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My Teen Changes Their Queer Identity Every Week and I Can’t Take It Anymore 

 

I need some help gaining perspective on my 15-year-old child’s whiplash approach to gender and sexuality. For the last three years, they have been on a journey with regard to their sexuality, declaring and changing identities one every few weeks or months, even when those identities have been both contradictory (how can one be both asexual and polyamorous?) and hypothetical (my kid isn’t dating and hasn’t dated). They are committed to being anything but cisgender and hetero, and that identity—whatever it turns out to be—appears from their actions and words to be the central part of their sense of self. They spent a lot of time on queer wikis, looking up new possible identities. They avidly “ship” fictional characters into same-sex couples, express anger/disappointment when shows/books have hetero couples, and talk constantly about LGBTQIA issues, representation, etc.

I have been, and want to be, supportive. My kid deserves to be loved and celebrated for who they are, and however their identity settles out is fine with me. But I am also struggling with these rapid changes. In the last two weeks, my kid has changed their name once and pronouns twice, colored their hair, worn exaggeratedly feminine eye makeup, pinned their hair up to look masculine, purchased a bikini and a dress and then asked me to buy them a binder (because they think it would be “fun” to look like a boy sometimes). At this point, it feels like they’re trying on identities like costumes, and that makes me very uncomfortable. None of it feels authentic—it seems more like a bid to stand out in a crowd or perhaps to find the limits of my acceptance.

I have worked so hard to make sure my kids know they are loved unconditionally, but if this kid is looking for a boundary, maybe I should set one? I literally squirmed when I wrote that sentence; setting a random limit on acceptance goes against everything I believe. But at the same time, I am so, so tired of hearing about their identity day after day after day and of trying to keep up with the changes. They’re a great, smart, interesting kid for a dozen different reasons; their gender/sexuality is just one aspect of their personality. Would it be wrong of me to say, in essence, “I love you, and will never not love you. When you figure out your identity let me know, and in the meantime can we maybe stop talking about it all the time?” Also, as the world opens up and my kid spends more time outside of our home, can I/should I ask them to be more thoughtful in how they present themselves? It seems to me that trans and nonbinary people cannot simply change their identities and expression for “fun,” so my kid’s behavior feels a little bit like cosplaying in a way that could be hurtful. Or do I just keep keeping my mouth shut, do my best to remember this week’s identity, and pray that this phase ends soon?

—Tired and Confused

My Teen Changes Their Queer Identity Every Week

Three family members are charged with child abuse 'after they shaved the word

City councilor facing calls to resign says gender identity is “magical thinking”

She Told Everyone How Painful Her Gender Confirmation Surgery Was. And Then She Died.

Fourth-Graders Told Not to Tell Parents About Questions on 'Equity' Survey They Were Forced to Fill Out

Moment man in yellow floral dress is arrested 'for stealing school bus

Father plans legal action after gender clinic planned to give his 9-year-old autistic son puberty blockers

Ex-barrister lost his job as a volunteer counsellor with the charity after raising fears over the way children confused about their gender are rushed into changing sex

Virginia police arrest Internet personality 'Chris Chan' following leaked confession of elder abuse and non-consensual 'love quest'

AMA proposes not recording babies' sex on birth certificates

Tags: Abuse, Advice, Children, Choices, Confusion, Education, Employment, Enforcement, Helpline, LGBTQ, Medical, Mental Health, Opinion, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Rape, Safety, Seniors, Sex, Sex Identity, Surgery, Trans, Treatment, Video, Violence, Youth

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02-Aug-2021


Our hypocritical leaders refuse to obey their own COVID-19 rules 

 

Wearing a mask is important. For you and those around you. For elected officials? Not so much.

Actually, all the COVID rules are for us, not them. COVID-19, and the accompanying lockdowns, have made it painfully clear: We plebes have to follow the rules; the elites do not.

Start with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who last week groveled for forgiveness after being caught attending a large birthday dinner at The French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. When pictures from the event surfaced, the hypocrisy was glaring: The governor was seen with his wife at a large table full of maskless lobbyists, all sitting in close proximity.

But, hey: You’re not the governor — so if you want to celebrate Thanksgiving in his state, remember: “No more than three households, including your own,” at the gathering, and keep your distance.

Newsom isn’t the only one to live it up while everyone suffers. Gov. Cuomo, for example, is rarely seen in a mask, yet his Twitter feed never stops harassing you to “mask up.” (And, by the way, he’s just thrilled with himself over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, even though it resulted in more deaths than any other state and, according to The New York Times, seeded the virus throughout the country.)

