Category Archives: Social Issues

We’re aborting!

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I will admit that I cringe whenever I hear someone say, “Guess what? We’re pregnant!” The phrase really rubs me the wrong way. I think it’s because I never romanticized the whole pregnancy process, so to me “we’re pregnant” just feels so corny and cloying. Couple that with my bit of anal insistence on proper […]

Changing a child’s name

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A select group of parents around the country are deciding, in effort to be the trendiest and most creative suburban, mini-van driving, non-descript baby naming artists of the world —  that they’ll just change their child’s name if their child’s name isn’t found to be cool enough. What a bunch of arseholes. That’s all I have to […]

Reverse Sexism?

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Although this ruling was made in England, I have to believe U.S. courts would take a similar position. Here’s the question: if a woman gets pregnant, does she have the right to withhold that information from the father and her family and put the baby up for adoption? I know this probably happens every day, […]

Ratting out bad parents

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A good idea or a case of mind your own business? A new Illinois state-sponsored program called “Be a Buckle Buddy” — seriously? — provides a hotline for folks to call if they spot a fellow motorist that doesn’t have their kids properly restrained in the vehicle. The owner of the car is then tracked […]

How much breastfeeding advocacy is based on junk science?

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An analysis by STATS.org, a non-partisan organization based out of George Mason University, is starting to question the campaign towards spinning statistics in order to guilt mothers into breastfeeding. Why, you ask?…because it is highly political. Breastfeeding represents certain political, social and moral ideals while formula represents corporate America and women succumbing to the pressures […]

Ethics behind placing difficult children in nursing homes

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This week’s People Magazine features a story of a diagnosed autistic boy, 12, that was killed after being tied down and abused by nursing home aides. Apparently he was put into the nursing home after a series of violent outbursts at home and trying to choke his little brother. Shortly before his death, he was […]

Does this offend you?

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One would think it’s not good practice to mix politics with business, but a New York storage facility likes to use their advertising as a venue to promote their personal politics: In case you can’t read the photo, it says, “Your closet space is shrinking faster than her right to choose.” There’s one group that […]

Heard on the net: separating twins for adoption

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I recently happened upon a thread whose original argument was about the gay marriage debate. I wasn’t interested in weighing in the gay marriage part, as I’m pretty ambivalent about gay marriage in general. The real issue for me, and which was barely mentioned, were the comments of a poster who mentioned that her four […]

Excuse me, is that a baby ruth in the pool?

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This mom is kiddy-whipped or crazy or both. Get this — some self-absorbed, child-centric, child-centered, child-brained mother actually thinks that it’s her toddlers civil right to pee and shit in the pool and if people don’t like it, they should just eat his butt squirts: An Akron mother and the Fair Housing Advocates Association have […]

Would you breastfeed a 5 year old?

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The World Health Organization recommends you nurse a toddler until 2 years old, basing that off of available resources of third world countries. In countries where adequate nutrition is accessible, is this necessary or could it even be harmful if based strictly on societal taboos? Should our society be more open to the potential nurturing […]