Everyone who's ever fretted about how to talk to a child about gay marriage -- as though the basic concept is somehow infinitely more difficult to understand than straight marriage -- should be required to watch this video, in which little dude Calen processes the realization that his uncles are "husband and husband." In under a minute, Calen goes from, "What? Huh?" to "Ohhhhh" to "OK, bored with this now." I don't even want to spoil it by quoting him directly (if you can't watch or hear it, there's a transcript at AMERICAblog), so I'll just say it is compelling evidence that kids' fragile little minds can handle the concept just fine -- and watching them get it might just be the cutest thing you've ever seen.
Update: The YouTube video has been made private. It's unclear why -- although it occurs to us that Calen's uncles might be a bit spooked by their sudden viral fame.
Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape
Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010).
Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University