ActivismFoodPoliticsScience

Similac Doesn’t Care About Your Outrage

When Similac announced its decision to market GMO free formula last week, some science advocates were outraged. To me, it made perfect sense. GMO free may be no better than ordinary formula, but that makes no difference to Similac. Their customers want a GMO free product. And just like Chipotle, Similac has answered the demand. Monsanto, a company …

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Preschooler wearing shirt that reads "American Monster", featuring a red, white and blue monster.
Parenting StylesPolitics

Kids + Guns

(The AAP making an obvious and unhelpful statement.)   I was 16 or 17 when I pulled into the mall’s parking ramp one day for my work shift. I was fiddling around in the car and getting my things together when I noticed something really strange. Another car, driven erratically, was …

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Politics

A Better World For Our Children?

This has been a pretty disappointing day considering the results from last month’s U.S. elections.  Except for a win for raising the minimum wage here in Nebraska, it was pretty much a disaster for a liberal living among the barbarians. This led to me posting a bunch of comments on …

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IdentityPoliticsRace, Ethnicity & Culture

What a Kid Wears? Not Our Business

My sons started showing style preferences when they were about 18 months old. I started out offering them a choice between two items of clothing. Because they weren’t quite verbal yet, they grabbed the one they want to wear, and flipped out if I insisted on the one they didn’t. Now that they …

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Lena Dunham
DisciplineFeminismMedia & TechnologyParenting StylesPolitics

Not That Kind of Parent: The Problem With Lena Dunham

Trigger warning: Possible trigger for sexual abuse, consent, and childhood trauma.  ********************************************************** ********************************************************** ********************************************************** ********************************************************** It’s not news that Lena Dunham’s new memoir Not That Kind of Girl includes a rather bizarre story about seven year old Dunham examining her one year old sister’s genitals. The retelling of that story went viral and two camps …

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Image of a round blue sticker with an American flag and the words "future voter"
ActivismPolitics

What To Do When You Find Yourself Caring About the School Board Race

Go Vote, duh. That would be today, if you’re a fellow resident of the good ole U.S. of A. Voting always makes me sort of thoughtful and has triggered blog posts more than once. Today felt like one of the more important mid-term elections for me, not so much because …

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ActivismFeminismFoodHealthParenting StylesPoliticsPseudoscienceScience

Why Does Kavin Have a GMO/Vaccine/Big-Science Fan Page?

While I contribute to a few sites, Grounded Parents will always be my home base. This is because I was here at the launch, and Grounded Parents (and even a Skepchick or two) are my family. We’re not a hive mind, but we’re all parents, we’re all skeptical, and we …

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Scott Walker at podium
FeminismHealthPolitics

Damn it, Planned Parenthood. Don’t Use Sexism to Convince Me to Oust Scott Walker

Update from author at 2 pm Oct 23rd, 2014: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin reached out to me early this afternoon. I had an informative and cordial conversation with the VP of Development and Communication. She and their team appreciate my input and are planning to post a revised version of …

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ActivismFeminismPoliticsWork

Home Sick

At writing this, Pickle is tucked soundly in bed with his lovey clutched tightly to his chest. It is 30 minutes into a school day, he’s home sick and I am lucky enough to be home with him. We have a lot of advantages that most families don’t have. I …

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ActivismFoodHealthHumorMedia & TechnologyPoliticsPseudoscienceScience

Ben & Jerry’s and Measure 92: If You Can’t Define “Organism,” You Can’t Logically Oppose GMOs

It may not seem like it, but I don’t go searching for anti-GMO sentiment on the internet to fuel my wrath. I like the rare occasions when I’m not forced to write. I enjoy reading and playing with my kids, or kicking back and conversing with my husband over a …

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