Our hypocritical leaders refuse to obey their own COVID-19 rules

Cuomo CANCELS his Thanksgiving plans amid accusations of hypocrisy HOURS after saying his mom, 89, and two of his kids were coming to dinner - despite telling entire state to stay at home

Tags: Cancelled, Celebration, Choices, Confusion, Coronavirus, Enforcement, Exclusivity, Family, Holidays, Hypocrisy, Leaders, Masks, Neglect, Representation, Society, Unruly Child

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23-Nov-2020


I Want to Buy My Boyfriend an Ax for Christmas, but I’m Afraid He’ll Maim Himself 
 

I am getting a head start on the winter holidays by drawing up an early gift list, but I am stuck on one recipient in particular. My boyfriend is generally handy and especially enjoys building fires, and he has expressed interest in chopping wood for the last few fires we’ve had. Great, I thought—I can get him a high-quality ax or hatchet for Christmas. But then I started thinking about the potential for injuries. I have anxiety and know it can skew my perception of things, so I’m trying to think it through rationally. My boyfriend is very aware of safety and risk assessments in daily life, but he’s also not the most spatially aware person. He can be clumsy by himself or with others, especially after a few drinks. He’s also never been trained in any kind of ax safety. I still think he’d be delighted by this present, and part of me wants to be convinced by that alone, but another part of me thinks that even having an ax around would kick my fear of accidental injury into permanent overdrive. Should I try to muscle through the anxiety or start looking for a different present? Or is there a compromise here that would satisfy both my fears and my desire to impress with a cool gift?

—Ax Anxiety

I Want to Buy My Boyfriend an Ax for Christmas, but I’m Afraid He’ll Maim Himself

Tags: Advice, Confusion, Etiquette, Gifts, Investment, Relationships, Threat, Weird

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21-Nov-2020


Is it a red flag that the teacher I’m dating has classroom sexual fantasies? 

 

Dear How to Do It,

Given the extended period of physical distancing we’ve been experiencing, I have begun to explore online dating. Particularly, I have been looking for someone who both shares my sexual interests and is a good human being overall for the possibility of a long(er)-term relationship.

While I feel like I might have found this person recently, the fact that they are a high school teacher and have a strong interest in role-playing student-teacher and my own dating history make me wonder if this kink is a healthy outlet for someone in their position or a foreshadowing or indicator of something more sinister. While I do not want to rule out someone for “pre-crime” or “thought crime,” I also want to make sure that our sexual liaisons do not in any way contribute to their venturing (or furthering) into unethical and destructive—not to mention illegal—territory. Given your professional experience and your access to experts, I am eager to hear your input on my situation.

—Teacher’s Pet

Is it a red flag that the teacher I’m dating has classroom sexual fantasies?

Tags: Advice, Children, Choices, Confusion, Dating, Fantasy, Fear, Fetish, Pederast, Safety, Sex, Students, Teacher

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13-Oct-2020


1 in 3 parents don't intend to have their child get the flu vaccine this year 

 

One in three parents doesn't intend to have their child vaccinated for the flu this season, according to a new poll, despite the potential threat of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Health officials have increasingly emphasized the importance of vaccinations this year, in part to limit stress on the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic. If the flu is not controlled, officials say hospitals may become overwhelmed by dealing with both.

Despite this, 32% of parents say their child is "unlikely" to get a flu vaccine, according to the recent National Poll on Children's Health.

1 in 3 parents don't intend to have their child get the flu vaccine this year

Tags: Children, Choices, Confusion, Environment, Etiquette, Fear, Health, Investment, Medical, Parental Burden, Protection, Psychology, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Toxic

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28-Sep-2020


'Our 13-year-old was brainwashed into thinking she’s transgender': Parents accuse school of secretly allowing girl to attend ‘radicalising’ mentoring sessions that convinced her that she was really a boy 

 

A school has been accused of secretly allowing a 13-year-old girl to attend ‘radicalising’ mentoring sessions that convinced her that she was transgender.

Ashleigh and Ged Barnett allege that until the one-to-one sessions began last September, their daughter appeared comfortable in her body and showed little interest in transgender issues.

But they say she had changed completely by November, sporting a short haircut and talking about feeling that she was really a boy.

They were confused by the transformation until they met her headteacher to discuss another matter and learned that their daughter had been having weekly sessions with the head of the school’s LGBT group.

Mrs Barnett said: ‘The school didn’t think it was fit to tell us. We are her parents, but responsibility to care for our child has been taken away. The attitude is that it’s the child’s choice and it’s got nothing to do with us.

‘Children at 13 or 14, especially girls, are sometimes not happy in their own bodies – that’s what puberty does to you. They are very vulnerable. It only takes one person with an agenda to plant a little seed that they are “in the wrong body”.’

