Newfound Independence, from Lowell Mills to the Bangalore Garment Factories

As a feminist, I am excited to read about the opportunities factory life is giving Shashi and her fellow workers. And as a feminist, I am concerned by the low wages, bad working conditions, and potential for exploitation we often see in sweat shops like those of the garment industry. I believe we can be both.

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Abraham Lincoln Was Not a Third Party Candidate

By the time the election of 1860 rolled around, the Republican Party had been the second party in a two-party system for four years. Abraham Lincoln was not a third party candidate. He was a candidate nominated by one of the two major parties. Even John Fremont, the Republican Party candidate in 1856, was not a third party candidate, because the Whig Party had collapsed so fully that they were not running a candidate.

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Lesbian Duplex 87: An Open Thread

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.

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Saturday Link Love: 5th Grade, Race, and Pickup Artists

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.

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“Things Didn’t Used To Be This Divided”

As white Americans, we will not see the racial profiling and police brutality experienced by black Americans unless we are willing to listen to black Americans speak of their experiences. But instead, when black Americans start speaking of their experiences, they are accused of stirring up racial tension and of making our nation more divided. I’ve got news for you—it’s not black Americans who are making things divided. It’s white Americans who refuse to listen or care. [Read more…]

Anonymous Tip: Lynn to the Rescue!

This whole kerfuffle makes several things very clear. First, Peter and Gwen may fancy themselves in love, but they don’t actually know each other. Second, Peter has crap relationship skills. And third, Peter’s whole wishing-Gordon-dead-so-he-could-marry-Gwen is so twisted and messed up that it really should forestall any relationship in and of itself. Gwen saw that, for a moment—but that was before Peter turned everything around and made her the bad guy. Lynn sees it, sort of, but she still sees this as something that can be fixed.

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Obtaining Consent Doesn’t End with Marriage

Even if we decided that sex should only take place in marriage, as Osborne believes, teens would still need to learn the importance of consent. Abusive marriages are far too common. Marital rape still happens. The idea that someone need only say “yes” once is terrifying. In a 1996 study of male college students, 50% did not believe it was possible for a husband to rape his wife. Education in consent isn’t just about premarital sex, whatever Osborne may think, and it sounds like something he still needs to learn.

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Revisiting Focus on the Family’s Letter from a Christian in 2012

Remember that the Focus on the Family letter predicted that pastors would be jailed for speaking against homosexuality, Christian publishing companies would be shuttered, that Christian doctors, nurses, and teachers would be fleeing their fields and that homeschooling families would be leaving the country in droves. Widespread energy shortages, a downward economic spiral, terrorist attacks that kill hundreds. Guns banned, the Pledge of Allegiance struck down, seniors put out to pasture to die. None of that happened.

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Skittles Can’t Feel Pain, or Loss, or Heartbreak

The moment we let fear stop us from extending a helping hand, we have ceased to be America. Or maybe we haven’t. Maybe that is what America has always been—a country that accepts immigrants and refugees only when it is convenient, or when they look like us. We welcomed European immigrants until they started coming from eastern and southern Europe. Our ancestors were from western and northern Europe, so we shut the door. We welcomed Cuban immigrants fleeing a repressive communist regime, but shut the door on Haitian immigrants fleeing a repressive U.S.-allied regime during the same decades. But I don’t like that America.

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Homeschool Socialization Is Not Extraneous

Not long ago, I read a blog post by a homeschool mom Lisa titled Saying ‘No’ to the Homeschool Group. As a homeschool graduate, I was extremely bothered by the author’s attitude toward her children’s desire for friends and time to socialize. I remember being a homeschooled child begging to do co-op because it meant seeing my friends. I [Read More…]