IdentityLGBTQ

What to Expect When Your Child is Trans*

Just in case it is not obvious, the post title is a spoof on What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Despite the title and the tone, I have absolutely no idea what you will encounter. This is a rant about my own experiences. If the events and confusions in my …

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LGBTQSex & Gender

Transgender Questions (2): physical transitions – getting the personal questions out of the way

In the first installment of this series, I mentioned my basic approach to and motivations for writing these posts. Just as a reminder, though, this series is intended for general, non-trans* readers, although I absolutely welcome readers who know more than I do on the topic, and hope that you …

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LGBTQSex & Gender

Transgender Questions (1): terminology and basics

I’d like to preface this new series by acknowledging that it is intended for general, non-trans* readers (although I absolutely welcome readers who know more than I do on the topic, and hope that you will feel free to give me feedback, corrections and suggestions!) I am not trans*. My …

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EducationHistory

Endless Summer (2) From Massachusetts to Rural New York: Latin Grammar Schools, Dame Schools, and the Two-Term School Year

  According to one popular narrative, the public school year in the United States includes a disproportionately long summer vacation because this was the pattern set by schools in rural agricultural regions during the formative years of the nation. In the first two posts of this series we observed that …

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IdentityLGBTQ

Dissipating Ghosts and Having a Transgender Child

Have you ever had the experience of walking into a dim room and seeing something that doesn’t make sense at first, a shadow, a light, a movement? Maybe there’s even an odd sound, or a deeper silence than seems usual. And in that split second between unconsciously noticing that something …

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ActivismLGBTQ

The Gay Agenda* #3: Those Pesky Pronouns

When I was a wee, impressionable child, the BBC and Time-Life Films released the documentary series The Ascent of Man. I became hooked on all things prehistory and travel themed. I read Peter Mathiessen’s The Tree Where Man Was Born. I worked my way through Richard Leakey’s Origins, which won …

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How ToHumor

The Ten Things You MUST Do When Sending a Child To College

Offspring is 18 and off to college in a few days. As a mum, I’ve had many opportunities to ruin xyr life and character, the teen years, the tween years, the elementary school years, the toddler years, going right back to the foetus year. Now I discover that I have …

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EducationFeminism

The Perennial Problem of Gendered Dress Codes

Recently I was chatting about dress codes with a friend whose husband is a high school principal. They were lamenting that he had been caught in the crossfire between (a) being required to write a dress code and (b) resentment that the resulting dress code treats male and female gendered …

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EducationParenting Styles

Anxiety Amplification: Sending an Offspring to College in the Age of Facebook

When Offspring saw this post title over my shoulder, xe said, “But I’m not on Facebook, why are you worried?” so I’ll start with the clarification. It’s not what Offspring might do on Facebook that feeds my anxiety (for obvious reasons), it’s being on Facebook, myself, that is the problem. …

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EducationHistory

Endless Summer (1) Massachusetts: From Puritan Colony to Horace Mann and the Common School Movement

The popular agrarian history explanation for the lengthy summer vacation taken by most schools in the United States is inadequate and misleading. It evokes a sense of historical inevitability and shared experience which fails to reflect reality. In the last post, we acknowledged that, prior to the heavy mechanization of …

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