Saturday Link Love: Grease, Breast Milk, and Broken Hearts


Saturday Link Love is a new 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.Politics Roe's End? on The Austin Chronicle Why "Family Values" Defined Conservative Christianity (and Why "Religious Liberty" Has Replaced It), on Religion Dispatches Gender Four Reasons Why Grease is a Feminist Musical, on The Mary Sue A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and Oth … [Read more...]

Who Is Outside the Circle?

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The Phoenix City Council has voted to replace the traditional prayer before their city council meetings with a moment of silence rather than allow a Satanist group a turn to give the prayer. As I was reading about this decision, I was struck by this image:The text reads "Prayer circle forms outside council meeting following vote to switch to moment of silence" and the image shows a large circle of people, some in suits, holding hands. Do you know what I feel when I look at that … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Chinese Worry Balls


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 200-207Today shit starts getting freaky at the CPS headquarters. But first we have to endure Wally Elrod delivering legal documents again. It's Monday afternoon, if you remember, and Wally had just finished delivering summonses and complaints for the day when he noticed some new documents had come in, including one for Rita. Even though Farris tells us Wally never went out for a second round of deliveries and even though it was … [Read more...]

Why Empower Girls If You Can Just Protect Them?


A while back, I posted about the sexist way our society approaches fathers, daughters, and dating. You know, the whole "I'll have to get a shotgun to keep the guys away from my daughter" meme and the "I'm not letting her date until he's thirty" line. I know, I know, I've had people insist to me that it's a joke and I'm taking it too seriously, but I'm sorry, if it's a joke it's a sexist joke that perpetuates sexist ideas about women and removes agency from girls and women.Take a look at this … [Read more...]

Naghmeh Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Silencing of Evangelical Abuse Victims


Let me start with a word of background. Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000. In 2002 Saeed met Naghmeh, an American citizen who grew up in Boise, and together they became active in the Iranian house church movement. They married in 2004 and left for the U.S. when the Iranian government cracked down on this movement in 2005. When Saeed returned to Iran to visit family in 2009, he was detained by authorities and forced to sign a pledge to forgo any house church activities. A … [Read more...]

Compassionate Bigotry and the Future of Anti-Gay Rhetoric


In recent weeks, a article from June 2014 has resurfaced. I read the article based on its title---5 Truths You're Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America---and have decided to give it a once-over here on the blog. While the article is now twenty months old, many of the themes it covers are very much at the forefront of current debates over LGBTQ rights. Further, the article's entire approach seems to me emblematic of hew rhetorics opponents of gay rights have used in recent years. … [Read more...]

Why Hillary Clinton’s Gender Matters


As the Democratic Party's presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heats up, I've noticed an increasing tendency among some to argue that Clinton's gender should be irrelevant to the decisions people make at the polls---or even that any consideration of Clinton's gender at all is anti-feminist. I couldn't disagree with this assessment more strongly.Let me be clear: I am not telling you that you should vote for Clinton. I am not even telling you that I am voting for … [Read more...]