An Argument Against Hitting Your Children: And Some Alternatives

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Tim Lineaweaver believes a child should grow up believing their home is a safe place to be. It was something he himself didn’t have.

Adrian Peterson, Child Abuse, And Why It Doesn’t Matter If That’s How You Were Raised

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People who were raised with corporal punishment and say “But I came out just fine” are wrong, writes Aaron Gouviea. Those people did not turn out “just fine” because they still think that using weapons against a child and beating them bloody is acceptable behavior.

21 Tweets: “Why We Don’t Spank Our Kids”

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For an ever increasing number of dads and moms, spanking their kids is not an option. Here are 21 good reasons why.

Football’s Fatal Flaw

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Why football’s inherent violence makes it esthetically corrupt— and downright un–American.

Confession

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Speaking for men who are drawn to violence, Ed Harkness writes compellingly on “why we love the vein of coal /inside us” in this recollection of a harrowing bullying episode.

I Am Vulnerable Because I’m Disabled, Not Because I’m a Woman

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Erin Kelly reveals the detrimental impact of gender stereotyping on both men and women with disabilities.

We May Be Right. We May Be Crazy: Musings on the NFL’s Violence Problem

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Michael Kasdan wonders whether the NFL knows that off-the-field violence is an unfortunate side product of a violent game

To Ditch the Dunce Cap

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Aaron W. Voyles explores cyclical shame for men and education.

Greg Buckley, Jr. 21-Year-Old Marine Lance Cpl. Murdered in Afghanistan

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Perry Brass’s elegy for Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. demonstrates the dark truth that, in war, one can’t always know who one’s enemy is.

One of My Own

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What do we do when someone we know—a friend, a brother, a family member—is found to be abusing someone else? Saumya Arya Haas, with great sadness, decided what she needed to do.

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Guillermo Filice Castro writes of everyone’s wounded child–and its role in perpetuating conflict.

What Do ALS and Ferguson Have in Common? The ‘Reverse the Hate’ Challenge

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“Sleepy Hollow” star Orlando Jones co-opts the Ice Bucket Challenge to reverse the hate resulting from Ferguson.

Childhood

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Christopher Nelson remembers “Bloody Knuckles”—and the disturbing things it taught us about manhood.

One Tweet Perfectly Encapsulates how Screwed Up the World is Right Now

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Yes, the world is a complex place, but only because we have made it so over the course of human history. We all mold our own reality, so why not make it something beautiful?

Black Life Matters

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August 11 would have been Michael Brown’s first day of college. Here’s how the media is more concerned with the story of Michael Brown, and less so about his life.