About Hännah Ettinger

Hännah Ettinger blogs, tweets, is the founding publisher of The Swan Children Magazine, and dishes feminist critique of YA novels over at The YA Wallpaper.

The Christian Alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey Promotes Chivalry Over Kink

Christians love a good boycott, but what they love even more than that is a media alternative to promote as part of their boycott. Rik Swartzwelder (writer, director, and romantic lead) is giving them just that with his film Old Fashioned.

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A Christian Response to Fifty Shades of Grey: Reviewing Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh & Dr. Juli Slattery

The trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey is out, and at my day job as a bookseller (all opinions are mine, not my employer’s, etc), I’ve seen more copies of that book go across the checkout desks this past week than I’d like to admit. It’s having a surge in popularity and people are eagerly anticipating the Valentine’s Day 2015 release of the film.

I tried to read the series when it first came out and made waves, but I couldn’t get past the first half of the first book, in which logic and consent disappear in favor of all manner of impossible things before breakfast and abuse grooming techniques. There is very little in the plot’s setup that makes sense, and there is even less that is representative of a safe, ethical, average BDSM relationship.

But there are better places to go for reviews of the controversial series. I’m here to review a book that takes on the idea of erotica from a mainstream evangelical Christian perspective.

Pulling Back the Shades is written by Secret Keeper Girl founder and purity culture expert Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery, a Christian psychologist with close ties to Focus on the Family. It’s the Christian purity thought leaders’ response to mommy porn, and they have a lot to say.

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Peeping Tom Wannabe Pastor was Protected by Mars Hill Leadership, Alleges Former Church Member

More stories of abuses of power by church leadership are coming out of Pastor Mark Driscoll‘s church on the We Love Mars Hill blog. This latest one tells of a man who wanted to become a youth pastor despite allegations of voyeurism. Even though his alleged crimes were known, he was protected by the staff from the legal consequences and allowed to remain in leadership.

From the testimony of “Phillip C”:

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Christian Ministry Suspends Youth Boot Camp Due to Dwindling Numbers, Abuse Allegations, and Financial Mismanagement

Teen Mania’s Honor Academy is suspending operations for this year, based on dwindling attendance and funding. The Christian youth bootcamp, which has been accused of being a hotbed of abuse and financial scandal, has been struggling since the headquarters in Texas was foreclosed on earlier this year.

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Why is the “King of Homeschooling” Trying to Block a Treaty Regarding the Rights of the Disabled?

I really, really dislike Michael Farris. He’s (partially or wholly) behind a lot of things that are holding our country back in terms of basic human rights issues, and it’s just mind boggling sometimes to connect the dots on these stories.

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