Breastfeeding Bullies

[This post originally ran on the National Catholic Register in December of 2011.] _________________________________________________________ At my last prenatal visit, I saw a new midwife.  Her exam room had all the usual distracting mobiles and soothing photos of crocuses and placid water birds.  It also had, right on eye level as I leaned back on the paper-covered table, this photo  (WARNING:  not for sensitive viewers).I was stunned—first, from the incredible insensitivity of … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Reading Suggestions for Lent

Sixteen great books I've read or mean to read for Lent. … [Read more...]

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Confession book winner!

And the winner is . . .Ezbs • 3 days agowho says"I've never won anything before."Ha!  Ezbs, just send your mailing address to me at simchafisher [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will send it off. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who entered.  The book is A Little Book about Confession for Children, and it's a good 'un!  … [Read more...]

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Try this one weird trick for ending the war on women

You know what would cut through 99% of this crap, where we find ourselves arguing about whether or not saying, "Yes, I want to have sex with you" counts as sufficient consent, and whether or not "bystander intervention training" is sexist, and who's waging a war on whom, and who's winning?  Try following this simple rule: If you are not married, assume there is never consent; and if you are married, treat your spouse like a person, not a thing. I know I know I know. I know all the things, … [Read more...]

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Advice for mom who is unexpectedly expecting?

A reader writes: Dear Simcha, do you have any reading material suggestions (in print or online) for me?  I have an adorable 8 month old and just found out I am unexpectedly expecting another one!  I intellectually know this is a blessing but yet could use some encouragement about how to overcome the panic? My answer: First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy, AND don't feel like you have to Feel the Right Thing right away. I always figure it takes nine months to get used to the idea of b … [Read more...]

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At the Register: Don’t Shoot Those Helicopters Down

helicopter rescue

Why can't gay people (or depressed people, or anxious people, or people with temptations that are not my temptations) just shut up and go to confession?PIC helicopter rescue  … [Read more...]

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Songs on butts, evebody knows one!

butt-song

Songs on butts, every garden grows one! Oh, Neil Diamond, you always come back to me at just the right times.Yes, so, speaking of sweaty music, a student at Oklahoma Christian University has transcribed the music that was written on the butt of someone in Hell, which is why you need to stop making fun of people who major in art history.Here is the butt:And here is the larger picture by Hieronymous Bosch ("The Garden of Earthly Delights") which includes  many things equally as strange … [Read more...]

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