Weekend Reads: Don’t Spank Your Kids, Quiet Revolution, and #Give Elsa a Girlfriend

Happy Mayday everybody! It’s International Workers’ Day, basically labor Day for the rest of the world. So go out and unite, I’m told you have nothing to lose?

People have been spanking children forever and parents still think it works. 50 years of scientific research says they are wrong. 

The American College of Pediatricians is a conservative advocacy group that you shouldn’t confuse with The American Academy of Pediatrics , in fact the Southern Poverty Law Center considers them a hate group. Think Progress is taking none of their shit this week with this story… Hate Group Masquerading as Pediatricians Attacks Transgender Youth. 

Speaking of which… Huffpo’s Queer Voices has an excellent takedown as well as advice to help you push back against anti-trans talking points.

Politicians push marriage, but that’s not what helps kids.

Are schools are failing their quietest students? One teacher thinks so, and it is something that she has changed her mind on.

People want Disney to start walking the walk on LGBT representation in their films, and many think the perfect place to start is with the sequel to the not too subtle coming allegory Frozen. Thus has been born #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.

Many people in the community identify with the ice queen, who feels unaccepted because of her powers (sexuality) and hides away in her room and ice castle (closet) until she finally accepts who she is and comes out to save her sister.

With Frozen 2 on Disney’s slate, many people have taken to Twitter with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to explain just why Disney should be providing an LGBT storyline already.

OMG this is adorable…
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  1. Here’s a thought: Let’s give Elsa a girlfriend who doesn’t fit conventional American beauty standards. There’s nothing wrong with flowing locks, big eyes, long necks, and slim waists, but there’s a whole lot of rockin’ women and girls who don’t look like that. Also, so, so, so, so many of the lesbian relationships in film and television (not that there are many in absolute terms, but a high percentage of what little there is) include two women who are both conventionally attractive eye candy for men. Can we please, please have a storyline written by a lesbian, and have Elsa’s love interest maybe have short hair, or broad shoulders, or upper arms and a waist that wouldn’t go through the openings in a colander?

  2. I don’t think Elsa needs a girlfriend, but she should DEFINITELY not have a boyfriend.  I read her as asexual, and honestly, having a heroine who not only doesn’t need a man, but doesn’t want one, would be plenty revolutionary.

  3. Could you please check the link for “Are schools are failing their quietest students?” I’m interested in reading that, but the hyperlink points to the marriage article above it.

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