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"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain."
-Locke

"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain."

-Locke

Parental & religious guilt:
Those two extortionists have been teaming up on me since 1983.

Parental & religious guilt:

Those two extortionists have been teaming up on me since 1983.

For me, the most interesting bit of gossip to come out of Michael Jackson’s death was the widely held opinion among members of the recording industry that Diana Ross would have been a great choice as a foster mother for Jackson’s kids.
It doesn’t square up with her whack-job diva image. But apparently her five kids turned out just fine.

For me, the most interesting bit of gossip to come out of Michael Jackson’s death was the widely held opinion among members of the recording industry that Diana Ross would have been a great choice as a foster mother for Jackson’s kids.

It doesn’t square up with her whack-job diva image. But apparently her five kids turned out just fine.

skybarn: apsies

Also, don’t be a serial rapist. Because Bill Cosby is a serial rapist and that’s bad parenting.

Backstory.

skybarn: apsies

Also, don’t be a serial rapist. Because Bill Cosby is a serial rapist and that’s bad parenting.

Backstory.

southpol:

Authoritarianism & Polarization authors, Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler, explain:

Of course, we do not argue that preferences for disciplining children are causally related to individuals’ vote choice. It is absurd to think that spanking children led people to vote Republican in 2004. Indeed, if favoring corporal punishment actually caused people to vote for the more conservative candidate, liberals never would have been elected president. It is only very recently that alternatives to spanking children have been widely employed. Instead, support for spanking likely emanates from a particular worldview which that has a range of ramifications, including political ones. By worldview, we mean a set of connected beliefs animated by some fundamental, underlying value orientation that is itself, connected to a visceral sense of right and wrong. Politics cleaved by a worldview has the potential for fiery disagreements because considerations about the correct way to lead a good life lie in the balance. Specifically, we demonstrate that American public opinion is increasingly divided along a cleavage that things like parenting styles and “manliness” map onto. We will call that cleavage authoritarianism.

(via Open Left)

southpol:

Authoritarianism & Polarization authors, Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler, explain:

Of course, we do not argue that preferences for disciplining children are causally related to individuals’ vote choice. It is absurd to think that spanking children led people to vote Republican in 2004. Indeed, if favoring corporal punishment actually caused people to vote for the more conservative candidate, liberals never would have been elected president. It is only very recently that alternatives to spanking children have been widely employed. Instead, support for spanking likely emanates from a particular worldview which that has a range of ramifications, including political ones. By worldview, we mean a set of connected beliefs animated by some fundamental, underlying value orientation that is itself, connected to a visceral sense of right and wrong. Politics cleaved by a worldview has the potential for fiery disagreements because considerations about the correct way to lead a good life lie in the balance. Specifically, we demonstrate that American public opinion is increasingly divided along a cleavage that things like parenting styles and “manliness” map onto. We will call that cleavage authoritarianism.

(via Open Left)

varziel:

don’t stop. a doodle that will never be finished, probably. btw my mom saw this and she said: “you sure draw… vulgar things.” as she handed it back to me. man. it was pretty embarrassing.

I mean this with the greatest possible deference … but your mom can suck my dick. Get some brochures. See if you have a fastball.

varziel:

don’t stop. a doodle that will never be finished, probably. btw my mom saw this and she said: “you sure draw… vulgar things.” as she handed it back to me. man. it was pretty embarrassing.

I mean this with the greatest possible deference … but your mom can suck my dick. Get some brochures. See if you have a fastball.

ladymisskate:

This reminds me of this one time in high school when my mom found two empty 40s of Old E stashed in my closet. I’m not sure exactly why I had hidden them there, but I do remember they’d been in there for months and I had forgotten all about them.
Anyways, I come home from school and walk into my room to find the two bottles sitting on my bed with a hand-written note from my mom that said, “Kate, if you’re going to drink, don’t drink this shit. Love, Mom.”
Best. EVER.

I ride the bus a lot, and spend a lot of time in public spaces. You ever see the abusive parent? Hitting their children, humiliating them, hurling profanities?
And you think to yourself, that child doesn’t stand a chance. Even if the kid has the potential to be well-adjusted, there’s no way they’ll survive a childhood with that parent.
These notes are like the opposite of that dynamic.

ladymisskate:

This reminds me of this one time in high school when my mom found two empty 40s of Old E stashed in my closet. I’m not sure exactly why I had hidden them there, but I do remember they’d been in there for months and I had forgotten all about them.

Anyways, I come home from school and walk into my room to find the two bottles sitting on my bed with a hand-written note from my mom that said, “Kate, if you’re going to drink, don’t drink this shit. Love, Mom.”

Best. EVER.

I ride the bus a lot, and spend a lot of time in public spaces. You ever see the abusive parent? Hitting their children, humiliating them, hurling profanities?

And you think to yourself, that child doesn’t stand a chance. Even if the kid has the potential to be well-adjusted, there’s no way they’ll survive a childhood with that parent.

These notes are like the opposite of that dynamic.

Most of my married friends now have children, the rewards of which appear to be exclusively intangible and, like the mysteries of some gnostic sect, incommunicable to outsiders. In fact it seems from the outside as if these people have joined a dubious cult: they claim to be much happier and more fulfilled than ever before, even though they live in conditions of appalling filth and degradation, deprived of the most basic freedoms and dignity, and owe unquestioning obedience to a capricious and demented master.

Tim Kreider, in a short essay on arrested adolescence (via sharingtime)

From the Department of Oh God Oh God Please No No Stop

In my most depraved nightmares I couldn’t make this stuff up.



Give it a few minutes. Do some other activity … preferably away from the computer screen. Let the shock subside.

Then, consider this photo.

It’s alarming on so many levels. Not the least of which was the time and forethought required to actually stitch these ensembles together. When sewing the son’s mock penis, neither parent heard the voice saying “Not a Good Idea”. I’m going to roll with gender stereotypes here and say it had to have been the mother who made the suits. (You just can’t outsource a fitted pre-adolescent nudie suit without raising flags.)

Even creepier is my hunch that the costumes received more than one use. I have a hard time believing they were hand-crafted for the benefit of one photograph. They’re the cult equivalent of training wheels.

I mean, apart from the shock value, what’s really going on here? Let’s grant, for the moment, that said folks aren’t incestuous monsters with a plushy fetish. I’m getting a sort of hippie/naturist vibe from the parents. It looks like mom & pop had some progressivist notion about destigmatizing nudity. But their efforts to “enlighten” result in this half-measure that’s arguably worse than nudity itself.

The crime here is the failure to recognize the protective value of taboo. Taboo is a social prohibition against primal transgressions like incest and pedophilia. We have taboos against nakedness, and for good reason. Think you’re going to reinvent the wheel and teach your kids how to trancend it all? Good luck with that.

Or, to put it bluntly: it’s not okay to touch your daddy’s genitals.