Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

A tangled web

Transgenderism | We’ve made a mess of sexuality
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 11/19/20, 02:39 pm

For years, we’ve gazed with dismay at the phenomenon of the vanishing man—in family life, on the university campus, and in responsible positions (or in positions acting responsibly). Could it be that men no longer know how to be men?

We should be asking that question about women. 

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Wordcraft vs. warcraft

Language | Is it safe to come out now?
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 11/05/20, 04:37 pm

I write in jest (mostly), but by the time these words see print it may not be a joke. A “shocking” poll from YouGov indicates that over half of us fear civil war—actual armed conflict—within months of this election. Some are even stockpiling food and ammo against “civil unrest,” whatever that may mean.

In the summer of 2018 Rasmussen published a similar poll indicating a similar worry among 31 percent of us. The rhetoric has become even more heated since then, so the rise in tension is no surprise. But when do words become war?

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Credo to credo

Faith & Inspiration | Right living is more than sloganeering
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 10/22/20, 01:33 pm

You’ve seen the sign in your neighbor’s yard or Facebook page: “In this house, we believe: Black lives matter / Women’s rights are human rights / No human is illegal /­ Science is real / Love is love / Kindness is everything.”

Smug, I think, when driving or scrolling by. Condescending. Why, I think, would anyone post such a collection of obvious-sounding statements except as a slap to conservatives? Isn’t each one a signpost for left-wing values like militant antiracism, feminism, open borders, scientism, LGBT rights, and virtue signaling?

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