Sexuality

Death of a poet

Literature | A talented writer isn’t necessarily a writer to be heeded
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 2/14/19, 12:02 pm

A friend texted, “Mary Oliver died.” I looked up at my husband, “Do we know a Mary Oliver?” Shrug. I typed back, cagily: “How old was she?” No clue forthcoming there: “83,” she replied. Then, after a quick Google search on this end: 

“Did you know her personally?” “My aunt took her in when she was a teenager and she lived with her in Provincetown for a few years. … My aunt has all of her books personally signed by her. … [Mary] ventured into lesbian life later on. She was sexually abused at home. … Tell me if you write something about her.” 

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Pressure to conform

Transgenderism | LGBT activists are dialing up the heat on parents and researchers who question transgender dogma, while peer influence may be leading some teens into life-changing hormone treatments
by Jamie Dean
Posted 1/30/19, 03:05 pm

On an online forum for parents concerned about their teenagers’ sudden change in sexuality, one mother confesses: “I am desperate. My 14-year-old daughter just told me that she is trans. These past weeks have felt like a hundred years.”

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Grasping at manhood

Family | Cultural notions of masculinity turn toxic without a Biblical standard
by Sophia Lee
Posted 1/21/19, 04:44 pm

A while ago, I was visiting a homeless couple in Los Angeles for an interview when the man—let’s call him “Bill”—began to mock another man for being “feminine.” I didn’t know this other man well, so I couldn’t judge his apparent femininity, but I knew Bill. 

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