Q:Y'know I believe the shit these girls go through, but I can't help thinking that some of these situations could have been avoided...
You’re right; they could have been avoided if men were taught from an early age that women are people and their boundaries must be respected as such.
Victim blaming is super gross, btw.
Q:why can't reindeer fly???????????
You tell me. :-)
Q:Say 5 things about yourself then send this to your 10 favorite followers :)
1) When I was young I was certain I would either have zero kids and a lot of pets or four kids (2 boys and 2 girls). Clearly I was wrong on both accounts since we have two kids and our pets consist of three fish.
2) My favorite subject in elementary and middle school was math and I was bumped out of seventh and eighth grade math and put into 9th grade algebra and geometry instead. The only downside to this was missing the unit on figuring out percentages which I didn’t learn until I was in college.
3) I was extremely insecure as a child and I’ve really only gotten comfortable with myself within the last three to five years.
4) My three best friends will all be living far, far away a few months from now. Two are already in California and one is moving to freaking Wisconsin. (Dang it, girls! Stop leaving me! *sobs*)
5) This year is the first year I have ever had a mantle to decorate and I am really, really excited to make stockings with the kids. Like, ridiculously excited. Way more excited than they are. WE WILL MAKE THE STOCKINGS AND THEY WILL BE EPIC AND WE WILL HANG THEM BY THE CHIMNEY WITH CARE AND IT WILL BE WONDERFUL. STOCKINGS!!
Let’s teach our children about the story of the universe and its incredible richness and beauty. It is so much more glorious and awesome and even comforting than anything offered by any scripture or God-concept that I know of.
Q:Why are you so convinced God doesn't exist?
Well frankly, because there’s never been a single coherent concept of a god; one that doesn’t rely on blatantly fallacious reasoning, plain ignorance (natural or willful), or common wishful thinking; one that doesn’t just seem so contrived.
Sure you could just throw the vague term “God” out there (many do) but as soon as you attempt to define it enough to convince someone it’s a real thing, you will slip in bullshit. The whole venture (faith and apologetics) operates somewhere between pretending to know things you can’t know and avoiding knowing things you could.
Compare that to the vastly superior and convergent explanatory power of, and evidentiary support for, Metaphysical Naturalism, and the whole supernatural thing just seems so utterly archaic and fantastical.
Like a kid slowly discovering the truth about Santa Claus: it starts with nagging suspicions when things don’t add up, that gets covered with reinterpretations of the things you know about him (denial) with parental encouragement (theologians), then you learn too much about nature (reindeer don’t fly) to make it plausible anymore, and finally you find out that it’s centuries long parental conspiracy tradition co-opted by department stores. After that there’s really no going back, short of taking a ride in a flying sleigh to an elven toy factory at the North Pole. Atheism, for me, is a quotient of diving the value I place on explanatory evidence and truth by that of tradition and emotions.
Maybe I should ask you, why are you convinced that there is one?
I’m trying to love people because they exist
and not because of what they can do for me.
Q:I looked through your book site and there are alot of books! What science book is your children's favourite?
Oooo… that’s a tough question.
There are a bunch of science experiment books (like this one) that we use all the time for fun and when we were home schooling. The Book of Astronomy and Space (here) has an awesome overview of the solar system, stars and constellations, famous astronomers and provides kid-safe links for kids that want to go online and learn more about a subject.
Our favorite, though, is probably See Inside Space (here). Both kids love this book. It’s only about 15 pages, but it’s packed with facts and pictures since it has flaps to open, fold out pages and a mini star gazing book. There’s info on the Big Bang, space travel, how we know what we know, the solar system and Milky Way and a section on “making space” which explains, in kid-friendly words, how we got from the Big Bang to humans. All our “See Inside” books get pulled off the bookshelf and flipped through a lot, but this one is definitely read the most.
Thanks for the question!
It’s sad how this barely even pings me as satire.Right?!
Beauty or brains?
Fuck that, it’s not a dichotomy. Let’s not act like mascara glues girls eyes so shut that they can’t read a word of Dickens or solve a trig problem. Let’s talk about how no boy has ever been asked if he’d rather get his Bachelor’s or get married; no boy has ever been told that he’s too handsome to run for office. So why cover up my tits so you can take me seriously?
Beauty or brains? I’ll take ‘em all, thanks.
Q:I was looking through your vaccine posts and I had a thought. A lot of the people you see complaining that they shouldn't vaccine their kids for religious reasons probably also believe that you shouldn't abort a baby because it's a life from conception.
Lives need only be protected if they are within someone’s uterus or if they are dying and want to be euthanized. Ending a life at the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, is a sin and should be condemned.
After you’re born and right before you’d like to die, you’re on your own. No food, housing, education, or basic health care and vaccinations for you. Because MY RELIGIOUS RIGHTS.
God is Love.
Q:Hello! With the holiday season coming up, I was wondering if you had any suggestions for good gifts/books (the best gifts) for kids? I have two younger cousins (an 8 year old girl and 4 year old boy) that I always struggle buying gifts for because I want them to learn something. It'd be great if you have any suggestions or could make a post on this! Thanks :)
I love this question!
A few suggestions for kids of all ages:
1) Legos are our go-to toys every year. You can find things in almost every price range and every age level and they can be played with over and over again. The Creator series are particularly cool (here).
2) Snap Circuits are awesome. We have a few sets (they all work together) and I got my son the Alternative Energy Kit as a gift for this year - it’s on sale for $40 on Amazon today, usually that sucker is like $80! (here)
3) Almost anything by MindWare is fun and educational. Their website is here, but you can usually find their products on Amazon for cheaper. They have science kits, geology kits, building sets of every type imaginable - good stuff.
4) I get most of our books through Usborne - they have an amazing selection of non-fiction titles and their “look inside" and "see inside" books are fantastic. We have a bunch of their science activity books, sticker books and Illustrated Stories collections, paper airplane books, and… well, probably at least 50-100 more. I generally just purchase the stuff for myself, but I’m technically a "consultant" so you can order through my site if you’d like (here).
5) Gift cards! Super simple and older kids love them. Throw a candy bar in a box with a gift card and you’ll be the coolest cousin ever.
Hopefully that helps? And if anyone has more suggestions, throw ‘em at me! ~JJ
EDITED TO ADD: The “contact me” page on Usborne is a pain - if you’re interested in the books or have questions, feel free to email me at jjUsborneBooks@gmail.com or message me through tumblr.
Unfortunately it’s children that are usually the victims of “faith healing.” That’s not natural selection, it’s child abuse, and it’s legally protected as a religious exemption to medical care in most states.
Let me repeat that: There are religious exemptions to laws that prevent abuse and neglect of dependent persons.
CHILD, Inc (website here), founded by Rita Swan, has been working on removing religious exemptions for 30 years. This year, the American Academy of Pediatrics has finally called for a repeal of the exemptions. The National Association of Medical Examiners, the National District Attorneys Association, Prevent Child Abuse America and the American Medical Association have all publicly called for a repeal as well. There are only a few states that have done so.
I get that Ricky Gervais makes a living being borderline offensive and I understand why people are reblogging this and laughing. But children dying painful and often drawn-out deaths from completely curable illnesses isn’t funny. And supporting “prayer healing,” even as a joke, just creates more child victims. ~JJ
We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
You don’t need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfection.