The World Won’t End if Gays Marry

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines marriage as:

  • The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

And

  • The state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.

Historically, marriage wasn’t about the love factor either.… [Read more]

Sex and the Single Teen

Yet another state has yanked funding for Planned Parenthood due to the mistaken impression that all they do is provide abortions. One would think that Planned Parenthood is building an AbortionPlex, complete with waterslides and “Buy 9, Get Your 10th Abortion Free” card. What’s even more troubling? Some states are forcing public school districts to choose between abstinence-plus or abstinence-only education.… [Read more]

History Should Never Repeat

Last week, our 12 year-old son brought home a form for us to sign. His sixth grade social studies class was getting ready to study the Holocaust and the teacher wanted to make certain we knew what El Kiddo was in for.

As his father and I looked over the form, El Kiddo’s grandmother and I tried to engage him in conversation regarding what he knew about World War II.… [Read more]

Yet Another Open Letter to Mitt Romney

Dearest Mitt,

You’ve been having some problems with the ladies lately, haven’t you? Your current favorability rating among us is 14 points lower than the President’s. You tell us we need to work, even if we can’t afford childcare costs, yet you say we should stay at home to rear our children. You were pro-choice back when it was cool but now it’s hip to be anti-abortion.… [Read more]

“Atheist” Is Not a 4-Letter Word

It all started with one of those Facebook “share” posts. My husband shared a picture that I’d shared from someone, like an international game of Telephone. Daniel Radcliffe is staring into the camera with the caption, “I’m not religious. I’m an atheist and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation.” One of his old school friends replied, “Religion shouldn’t impact legislation.… [Read more]

Romanticizing The Hunger Games

Seriously? It comes down to this?

As an avid middle-aged reader, I’ve embraced young adult books. Harry Potter lured me into his magical world in 2001, just before The Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the theaters. In 2008 I bought the first Twilight book and plowed through all four novels in two weeks and hating myself for it afterwards.… [Read more]

Assumption-sumption, What’s Your Dysfunction?

I don’t remember when I saw this particular episode of “The Odd Couple.” I must have been in elementary school, watching reruns on a low-power station. Felix Unger addressed a courtroom, chalkboard before him, when he declared, “Ah, you assumed. My dear, you should never assume. You see, when you assume (wrote the word on the board) you make an ass out of you and me!”

I can see in my mind the flourishes Felix used whilst brandishing that piece of chalk, circling the parts of “assume.” Oh, how loaded that word is!… [Read more]

Eh, You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Medicaid!

With the current war on vaginas and uteri in full swing, I imagine moderates and progressives across the US and the globe are wondering, “What in the bloody hell is going on in America?” It’s completely amazing, and not in a good way, how far the GOP and Religious Right are pushing such crazy agendas. Trans-vaginal ultrasounds for abortions, “personhood” amendments that give zygotes more rights than a legal voting-age woman, the evils of hormonal prescription birth control…the ever-growing list is absolutely mind boggling.… [Read more]

I Don’t Think I’m A Slut

Randy: … and a pink Trans Am in the driveway, and some incredibly gorgeous guy that you meet like in France, and you do it on a cloud without getting pregnant or herpes.

Samantha: I don’t need the cloud.

Randy: Just a pink Trans Am and a guy?

Samantha: A black one.

Randy: A black guy?[Read more]