The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Preamble


You may have heard that the only countries in the entire world who have not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) are the U.S., Somalia, and South Sudan. While this was once true, Somalia ratified the treaty in January of this year, and South Sudan's government has begun the ratification process. In other words, out of all of the countries in the world, the U.S. stands alone in refusing to ratify the CRC.The CRC was adopted by the UN in 1989, and quickly ratified by c … [Read more...]

Stop Saying Kids Aren’t Expensive!


Ladies Against Feminism recently posted a piece titled Kids Aren’t Expensive But Greed Is. When I saw the title, I was reminded of my parents' constant insistence that children aren't expensive. I honestly do not understand why people make this argument. They could argue that while it costs money to raise kids, kids are worth every cent. They could argue that raising children creates memories, moments, and relationships that more than compensate for the financial drain they represent. But no, ins … [Read more...]

Yes, I’m a Mom. I Have Also Been a Child.


I recently came upon an article titled Motherhood: The Strongest Bond. For whatever reason, the article title was later changed to The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say to Another Mom. The basic idea is that we who are mothers are united in a powerful way by our love for our children and our willingness to sacrifice for them, and that that gives us a common sense of understanding for each other.Here's an excerpt from the article:. . . And later I was getting dinner at a takeout r … [Read more...]

What Courtship Was for Me


I grew up in a community where courtship was not only the ideal but also the only option considered godly. Dating was for worldly people who didn't care about things like purity, marriage, or family. And yet, I don't think my parents actually sat down beforehand and hashed out how they were going to handle things. When I was grown and entered the world of romantic relationships, they seemed to be flying by the seat of their pants---in other words, their approach changed over time.My own " … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Gordan Quizzes Casey


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisThis passage covers the weekend before Tuesdays hearing, and in it we learn a lot more about Gwen and her ex-husband, Gordon. Farris tells us that Gwen went to work on Friday, after meeting with Bill Walinski the day before, and that she enjoyed the busy surgery ward as it took her mind off the hearing. He then turns to the family's weekend plans: Gwen's parents left for Walla Walla first thing Saturday morning. Placing flowers on the grave … [Read more...]

Things HSLDA Opposes: Social Workers in Schools


View "Things HSLDA Opposes" series introduction here, and all posts here.Just over a year ago, three individuals representing various community causes gave presentations at my Unitarian Universalist church. Each year the church chooses one community cause to partner with financially, and these individuals were vying for that position. The first presenter introduced herself as Susan Miller, the social worker for Lynnwood Elementary School*, and I sat up a little bit straighter and began to lis … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 12: An Open Thread


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 also. 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 wo … [Read more...]