This kind of thing is pretty common for action-oriented series in general. Unless the series is specifically aimed at girls, any female characters will likely get shoved to the back, if they even show up at all. Avatar: The Last Airbender toyline was notorious for this. Despite having multiple prominent female… » 1/27/15 3:28pm Tuesday 3:28pm

With this topic, I think less about what religions believe about other planets and life forms and more about how religion will affect how we might interact with other intelligent species. Like, even if someone doesn't believe that there is intelligent life on another planet, if we find it, they'll have to interpret… » 1/27/15 6:22pm Tuesday 6:22pm

I read an article in some teen magazine where a young woman who got FGM when she was young was trying to get it stopped. But she didn't promote making it illegal, she said that would just drive the procedure underground. Rather, she advocated teaching people and getting them to stop on their own. » 1/26/15 7:59pm Monday 7:59pm

The gay thing gives them something to latch onto. The obsession over gays was largely pushed by conservative politicians. They needed ways to get certain voters to vote against their own economic self-interest (for instance, voters on welfare or who use other social programs) so they started to focus on social issues.… » 1/24/15 2:08pm Saturday 2:08pm

That's so sad. It was really common in the past, and it still happens today, for young, unmarried women to be heavily pressured into giving up their kids for adoption. I hate it when people act like giving a kid for adoption is this super easy thing that everyone can do. » 1/23/15 2:12am 1/23/15 2:12am

I think this might be a large reason why children's shows with teen characters are more popular than they used to be. And it's not just that kids can't go out on their own, they often can't be alone with other kids, without adult supervision, for long. There's more focus on organized activities, which are going to be… » 1/22/15 8:05pm 1/22/15 8:05pm

... This is something I've been wondering about lately. Like if kids would watch movies and TV shows about kids who run around on their own, and not get it. And thinking about it, it's not just movies that are like this. Look at TV shows. A huge portion of children's TV programs are about teenage characters. Teen life… » 1/22/15 7:36pm 1/22/15 7:36pm