No issue that can't be made just a little more controversial
YOU ARE VISITING THE OLD MALKIN(S)WATCH. THAT'S FANTASTIC. PLEASE VISIT THE NEW MALKIN(S)WATCH WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE. Ryan Fenno calls my attention to this post.
The Chicago Tribune discovers a line of man-hating clothing for children of lesbian parents born by artificial insemination.Ryan:
Why do they have to be lesbians? Answer: they don't.In fact, the Tribune editorial points that out:
Why was I shocked and angry? Not because the parents are lesbians. Not because they are raising children. Both realities are here to stay and they are fine with me.Sound advice. Leave it to Malkin to make this about those dykes and their man-hating ways.
What troubles me is that children today are being raised in an era of increasingly flexible definitions of parenthood, definitions that often serve the interests of adults without regard for children.
When they stop to consider the child's point of view, advocates for new technologies used by homosexual and heterosexual parents alike typically insist that children growing up in alternative family arrangements are just fine. End of story.
But it's not the end of the story. Those cute 3- and 4-year-olds grow up. They look in the mirror and see features and expressions they don't share with the parents who are raising them. They see other little friends who have a mom and a dad. They start asking questions.
If their parents are wise, they will tell the child about his or her origins, as most therapists now urge parents to do.