‘Legitimate Rape’ in the Bible

On August 19, 2012, Republican Representative Todd Akin of Missouri launched himself out of obscurity and into the headlines of CNN and the New York Times by proclaiming this about conception and pregnancy: “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin displayed impressive linguistic economy. In fewer than twenty words, he implied that traumatized women can set their uteri to airplane mode, hinted that pregnant women who claim rape are lying, and outraged more than half of the nation’s electorate. Akin, a conservative Christian, also continued a time-honored biblical tradition of dismissing the rights of female victims of sexual assault. [Read more...]

Christian Store Won’t Sell Author’s Book Because It Includes the Word ‘Vagina’

My friend and Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans has a book coming out at the end of the month called A Year of Biblical Womanhood about the time she spent trying to be the type of woman the Bible commands her to be. Of all the passages in the book, this one is causing the [Read More...]

Secular Woman Offers Free Membership to Secular Students

Up until now, Secular Woman membership for students has cost $10. As of today, that price has been reduced… to nothing! For the next two weeks, student members of the Secular Student Alliance and its affiliates can obtain free membership (regardless of gender): “Secular Woman is very excited about this new strategic partnership with the [Read More...]

Just Say No to Skeptic Calendars

Over the past several years, various groups have created calendars featuring nude/semi-nude/fully-clothed skeptics to raise funds for their events or donate to charity. For the most part, it’s all in good fun. The models — I’ve been one myself. Not nude. You’re welcome. — volunteer to do it (and it’s exciting!), the organizations make a [Read More...]

The Mind of Mark Driscoll

When I saw this, I was surprised: Mark Driscoll has thoughts?! (via nakedpastor) [Read more...]


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