Tag Archives: Social Issues


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I hardly watch the news on television anymore. I don’t like the tabloid-spin most news networks are putting on their stories, and I don’t like being surprised by stories about children who have been abducted or women who have been violated or any of those other happenings that I can’t forget about for days afterwards. […]

The Bad Seeds

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There are three boys in my ten year old daughter’s year who are known as Those Boys Who Get Into Trouble All The Time. There’s one in my seven year old’s class. Every school has them. For a few years when he was young, my brother was one of Those Boys. I can remember my […]

The “New” Star Spangled Banner

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My son’s class is having a cacophonous torture session patriotic program, next week, to show case their hard work and singing talent (or lack of, in my son’s case.) As he was practicing the “Star Spangled Banner,” something dawned on me. The words in the song are extremely sentimental and rich in patriotism, yet the majority […]

Were Dove’s “Real Women” retouched?

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign, in which the soap company used women with natural body types instead of heavily airbrushed stick-thin models. The ads were lauded across the mommy blogosphere for helping promote realistic images of women’s bodies instead of an unrealistic ideal. Now, according to a profile […]

Sunday morning soap-box

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My younger daughter, Ella, is seven years old. A few weeks ago she spent the night at a friend’s house and stayed up late and ate junk food and did all that stuff that usually happens at a sleep-over that makes you sigh and shake your head and tuck her into bed a little earlier […]

When did it become acceptable to be knocked-up at 16?

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I consider myself pretty liberal, but this is too much. I’m perusing the web, checking out People.com and the like, and stop dead in my tracks – Jamie Lynn Spears is allegedly engaged to the child that impregnated her. But the shocking part is how people (including celebs) are celebrating her choices. I’ve seen countless […]

Sex and the School

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I found out the other day, quite by accident, that a girl my children associate with in one of their extra-curricular activities is giving blow jobs to boys at her school. She’s 15—two years older than my oldest child. I know, taken by itself, this information is not especially shocking—15, boyfriends, blow jobs. The thing […]

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, […]