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A Response to Mom’s Letter from Emma

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Dear Mom, Thank you for your letter. I remember when you first started your therapy, you told me it was YOUR fault that I had the struggles I did and I said “cool, it’s not my fault!” as a joke. But I realize now those words you spoke hold so much truth. In your letter […]

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A letter to my children: Emma, who is 27 years old and Dustin, who is 24 years old.

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by Dorothy Husen, Licensed  Marriage and  Family Therapist   Dear Emma & Dustin, These are my greatest hopes and desires for you today as I write this letter: For you to love and accept yourselves; For you to feel comfortable with who you are; and For you to trust your intuition to be your inner […]

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Instilling Shame and Guilt is Child Abuse

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Two of the many manipulative tools that religions use, particularly fundamentalist religions, are shame and guilt. Psychologists describe shame as an inward focus on what is wrong with ourselves and guilt as a more outward focus on what we did that was wrong.[1] While some posit that guilt can be constructive and allow us to […]

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Secular Sex Advice for Daughter

  This is a guest post by Dan Dana, PhD, retired president, Mediation Training Institute International, regarding advice for soon-to-be sexually active young women from a secular humanist perspective. See also sex advice for young men. This page supplements the short, free ebook The Reason Revolution, available here. Please read it as you consider the following […]

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Talking About Religion in Your Skeptical Family

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Guest Post by Karen Leothen I am certain that one of the most-Googled questions by atheist parents today is How to discuss religion with my children as an atheist or skeptic. That’s because many of them were raised in a religion and are trying to figure out just what to do. I used to do […]

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Abstinence-only Sex Education

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Re-reading the classics of feminism such as Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch, I am amazed at how far women have come since Sigmund Freud’s misogynist attitude toward women and their sexuality. But then I encounter Amber Barnhill’s poignant story about her total lack of sex education and I realize we […]

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