July 25, 2011

My little girl says “hi” to everyone we pass on the street. And it’s not just a motion, either. She turns, smiles, waves her hand, and practically shouts “hi,” with happiness in her voice. She’s happy to see new people, happy to make new friends, happy to be alive. And what’s more, she doesn’t judge. She says “hi” to the homeless man with the same enthusiasm she exudes when she says “hi” to the man in the business suit. Fat,… Read more

July 24, 2011

On Friday, over ninety people died, victims of terrorist attacks. Eighty-five of these victims were teenagers who had gathered for a youth camp on a scenic island. To some extent, such happenings have become commonplace. Buses bombed in Spain, subways in England, hotels in India. Except in this case, the perpetrator was not a Muslim, but a Christian. Immediately after the attacks occurred, the media was quick to point a finger at Islam. When the news came out that the… Read more

July 23, 2011

Note: I did not think to take pictures while in this process, because I did not realize at the time that this was going to turn into a post, so the images below are comparative ones I found online. Yesterday I did something that I feel like is a sort of metaphor for my life. You see, I was cleaning out my closet and found a dress I haven’t worn in years. Not since I left, actually. And looking at… Read more

July 22, 2011

I had been planning to write a post about the way gender stereotypes are imposed on children. See, I would argue that most (or even all) of the differences between the genders are simply the result of social conditioning. Girls are taught to be nurturing and cooperative, boys are taught to be assertive and independent. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. Until recently, boys played with erector sets and chemistry sets while girls played with baby dolls and play kitchens. The… Read more

July 21, 2011

I grew up being told some absolute lies about atheists. Now I am one. So I’m going to take a moment here to discuss some myths about atheism: 1. Atheists are just mad at God. Um, no, I’m an atheist because I literally don’t think that there is a God. How could I be mad at something I don’t think exists? Similarly, I have been told that I am an atheist because I am bitter at my parents and because… Read more

July 19, 2011

When I was in high school, my father told me he wouldn’t be in the business of finding a husband for me. He knew other men did it, he told me, but he wouldn’t. Why? For two reasons: First, because I, not he, was the one who would have to live with the guy, and second, because if things turned out badly he didn’t want to have to live with the guilt of having chosen wrongly for me. He told… Read more

July 18, 2011

Children who go to public school receive sex education. Some sex education programs are better than others, some are more comprehensive, others less so, but at least children attending public schools get sex education. I didn’t. My parents never told me about sex, never had “the talk” with me, nothing. My parents taught me that sex within marriage was the most wonderful think ever but that sex before marriage was the most sinful thing ever, but they never actually explained… Read more

July 16, 2011

Do children have rights? If the do, should the state step in to guarantee these rights? Or, in contrast, do children belong entirely to their parents, who can do as they please with them? My dad believes that the state has no right to step in and force families to have their children treated for medical problems such as cancer. To him, that is an infringement on the parents’ rights and an overstepping of governmental authority. He is not alone… Read more

July 15, 2011

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar assure the world that they have enough love in their hearts for all nineteen of their children. Well okay, who am I to doubt a parent’s love for his or her children! But I have to ask, how much time do they have for each child? What the Duggars appear to be doing is mass producing children. Let’s try a thought experiment. In today’s society, most cups are mass produced. Factories can make tens of… Read more

July 14, 2011

  When there were eight children in my family, I had a friend who was also one of eight. Then my mother had another baby. What do you think my friend did? She was so jealous of me that she didn’t talk to me for three months. Finally, she came to me and confessed her jealousy and apologized for letting it jeopardize our friendship.   I talked recently with a woman with nine children. She told me she wants more,… Read more

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