What’s a Death Sentence in the Grand Old USA?

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Some weeks ago I read an article about a man who shot a home invader in the back as she fled down an alley, having already left the house. In the comments, readers pointed out that the woman had chosen to break into the guy's home, and that when he returned and found her there she initially assaulted him, and that she therefore deserved what she got. These things were ostensibly true, but here's the thing---they had no bearing on whether or not the man had been correct to shoot and kill … [Read more...]

Strong-Willed Child: It’s All about Intent! (SMH)

By VictoriaOriginally posted on Saving Victoria StrongThe Strong-Willed Child, chapter 1, pp. 15-26So now we come to a Q and A section that will close out Chapter 1. It is rather wordy so I’m not going into too much detail, but the first question disturbed me and I have to expound on it.The Question is as follows: “I’m still not sure if I understand the difference between willful defiance and childish irresponsibility. Could you explain it further?” Here’s Dobson’s answe … [Read more...]

“Be a Good Obeying Girl”

When I was a child and my mother would leave me at a friend's house or with a sitter, there was one thing she always said right before she left."Be a good obeying girl." Of every virtue a child could have, the one my mother prized above all else was obedience. My mother was influenced by Michael Pearl's book, To Train Up a Child, which stipulated that obedience should be immediate and without question---and with a smile. Partly I think my mother was attracted to the Pearls' childrearing … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: From Thievery to Tax Fraud

Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 267---269Are you ready for another super-confusing section where Debi tries once again to paint a line between when you can disobey your husband and when you must obey, but only succeeds in making things more confusing? Well buckle up, because that's where we're headed! ThieveryDear Mrs. Pearl,I have tried very hard to obey God and my husband, but I am afraid I will end up in jail if I keep helping him. He makes me stand "watch" at truck stops, while … [Read more...]

Why I Never Even Considered Becoming an Engineer

A reader named David recently left a number of comments on my post on explaining sexism to my five-year-old daughter Sally. He started out with this comment: If the lack of female achievement in science is due to sexism, and not inborn genetic differences in cognition and preferences, then answer me one question:If the majority of college students in the US are female (60%), then why are the vast majority of mathematics, engineering, and computer science students male?This seems i … [Read more...]

In Which Sally Learns about Sexism

This year's Fields Medal went to Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician at Stanford. The Fields Medal is the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize, and this is the first time in its history that it has been awarded to a woman.Someone sent me a link to this story, and told me I should show it to my daughter Sally, with her interest in science. There's only one problem---Sally doesn't know that women have yet to achieve equality in the maths and sciences. In fact, she doesn't know … [Read more...]

Educating My White Privilege

I started this post some time ago, but recent events have made me feel that now is the time to finish and post it. Several days ago black teenager Mike Brown was gunned down by police. He was unarmed and had his hands in the air, and still the police officer shot him again, and again, and then left him for dead.I have a lot of privilege. I am white. I was raised in an upper middle class family. I am cisgendered and present as straight. I grew up in an evangelical community that was 100% wh … [Read more...]


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