On some level, it’s not actually about screen time use, or about parenting. Before I had a smartphone, I used to carry a book with me everywhere. I was that student, the one who walked across campus reading a book and trying not to run into anyone while doing so. I’ve always been a somewhat distracted person, someone who always needs something in hand to do. 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

I’ve seen a lot of people say they wish they could find ways to help those who grew up in quiverfull homes. Well, here’s a way! By voting for Kierstyn—and sharing this post and Kierstyn’s essay with others—you can help them realize their dream of attending college. 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. Read more

Aaron meets Judge Stokes in his office to go over some ground rules before examining the CPS computer. Judge Stokes tells Aaron he wants to learn as much as possible about Aaron’s technology because “I think this may open up a whole new area of legal inquiry.” He explains that before computers, ordinary methods could be used to determine whether records had been changed, but that computers threw all that over. Read more

We can absolutely talk about whether abortions due to fetal disability are eugenic in nature, though in any such discussion it should be remembered that such abortions as currently practiced are voluntary, and not promoted by government policy. But when it comes to other features of eugenics—those that involve crime, poverty, and being on the public dole—it is Republicans, and not Democrats, who are building on past eugenic ideas. Read more

Child labor laws frequently come up in discussions of the Duggars. There are laws about how child actors are paid—laws intended to prevent their parents from exploiting them—but these laws do not apply to the children of reality TV shows. As I was thinking about this recently, the Dionne quintuplets came to mind, and I began to find some interesting parallels. Read more

On some level, I understand why so many people identify as pro-life. I get it. I grew up in a pro-life home and only changed my position on the issue halfway through college. The idea that we need to save unborn babies from being murdered can seem compelling. But we need to be clear about where laws banning abortion will take us. The discussion often centers on back alley abortions, but the problems go further. Read more

I remember what it felt like to have a parent staring at me and trying to engage me about something I’d just done when all I wanted was for it to end. There was a definite deer in the headlights feeling, and it was distinctly unpleasant, especially if the interaction was meant to address some wrongdoing of mine, and I could see I’d messed up and I already regretted it very much and I really didn’t want to discuss it further thank you very much. 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

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