Your Birth Name Is Your Identity? Says Who?


Jill Filipovic recently penned an article against name changing for the Guardian. Or I should say, an article against women changing their names upon marriage. With all due respect to Jill Filipovic---and I have a lot for her---I very much disagree with her on this one.Jill's main point is this: When women see our names as temporary or not really ours, and when we understand that part of being a woman is subsuming your own identity into our husband's, that impacts our perception of … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Created in the Image of Man


Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 75-76In this section Debi argues that there are three basic "types" of men, but that women, unlike men, are fluid and flexible, able to become the "composite" of any of those three types depending on who they marry. But Debi says that teenage girls and young women generally fix on an ideal male type, whether it is that of their father or that of a character in a book or movie, and go about making themselves into composites of this type. This creates problems … [Read more...]

Homeschooling under the Influence


After I wrote my posts on academics and socialization, I realized that there is another way homeschooling affected my life---and it's no less significant. In fact, it's a whole lot more significant. Quite simply, homeschooling affected my life because it changed my parents. When I was born, my parents were fairly ordinary evangelical Christians. That didn't last. Their involvement in the homeschool movement introduced them to new ideas they had not before been exposed to---ideas put forward by … [Read more...]

Awesome Comment Award: Ako on Education

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As you know, I sometimes share comments I feel are particularly interesting or insightful. Today I want to share a comment reader ako left on my post yesterday about my academic experience being homeschooled: One thing that sticks out for me about academics and homeschooling is how much any success is treated as a credit to the whole system, which is not true of public schools.I had an excellent public school education, which encouraged my creative writing talent, exposed me to a wide … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Socialization, and Me


When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In yesterday's post I talked about academics, and in today's post I will address socialization.I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. For that entire period, the kids I interacted with regularly were almost universally the children of my parents' friends. Because my parents' friends were, like them, white, middle class, evangelical homeschool parents, my … [Read more...]

Homeschooling, Academics, and Me


When it comes to homeschooling, the two issues people seem to be most concerned about are academics and socialization. In this post I will talk about academics, and in tomorrrow's post I will address socialization. My mother was a stay at home mom, and when I reached kindergarten age, she just couldn't stand to send me off to school. She'd heard of this new thing, homeschooling, and figured it'd be hard to mess up kindergarten. How hard can it be to teach a kid her letters and numbers, after … [Read more...]

More Gendered Advertising—Sigh

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I've talked before about gendered advertising. I want to take a moment to give some more examples. First, there's this:Because English and history are for girls, but calculus and physics are for boys. Duh. And we wonder why boys disproportionately go into STEM fields while girls disproportionately go into the humanities?Here's another: Barnes & Noble has book collections for boys and girls.Here are the overviews for the two collections:Because action, … [Read more...]