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The state of the culture

The right not to marry

Now, I really believe there is true equality:

The first time I heard the question was a year ago at my brother’s wedding, an occasion where such coaxing is commonplace. “When are you and Christian going to get married?” asked a well-meaning aunt whose daughter married another woman several years previously. “I know it’s legal in New York. Wouldn’t it make your mother happy?”

And so it begins

I've written before that there is a difference between refusing to serve a gay couple at your restaruant and declining to cater a gay wedding. How that difference, largely unacknowledged now, is handled will deteremine how well religous libery advocates and and anti-discrimination advocates are going to be able to accommodate each other.

Now comes a new wrinkle:

Body of work

Never mind Christian bakers not wanting to cater gay weddings. Do tattoo artists have the right to refuse to ink someone? A delicate flower at the Jezebel site doesn't think so. She asked tattoo artist Dan for a neck tattoo of her daughter's name and went ballistic when he refused:

Dan: “It’ll look tacky. It’s just tacky.”

The line stops here

This essay about couples who are childless by choice doesn't come right out and call them selfish. But it throws around the term "hedonists" a lot, suggesting that the couples put their own pleasure ahead of everything else in life. But what if they're wrong, and in the end realize there should be much more to life?

Useful

Well, now we should feel special, guys. Michelle Obama thinks we are "useful."

During a conversation with students in the United Kingdom, First Lady Michelle Obama told them that men were “useful” for promoting the idea of more education for girls.

“We’ve got to send different messages about the importance of educating our girls.”

Think again

Strange old world just keeps getting stranger:

Why is Caitlyn Jenner treated as a groundbreaking cultural hero and Rachel Dolezal condemned as a charlatan? If it’s okay to be transgender, what’s wrong with being “transracial”?

[. . .]

Listen up, guys

Oh, brother. Or perhaps that should be oh, person. "You guys" is now on the "stop saying it, it's creeping sexism and offensive" list:

The gay general

The weakest link

If you have certain requirements for a job, and those requirements keep a very high percentage of one group or another out of that job, do members of those groups need to try harder, or should the standards be changed? That's a debate that's held all the time in this country, and various jurisdications have come up with various answers, Sometimes, there is a little more urgency in coming up with the right answer:

Venting

The kids just won't believe it when we tell them to be careful online because stuff stays there forever, will they?

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