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It happened for the first time today. I had successfully persuaded my older daughter to shed her clothes for a bath and was negotiating the younger daughter’s diaper when the youngest said something so sweet I wanted my husband to hear it. I walked to the top of the stairs and called him up. As he approached, I noticed my older daughter, naked, flitting about nervously, looking for someplace to hide herself. She didn’t want her father to see her naked. This is the first time she has felt uncomfortable about nudity in all her few years. She dashed into the bathroom. I smiled at her and, without saying anything, I closed the door as my husband came to the top of the steps. My little girl is growing up.


I did not expect to find a post which discussed whether or not female genital mutilation should be understood through the lens of cultural relativism at feministing.

But there it was. 

A few days later, I came across a blog entry criticizing the attempt of defense lawyers to explain that a man killing his wife should not be considered murder because of cultural relativism. Dawg’s blog gives a great explanation of the concept of cultural relativism and how it was meant to be used. 

There are some commenters and writers over at feministing who would do well to read it.

Do they know how ridiculous they make themselves?

Just hours after posting the previous few blogs after a long pause in blogging activity for various reasons, I attracted the notice of, wait for it, Flamebolt. 

He seems to have confessed to various crimes in his message, including sexual abuse of various children. Wonder if I should pass his message and info to the authorities that be….

A portion of the friendly letter is after the turn.

Where do they come from? 

My husband has been blogging for years and not once, no matter what subject he wrote on, has he received the attention of  the kind of wierdos that are commonplace for virtually every woman blogger I know. Not complaining, just noticing.

Love the way some women, like those at feministing have handled it: they hold awards for the most outlandish in various categories. 

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Then you can’t be a judge, apparently. 

Funny how these concerns never surface with fat male candidates. 

via Shakesville

Thanks to Antonia over at Broadsides I have become a fan of Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times columnist.

Recently the mother of one of my daughter’s school friends commented about the protectiveness of this generation of parenting.

She said the mother of one of her older son’s friends called to tell her that she found her son searching for porn on the internet and called to let her know what the local 11-year-olds were getting into and was concerned that, if these boys were going to be viewing porn, that it be woman-positive.

This made the woman sharing the story with me laugh: now boys can’t even have their porn private she said, adding that Playboy just a part of childhood. I didn’t say anything to her, but I thought: what is on the internet isn’t Playboy, however harmless you do or do not think that magazine is.

Today’s boys are learning about sex from violent images that nobody would have seen as adults, never mind as a boy whose ideas of sexuality are just being shaped. Feminists can say this, but they aren’t taking seriously.

That’s why I love what this man has to say, via Feminist Law Professors. It’s the second video during which he gets talking about what younger boys are seeing and how this relates to the global sex trade and prostitution.

I’m hoping my girls hold out for the boys whose mothers talked to them about woman-positive porn…