The Lesbian Duplex 12: An Open Thread

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

Sorting Out the Good from the Bad

Many of my commenters grew up in bad or abusive home situations, and as I’ve read some of their comments over the years I’ve realized hoe truly devoid of warmth or love these situations can sometimes be. But my own case was not one of these. I grew up with parents who threw themselves into activities with us, made time for us, and fostered our curiosity. Read more

On Coming When You’re Called and Fear-Based Obedience

Yesterday I argued that we sometimes hold higher expectations for our children than we do for ourselves. One example I gave was when parents expect their children to jump up and come immediately when called while they themselves feel free to take a moment to finish something when someone else calls them. I grew up with parents who expected obedience to be “immediate, complete, cheerful, and without question.” Anything short of this was considered disobedience. Half of my many siblings… Read more

When We Expect More of Our Children than of Ourselves

How often do we expect more of our children than we do of ourselves? Read more

Why Does Lily Work Two Jobs while Carl is Unemployed?

Should we care about the fact that job opportunities for working class men have declined? Absolutely. But we should also care about the fact that job opportunities for working-class women have always been slim. Neither Carl nor Lily should have to work two jobs to make ends meet, and yet it is Lily who is doing just that in an article that calls for expanding economic opportunities for men. There seems to be some irony going on here. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Meet the Lawyer

Gwen is a nurse and Stan spends his time playing golf, and yet $500 is all they can come up with between them. Does this strike anyone else as odd? Now perhaps they live outside of their means and don’t save, or perhaps golfing is a less expensive hobby than I’ve been given to believe and nursing a less financially sound career than I’d thought, or perhaps Gwen spent all of her money during the divorce settlement. But this is fiction, and Farris made these choices. I feel like this would feel more realistic if Gwen worked as a gas station attendant for minimum wage and Bill spent his retired life watching ESPN. Read more

HSLDA on those “Radically Atheistic” Public Schools

If nothing else this article makes HSLDA’s view of the public schools fairly clear: They believe that public schools are “radically atheistic” and that they show “hostility toward faith.” As a public school parent myself, I have to wonder. The attorneys at HSLDA all appear to be homeschooling parents. Is it possible that they are so out of touch with what twenty-first century public schools actually look like that they actually believe their rhetoric Read more

What the Ruff, the Spotted Hyena, and the Cuttlefish Taught Me about Gender and Sexuality

It turns out that gender and sexuality are far more diverse and complicated than I had any idea of growing up. Of course, the same is true among humans. There are cultures that have traditionally practiced polyandry, with one wife and multiple husbands, and cultures that have no concept of marriage. Read more

The unBiblical Tea Party Christian

I don’t have a problem with people arguing against taxes being used for things like welfare. I do have a problem with evangelicals arguing that these positions are rooted in the Bible, saying that everyone who disagrees with them is anti-Christian, and simultaneously clobbering people over the head with Bible verses on issues like marriage equality. It’s absurd. It’s hypocritical to the extreme. Read more

If We Can’t Come to Grips with the Past, How Are We to Grapple with the Present?

I can’t be the only one who noticed this article this past week: Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools. . . . Efforts by conservative school board members in… Read more

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