Fifty Shades of Gender

It's old news that Facebook now offers 54 new gender options for users to describe themselves. 54. Who knew?┬áLast week, I commented on the gender agenda in Poland and the criticism of the Catholic Church's opposition to it. In the gender discussions that will no doubt continue, I want to continue to emphasize two points:Gender is a fluid concept. Sex is not. The sex of an individual is determined at conception. Either the human person is born with two X chromosomes or an X and Y … [Read more...]

Toddlers, Tiaras, & Bad Parenting

No doubt, you've heard about the really troubling segments of the reality show "Toddlers and Tiaras." (Arguably, the whole show is troubling.)One of the best commentaries I've seen on child pageants comes in the form of the movie Little Miss Sunshine. An unlikely pageant contestant, Olive really isn't that cute or beautiful, and her family's a mess. Her absurd grandfather is the only one with the bandwidth to help her prepare for the pageant. In his own way, he's much more honest than … [Read more...]

Teenage Fantasies

This week Iwrote about Katy Perry's new song, "Teenage Dream." While not wanting to attribute any ill intent to Perry, I think the song's lyrics say a lot about how we tend to view relationships and marriage as reflected by our current divorce trends and cohabitation practices.Seems to me that a lot of us have bought into the teenage fantasy of escapism and running from problems rather than facing them. I don't fault anyone for having that feeling of … [Read more...]