking down the gendered rules society expects my children to play by. I decided early on that I would not push my children into gendered play, and indeed, that I would try not to gender play to begin with. In fact, I push the boundaries even in areas like clothing. When my son Bobby was born, I put his older sister's perfectly good outgrown pink baby clothes on him (I would have bought gender neutral baby clothes to start with, but we were given a … [Read more...]

The Battle for the Target Toy Aisle

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Yesterday I found myself in Target in search of a tablet charger. On the way to the electronics section I walked by the toy aisles. And then I stopped and stared. I knew that Target had decided to remove the gendered labeling from its toy aisles, but there's a difference between hearing the announcement and seeing the result. It was beautiful. Don't get me wrong, the toys themselves are as gendered as ever, but with the plain wood backing the division was less obvious.Some might think this a … [Read more...]

Proponents of Marriage Generally Make Marriage Sound Horrible

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Suzanne Venker is at it again, this time with a column titled Why Men Won't Marry You. Is it just me, or do people touting marriage manage to make it seem incredibly unattractive? Venker notes that marriage rates are low, and asks why men aren't marrying as frequently as they once were. She offers several answers.1. Because they can: Men used to marry to have sex and a family. They married for love, too, but they had to marry the girl before taking her to bed, or at least work really, really … [Read more...]

Why Adding a Woman to the $10 Bill Isn’t Enough

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Last spring the Women on 20s campaign held a poll asking supporters to nominate and vote for various female historical figures to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Harriet Tubman won the informal poll, and this summer the Treasury Department announced that it is indeed looking into changing the current all-male lineup of our paper money. Here's an excerpt: Alexander Hamilton, who has had top billing on the $10 since 1929, will have to share the marquee starting in 2020, making way for a … [Read more...]

What’s wrong with Minecraft’s new pocket edition skins?

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I mentioned several months ago that Minecraft Pocket Edition only allowed players to play as Steve. This wasn't a big deal if you played on your own (you wouldn't generally actually see yourself, after all), but became more of an issue when playing with others on a shared wifi connection. Well, Minecraft has since updated its app, and users now have their pick of a variety of characters.Yay!Well, almost yay.You can choose Steve or Alex (as my readers pointed out on a previous po … [Read more...]

The Tomboy in Skirts

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My six-year-old daughter Sally wears dresses, well, basically, all the time. If she's not wearing dresses, she's wearing skirts. I can't think of the last time I saw her in shorts, and she swore off pants last year. Too uncomfortable, she said. When it's cold, she wears leggings under her dresses. Dresses, dresses, always dresses.  This is weird to me. I grew up in a conservative evangelical homeschool culture that valued female domesticity. When I was 13, I swore off pants. I believed women … [Read more...]

Do Male Voices Have a Place in the Abortion Debate?

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I recently received this email: Hi, Libby Anne.I've corresponded with you before when I identified as pro-life. I've since changed my views on the abortion issue as well as a plethora of other women's issues, and I think your contributions from your blog played a major contribution.The reason I'm emailing you today is because I have a question that I haven't seen addressed very well by websites.Some context: I was in a Facebook group when I became engaged in a conversation about … [Read more...]


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