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For parts 1 and 2, click here

Okay — so in part 1 we talked bout my former autism website, Forming Horizons, and about a more traditional understanding of the word horizons as denoting limits rather than limitlessness.

Then in part 2 we talked about how, working within the “horizons” an ASD diagnosis brings (to all parties involved), we can discover and realize a greater range of possibilities than we thought existed by giving form to the potential inherent therein.

(“Potential” and “horizons” are interchangeable terms for our purposes — hence, Forming Horizons).

But we also recognized that it’s not that easy, that there are very real challenges that need to be faced.  I maintain that perception is a key source of both trouble and, more importantly, opportunity. Continue Reading »

For part 1, click here

We left off talking about my former autism website, Forming Horizons, and about a more traditional understanding of the word horizons as denoting limits rather than limitlessness. Continue Reading »

Okay…as I said I would be throwing autism into the mix along with everything else I like to talk about, I should probably make an effort to explain how it will “fit.”

To that end, here is part 1: Continue Reading »

This is the final installment in a three-part series.  For parts one and two, click here

Let’s get right to it: Theologically speaking, what’s so special about being a girl?

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For part one, click here

Quick recap: A study covered on “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” revealed that six-year-old girls tend by an overwhelming margin to think their own gender of inferior intelligence compared to their male counterparts.

I suggested that the ubiquitous image of the “sexy female” in popular culture goes far to undermine girls’ sense of female dignity and, therefore, intelligence.

Okay — I also said we’d look at possible secular responses to this phenomenon, along with the thoughtful Catholic response I intend to share.

But I’ve changed my mind.  It is a little presumptuous of me to assume I can predict how the culture will respond, and such responses are hardly relevant until they are actually manifest.

So I’ll just share the Catholic response.  If anyone has a more secular viewpoint they’d like to share, please feel free to do so.

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Megyn Kelly

Well I’m not a regular “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” viewer.  But I cannot help catching things out of the corner of my eye from time to time, and I was intrigued when I saw that she was covering a study of gender perceptions among 5- and 6-year-old children.

The results of the study were pretty straightforward:

  1. When asked whether they thought boys were smarter than girls or vice versa, 5-year-old girls tended to favor their own gender.
  2. 6-year-old girls, meanwhile, almost universally (if not universally) answered that boys were smarter — even those whose mothers were working women (even, in fact, the daughter of Kelly herself, whose husband is a work-at-home author, and therefore more often home with the kids while she is out “making it big”).

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Do I have your attention?

Good.  The fidget spinners have done their duty, and we can move on.

Do I know you?

Even better.

Are you a past Into the Dance reader?

Better still.

Does it seem to you that I’ve been gone for quite awhile?

That doesn’t surprise me.  It’s because I have. Continue Reading »