How Evangelical Ideas about Forgiveness Failed This Rape Survivor

A recent blog post titled “Do You See Me?” is making the rounds in the survivor community. In it, “Jane” tells her story of being drugged and raped while studying at The Master’s College in California. Here is a section from the end of the post, where Jane returns to the school to find out what she has to do to finish her senior year and get her degree, even after everything she has been through: I am standing outside the door… Read more

On the Self-Worth of Evangelical Girls

I appreciate Stetzer’s concern about the negative effect our society’s emphasis on beauty has on girls, and I am glad that he is aware of the ‘confidence gap.’ But if Stetzer truly wants to build Christian girls’ confidence and sense of self-worth, he needs to do more than point the finger at ‘society and culture.’ He needs to look within. Click through to read more! Read more

Is Evangelicals’ Persecution Complex Dictated by Their Dualism?

I never saw any contradiction between our belief that we were persecuted for our righteousness, on the one hand, and Old Testament prophets’ warnings that the Jewish people were persecuted for turning away from God, on the other, because I believed that the Jewish people of these prophets’ time had turned away from God, and that we had not. But that conclusion is not so obvious as one might think, and is based on one’s particular starting points. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 137: An Open Thread

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Racism, Headlines, and Voter Fraud

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

Voice in the Wind: The Final Straw

The root of the problem, I think, is that Rivers never took Julia seriously. Rivers always viewed Julia as spoiled, selfish, and cruel, and she interprets her every action—however reasonable or understandable—through that framework. And so here, too, this must be Julia seeking revenge. It couldn’t be Julia literally and very reasonably afraid for her life. Click through to read more! Read more

Iowa Rep. Steve King Sounds Like the Antebellum American Colonization Society

While there is a lot that could be said about Rep. King’s comments—and by that I mean that his view of DACA recipients’ countries of origin is backwards and simplistic, and his belief that he should be able to make people move to across international boundaries regardless of whether they want to just because of his say so is horrific and tyrannical—my mind immediately went to a very similar argument made in a very different time. Click through to read more! Read more

What Did This Former 14-Year-Old Child Bride Actually Say?

A reader recently sent me a Dayton Daily News article about child marriage. The piece is titled ‘At 14, Ohio woman married 48-year-old man; says she would do it again.’ Bracketing research with the story of Tessi Siders, who was pregnant and 14 when she married the 48-year-old man she’d been dating, the piece is fairly negative toward child marriage overall. Click through to read more! Read more

Hurricane Harvey, and How Fundamentalist Groups Attract and Retain Members

Any help is welcome, when it comes to a disaster of this sort, and no help should be turned away. Still, it’s hard for me to watch an abusive organization whose teachings have lead to the deaths of at least three children use a disaster like this to promote their brand. Serving up meals in Houston, however genuine the impulse, does not make the Pearls’ teachings any less dangerous. Click through to read more! Read more

What These Homeschool Moms Get Wrong About Socialization

I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and I was told exactly this. And guess what? I got on with adults great! I knew how to introduce myself and shake hands and sound intelligent and impress the pants off of the adults I met. In contrast, the teens I met anywhere but our homeschool group scared me. They felt foreign, and I didn’t know how to relate to them. But that was okay! I was about to be an adult anyway. Click through to read more! Read more

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