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In this week’s edition of Slate’s parenting podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate editor Allison Benedikt and DoubleX founder Hanna Rosin talk to inner city family doctor Meri Kolbrener about the line between normal and abnormal childhood sexual exploration, and put the most recent Lena Dunham flap in perspective. Then, Emily Bazelon calls in to discuss the biggest issue she faces with her teenage son: his phone. Plus Slate’s L.V. Anderson joins us for a listener call about Jesus’ birthday, and parenting triumphs and fails.
Items discussed in the show:
- Kevin Williamson’s review of Lena Dunham’s book, in which he accuses Dunham of sexually abusing her younger sister.
- Melinda Wenner Moyer rebutting that assertion in Slate.
- A New York Times piece about teenagers staying up all night to text.
- The New York Times on New York City ending its ban on cellphones in public schools.
- “Why Kids Sext,” by Hanna Rosin.
Mom and Mom recommend:
Hanna loves the teen board game Quelf, which is great for breaking the ice at a party.
Allison says you should take your kids slot-car racing. If you live in Brooklyn, here’s a good place.
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