Anonymous Tip: Donna Makes Her Case


Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesGail tells Donna to talk to her as though she were the judge, and to make the case, and so Donna does. Remember that this is the case Donna is presenting in order to have Casey removed, and it is intentionally false on several points. So when Donna claims to be concerned about Casey's wellbeing, we have to doubt that. Donna was not pleased to learn that Gwen spanks Casey, but spanking is legal, and spanking is not the reason Donna is trying to take Casey away. S … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 11: An Open Thread


It's time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Doctoring the Timeline


Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesFarris tells us that Donna the social worker went to see Gail the prosecutor on Wednesday. This means that after speaking with her supervisor, Blackburn, on Thursday, Donna waited six days before filing her report and speaking with the prosecutor. This was of course the plan, to ensure that when she falsely reported having seen fading bruises, there would be no way to verify if there had actually been such bruises, because by then they would have faded away rega … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Prosecutor


Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesLast week we began chapter 2 of Michael Farris's novel, Anonymous Tip. In the opening pages of the chapter, Donna, the social worker, hatched a plan with her supervisor, Blackburn, to frame Gwen Landis for abuse in order to remove her daughter Casey from her home. Remember that Donna forced her way into Gwen's home on the basis of an anonymous tip, and there found no evidence for abuse. In spite of this, Donna wants to take Gwen's daughter Casey from her. Why, … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Donna Hatches a Plan


Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesWhen we finished chapter one last week, it would seem that social worker Donna Corliss's investigation of an anonymous child abuse tip made against Gwen Landis had finally come to its conclusion. Donna used fraudulent means to get into Gwen's house (which included lying to both the police and to Gwen), and then forcibly strip-searched young Casey as she screamed. But they found no bruises, and while Gwen admitted that she sometimes spanked Casey with a wooden … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Marriage Equality

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View series intro here, and all posts here.HSLDA opposes marriage equality. This is perhaps the oddest entry of my "Things HSLDA Opposes" so far. By and large, we have been able to link HSLDA's opposition to things that are not homeschool related---such as required eye examinations for public school students---to their position on parental rights. This one seems more removed. And yet.HSLDA helpfully explains this position in a page titled Why HSLDA Is Fighting Same-Sex Marriage. Let's t … [Read more...]

On Silencing and Dogmatism and Blogging


As an ex-evangelical and blogger, I am sometimes accused of having exchanged one form of fundamentalism for another. There are other arguments I run into that are similarly problematic. There have been some incidents in the past week where commenters have accused myself or other commenters of retaining fundamentalist thinking or of silencing disagreement, and these accusations are always frustrating.So let's clear some things up, shall we?Being told you are wrong is not the same thing as … [Read more...]