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Fake news is not new; anti-vaccine advocates were among its pioneers

The mainstream media has suddenly discovered fake news. According to PBS: A new analysis by BuzzFeed found that false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated more engagement than content from real news sites during the last three months of the election. Users shared false stories like this one about Pope Francis endorsing […]

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Natural parenting is unnatural

The biggest irony of natural parenting is that it is entirely unnatural. As Petra Buskins explains in The Impossibility of “Natural Parenting for Modern Mothers: Numerous histories of “the family” show us that intensive, romanticized caregiving carried out by biological mothers in the private sphere is an “invention of modern economic and political arrangements. It […]

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The striking parallels between the birth world and Trumpworld

I’ve been blogging for over a decade now, but it’s only been in recent months that I’ve started writing political posts. Not surprisingly regular readers who are Trump fans are wondering why. First and foremost, it’s because I love my country. America has made terrible mistakes in its past, but I still view it as […]

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Tolerate the intolerant? I don’t think so.

I generally agree with NY Times columnist Frank Bruni, but not this time. According to Bruni, The Democrats Screwed Up. Despite all the discussion of demographic forces that doomed the G.O.P., it will soon control the presidency as well as both chambers of Congress and two of every three governor’s offices. And that’s not just […]

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Natural parenting isn’t based on science but on romanticism

The central conceit of natural parenting is that it is based on science. Nothing could be further from the truth. Natural parenting does not seek validity in rationality, but rather in romanticism. What’s the difference? According to philosopher Walter Truett, there are a variety of different ways of understanding the world including: … the scientific-rational […]

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My fear

In the aftermath of this election I am afraid of so many things. I am afraid that my beloved country will move backwards and retreat from the vaunted American respect for minorities, immigrants, the poor and the disenfranchised. I’m afraid that my country will betray its ideals and give religion a central place in a […]

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Defending defensive medicine

Recently Amber wrote on the my Facebook page: Can you adress the issue of over-medicalized births and malpractice? You make some very strong arguments against the “natural” childbirth movement but you haven’t discussed why women are looking for new options. Amber is asking about defensive medicine. According to Wikipedia: Defensive medicine … refers to the […]

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Are natural parents 21st century Victorians?

Natural parenting is a backlash to women’s emancipation. Grantly Dick-Read was painfully honest that he created the philosophy of natural childbirth as a way to keep women at home; only there could they find true happiness by fulfilling their biologic destiny, and then they would stop agitating for political, legal and economic equality. La Leche […]

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Hate trumps love

It is a sad day for our children, our country and our world.

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Why do lactivists believe it is okay for hungry breastfed babies to cry it out?

Most attachment parenting advocates are strongly opposed to the sleep training method known as “cry it out,” abbreviated CIO. According to Darcia Narvaez, PhD: With neuroscience, we can confirm what our ancestors took for granted—that letting babies get distressed is a practice that can damage children and their relational capacities in many ways for the […]

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