On Feminism and Embracing the Homemaker

I was fascinated by a recent comment by a reader named Alberta Rose: In the last seven years my son has seen me drift from the women who say “Why aren’t you?” and towards women who say “This is how I live life”. He’s seen me leave behind bitterness, pettiness and jealousy. I’ve become at peace with saying “God blessed us with one child”. I’ve gone from feeling like I let down the Women’s Liberation by placing a higher value on marriage and motherhood to feeling like I’m living life as God would … [Read more...]


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The Male Gaze

This video was taken by a woman crossing a busy pedestrian bridge in Cairo. She held her cell phone close to her mouth and pretended to talk on it in Arabic, but was actually recording. She was dressed as you see in the beginning of the video, in a conservative skirt, a shirt, and a cardigan, with her hair down. The entire recording was done on one five minute walk. To read more about this video and how it was made, click here.I showed this video to my husband Sean, and he had this to s … [Read more...]


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How Not to Address Marriage or Child Abuse

I recently came upon an image posted on facebook by homeschool mom, speaker, and writer Heidi St. John. I'm not sure what's more disturbing---this image, or that none of the moms commenting on it saw this image as disturbing. The image is photoshopped from an old comic that depicts an employee sexually assaulting his "frigid" boss (see here and here or view the full comic here). Sure, one could try to argue that the image has been removed from that context, what with the new words in the bubb … [Read more...]


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“A Mommy and What Else?”

When my mother was in grade school, her teacher asked each child to share what they wanted to be when they grew up. When the question came around the room to my mother, she said she wanted to be a mommy. "A mommy and what else?" her teacher asked her. My mother recounted this story to me many times, using at as an example of the evil feminist indoctrination of girls against their god-given maternal impulses that takes place in public schools. This teacher did not consider simply being a mother … [Read more...]


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Confessions of a Frustrated Pinterest Science Girl Mom

Lately, I've been thinking about redoing Sally and Bobby's bedroom. We've done some deep cleaning over the summer and have redone some things in the kitchen and living room, and it's about time I took that energy upstairs. Since the children spend most of their time playing in the living room these days, I wanted to take a good, long look at their bedroom and and see how I could make it more functional and usable.Sally, as I've mentioned, is a science kid. So I went to pinterest and typed in … [Read more...]


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Why I Never Even Considered Becoming an Engineer

A reader named David recently left a number of comments on my post on explaining sexism to my five-year-old daughter Sally. He started out with this comment: If the lack of female achievement in science is due to sexism, and not inborn genetic differences in cognition and preferences, then answer me one question:If the majority of college students in the US are female (60%), then why are the vast majority of mathematics, engineering, and computer science students male?This seems i … [Read more...]


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In Which Sally Learns about Sexism

This year's Fields Medal went to Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford. The Fields Medal is the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize, and this is the first time in its history that it has been awarded to a woman.Someone sent me a link to this story, and told me I should show it to my daughter Sally, with her interest in science. There's only one problem---Sally doesn't know that women have yet to achieve equality in the maths and sciences. In fact, she doesn't know … [Read more...]


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