“What’s Your Favorite Princess?”


My husband Sean had to work this past weekend, and at one point I stopped by his office with the kids. Five-year-old Sally was immediately attracted to the chalkboard, and began attempting to copy the numbers and figures already on the board (Sean is in a STEM field). After a few minutes, one of Sean's colleagues stopped by. Sean introduced us, and his colleague turned to Sally. "How old are you?" he asked genially. "Five," she responded. "What's your favorite princess?" he asked. Seriously? … [Read more...]

On Sam Harris, Pregnancy, and Sacrifices


Last week an article in the Washington Post quoted prominent atheist author and speaker Sam Harris's explanation for why his audience is primarily male---women, he said, have an "estrogen vibe" that makes them less interested in the "critical posture" he takes in his writing. When female atheists responded critically to his comments, Harris wrote a post explaining what he'd meant---and digging his hole deeper. I addressed Harris's comment in a recent post, "Is Same Harris Sexist?"Yesterday … [Read more...]

“Lost” Masculinity and Privilege Distress


I recently came upon an article on Crosswalk titled Redefining Masculinity. I found it so ridiculous I thought I'd go through it point by point. It’s just another thing I won’t miss as I switch off the TV in February: the seemingly endless parade of programs and commercials that mock men and boys. Other groups in our society would not tolerate such blatant discrimination, yet it seems that men, the all-time great oppressors, are fair game. This castigation of men in media is designed to court th … [Read more...]

Blogger: Affirmative Consent Will End the Sexual Revolution


Earlier today a post from the Patheos family channel, came across my facebook feed. It was titled "Men: The Sexual Revolution Is Over." Curious, I clicked on it and found myself on a blog titled "Church for Men," run by a man named David Murrow. The purpose of the blog appears to be finding ways to combat the feminized nature of American evangelical Christianity. But that was not the topic of this particular post. Not in the least. The topic of this post was far different. Let's have a look, shal … [Read more...]

When Abortion Restrictions Mean Jail Time


A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining so-called abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter to end her pregnancy. Yes, you read that right. Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, a single mother who works as a nursing home aide, pleaded guilty in August to obtaining the miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her daughter, 16, who did not want to have the child.Whalen was sentenced on Friday by M … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]