Gamergate Comes Home

I am not and never have been a gamer. My interest in various fandoms (I’m a Whovian) and my friendship with progressive feminist women who do identify as gamers has given me a window into the community, but it has always been as an outsider looking in. As I’ve followed Gamergate and various controversies over sex and gender in video games and in the wider cosplay community, it has always been with a certain feeling of detachment. And now, here... Read more

The Real Travesty of the “Hero Mom” Story

I don’t have a lot of time at the moment, but I did want to drop a quick note to say how disgusting I find white America’s reaction to video footage of a black mother, Toya Graham, beating her teenage son as she drags him away from the violence between protesters and police in Baltimore. This mom has been dubbed “Hero Mom” “Mom of the Year” on media networks and twitter, trending from coast to coast. [youtube][/youtube] I want to be clear... Read more

Condescending Self-Righteous Parents Make Parenting Sound Terrible

I recently came upon a screed I found rather horrifying. It is titled “10 Things I Hate So Much It Destroys My Happiness.” First of all, if you hate something so much it literally destroys your happiness, you may want to see a therapist. You should be able to hate things and still be happy. But honestly that’s completely beside the point. I get that the title is hyperbole. I think I’m just feeling a bit nitpicky because . .... Read more

A Letter from Hell, and Self-Reinforcing Beliefs

I recently read a piece titled “A Young Man’s Letter from Hell.” It goes like this: Dear Zack, I died today. It’s a lot different than I expected. You see, I always thought that dying would bring me to a world that is foggy and hazy. But this place is crystal clear… It’s even more real than my life on Earth. I can think. I can talk. I can even feel. Right after the wreck I could feel my spirit... Read more

My Kindergartener Knows What It Means to Be Transgender (and the Sky Hasn’t Fallen)

This week I saw this story on Fox Nation: Teachers at Mitchell Primary School in Maine read a book to the children called I Am Jazz. It’s the story about a young child with a boy’s body, but a girl’s brain. The transgender storytime was part of a lesson on tolerance and acceptance. Parents say they were not informed until after the fact, and one very irate mom reached out to my colleague Sean Hannity, firing off an email that... Read more

I Have Never Seen a Supernatural Entity Create a Universe

As my regular readers will know, I don’t believe in the supernatural. I don’t think there is a god, or gods, or supernatural forces out there. As an atheist, I have heard the arguments for religion many times. There is one argument I find particularly annoying, because it is so completely nonsensical that I can’t believe it’s even used. I heard it articulated like this the other day: A Christian man whom we’ll call Peter had an atheist friend named... Read more

Anonymous Tip: In Which Peter Says Too Much

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael Farris Last week we got to listen in on social worker Donna having lunch with her silver spoon soon-to-be lawyer boyfriend. Today we get to listen in on good-mom Gwen having lunch with dashing-lawyer Peter. In the upper level of the Flour Mill, Peter Barron was anxiously awaiting the chance to hear the story of Gwen Landis. They got outside seats on the deck of Clinckerdagger’s Restaurant, an upscale establishment with an... Read more

Be Pretty, but Not Too Pretty

I was struck by this particular line in Kate Schell’s list of modesty rules: Be pretty, but not too pretty. After blogging abut Kate’s list, I blogged about a No Greater Joy article in which the author equated dressing modestly with being beautiful. My daughters won’t dress like a strange woman either. Mine, at only 9 years old, knows that she should keep her body from a man’s eyes, reserving it for her future husband. In the grocery store one day, when... Read more

#makehomeschoolsafe and Michigan’s HB 4498

Last week Michigan State Representative Stephanie Chang held a press release announcing a new bill. According to her press release: LANSING – State Representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) announced new legislation at a press conference today that would create a list of homeschooled children in an effort to avoid the kind of tragedy that saw the murder of Detroit schoolchildren and siblings Stoni Blair and Stephen Gage Berry. The press conference was held together with Detroit City Councilwoman Mary Sheffield (District 5) and family members... Read more

Why We Should Teach Children to Say “No”

I recently came upon an a post by blogger MaryEllen titled Six Things My Kids Are Not Allowed to Say to Adults. With some trepidation, I clicked through. This is what I found: One of the most important things I want my children to learn is to respect authority. They will never learn to be obedient to God if they cannot first learn to be obedient to the adults God has placed over them. For that reason, we are very careful to... Read more