Why Can’t DeVos Support the School I Chose?

I was reading through an article on Mother Jones when I came upon this: Education historian Diane Ravitch, who founded the advocacy group Network for Public Education in 2013, described unions as "shocked and worried" by the DeVos selection in an email to Mother Jones. "The previous Republican administrations did not threaten the very existence of public education and teachers unions," she added. "This coming four years is an existential threat to a basic Democratic institution: public schools. … [Read more...]


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Rudolph the Bullied Reindeer

It's mid-December, and that means there's Christmas music everywhere. Some traditional Christmas songs have come under scrutiny lately, and conversations about whether Baby It's Cold Outside is a song about date rape (and the song's relationship to rape culture) have proliferated in recent years. I want to talk about another Christmas song---Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and Vixen, Comet, and Cupid, and Donder and Blitzen But do you recall The … [Read more...]


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The Terrible Inconsistency in Ohio’s Abortion Ban

The Ohio legislature just passed a bill banning the abortion of any fetus or embryo with a detectible heartbeat. An embryo typically has a heartbeat at six weeks gestation. Gestational age counts from the first day of their last period; most women are at roughly four weeks gestation when they miss their first period. According to the CDC, 25.3% of abortions performed in Ohio in 2013 occurred at or before six weeks gestation. In other words, Ohio's heartbeat bill would ban well ove … [Read more...]


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What We Can Learn from Mother Teresa’s Defense of a Pedophile Priest

Mother Teresa has finally been proclaimed a saint by the Catholic Church, offering people around the world an opportunity to revisit her life and legacy. I knew that there were many problems with the Mother Teresa myth---that she believed that poverty was beautiful and that she denied her patients anesthetics and had her hospitals reuse needles---but I most certainly did not know about her defense of a pedophile priest. Take a look at this except from a 2012 article about the situation: Yet d … [Read more...]


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Trump’s Childcare Plan Helps the Wealthy, Not the Poor

By now, you're probably aware that Donald Trump gave a speech on economics yesterday. You may be less familiar with a particular piece of his speech---the bit where he addressed making childcare more affordable. As you may remember, affordable childcare played an important part in his daughter Ivanka's speech at the Republican National Convention. How does Trump propose to fix the high costs of childcare, which often price women out of the job market entirely? Like this: My plan will also help … [Read more...]


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Gender, Gender, Everywhere

I was recently at an appointment in a medical office with my preschool son, Bobby. As he is sometimes 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, … [Read more...]


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Why Is the Catholic Church Lobbying against Statute of Limitations Reform?

I converted to Catholicism in college. I had grown up in an evangelical home, and Catholicism offered me a new way to view the Bible and gave me a sense of history and richness. In a turbulent time for me, it allowed me to retain my faith. Today, I am no longer religious, but this is not the fault of the Church. Rather, a series of unrelated events shook my fundamental belief in the supernatural. Still, I've always retained some affinity for the Catholic tradition. This affinity serves as the bac … [Read more...]


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