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

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

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

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

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

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

Old Fashioned is a Christian movie alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey, released the same day last week. In the above video, the producers of Old Fashioned compare the hero of Old Fashioned, Clay, with Christian Grey, and frankly, it’s not flattering—to either of them Read more

This is perhaps the most confusing thing of all about this book for me. We are repeatedly told that Donna is a star social worker, that she knows her stuff, that she’s driven and motivated and leaves no stone unturned. And yet, she’s willing to perjure herself to get back at an ordinary woman for calling her a witch and a nazi. Read more

Pepper Potts was in an Iron Man suit. The suit was keeping her alive. She couldn’t just take it off whenever she wanted to, because to do so before she was in a place to receive proper and necessary medical care would be her death. As it was, the condition that lead her to live in an Iron Man suit was complicated and treatment wasn’t easy, not even for someone close to Mr. Stark. So Pepper Potts wore an Iron Man suit. She wore it every day and every night. She wore it to parties and running errands, work, and taking out the trash. Read more

While researching my previous blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey, I came upon an article by evangelical blogger Owen Strachan titled How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them. I’m going to deconstruct this blog post piece by piece to really dig into the problems with its logic. I should note that Strachan is not a nobody. He’s a professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Read more

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