My Belated Love Affair with Pawnee, Indiana

I'm inexcusably late to the party. I'm the first to admit that. But now, I am in. I am so, so in. I am in love with Pawnee, and I don't care who knows it. Leslie Knope is my spirit animal--as any Enneagram Type 7 will attest, a hilarious and sometimes painful window to my own soul. I can't get enough of Ron Swanson's off-beat brand of Libertarian feminism; and Chris Traeger is LIT-erally the best thing that ever happened to my Netflix queue.Also, I'm pretty sure I talked to the real life … [Read more...]

A Friendly Women’s Day Reminder that the President Hates Women

Unless they are in direct service to him, that is. Sexually or otherwise. Think about it--every woman he's ever said anything favorable about has been extremely attractive and/or, in some order-following position in his life. Wife, daughter, or faithful employee; or, media or government officials, but only the ones who have favorable things to say about him.Plenty of trolls will overreact to my post title and fire back with a seemingly long list of women he doesn't hate. Guess what? In the … [Read more...]

“This is Us,” and How Rape Culture Ruins Everything

Remember the good old days when people used to talk about TV shows they were watching? Fun times. How about a throw-back to the good old days...And speaking of good old days, I love This is Us. I love the flashbacks to the 80s, and the house that is full of things I had in my childhood home (I literally saw my parents' old bedspread on this week's episode.) I love the occasional twists and turns that make you sit up on the edge of the couch and go "WHAAAAA??? I did NOT see that coming!" I l … [Read more...]

Signs of Strength: Thoughts on the Women’s March

Guest post: Dr. Kimberly JonesOne of the first signs that I saw as we trekked into Washington DC for the Women’s March contained these iconic words:Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.Since the election, I have despaired that our country has moved so far from this welcoming spirit… until yesterday.I gathered … [Read more...]

I’m With Them

"My head is pounding and I feel sick; but I can't go to bed because when I wake up tomorrow it will be 100 years ago."That's what I said to my spouse (and Tweeted) at around midnight last night. That confounding arrangement of verb tenses aptly sums up where many of us are today. Utterly confounded. Disoriented. What year is it? Where do I live right now?It is easy to despair... Because, Jesus, this is a dark place. I am not using the Lord's name in vain, I am literally saying JESUS, … [Read more...]

We Don’t Dance on Graves: To Those Celebrating the Death of Phyllis Schlafly

People. Get ahold of yourselves.I get it. She tried to single-handedly squelch the Equal Rights movement with her own cold, unfeeling hands.  She has been the unsmiling, judgy face of the Moral Majority. She made "feminism" a bad word in a whole lot of circles She was a hypocrite who enjoyed a wildly successful political career, even as she insisted that a woman's place was in the home. She used her privilege as a wealthy white woman to exact social change that would harm the poorest and mo … [Read more...]

Good Christian Sex: Not an Oxymoron

Guest Post, by Bromleigh McCleneghanLast spring, I told the committee that hired me as the new associate pastor that I was writing a book about sex, both in the interest of full-disclosure and as a bit of self-defense. They couldn’t complain later if they didn’t complain initially, right?They didn’t complain. They are lovely. Though the congregation has taken to teasing me ever so slightly, especially as my book received its title (Good Christian Sex). Apparently it will receive a mentio … [Read more...]

Running While Female: A Survivor’s Story

The story of Brock Turner has rape culture on everyone's minds this week--but that story is just one of many, reminding us that sexual assault is a chronic, destructive reality for women in this country. We can't stop talking about it once this latest instance cycles out of the trending newsfeed. I'm so grateful to my friend and colleague Robyn Bles for bravely sharing her story. “What were you thinking running in that bad neighborhood?”  The police officer asked me.I blinked.  What was I … [Read more...]

Criminal Journalism: Brock Turner and the Sanitation of Rape Culture

Such a heartbreaking story. Such a gifted young man, with a promising future. Sadly, he was brought down by a loose woman who drank too much and didn't know how to keep herself from getting raped while she was unconscious. It's a shame. Such a shame.You could read the article in the Washington Post that everyone's talking about this morning, but I'll save you the trouble. That's pretty much the gist of it right there. As if you couldn't tell from the headline itself that this was going to be … [Read more...]