Exclusive ties

Culture | When it comes to the family, ‘inclusivity’ has its limits
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/02/18, 09:26 pm

Reviews for children’s books are not high on the list of cultural indicators. Yet, as the primary resource for library and bookstore buyers, who in turn funnel books into the hands of kids and parents, they’re worth noticing. That’s why this particular book review sounded an ominous note, even though the book in question seemed as sunny and blameless as a church picnic.

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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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Married lesbians sue Tennessee over spousal definitions

Family | Four pregnant couples say a new state law denies them equal rights to children conceived by artificial insemination
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 5/18/17, 02:36 pm

Four married lesbian couples in Tennessee are fighting a new state law they say denies their parental rights.

The couples, each expecting a baby this year, filed a lawsuit last week against a law mandating that undefined words in state statutes be interpreted to have “natural and ordinary” meanings. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure into law May 5. 

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