Weekend Reads: Stop Apologizing For Your Kids, Gender Everywhere, and Mike Pence is Awful

Hello Weekend Readers, it’s been a rough week around the world. There was a heinous attack on innocent Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France. Turkey exploded into violence as a military coup attempted and failed to overthrow the government.  I got nothing funny to say about any of that, hugs to all those grieving and frightened… on to the links.

I had no idea that this was a thing, but evidently it’s a thing for parents of young children traveling by air to distribute goody bags (filled with candy, ear plugs and a note of apology,) to their fellow passengers to apologize for the inconvenience of travelling with an upset child. Stop it, says Elissa Strauss at the XX Factor .

Libby Anne at Love, Joy, Feminism  has a couple of great blog posts this week.  Gender, Gender Everywhere details her frustration with how the world implicitly genders her children based on what they wear, and how our gender expectations of boys and girls have lasting impacts on their futures. In The Invisible Labor of Mothering,   Libby Anne looks into all of the things that go into running a household that are expected of women whether they work outside the home or not, as well as how we are socialized to see those tasks as gendered.

The long national nightmare that is the Donald Trump Campaign for President has chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the most blindingly white person in the world, as The Donald’s running mate. Iris Vander Pluym delves into Pence’s awful conservative bona fides in the post “Pro Life” everyone.

What were you doing when you were nine? Hilde Lysiak is already an accomplished journalist with a book deal! 

Are you playing Pokemon GO? Of course you are. See how you can turn that passion into help for favorite charity!

Why do newborn babies smell so good? Because Science!

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Louis Doench

Lou Doench is a 52 year old father of three. Twelve years ago he married the coolest woman in the world and gave up the lucrative career of being a photography student to become a stay at home husband and Dad, or SAHD. An atheist geek, or a geeky atheist if you prefer, Lou likes reading, photography, video gaming, disc golf, baseball and Dr. Who. He has been playing Dungeons and Dragons since 1976. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also an excellent home cook, not that his children would know because they only eat Mac & Cheese. Follow Lou on Twitter @blotzphoto or check out his photography at

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