September 20, 2016

Not long ago, I read a blog post by a homeschool mom Lisa titled Saying ‘No’ to the Homeschool Group. As a homeschool graduate, I was extremely bothered by the author’s attitude toward her children’s desire for friends and time to socialize. I remember being a homeschooled child begging to do co-op because it meant seeing my friends. I remember watching my siblings beg for time with friends. Social interaction is not an optional part of children’s development. It’s critical. In her blog post, Lisa writes the… Read more

September 19, 2016

In 1960, Ruby desegregated her New Orleans elementary school. She was only six years old at the time. I remember reading about her when I was a child. A few years ago I learned that there was a made-for-TV movie about her experience. I got my hands on it, and it was well worth the watch. My daughter Sally is around the age Bridges was when she found herself in the center of a firestorm. I’ve read her the same books my mother read me as a child, and Bridges is her hero. I recently realized that Bridges is only 68. Click through to read more! Read more

September 18, 2016

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Click through and enjoy! Read more

September 17, 2016

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

September 16, 2016

The officer tells her that “the official cause of death was drowning” but that “we also found a blood alcohol rating of .23.” Gwen asks about the brakes, and the officer tells her that while the car was old, “everything in the car seemed mechanically OK” and “the breaks should have worked.” He says the’ve ruled it “an alcohol-related fatality” and that no foul play is expected. Gwen’s reaction is predictable. Click through to read more! Read more

September 15, 2016

I was recently explaining to my daughter that Hillary has to work twice as hard as Trump does and be twice as organized and as competent as Trump is, because she’s a woman. My daughter, Sally, was nonplussed. She didn’t think that sounded fair. We talked a bit more about women’s rights and the history of gender relations—all things we’ve touched on before—and my mind was drawn to the many studies and books I’ve seen and read on these issues, from Lean In to studies on how often women ask for (and get) raises or promotions. Click through to read more! Read more

September 14, 2016

Mader was fired for not shooting a suicidal African American man holding an unloaded gun. What does this say about our nation’s priorities? What does this tell us about the training and procedures used by our police force? What does this communicate about the value we place on African American lives, and on the lives of those suffering from mental illness or suicide ideation? And perhaps most importantly, how does this situation help us understand what needs to change? Click through to read more! Read more

September 14, 2016

It’s possible that the Niche rankings were never meant to say anything of substance about rape or sexual assault. Perhaps when its creators thought of “crime” and “safety” they thought of theft or drunken vandalism. But I (and many other women) don’t have that luxury. And when Brigham Young University, a school that expels survivors who report their rapes, is placed at the top of the list, what I hear is that women’s safety doesn’t matter. Click through to read more! Read more

September 13, 2016

Growing up, my parents followed the child rearing teachings of Michael Pearl. The basic idea is to view childrearing as a conflict of wills between parent and child—a conflict the parent must win. Pearl advises parents to break their children’s wills early, to show them who’s boss. Today, I have two children of my own, and I don’t parent this way—at all. Instead, I use a different framework, one that is cooperative and centers communication and compromise. Click through to read more! Read more

September 12, 2016

The sad thing is that my parents often said they were homeschooling to keep us safe. And it wasn’t just them; that’s a constant refrain in Christian homeschooling circles. How, though, can a parent keep a child safe when ideas like this prevail? How can a parent keep their child safe while excusing offenders, and with no knowledge of the dynamics of sexual abuse and predation? The answer is sobering: They can’t. Click through to read more! Read more

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