Game of Thrones Open Thread!

What did you think about the way the fifth season wrapped up? What did the producers do well, and where did they miss the mark? What fan theories do you subscribe to? Read more

Doug Wilson: Supporting Marriage Equality Is a “Far More Serious” Problem Than Supporting Slavery

It might be worth reminding readers that Wilson has a long history of referring to LGBT individuals as “things” and even supporting their execution or exile. He has also argued that marital sex should be characterized by dominance and submission, conquering and surrender, and that “the sexual act cannot be made into an egalitarian pleasuring party.” Together with his longtime insistence that antebellum slavery wasn’t as bad as people think it was and his current insistence that supporting marriage equality is more sinful than supporting slavery, he ought to be the sort of controversial character that evangelical leaders avoid like the plague. But he isn’t. Instead, they retweet and praise his posts and writings. Read more

Orange Is the New Black Open Thread!

What went well? What fell flat? What should happen next season? Read more

Dating Is Dead: Long Live Whatever-We-Call-It-Now!

I married Sean because he and I had formed a strong partnership and camaraderie that I didn’t want to lose. So far two other couples who met through our friend group have also married, and for much the same reason—they sort of clicked and worked together well as a couple. The problem with more formal dating is that you feel the need to be on your best behavior, to put up a front and a mask. We didn’t feel that pressure, because we were just friends. We were already people we let our hair down around, even before we started dating each other. We didn’t feel the need to put up a facade. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 23: 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… Read more

Being Patriotic on the Fourth of July

I grew up in a home where we celebrated our nation’s founding and past in an overwhelmingly positive way. As I’ve grown my perspective has broadened and I’ve come to see social problems and worse as central to our nation’s past. There are atrocities, such as slavery and the way the United States has treated native populations. There are also other problems that may be less stark but are no less important, such as the lack of rights for women or bias against our nation’s immigrant populations. Even our more recent past is far from perfect, what with backlash against the civil rights movement and the continued deportation of individuals working to create a better life for their families. Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Is Condescending

According to Farris, Peter now recognizes that Gwen wants to know why he’s doing things and making the decisions he is, and yet he does nothing to actually meet this desire. Instead he pats her on the head. This makes me really upset. Peter has an opportunity here to actually explain things to Gwen, to bring her on board in a way, and he recognizes this opportunity but then drops the ball entirely. Read more

Talking to Kids about the News

I suppose, in the end, that it’s not just about making sure Sally is aware of the history taking place around her, it’s also about providing her a foundation and context for the world she will grow up to inherit. I want to launch her into adulthood, someday, with a grasp on the major debates and currents swirling around her. Read more

Gay Marriage and the Freedom to Offend

Someone’s priorities feel slightly askew. Read more

“You Did a Wrong Thing, Mommy”: In Which I Tell My Six-Year-Old That I Went to an Anti-Gay Rally as a Teen

What’s unfortunate is that so many people have believed the misinformation rather than taking the time to actually meet a gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender person before making a judgement or forming a position. And that, I think, is what I still feel bad about. Yes, I was given misinformation. Yes, I was lied to. But I never took the time to verify any of it before opposing equal rights for an entire group of people, and that was wrong. But in Sally and in other children like her I see our future, and it is a bright future indeed. Read more

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