7 Things I Wish Parents Would Stop Teaching Their Children:


  1. That nudity is inherently sexual
  2. That people should be judged for their personal decisions
  3. That yelling solves problems
  4. That they are too young to be talking about the things they’re already starting to ask questions about
  5. That age correlates to importance
  6. That interacting with someone of the opposite sex is inherently romantic
  7. That the default for someone is straight and cisgender


"Consensual sex" is just sex. To say that implies that there is such a thing as "non consensual sex", which there isn’t. That’s rape. That is what it needs to be called. There is only sex or rape. Do not teach people that rape is just another type of sex. They are two very separate events. You wouldn’t say "breathing swimming" and "non breathing swimming", you say swimming and drowning.


Like a parent singing nursery rhymes to a toddler, melatonin coaxes the body to fall asleep. High levels remain in the bloodstream into the morning. The discovery of this hormone helped scientists identify the gears behind the biological clock: a small cluster of cells deep behind the eyes called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (known as the SCN to biologists).

These cells let the pineal gland know when the eyes pick up bright light. When it’s dark for a while, the pineal gland assumes it is bedtime and sends melatonin throughout the body to let the organs know that it is time to close up shop.

But here’s the thing: the pineal gland can be tricked pretty easily. For all of its wonders, the human body is still a reflection of a world where the only source of bright light was the sun. Abundant white light — especially white light with a slight blue tint that mimics the sky on a clear day — can fool the pineal gland into thinking that the sun is still up. That is why watching television or working on a laptop late at night can make it harder to fall asleep.

With enough bright light over the right amount of time, the pineal gland becomes something of a reverse snooze button, holding off on releasing melatonin because it thinks that it is still daytime.