Janie B. Cheaney

Janie lives in Missouri, is a columnist for WORLD, writes novels for young adults, and is the author of the Wordsmith creative writing series. She also reviews books at RedeemedReader.com. Follow Janie on Twitter @jbcheaney.

Safe unsound

Voices | The idea that being safe is an inalienable right is dangerous
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/27/17, 05:38 pm

Last month saw a flurry of responses to a strange blog post by feminist Jody Allard. Allard has two teenage sons, whom she described as “strong and compassionate—the kind of boys other parents are glad to meet when their daughters bring them home for dinner.” But “other parents” don’t know these boys the way their mother does. She finds their cavalier attitude toward her fears of the rape culture very disturbing. Their “Oh come on, Mom” refrains prompted her to write a piece for The Washington Post last September, which in turn provoked a domestic backlash.

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The ‘pluribus’ and the ‘unum’

Marriage | We still don’t know the full effects of the breakdown in marriage
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 7/19/17, 12:48 pm

A couple I know is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They’re the first baby boomers—my generation—whom I know personally to reach that milestone. Others of us have only a few years to go before observing their own golden anniversaries, and that’s something to celebrate. But our generation also marks where those bonds began to break down.

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Canada envy

Voices | Our northern neighbor has its virtues, but America’s role was to trailblaze freedom
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 6/30/17, 03:46 pm

It was a frigid night in North America, mid-1770s. Boats and floating ice bobbed on the river as ragged men shivered on the bank, waiting to board. Their resolute leader strode up and down among the troops, urging them to keep their powder dry and their passage swift and silent. With a flag bearer and a handful of eager aides, he commandeered one of the boats for himself, climbed aboard, and settled in for a cold journey.

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