In Defense of Letting Kids Talk Back

Don’t get me wrong, having your child obey you without question is convenient. It makes parenting a lot easier! This is what people mean when they say corporal punishment “works.” But does it really? As parents, should we prioritize convenience over raising independent adult capable of navigating the world and making informed decisions? I think the answer is obvious. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Papers, Please!

Let’s see, where did we leave off? Oh yes, it’s the Tuesday hearing and it’s dashing lawyer Peter’s turn to question Dr. McGuire, the psychologist the CPS office hired to fake his report and say that Gwen is an unfit mother. Read more

Why I Broke Up with Lenore Skenazy and Free Range Kids

I came upon the concept of free range parenting several years ago when I came upon Free Range Kids, a website run by author Lenore Skenazy (who authored a book with the same title). I was initially extremely attracted to the idea. The byline for both the website and the book is “How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry)” and Skenazy seemed to focus on promoting children’s rights. She argued that children are capable of much more than we give them credit for, and encouraged parents to take a step back and give their children room to prove themselves without micromanaging or over-babying. I liked what I saw! But over the years, I have begun to have some concerns. Read more

No, Modesty Does Not “Empower” Women

I recently came upon an article via Ladies Against Feminism titled 4 Reasons Modesty Empowers Women (And Porn Does Not). So let’s talk about this, shall we? Let’s start with the title. The title contrasts “modesty” and “porn,” seemingly unaware that the two are not the only options, or that there is a huge difference between porn on the one hand, and an ordinary person wearing “revealing” clothing she just happens to like on the other. Read more

It’s Not Just a Guy Thing—Oh Wait, Yes It Is

I expected to find an acknowledgement of this reality in Challeis’ blog post, coupled of course with a strong dose of “this is wrong, do not do it,” but no. Instead we get “women totally judge other women and that’s totes the same as men lusting after women.” How about no. Read more

Matt Walsh, Police Brutality, and Victim Blaming

Victim blaming is not a victimless crime. Why? Because when we look for ways to blame the victim rather than address the underlying systemic problems, we only guarantee that there will be more victims. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 40: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

“An Increasing Demonization of Christianity in Our Culture”

Evangelicals like Brown decry the “demonization” of Christianity, but having the world view Christianity positively is literally against their theology. Growing up in an evangelical community, I was often reminded of Jesus words that Jesus told his disciples that “ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” To not be hated would mean one was not following Christ. In fact, give the centrality of these teachings to my evangelical upbringing, I’m rather surprised evangelicals like Brown aren’t rejoicing in this perceived “demonization” of Christianity. After all, shouldn’t that mean they’re truly following Christ? Read more

Anonymous Tip: What’s in a Lie

I’m actually really curious what the lies are, outside of the MMPI results. After all, Gwen does spank Casey in a way that would create fear of discipline and Dr. McGuire doesn’t know that there weren’t bruises. This means that when Gwen said her parents spanked her in the same way she spanks Casey, Dr. McGuire had every reason to conclude that Gwen was abused. Finally, Gwen is frustrated with Gordon and upset with him for failing to pay child support. The only lie I see in the picture Dr. McGuire lays out here is that there were no bruises, and Dr. McGuire does not know that. Read more

Public Schools, Police Officers, and Criminalizing Black Girls

Perhaps it is our ability to capture these moments—or rather, black teens’ ability to capture these moments—that has the most potential to create change on this issue. Read more

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