We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

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By now you've probably all heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clear who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her religious beliefs prevent her from doing so. Critics are calling attention to the fact that Davis was married four times as evidence of hypocrisy. But what I want to call attention to is a slightly different issue.Earlier today, fellow blogger Matthew Facciani called attention to the ways some of Davis' detractors have … [Read more...]

Guess What This Boston Magazine Article about a Harvard-Bound Homeschool Grad Neglected to Mention?

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The September 2015 cover of Boston Magazine features a smiling young woman wearing a Harvard University sweater with the caption "Homeschool got me into Harvard" in front of her. As a homeschool graduate myself, this cover caught my eye. As I looked at it, I puzzled over its intent. Homeschool graduates have been attending Harvard for decades now, so it's not exactly news that a homeschooler was admitted. Yet homeschool graduates make up far less than 1% of the students at Harvard, despite the … [Read more...]

A Quiverfull of Definitions

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I've increasingly seen the media use the word "quiverfull" used to describe the Duggars' entire subculture, and that's bugging me, because this use of terminology is neither very accurate nor very helpful. In its purest definition, "quiverfull" means abstaining from using any form of birth control and instead letting God plan your family, and yet I'm increasingly seeing it used as a label for an entire subculture. There are several issues with this.First, "quiverfull" is usually a term used b … [Read more...]

Mothers are NOT always right

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Humans of New York has been visiting Iran recently, and this story of a mother and daughter just popped up in my feed:I'm glad this woman's daughter is okay, though I'm bothered by the fact that she seems to care more about the fact that she was right about her daughter's boyfriend being bad news than she does about the fact that her daughter is now safe and no longer in an abusive relationship. It's not so much "I'm glad you're safe and happy now" as it is "I told you so." And can you sa … [Read more...]

We Are Not All Josh Duggar

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Evangelicals and fundamentalists often excuse abuse by arguing that all people sin, and that in God's eyes no sin is worse than any others. As a child, I was taught James 2:10 as a proof for this concept. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." This verse was used to convict me that I was a terrible sinner even though I'd never done anything "really" bad. After it came to light that Josh Duggar had an Ashley Madison account and cheated on hi … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex: 31: An Open Thread

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It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Breaking: Leadership of Josh Duggar’s Treatment Center Allegedly Involved in Sex Abuse Coverup

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Earlier this week Josh Duggar checked into Reformers Unanimous (RU), a Christian residential addiction treatment program in Rockford, Illinois, run by North Love Baptist Church and co-founded by the church's authoritarian Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) pastor, Paul Kingsbury. Over the past twenty-four-hours, I have spoken with a number of individuals involved with or affected by either North Love or Kingsbury. Of primary importance are allegations that Kingsbury is actively su … [Read more...]


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