Stop Stressing Out and Give Your Kid a Snuggle

As a working mother, I often feel guilt about the amount of time I spend—or don’t spend—with my children. Partly it’s because my own mom was a stay-at-home mom who taught me that working mothers have effectively abandoned their children. Thanks mom! Partly it’s because mothering has become ratcheted up to the nth degree these days. You’re enrolled in mommy-and-me yoga classes and feed your children organic locally grown carrots and peas, right? Sigh. A recent study suggests that this guilt may be misplaced. Do… Read more

Let’s Welcome Spring: An Open Thread

So how about the rest of you? How do you celebrate spring? Read more

Really, Pew Research? Bad Chart Saturday

Do you see the problem here? It does not work to create a chart like this where you break Christianity and Judaism down into their denominations/sects to get at nuance within these religious traditions while treating Buddhism and Hinduism as monolithic. Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Calls Bill a Pig

Something about Farris’s portrayal of Casey is bothering me, but I’m not sure what exactly. For one thing, four-year-olds are actually pretty smart—smarter than Farris lets on. But maybe, at its base, what’s bothering me is that Farris is playing up Casey’s “innocence” at the expense of giving her a personality. Read more

The Cold, Unforgiving World of Geoffrey Botkin

A Guest Post by Ahab. Botkin’s 2013 sermon reminds us that fundamentalist legalism can be taken to chilling extremes. In Botkin’s world, an inerrant interpretation of scripture must be preserved at all costs. Those who do not adhere to said doctrines are demonized as “bad guys” with whom one is at war. According to such thinking, even when the doctrines are cruel and unjust, they must be followed implicitly. In Botkin’s black-and-white world, obedience to the doctrine trumps empathy, justice, or brotherhood. Read more

Did Ted Cruz Actually Ejaculate into a Cup? Some Thoughts on How We Cover Politics

We on the political Left often talk about the political Right’s propensity to lob unfair personal attacks at President Obama and his family. We need to be able to look in the mirror and ensure that we do not do the same to politicians in the other direction. By way of example, I have been appalled by some of Amanda Marcotte’s recent “coverage” of Ted Cruz. Read more

Steve Is a Man: On Minecraft and Gender

Like just about every American child between the ages five and fifteen, my daughter Sally is a huge Minecraft aficionado. As I’ve watched her play, I’ve found myself bothered by gender issues that should be easy to fix but instead seem ubiquitous in our world today. Read more

Nine-Year-Old Sluts and Masturbating Dinner Guests

The author of this article on the No Greater Joy website likely thinks his daughter is lucky to be so protected. He probably doesn’t realize that after reading his article, I’m more worried about whether his daughter is safe from him than anything else. Read more

The Modesty Rules—Not So Simple, Really

I often heard, growing up, that dressing modestly wasn’t about rules, it was about the heart attitude. In other words, if you were focused on the right thing—on God—you would naturally dress modestly, without having to run through a list of rules. You wouldn’t even think about wearing short shorts, or showing your midriff, or wearing clothing that accentuates your bust. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 14: 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… Read more

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