My daughter is in public school. I would like to know that if a student from school is harassing her off of school grounds, the school would step in and do something about it—including calling law enforcement or social services if necessary. How HSLDA can take such an important bill and turn it into a threat to homeschoolers is utterly beyond me. Read more

Parenting in a healthy and positive way means so much more than just not hitting your child. It’s not something I could achieve immediately or automatically by giving up spanking, though I had once hoped it would be. Instead it’s something I have to keep doing, over and over, every day. It takes intent and commitment, and it sometimes means stopping myself in mid-sentence or pausing to take a step back from a situation and reset my approach. But when my daughter throws her arms around my neck and declares “I love you, mommy,” when she is unafraid to be open with me, when she is comfortable in who she is and in her relationship with me, I know that it is so, so worth it. Read more

I wish more mothers would use Mother’s Day as a time to think about how they treat their children—whether those children are minors and adults—rather than simply another holiday with its trappings and rituals. Read more

Over the last few days, my social media pages have blow up with comments and articles about Joe and Nicole Naugler, an “off-grid” couple whose ten children were removed by CPS following the discovery that the family was living in tents and had inadequate heat, water, and sewage—a discovery that followed a standoff between Joe and one of the neighbors, in which Joe trespassed on a neighbor’s property in order to steal water, and then, when confronted, threatened to shoot said neighbor. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

Okay, so you know what’s interesting here? Farris portrays the foster family very positively. He says that “the transfer of Casey was tearful, but without hysterics,” and explains that “the foster parents, Tom and Brenda MacArthur, were kind people who seemed to understand the trauma of all concerned.” Read more

When I saw an article titled “The Gay Rights Movement: ISIS without Bullets?” I was intrigued. The idea was so beyond the pale I wanted to know what it was based on. The author of the piece was Gary DeMar. Wait. Gary DeMar? Read more

I thought I was going to come to the end of this piece with some conclusions, but I don’t feel like I have any. Riots are complicated. And honestly, so are uprisings, and rebellions, and so is war. By the end of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss, the protagonist, finds herself wondering if it was worth it, given the devastation created in the war her actions sparked, and the thousands upon thousands of lives lost. When is it better to live under some level of oppression, when the alternative is years of uncertain, horrific, and bloody conflict? When is destruction of property justified, and when is it not? When is a riot an act of pent-up anger, and when is it simply opportunistic? Why does a riot lead to change, and other times not? Is there a way to determine ahead of time whether the change a riot causes will be good, or bad? Read more

In the end, “let’s keep things the way they are” will always be the argument of those who are not discriminated against or denied equal rights. And as someone who has benefited immensely from things not being kept the way they were, I say to hell with the status quo. Viva la change! Read more

One last note. Notice that Andree does not appear to actually know any bisexual individuals. Instead, she mentions something a friend of hers told her about a friend of his—this appears to be the closest she is to a bisexual person. Well you know what? I have bisexual friends, and I am somewhere on the spectrum myself. I’m kind of appalled that Andree felt some abstract thinking on her part combined with a second-hand account through a likely unreliable narrator was enough of a basis for a piece voicing such strong opinions. Read more

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