Lazy-day Link-a-palooza: Superbowl Reactions, Adoption, Hating Obama, and Lent

by Camille on February 13, 2013

I’m on vacation this week with my sweet hubby. We decided to spend some time focusing on just the two of us before we plow ahead with the adding another child thing, so we’ve escaped the house-building, baby-raising, foster-class-taking, grad-schooling, etc. to just breathe a while. Our daily routine has thus far consisted of sleep, eat, nap, eat, read, nap, Words with Friends, and sleep. So yeah….the perfect vacation, actually.  And while I actually have some time to write and a lot of thoughts swirling around my head about rather weighty topics, I can’t really find the energy to pull my brain from the deeply meditative state of extreme relaxation. Thus,  instead of battling my own thoughts into coherent sentences, I decided to catch up on my Google Reader and share with you. Enjoy my random trip through the blogosphere below. 🙂

Why I’m Boycotting the Superbowl by Elizabeth Esther

I’m increasingly convinced that by watching the Super Bowl I tell my children it’s good and acceptable to sacrifice their bodies for sport–especially if there’s enough money involved. And by watching the Super Bowl I tell my children it’s good and acceptable to reduce women to mere objects as portrayed in the commercial advertisements.

Slavery Was Not Abolished in 1865 — Not by a Long Shot, from Traded Dreams

The state department estimates about 12.3 million in adults and children are trafficked into forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution globally. Did you know that in the U.S. alone sex trafficking brings in 9.5 billion dollars a year? We call it trafficking and the word might cause alarm for some, but I believe it waters it down for most. Let’s call it what it is. Slavery. 

Power, performance, Beyonce, and what it means to “own your sexuality” from Rage Against the Minivan

And while we may not all agree on this particular performance, what about posing in her underwear on the cover of GQ to promote the halftime show? Is that “owning her sexuality” or is that her giving in to the demands of a misogynistic music industry?  I’ve watched many pop stars and actresses bend to the pressure of posing for men’s magazines. Are these women owning their sexuality by posing for a magazine targeting men?  I’m not sure I buy that.

adoption in America from Rage Against the Minivan

An informative infographic detailing statistics for American adoptions.

he still waits from Rage Against the Minivan

His chances in Africa aren’t good.  If he survives he will spend the rest of his life in an institution.  He has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and they have a hard time controlling his seizures with the limited medical care available to him.   He is being fed through an NG tube (in his nose) because he aspirates his food.  While the orphanage he is in is a great one, it is still an orphanage and Elias NEEDS a family.  There isnothing that can replace a loving family.

Adoptive mom’s ‘newborn’ photo shoot with 13-year-old son goes viral from TodayMoms

Back in Florida, Higgins said the lesson Latrell taught her is simple: We are never too old to want — and deserve — love, security and parents.

No Winners, Only Losers from Monkey Soup

On any given day there can be up to 400,000 children in care.  On average, kids are in foster care for two years.  The average age of a child in foster care is nine-years-old.  More than 60,000 kids living in foster care have had their biological parental rights terminated, and are waiting to be adopted.  Eleven percent of kids will age out of foster care.

Begin Again from Momastery

We got rid of our TV service a few months ago. The quiet is strange, but nice.

What the hell was I thinking? I have come to understand that there are things that are bad for me that I love. And no one can make me stop these things because no one is the boss of me. These things include Twizzlers, Diet Coke, chocolate, and trash TV. I know that I should not ingest these things, but at thirty six, I have finally agreed to just be how I am instead of trying, constantly, to be how I should be. About TV- I love it. I LOVE you, TV. …My TV will be taken from me again out of my cold, dead hands.

Hating President Obama (in Jesus’s Name) from Matthew Paul Turner

Regardless of how one views President Obama, shouldn’t either “love thy neighbor” or “love thy enemy” apply? Even if you’re convinced that President Obama is a gun-taking Muslim socialist fanatic who performs partial-birth abortions on weekends, isn’t it Jesus’s command for us to love our neighbors/enemies? You don’t have to agree with him. You can certainly challenge his ideas.

But it is possible to disagree and challenge with respect. And if you can’t conjure up respect, you can at least disagree and challenge without being hateful.

The absurd legalism of gender roles from Rachel Held Evans

Legalism is destructive, certainly. And it is often absurd.  Framing gender stereotypes as God’s will turns too many men and women into actors and too many marriages into elaborate performances rather than genuine partnerships. What we end up with is a black belt watching her boyfriend get beaten to a pulp, a family choosing financial ruin over stay-at-home-fatherhood, the true chef in the house eating hot pockets, the math whizz getting barred from financial planning, a loving father being told he’s not a natural “nurturer,” an ambitious organizer being told she’s not a natural “leader.”

Adoption Blogs, Privacy, and People from The Adoption Magazine

Bloggers choose to write about their adoption experiences for a variety of reasons ranging from allowing friends and family to keep up with happenings to a therapeutic release to a service or ministry for others. Those who choose to open the doors of their homes and their hearts and be vulnerable with what is real, what is true, what is hard about adoption often do so to help others. They want to prepare and equip those who have not yet adopted. They want to support and encourage those who have adopted. This takes courage.

I would venture to say that there is more risk to the children in a home where the blogger glosses over the issues than in the home of a blogger who admits that there are challenges but who is proactively seeking help for their child.

 

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