One parent, two parents, dead parents, oblivious parents: Parents in Power Rangers and Super Sentai

Becoming a parent makes you look at lots of things in a slightly different way. It turns out that for me one of the things I look at differently is parental figures (or lack thereof) in children’s programming.

After watching 10 or so full seasons of Power Rangers (and parts of all the rest) plus 11 seasons of its Japanese predecessor (and footage source) Super Sentai, I found myself thinking about the various parents we meet along the way.

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Thoughts on impostor syndrome

I know I’m hardly the only person in my circle of acquaintances who suffers from an occasional frequent constant bouts of imposter syndrome, so I’ve had it on the brain lately.

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Going green–the quick and easy way

I’ve been slowly going greener at home over the last year or so and I’ve found that some things are easier to do than others. I hereby present some of my favorite tips and tricks, things that will make you feel better, save you money, and generally make the world a tiny bit greener. Continue reading

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I’ve been assimilated by the Hivemind

Alas, my free time for writing anything is fairly limited, so my posts have mainly been going to the Feminist Hivemind these days. Just in case there’s anyone who’s actually reading over here (hey, it could happen!), here are links to my posts over there, for your reading pleasure:

What if my daughter’s favorite color is blue?

How to be a Jewish (atheist) mother

The First Amendment: What it is and what it isn’t

My next post there will be a kind of sequel to my post The “black women are ugly” blogger is a giant poopyhead. It’ll go up at the end of August and hey, maybe I’ll find the time to post here too. Stranger things have happened, I suppose…

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Whining writers annoy me more than “wimpy” children

I was just linked to “A nation of wimps” over at Psychology Today and I was extremely underwhelmed. (Shocking, I know.) This wasn’t anywhere near the worst thing I’ve read on their website, but…that’s not exactly a high standard.

The author takes a real phenomenon of parental overprotectiveness that I think is worthy of some discussion and confuses it with real parental concerns and safety improvements that I applaud.

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The Feminist Hivemind is here!

[cue scary music] The feminists are coming! We’re coming to take your children and…I dunno, exactly. Probably hug them, love them, and give them gender neutral toys ;)

Seriously, I’m happy to announce my participation in a new blog collective that launches today: The Feminist Hivemind. We’re a diverse group of women coming together to create a safe space for secular feminists to discuss issues of importance to us, including gender theory, atheism, class, race, sexism, parenting, dealing with religious people, and so many more things that I can’t even remember right now.

I’m super excited to get to blog with such an awesome group of women and I hope you’ll check back at frequently, as we’ll have at least one new post daily. We’re even going to have Token Male Wednesdays, where our Token Men get to have their say and ask the vital question “What about Teh Menz?” ;)

(Note: By “women” we mean anyone who chooses to identify as a woman or as non-binary and our Token Men are anyone who chooses to identify as a man or non-binary. We really don’t care what’s in your pants, folks.)

My first post for the Hivemind will go up on 6/10 and it will be a revised and updated version of my First Amendment post from earlier this year. Then next month I’ll be writing about “How to be a Jewish (atheist) mother.” I’ll also be doing some linking to especially awesome posts that I think you shouldn’t miss.

Hope to see you soon at the Hivemind.

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Medical jargon soup: An anti-vaccine tactic

This morning I was pointed in the direction of a post on the Washington Times’ community pages titled “Vaccination is not immunity.” I knew it was going to be bad, but I didn’t realize just how bad until I started reading.

Where do I start? With the utter wrongness of 90% of what he’s actually saying? With his baseless accusations that Paul Offitt is just trying to profit from his rotavirus vaccines? (A classic deflection tactic, since it’s actually anti-vaccine standardbearer Andrew Wakefield who got into the field of lying about vaccines in order to promote his own measles vaccine.)

Or maybe I’ll just start with the way the author is not actually trying to explain anything so it can be understood by the layperson. No, he’s trying to snow you under with a lot of medical/biological jargon that makes him sound like he knows what he’s talking about, when he’s actually full of the stuff you find lying behind bulls in a field.

Any post that was actually trying to educate non-medical readers wouldn’t include the following sentence:

Pediatricians and the proponents of vaccine as a means for increasing the immune system may well be causing more of the inflammatory response beginning with the mast cell and other lymphatic cells all the way to the ventromedial hypothalamic autonomic response.

Oh yeah? Well, yo’ mama was a ventromedial hypothalamic autonomic response!

Yeah, I have no idea what he’s talking about and believe me, all the paragraphs before did nothing to help.

I was already annoyed by all the pointless jargon trying to snow the reader and then I reached this little gem:

To be clear, infants do not have a completely developed immune or nervous system.

Then my head exploded. Really? Is that so? Wow, I’d love to see how you think babies survive coming through a vagina with an immune system that isn’t completely developed.

Do we bleach our hooha during the birthing process now? I hate to tell you, but there are millions of germs on our skin and in or bodies and all that natural birthing and snuggling just means babies get even more of it. Which is fine! Because babies are capable of handling it, as long as we don’t bring anyone near them with something dangerous like measles or whooping cough.

The amount of infectious material in an immunization is so small compared to what babies are exposed to just by latching onto a breast…you’d be astonished. The point is to give their bodies a chance to learn how to fight those dangerous illnesses without actually giving them the dangerous illnesses.

But as far as I know, the infant immune response has very little to do with the fact that “If you are too warm, your hypothalamus will activate your parasympathetic nervous system to dilate blood vessels to release heat….”

o_O Sometimes I just wonder what people are thinking. Or if they’re thinking at all.

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