A confluence of factors has me thinking about the amount of labor mothers do that is rendered invisible and often taken for granted. Blogger Elizabeth Esther recently wrote up a list of the things she did as a stay-at-home mother, but her list doesn’t apply only to mothers for whom caregiving is a full time job. My husband and I split most of the housework and outdoor chores fairly evenly, but partly because I work from home while he commutes to the office, and partly because we grew up with this pattern, I do the vast majority of the other work involved in parenting. And no, I’m not talking about childcare (though I do take the children to school and pick them up every day, because my hours are more flexible). Click through to read more! Read more

I was recently at an appointment in a medical office with my preschool son, Bobby. As he sometimes is want to do, Bobby was wearing a dress. The dress was flowered, with a wide skirt that swirls out when he twirls. He usually wears pants or shorts, but he loves dress-up and has a small collection of dresses of his own, and I figure, if girls can wear pants as well as skirts, why shouldn’t boys be allowed to wear skirts if they so desire? It wasn’t his appointment and we hadn’t been there before, so the woman at the desk naturally assumed Bobby was a girl. I didn’t bother to correct her because it wasn’t a big deal and I saw no reason to embarrass her. Watching what happened next, though, was fascinating. Click through to read more! Read more

I have some training in public history—museums, archival work, etc.—and one thing I remember very clearly is that historical architectural reproductions should be built using materials as close to the original materials as possible, especially when it is a historical reconstruction (or restoration) of a specific historical building. Using tools and materials they would not have had available to them at the time changes things significantly, and is generally done as sparingly as possible. After all, it is a reproduction, and this is part of the point. Not so, it would seem, with Ken Ham’s new creationist project, Ark Encounter. Click through to keep reading! Read more

It seems my parents’ desire that I be a culture changer was conditional on my sharing their view of what our culture should be. I’m not surprised, really. Still, it’s fascinating to see it laid out that way—we know we raised you to be a culture changer, but now that you’re all progressive and such, we’d prefer that you stay silent on religious and political issues, thanks. I’m sorry, but it doesn’t work that way. I still have the weight of the world on my shoulders. I still feel responsible to fix injustice and actively work to make the world a better place. I can’t just turn that off. 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 also. Enjoy! Read more

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Plot twist! I read this book in high school, but I did not for the life of me remember this plot twist. I’m puzzling now on what it means, exactly. Click through to read more! Read more

Sitting at the kitchen table listening to this morning’s Dallas press conference on NPR, I told my grade school daughter, Sally, that this year is one that will be remembered in the history books as a turning point, one of those important years where significant things happen over and over and over again. And I cried. I cried because I don’t know where we go from here. I cried because some days everything seems broken. I cried because I am honestly not sure what kind of world I’ll be leaving to my children. Read more

Growing up, I attended NRA Youth Day shooting events. My family didn’t hunt, but the Second Amendment was very important to my conservative father. I never cared much for guns personally, but I did share my father’s conservative gun rights rhetoric. What I didn’t realize at the time is that gun rights are affected, in some sense, by race. I assumed every American had the right to keep and bear arms, and didn’t see the ways in which gun ownership can be a risky proposition for people of color. While I have become a strong proponent of gun control and no longer share my father’s affinity for the Second Amendment, following the Black Lives Matter movement has added depth to my understanding how gun rights are applied in practice. Click through to read more! Read more

I recently came upon an article in The American Thinker, written Steve McCann and titled “The Left Has Won.” The entire article is surreal. To those actually on the Left, the article is almost laughable—to say that the Left “has won,” in a country without universal healthcare or equal rights for LGBTQ people, is the ultimate absurdity. But I want to zero in on one specific bit of the article, which I think points to some serious problems with the ways conservative view our country and its place in history. Click through to read more! Read more

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