Why Aren’t Millennials Having Babies?

Can you see the double bind here, for Millennials? If we have children we can’t support (or struggle to support) we’re irresponsible. But if we recognize that we can’t responsibly have children, and therefore do not have children, we’re selfish and a problem.

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Massive Resistance Then and Now

Rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in other words, Alabama would do away with marriage licenses altogether—problem solved! I’m reminded of the time Prince Edward County in Virginia responded to the Supreme Court’s requirement that states integrate public education by, well, doing away with public education altogether.

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Is Xenophobia Really This Normative?

I live in a city. My daughter attends school with immigrants and the children of immigrants. When I last canvased for a political candidate, I went with the knowledge that many of those living here are recent immigrants, and that not every home held an eligible voter. I can scarcely go out in public without hearing other languages, or English spoken with accents. But this is how it has always been—we are not and never have been a nation formed by any one culture or demography.

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“I’m not saying they deserve to be raped, but…”

Wilson claims he isn’t blaming women for getting raped while ‘foolishly’ dressed, but they shouldn’t have dressed that way if they weren’t willing to pay the price. [Read more…]

Lesbian Duplex 113: 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!

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Saturday Link Love: Customs Janitor, White Teachers, and Murder or Self-Defense

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Voice in the Wind: Slave Auction

Next, Hadassah is given clothing. As we discussed last week, slave auctions at this time typically involved selling individuals nude. I’m curious why Rivers isn’t willing to do this—after all, it’s a book, it’s not like she has to show Hadassah’s nudity. I’m curious because I suspect it may have something to do with Hadassah’s purity—Hadassah is not sexually assaulted as a captive or on the journey, and she is not made to stand naked for all to see while being sold.

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Evangelical Editor Sees Persecution at Airbnb

It seems World Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Marvin Olasky, is a longterm participant on Airbnb. In addition to using the service for themselves when they traveled, they also made their own home available on Airbnb when they were out of town. “We made money; Airbnb made money; the city of Austin and the state of Texas made money (15 percent of our gross revenue),” Olasky explains. But all of that was about to change.

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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter’s school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, but I couldn’t find another copy. As I helped her look, the girl announced—as small children will—that she is going to be a scientist when she grew up. I told her that sounded great, and then—as she looked around—she noticed a pink sparkly barbie sticker book.

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What’s the Story with Visa Denials?

Has the rate of visa denial from these countries increased since Trump became president? We won’t know for certain until visa denial data from 2017 is released next year. But if nothing else, I think these stories point to our need to the reality that our nation is nowhere near as open or welcoming to the rest of the world as we might like to think.

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