Thanksgiving Stories and Traditions

For those of us in the U.S., tomorrow is Thanksgiving. For most people, Thanksgiving is a combination of family and food. Today I want to open the floor for swapping stories and traditions. Read more

“The reason was ‘sex might happen'”

When you’re as obsessed with sex as evangelical and fundamentalist Christians who buy into what I call “purity culture” are, you are constantly afraid that “sex will happen” at the drop of a hat. This is why the need for chaperones is so heavily emphasized by families like the Duggars. Read more

Missouri Musings

There was a time I thought like my father, and like my uncle. Like them, I believed racism was a thing of the past. I thought I was “colorblind,” and that black people were disproportionately stuck in poverty because they were lazy. I talked about “the race card” and believed that black people held themselves back through a victim mentality. In other words, I believed that black people—not white people, not structural inequality—were the problem. Read more

When Unassisted Home Births Go Wrong

When I read about unassisted home births today, I think of both Kierstyn and Dave. It’s interesting how different their experiences were—but then, I think the same is true of assisted home births as well. I have two friends, homeschool graduates like me, who have had home births. Both had midwives. One had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance for an emergency C-section. The other successfully birthed at home surrounded by her friends and relatives. Birth is not exactly predictable. Read more

Jill and Jessa Duggar Have “Covenant” Marriages

As some of you may have noticed, both Jill and Jessa Duggar have “convenient marriages.” Arkansas is one of three states a “covenant marriage” law. No-fault divorce laws have allowed couples to divorce without having to prove abuse or unfaithfulness, but Arkansas’ covenant marriage law rolls that back. Couples with covenant marriages cannot simply get a divorce—and that now includes both Jill and Jessa. Read more

“In both cases, we are talking about sexist oppression”

Last week scientist Matt Taylor wore a shirt covered with scantily clad women for a live interview. When women called this out, one individual responded by creating a shirt covered with burka clad women, which he dubbed it feminist approved. Reader timberwraith responded to the burka shirt as follows: I’ll share an observation of the burka vs. skin dichotomy made by many feminists long before this particular this gent’s clothing issues reared its mediocre head. It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about expecting women to… Read more

Help the Coalition for Responsible Home Education Win a Grant!

The Coalition for Responsible Home Education (CRHE), a nonprofit organization founded last year by homeschool alumni, has a chance to win a $1000 grant and needs your help! All you need to do is click on this poll and vote for them! It’s super easy, and will only take a second. I’ve run guest posts by two of CRHE’s board members, Kathryn Brightbill and Ryan Stollar, on a number of occasions. Some of you have asked what you can do to help homeschooled children. Well, now you have an opportunity! Read more

On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage

Yes, the Duggars are homophobic. They are also incredibly sexist, carefully limiting and curtailing their daughters’ dreams. The Duggars have long supported cult-like organizations run by men who sexually harassed and molested teenage and young adult girls in their employ (Doug Phillips and Bill Gothard). Actually, the Duggars continue to support and promote one of these organizations (ATI), which has jettisoned its founder (Bill Gothard) but is run by the same leadership that spent decades covering up his sexual offenses. Read more

On #Shirtstorm and Completely Missing the Point

So I said I wasn’t going to write about this, but I am. While googling to find a link to use in a previous post, I found article after article defending Matt Taylor’s shirt and completely missing the point. So here I am, blogging about it. Read more

Mattel’s Computer Engineer Barbie Leaves the Computer Engineering to the Boys

I didn’t write about last week’s women in tech fail—scientist Matt Taylor’s decision to wear a sexist shirt while live-streaming the Rosetta comet landing—but I absolutely have to write about this week’s—computer engineer Barbie. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something with so much potential fail so spectacularly. Read more