how many mommies

Clementine and her friend, Amelia, got into one of their infamous, face-to-face screaming matches this morning. Fortunately, this time I had a camera on hand and caught it on video. The disagreement had to do with how many mommies someone could have. Clementine was adamant that a person could only have one mommy. Amelia, citing the family of a friend of hers, kept saying two… Afterward, I tried to explain that they were both right; biologically speaking, a person can only have one mommy, however, there are instances where two women raise a child. And, when that’s the case, it’s possible that both women could be called “mommy.” These are the little challenges that make modern parenting so much fun.

As long as we’re on the subject, I was talking with a young friend last night who is getting ready to go off to Oberlin. We were talking about dorm assignments and the like, and she mentioned that there were “about ten” choices to choose from in the “sexual orientation” part of the housing application. She also said that you had to indicate whether or not you would mind sharing your room with someone who identified themselves as transgender. (They apparently have a transgender residential program.) I was wondering this morning whether Oberlin was unique in addressing transgender students in this way, and decided to look online. The first thing I stumbled across this conservative article containing the following clip:

…Oberlin embodies a far-Left paradise of agitation, Marxist activism and sexual licentiousness. It is, in short, a model of the Left’s paradise. It is specifically for this reason that it resembles most traditional Americans’ version of Hell.

It also said that Oberlin “indulges in hating whitey.”

However hard we think it is to be a parent these days, it’s got to be ten times as hard to be a kid.

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  1. Ken
    Posted July 22, 2007 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I think Clementine can take that kid…

    That is a great video and the best line:
    “Hey…a bumble bee!”

  2. CLP
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to use “hey, a bumblebee” from now on whenever I want to get out of a fight.

  3. Steam
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    After a while, it becomes kind of mantra-like. The bee kind of ruins everything.

  4. edweird
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    But does the bumble bee hate whitey?

  5. Robert
    Posted July 23, 2007 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I thought I was watching “Hardball” but then several seconds went by without Chris Matthews interrupting.

  6. Tom M
    Posted July 24, 2007 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    We have special showers for the transsexuals at Ave Maria.

  7. Posted July 24, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    As one “whitey” who might be said to have indulged
    while at Oberlin, I can attest to the fact that what happened in Oberlin stayed in Oberlin.

    A paradise it was — Hell it was not. ;)

  8. Cleo
    Posted July 25, 2007 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    I learned to hate whitey by watching PBS.

  9. Posted July 25, 2007 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Cleo! How can you hate Whitey!? Whitey is the best! I love Whitey’s! It’s been a Quad Cities tradition since 1933.

  10. Otherworldly
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    I go to oberlin, and i LOVE hating Whitey.

    In all seriousness, Oberlin is probably the most sexually progressive college anywhere. Just google ‘tent of consent’ or perhaps ‘drag ball’. Its pretty great.

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