Family Matters Archives

New investigation reveals family separation common in immigration crackdown

From: discoverfeminism.com |

A new investigation from the Applied Research Center and Colorlines.com reveals a scary new trend: children placed in the foster care system, or even up for adoption, when their parents are detained or deported because of immigration violations.

On National Coming Out Day, celebrating all families

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Today is the annual National Coming Out Day, where LGBTQ people are encouraged to be out and proud about their sexuality and gender expression as a way to raise awareness and build support for LGBTQ people.

Council on Contemporary Families’ Awesome Media Workshops

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The Council on Contemporary Families co-chair Josh Coleman sent the following note about the CCF’s awesome, highly affordable media workshops they are giving online. I gave the first one last Thursday (you can listen to the podcast for free). I’m biased, but it is a super-practical and efficient series! If you feel moved, share the info about the series with colleagues.

Close Kin & Distant Relatives: Some Thoughts on Family

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Folks who know me know that I have family on the brain.  I am writing a book on family as theme in contemporary black women’s literature. Right now I’m also teaching a survey course on African American literature, with family as the guiding theme and this is not the first time I have done so.  Studying how folks write about family has been a major interest of mine since I was in college.

Pitiful Husbands

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Lots of controversy over at the Good Men Project with this post of mine: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Men: The Martyr Complex of the American Husband. (In this case, the title was mine, as it rarely is at GMP.) Excerpt:

Tell Your Daughter She’s Not Too Much to Love

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Today’s column at the Good Men Project has a slightly misleading title: Loving Your Daughter Doesn’t Make You a Pedophile. Excerpt:

Learning to be a Husband, Not a Son

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In three previous marriages and a handful of other long-term relationships (I haven’t been single for long since I was 16), I found myself—like so many men—taking on the parts of the “naughty boy” and the “helpless child.”  Time and again, I turned wives and girlfriends into mother-figures, and the result was inevitably disastrous.

Who I consider family

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Apart from the overall ‘suckiness’ of today, one thing stood out to me. Who do I consider family? Well, for starters, family members are the people that surround me and want to be in my life, not the people who are somehow related to me and don’t recognize me in a crowd.

Logical Family

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I have never been accused of being overly sentimental. Or even often appropriately sentimental, come to think of it. I don't cry at emotional movies or books or even the sappy commercials on TV that are fine-tuned to go straight for the heartstrings. And at the wedding my husband and I, and a bunch of our friends, attended last weekend, I was the only person out of our friends not to get at least a little choked up when the (gorgeous and very happy looking!) bride came down the aisle.

Two Women in Love Equals One Happy Family

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Kristen Henderson and Sarah Ellis are the authors of Times Two: Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made. They recently spoke with Feminists for Choice about their book, their family, and same-sex marriage. What inspired you to write Times Two? We thought it was a great opportunity to show that our family isn’t

RELATING RADICALLY: Is a Correlation Between Teen Sex and Divorce a Bad Thing?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

There’s been a bit of buzz in the media in the past week about a study published in April in the Journal of Marriage & Family that finds some correlation between women having sex as a teenager and divorcing later in life.  So far, most of the coverage seems to imply that the data supports parents telling teens to hold back and wait until they’re adults to have sex–but is that conclusion really supported?

Love in a Time of Calling Out

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My grandfather will turn ninety in a few months, a week after I turn twenty-five. I’m not particularly close to most of my family, but my grandfather and I have always had something special. I was his first grandchild; he waited in the hospital every day after my mother gave birth and premature baby-me was struggling to survive. He’d come home, exhausted from work, and have me fall asleep on his chest at night. Because our father felt burdened by us, my grandfather would often pick my sister and me up from school, take us to arcades, buy us Legos, and invite us over for cartoons and McDonalds with our mom every Saturday night for years. He is one of the sweetest and most generous people I know.

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