Daily Mail

Tags: All Rights, Backlash, Children, Confusion, Court, Development, Education, Effect, Environment, Experimentation, Fighting Back, Health, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Misrepresentation, Parental Burden, Politics, Safety, Sex Identity, Treatment, World, Youth

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15-Mar-2020


From snake oil to science: I peddled 'clean' eating, wellness — until I learned the facts 

 

Marketing that organic food is cleaner is all around us. Just take a look at the campaign “Skip the Chemicals.” It encourages consumers to fear the scary-sounding names of chemicals and adopt a better-safe-than-sorry attitude toward their food. Ultimately, though, it steers consumers toward more costly organic foods, although there is no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious.

The “Dirty Dozen” list is another marketing ploy. Not only did I have this list stuck to my fridge at home, I also encouraged my clients to download and share it. Using pesticide residue data from the USDA, it ranks food by the levels of detected pesticides to generate a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables consumers should avoid in their conventional versions.

Take strawberries, which topped the list in 2018. The USDA published test results on tens of thousands of nonorganic fruit and vegetable samples across the country. Most of the samples of strawberries showed residues of at least one kind of pesticide and, in one sample of strawberries, 22 different pesticide residues were detected — but that doesn’t mean the pack of strawberries you buy at the grocery store will have 22 pesticides.

USA Today

Tags: Confusion, Diet, Effect, Environment, Health, Life Expectancy, Lifestyle, Nature, Neglect, Parental Burden, Safety, Science, Study, Terraforming, Treatment, World

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06-Feb-2020


People Are Furious After Dermatologist Tells Woman to Stop Wearing Sunscreen Because It’s ‘Too Greasy’ 

 

You would think that by now, the vote on whether or not to wear sunscreen would be just about unanimous. Research shows that SPF is a vital step in protecting against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause skin cancer and premature aging. So you can imagine that if a dermatologist told you that you could ditch the sunscreen, you might be a bit confused.

“Recently I went to a dermatologist for the 1st time and while discussing my skincare routine, he told me to not wear sunscreen because they're all too greasy and that Asians have a very low chance of getting skin cancer,” she wrote in her post.

Health

Tags: All Rights, Confusion, Employment, Health, Medical, Misrepresentation, Nature, Race, Reckless, Safety, Science, Sun, Sunscreen, Treatment

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30-May-2019


Childhood Trauma Linked To Impaired Social Cognition Later In Life For Patients With Major Psychiatric Disorders 

 

Philadelphia, September 12, 2018 – A new report published in European Psychiatry identified a significant association between childhood adversity and impaired social cognitive functioning among adults diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders. Through a comprehensive review of all research conducted to date, the investigators established that a traumatic early social environment frequently leads to social cognitive problems and greater illness severity for individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Early childhood neglect, abuse, and/or trauma puts patients at greater risk for developing cognitive impairments that will later affect social perception and interaction, a core aspect of disability in major psychiatric disorders," explained lead investigator, Gary Donohoe, MPsychSc, DClinPsych, PhD, Centre for Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.

Scienmag

Tags: Abuse, Children, Choices, Confusion, Environment, Health, Hostility, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Parenting, Reckless, Sad, Science, Support, Treatment, World, Youth

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13-Sep-2018


Economists Are Blaming Millennials for Killing Restaurants Now, Too 

 

Economists can’t seem to make up their minds about millennials. On the one hand, they seem to be destroying every industry from diamonds to hotels to getting married. They’re to blame for putting Applebee’s, TGI Friday’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings out of business, and they’ve somehow managed to hurt the sale of good wine, while simultaneously being obsessed with rosé, to the point that the beer industry is now suffering at their blood-soaked hands. Cruel millennials are responsible for driving McDonald’s to extinction, too, and while they’re at it, they’ve even come for the entire concept of lunch. The only places they seem to like are Olive Garden and Red Lobster. A new report, released by Merrill Lynch today, seems to compound the murderous intentions of millennials: They are indeed killing restaurants.

Food and Wine

Tags: Backlash, Business, Choices, Confusion, Environment, Finance, Food, Lifestyle, Nature, Opinion, Restaurant, Study

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15-Nov-2017


GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away 

 

“I’m an emergency room nurse,” Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. “There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room.”

“You took away our ability to say, ‘No, an emergency room is not the proper place.’ And then, you put a burden on top of that to say, ‘You must do that,’” added the congresswoman, who is also running for governor of Tennessee.

At issue is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which was signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986. It was a congressional response to stories of “patient dumping” ? hospitals would deny treatment to patients or send them elsewhere, usually because the individuals didn’t have insurance. Many of these patients were unemployed or were people of color.

Huffington Post

Tags: Business, Confusion, Environment, Health, Insurance, New World Order, Poor, Privilege, Program, Science, Self Interest, Service, Treatment, Weird

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18-Oct-2017


Is wellness culture creating a new kind of eating disorder? 

 

If you’ve ever ordered a turmeric matcha latte, you probably know someone like Daniella Isaacs. The 20-something British actress and playwright was once entrenched in the world of wellness, with the attendant blogging career, paid appearances, and budding gluten-free granola brand. But all that changed when she realized that “wellness” might actually be making her sick.

Isaacs had orthorexia, an eating disorder not about thinness, but rather a moral or righteous fixation on consuming “pure” and “clean” foods. Her new autobiographical play—Hear Me Raw, running at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival through the end of August—viscerally documents Isaacs’ journey from smoothie-gulping goddess to messy, complex, but ultimately happier human being. In doing so, the play begs an obvious yet unexamined question: Is wellness culture causing orthorexia?

Quartz

Tags: Abuse, Argument, Backlash, Choices, Clean, Confusion, Dedication, Diet, Disease, Education, Environment, Food, Health, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Politics, Pride, Regiment, Science, Self Interest, Social Media, Treatment, World

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23-Aug-2017


Why States Should Ban Guns From Political Rallies 

 

Some of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and as well as number of protesters within the Antifas group, openly carried assault rifles during the events in Charlottesville. The governor has said the police were outgunned at the event. Given the hate-filled speech and the ensuing physical violence, it is remarkable that no shots were fired. We were a trigger-pull away from a bloody shootout with semi-automatic weapons.

Some have suggested that the First Amendment right to congregate and to speak one's mind — no matter how repugnant the content of the speech — conflicted with the Second Amendment right to bear arms at a political rally. The problem with this is that, while the courts have unambiguously affirmed the former, there is no Constitutional right to bear arms at a political rally.

Time

Tags: All Rights, Choices, Confusion, Environment, Free Speech, Guns, Hate, Health, Laws, Lifestyle, Military, New World Order, Politics, Reckless, Tragedy

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22-Aug-2017


Convert Nation
More than one-third of Americans identify with a religion different than the one they grew up with. 
 

Jane Picken didn’t know much about religion growing up. Her parents were Christians, but she was orphaned at a young age, and the person who helped raise her “utterly rejected” revealed religion. Years later, when she met Abraham Cohen at a party, they really hit it off—they were engaged within three weeks. But first, they had a religion problem to fix.

Cohen was the son of a cantor, or worship leader, at a Philadelphia synagogue. His father wasn’t comfortable with him marrying someone who wasn’t Jewish. At first, Cohen didn’t want to push his faith on his fiancée, but Jane really loved Jewish rituals like lighting Shabbat candles and eating with family on Friday nights. She decided to convert, taking the name Sarah.

A few years later, Sarah got very sick. As friends and doctors gathered around her, assuming she was dying, she had a vision of Jesus. This was what real conversion felt like, she thought; it was so much deeper and more heartfelt than her earlier turn to Judaism. The Cohens tried to make it work, but they fought over keeping her faith a secret and how to raise their kids. Eventually, they split. One of their daughters went to live with Abraham as a Jew, while the other two followed their mother as Christians.

The Atlantic

Tags: Abuse, Argument, Choices, Confusion, Dedication, Discrimination, Environment, History, Magic Splatter, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Politics, Regiment, Relationships, Religion, Self Interest, Support, Treatment, World

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12-Aug-2017


Another black activist, Ijeoma Oluo, is suspended by Facebook for posting about racism 

 

Activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo is the latest to suffer for Facebook’s inability — or perhaps unwillingness — to improve its reporting and moderation infrastructure. After receiving hundreds of racist and threatening messages in response to a joke she made on Twitter, Oluo began posting screenshots when it was clear that days of reporting did nothing. Facebook’s response was to suspend her account.

You can read Oluo’s account of things here, including some screenshots of the type of abuse she was receiving. Twitter, she said, was responsive. Facebook, not so much.

Facebook later reinstated her account, calling the suspension a “mistake.” I’ve asked the company for the rationale behind the suspension.

We talked with another activist recently, Leslie Mac, who like Oluo spoke out on racism using the platform, and like Oluo was suspended from it. It happened to Shaun King, too, after he posted a racist email he received.

Techcrunch

USA Today

Tags: Abuse, App, Backlash, Confusion, Discrimination, Environment, Irony, Program, Protest, Racism, Reckless, Science, Service, Social Media, Treatment, Warning

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04-Aug-2017




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