Did Ted Cruz Actually Ejaculate into a Cup? Some Thoughts on How We Cover Politics

Ted Cruz

We on the political Left often talk about the political Right's propensity to lob unfair personal attacks at President Obama and his family. We need to be able to look in the mirror and ensure that we do not do the same to politicians in the other direction. By way of example, I have been appalled by some of Amanda Marcotte's recent "coverage" of Ted Cruz.Here are some of the excerpts I found disturbing in an article last week: But like a Christian rock song that has the right structure but … [Read more...]

Steve Is a Man: On Minecraft and Gender


Like just about every American child between the ages five and fifteen, my daughter Sally is a huge Minecraft aficionado. As I've watched her play, I've found myself bothered by gender issues that should be easy to fix but instead seem ubiquitous in our world today.The default Minecraft character is a man named Steve. Mojang recently added a default female-looking character (Alex), but it took them five years to do so. Five years. And even today, the pocket edition of Minecraft---the one pl … [Read more...]

Nine-Year-Old Sluts and Masturbating Dinner Guests

Pearls Modesty

While searching for an image to use to illustrate the concept "modesty," I came upon this image:I noticed that the image was from www.nogreaterjoy.org, so I clicked through. The article was titled "Sobering Issues---Modesty." It began with a letter from a woman who had read Created To Be His Help Meet and disagreed with Debi's treatment of Lydia in the story titled "Bad Bob." If you remember, Lydia, the youth pastor's wife, wore a tight skirt which, well, as the story tells it, basically … [Read more...]

The Modesty Rules—Not So Simple, Really


I often heard, growing up, that dressing modestly wasn't about rules, it was about the heart attitude. In other words, if you were focused on the right thing---on God---you would naturally dress modestly, without having to run through a list of rules. You wouldn't even think about wearing short shorts, or showing your midriff, or wearing clothing that accentuates your bust.Of course, all of this ignores the fact that dressing in unapproved ways does not actually require intent to lead young … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 14: 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...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Loses Casey


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Remember that we left off as Bill Walinski, Gwen, and Stan entered the court room, leaving little Casey outside the room with her grandmother, June. Farris tells us that the hearing, in which social worker Donna Corliss and prosecutor Gail Willet sought to have Casey taken into foster care for a week for observation and evaluation, was presided over by Judge Philip Romer. Judge Philip Romer had been appointed to the bench six years earlier … [Read more...]

Sometimes All I Can Say Is UGH


I've had a lot of ugh today, so I thought I'd share some.Did you hear what Phil Robertson recently said about atheists? I'm not going to quote his entire statements, because frankly, I now wish I hadn't read them. In essence, he described, in graphic detail, a hypothetical brutal home invasion of an atheist family, complete with the rape of the family's two daughters, and finished by putting these words in the perpetrators' mouths:“Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wro … [Read more...]