Monday Hot Links: No fear

The No-Fear Option: Just wait ’til your father gets home! “What I wanted to be different about my children’s upbringing was their attitude toward their father: I did not want them to be afraid of me. Looking back, I see that there was something I had overlooked. If I raised children who were not afraid of me, I would have children who were…well, not afraid of me.”

Obama’s Mixed Heritage: A Mother’s Perspective. “It’s an interesting historical moment to be a white mother of a Black child, as another white mother’s Black child is running for president of the United States. Who’d have thought?”

The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama. “The political campaign to transform Mr. Obama into a Muslim is succeeding. The real loser as that happens isn’t just Mr. Obama, but our entire political process.” More wisdom on race and the election: “Barack Obama, John McCain and the Language of Race” and “Poll: Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama.” (My quick take: Argh!)

Contraception Foes With Friends in High Places. “Claims of equivalency between contraception and abortion have been a long time in the making among contemporary religious right activists. The recent eruption of their claims onto the public stage, helped along by an aggressively anti-choice administration, is the culmination of grassroots work begun in the early 1980s among fundamentalist and evangelical Christian activists, particularly in the homeschooling movement, who developed a pronatalist theological movement that came to be known as the Quiverfull conviction.”

Art of Darkness. “No wonder we crave an entertainment like ‘The Dark Knight,’ where every topic we’re unable to quit not-thinking about is whirled into a cognitively dissonant milkshake of rage, fear and, finally, absolving confusion… If everything is broken, perhaps it is because for the moment we like it better that way. Unlike some others, I have no theory who Batman is — but the Joker is us.”