Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…






Tag Archive: Debate

The Case for Getting Married If You Want to and When You’re Ready

This post was inspired by a tweet from Grace: “‘The Case for getting married if you want to and when you are ready.’ Someone get on this.” Originally posted on March 28, 2013. Marriage isn’t only for opposite sex, monogamous couples who want to have kids. It should be an option for any constellation of…






People Aren’t Projects

Originally posted on March 11, 2013.  “Let’s go talk to the street preachers!” Drew teased this past weekend. I raised my eyebrow and glanced over at him, trying not to roll my eyes. Muslim, Jewish or Christian, street evangelists in Toronto share the same goal: to convert you. Certain groups loudly berate (female) strangers they…






Free Speech Isn’t Only for Ideas You Like

Ideas aren’t inherently dangerous. What matters is what we do with them and how we treat people who see the world through other lenses.











Is It Ok to Not Like Kids?

A response to I Don’t Like Kids. There, I Said It.  I actually agree with much of what Nissa has to say on this subject. Many years ago I decided to never become a mother for the same reasons she mentions: a complete lack of interest in parenting, a strong preference for a quiet, orderly…






Grammar Matters

Grammar matters. Fourteen years ago when I first joined in on Internet conversations I was surprised by how often the people I met online ignored basic punctuation, capitalization and spelling rules. Over time this lax approach to the English language has only grown worse. When I read a blog post or article riddled with errors I assume…






It’s Not a Debate if Everyone Agrees

This series of essays about whether women should wear makeup caught my eye. Of the seven entries three say we should wear it. The other four think it’s a personal choice but all but one of them either regularly wear makeup or are married to women who do. No one seriously questions why women feel…






Why We Need More Books About Forbidden Fruit

A proposition for 2013: we need more stories about forbidden fruit. In Love and Other Perishable Items Amelia, 15, and Chris, 21, fall in love while working together at a grocery store. They’re both trapped in unfulfilling lives for different reasons and find kindred spirits in one another. Of course, acting on their feelings is illegal until…






A Response to Should Schools Teach About Relationships

If I had the time and resources to take up a cause, I can think of none better for me than to lobby the school boards to include relationship courses in their curriculums.  And I would want such courses to not only teach kids a variety of relationship skills — such as how to negotiate…






3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Agree with Everything You Read

Recently I had a conversation with someone who doesn’t understand my tendency to read blogs and books written by people with whom I disagree. Why not focus on everyone who sees the world exactly the way that you do? Well, many of the writers I follow do agree with me. There’s comfort in spending time with…






Haircuts vs. Human Rights

  Faith McGregor walked into the Terminal Barber Shop on Bay St. in June to get a haircut…Shop co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers said the same thing. Local readers have no doubt already heard about…