Media & TechnologyRace, Ethnicity & Culture

Eurovision and Lies We Tell Our Children

The Eurovision Song Contest, for those who don’t know, is an international treasure, being aired for the first time in the US (today, on Logo TV). It’s when approximately forty countries, mostly from Europe, get together to show off catchy beats, sparkly costumes, national languages (or interesting choices in English lyrics), propaganda, …

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PoliticsRace, Ethnicity & Culture

Mommy, What’s a Terrorist?

K – Mommy, what’s a terrorist? I was zoning out on my way to work to the sound of my hybrid car’s windshield wipers and the smell of my coffee with dark chocolate almond milk. My six year-old daughter had heard a story on the radio. An 18 year-old High School …

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Internet Meme Demolition Derby: The “Real” Problem Edition

Welcome to another edition of the Internet Meme Demolition Derby, where we help you figure out which of your relatives or co-workers you should unfriend on Facebook or block on Twitter. There is so much wrong with our entry this week that I’m not quite sure where to begin. So …

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Ages 6-9EducationLanguageRace, Ethnicity & Culture

Immersion

新年快乐 – Happy New Year! We spent the afternoon on Saturday celebrating the Chinese New Year. It was a great afternoon of a dragon dance, songs, and dancing. This isn’t something that’s part of my heritage or my wife’s heritage, so why did J and I do this for the …

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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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Race, Ethnicity & CultureTraditions & Celebrations

Don’t Be Scary This Halloween

It’s that time of year again. Time to watch the leaves change, put on cozy sweaters and put pumpkin pie spice in everything. At our house, it’s also time to pick out or make Halloween costumes. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I LOVE It. And …

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IdentityRace, Ethnicity & CultureReligion

A Very Atheist Rosh Hashanah

I am an atheist Jew. Or an agnostic Jew. Or an agnostic atheist Jew. Eh, whatever. Unlike Judaism, atheism is not a core part of my identity. I guess I’ve just been Jewish longer than I’ve been a non-believer. Since I’ve always been a member of Reform or Reconstructionist synagogues, I’ve felt pretty …

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ActivismRace, Ethnicity & Culture

Kari, Grant, Tori… and Mike Brown

Thursday night, I was surprised by a tweet from Mythbusters’ Kari Byron: After a decade of the Mythbusters, we are no longer with the show. Thank you to all the fans who have supported us. — Kari Byron (@KariByron) August 22, 2014 What did that mean? Mythbusters is a show …

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And our hearts break with you.

I remember keenly the first time I really, deeply, felt the full force of the privilege that US culture grants me due to the color of my skin. It was 2008. For a few years previously I had been reinvesting with feminism and intersectionality and was active with fellow #socialjusticewarriors on …

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Adult ChildrenParenting StylesPoliticsRace, Ethnicity & CultureReligionScience

5 Problems with Atheist Ideas: Conflicts with Atheism Part II

Note–This piece is a follow up to Conflicts With Atheism Part 1: From an Indian-American Mom Raised Atheist. Read it here. Get ready for an unpopular opinion: Many atheists have the following (perhaps subconscious) attitude: “I was born into a religious family. I was wise enough to see the error …

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