July 15, 2016

But we all know the really important question—did Peter invite Gwen to this party? By rights, he shouldn’t. First, he has crossed a hell of a lot of ethical boundaries as both Gwen’s lawyer and her potential suitor. Second, he told Gwen he was going to keep his distance and not pursue her while deciding for sure whether he believes marrying a divorced woman is biblical. By both standard ethical rules and his own rules, Peter should not invite her to his party. But come on. We all know he did anyway. Click through to read more! Read more

July 14, 2016

Josh Harris was interviewed on NPR recently. I know this because my husband started yelling at me to come into the kitchen right freaking now and I was like, wait, you can’t just order me to drop everything like that, that’s not how it works, and he was like, trust me, you’re going to want to hear this. And there it was. Josh Harris on NPR, discussing his 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye. After reading his apology two months ago to several bloggers who have, like me, spent years blogging against the problems caused by the purity teachings promoted by Harris and others, I started listening with some optimism. I was seriously, seriously underwhelmed. Read more

July 14, 2016

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

July 13, 2016

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

July 12, 2016

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

July 11, 2016

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

July 10, 2016

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

July 9, 2016

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

July 8, 2016

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

July 8, 2016

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

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