I just stumbled upon a blog post Lisa Pennington wrote last August, a month before her daughter, Alecia Faith, left home. In this post, Lisa talks about how she handles having adult children living at home. Read more

The more I read of Alecia’s mother Lisa’s blog, the more familiar it all felt, down to the line about Alecia’s actions being “completely out of character from the girl I know.” The truth is, my mother thought she knew me, but she didn’t, because she only knew what I showed of myself, which is what she wanted to see. And when I started to stake out for myself who I was, she clung to a me that was gone, sure that it was the real one, unable to see that what she was holding onto was an echo. Read more

I suppose I’m left wondering when homeschool alumni are actually allowed to speak, in the eyes of these parents. I’m a homeschool alumna. I have thoughts, experiences, and ideas. Why, then, do I find my voice and those of other homeschool alumni so undervalued by homeschooling parents? Are we only allowed to speak if we have positive things to say? My mother used to say that—“if you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say anything at all”—but I’m a grownup now, and I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. Read more

I want to start out by saying that right now, I am very frustrated. Very very frustrated. Men need to stop talking about—and especially for—women until they stop and freaking listen. Read more

As of late, Catholic leaders have been showing their true colors regarding their attitudes toward women. For example, the 2014 Humanum conference was brimming with retrograde messages about gender complimentarity, marriage, and family. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke drew ire earlier this year when he decried the “feminized” atmosphere of the church. Now, the Catholic Church is being ridiculed for a misguided conference on women’s issues at the Vatican last week. Read more

Children have an interest in having adequate healthcare and not dying from preventable diseases. Parents are responsible for protecting that interest as best they can, but matters of public health are also something we delegate to the state. The state has a responsibility to protect the interests of not only children but all of its citizens. Preventing disease and stopping epidemics is part of this. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here. And so on. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to worry about digging for one. In any case, my comment policy lays out the house rules. Enjoy! Read more

I recently came upon a Matt Walsh article titled Birth Control Pills: Men Get Free Sex, Women Get Cancer. Frankly, I don’t want to get into Walsh’s discussion of the health risks associated with the pill. Walsh isn’t calling for improving the pill or extending the range of available birth control options, and he misses that there is an entire history of feminist activism dedicated to improving women’s health care and grappling with both male doctors and the medical establishment. Has Walsh ever heard of Our Bodies, Ourselves? We’re big girls, we got this. We don’t need Walsh waltzing in, tooting his horn, and telling us what to do. Read more

To me it appears that some evangelicals are realizing that religious objections to marriage equality aren’t going to cut it, and so are dressing up objections that are at heart religious as wholly secular. I’m curious to hear from children of lesbian or gay parents who don’t not have religious objections to homosexuality but still oppose marriage equality, but then, I have yet to meet any. Read more

In the context of Donna going through this much effort to get back at Gwen for being uncooperative, Donna’s claim that she has “such a workload” makes no sense, especially given her constant claim that she is in the social work business because of how much she cares about helping abused children. Read more

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