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  • Be My (Compulsory) Valentine

    Be My (Compulsory) Valentine0

    My three kids returned home this week each with a list of the names of their classmates and firm instructions from their teachers that, if they chose to participate in the festivities, they must write Valentine’s Day cards to every single kid in the class. Nothing like a little forced goodwill and fake friendships to

  • Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices

    Everything’s Political—Even Your Food Choices0

    Last month, National Geographic declared, with the help of an exploitive picture of a pink-clad transgender child, that America is in the midst of a gender revolution. Everything, it seems, is now being looked at through the lens of gender, including our choices about what to eat. According to a recent article in the Washington

  • Elocution Lessons: Yet Another Tool of the Patriarchy?

    Elocution Lessons: Yet Another Tool of the Patriarchy?0

    “Like, omigod! People are so, like, rude and sexist.” Is it sexism that makes me want to stick a knitting needle down my ear canal every time I find myself at school pickup standing within earshot of the Lululemon-wearing mom who speaks with the rising intonation and vocal fry of a teenager? Perhaps my urge

  • Home-Cooked Meals Aren’t Killing Mother Earth

    Home-Cooked Meals Aren’t Killing Mother Earth0

    According to Food and Wine magazine, when I cook a big meal for my family, I’m not just offering nourishment and fostering important domestic traditions (and, according to studies on childhood obesity, improving my child’s chances of staying at a healthy weight), I’m “wasting money and destroying the environment.” That’s rather rich commentary coming from a magazine whose raison


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