Medusa, the Weeping Angels, and Mary’s Fairy Godmother

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Last night I was in the middle of reading Sally a book of Greek mythology when she stopped me. She was excited and wanted to tell me something. She pointed to a picture of Medusa."That's an angel," Sally said."What? Are you sure?" I responded, surprised. How could she think that monster was an angel?"Yes. That's an angel." She was sure.And then I suddenly it all made sense and I understood not only why Sally identified Medusa as "an angel" but also why she identified the angel w … [Read more...]

A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  Long stor … [Read more...]

Kate Winslet on Body Image

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I just today came upon this image and wanted to share:"As a child, I never heard one woman say to me I love my body. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, I am so proud of my body. So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age." ~ Kate WinsletI love this sentiment. It's so true. Expect more blogging on this topic to come! Raising a daughter in our society today can be complicated. … [Read more...]

Jesus, Doctor Who, and My Preschooler

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"What is that?"Sally had a Bible story book in her hand, and was pointing to the empty tomb. The picture showed the tomb with the stone rolled away, a radiant Jesus standing outside talking to Mary Magdalene, and two sleeping Roman guards off to the side."That's the empty tomb," I told her. "After Jesus died they buried him there, and then he rose again. That means he came alive again."Sally looked from the picture to me, confused. I wrote last month that ever since I overheard Sally call … [Read more...]

Sometimes I Really Hate Advertising

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A friend of mine just sent me an email she got from Ebates.[Text: Boy's Shoes. Keep Them Active. Make sure your boys is comfortable for all of his activities, indoors and out.][Text: Girl's Shoes. Show Them Off. From the school yard to the birthday party, find the perfect pair for activities and comfort.]I am doing my best to raise my children in an egalitarian way, but I often feel like I am swimming upstream. I mean, really? Really? Boys shoes: "Keep Them Active." Girl's sh … [Read more...]

Why My Son Bobby Needs Feminism Too

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I've noticed something as the mother of two children, one daughter and one son. I can dress my preschool daughter in girls' clothes or in boys' clothes, but if I dressed my baby in purple or put him in a dress, well, I'd get some serious stares.We often say that "patriarchy hurts men too." It's true. For example, I grew up in a community where boys were expected to grow up to be providers and girls were expected to grow up to be homemakers. Girls didn't have any options, but boys' options … [Read more...]

“Jessica says she won’t be my friend anymore”

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Sally and were sitting together wrapping presents for her preschool friends when she frowned slightly and then looked up at me a bit sadly."Jessica says she won't be my friend anymore."Jessica has been Sally's best friend at preschool for over a year now. Every day when I take Sally to preschool, Jessica comes running up to her in excitement. "Sally! Sally! Come see what I'm doing!" And then they run off together, laughing."Jessica says she won't be my friend anymore."Already? … [Read more...]


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