Child Marriage in Elsie Dinsmore, part 2

Zoe, we learn, is 15. Edward—whom the author informs us that he has just reached “the age of majority”—is 21. On his way back to the states after his sister’s wedding, Edward travels “leisurely” through France. One day, during a stay in a village outside of Paris, he learns that an American gentleman who has a room nearby has taken deathly ill. He inquires to find out who it is, and lo and beyond, it’s Mr. Love and his daughter, Zoe. You can imagine where this is going. Click through to read more! Read more

Child Marriage in Elsie Dinsmore, part 1

Mr. Travilla set his sights on Elsie when she was somewhere between eight and ten years old. Mr. Travilla would have been between twenty-three and twenty-five at the time. That is weird. Elsie was around thirteen when Mr. Travilla began expressing his desires to her, though in such a cloaked way that she, always portrayed as an innocent, did not understand what he meant. When Elsie was fifteen (and Mr. Travilla was thirty), Mr. Travilla’s intent had become so obvious that even Elsie’s father recognized it. And this passes for godly Christian literature today. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 146: 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: Mattresses, Marriage, and Bill Clinton

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: Marcus, the Evangelicals’ Abuser

This book was never light, but it has grown darker in the last few months as Marcus has targeted Hadassah, sexually harassing her, sexually assaulting her, and physically abusing her. And I have been increasingly struck by my knowledge of what happens later in this book and in the one that comes after it. Marcus is eventually converted, and that fixes him. Click through to read more! Read more

On That Roy Moore Interview with Sean Hannity

Between his concern for “the protection of young ladies,” his repeated application of the term “good girl” to his accusers, his identification of his accusers’ parents as friends of his, and his insistence that he always asking permission from a girl’s mothers before dating her—not to mention all the times he said he couldn’t remember whether he’d dated teens while he worked at the prosecutor’s office—his interview with Hannity didn’t exactly make Moore look good. Click through to read more! Read more

The GOP’s Presidential Performance Poll Feels Like Something out of a Dictatorship

We live in a democratic republic. This sort of poll, with its deceptively limited options and its laser-focus on praise for the chief officer of our country, feels out of place. This is not a poll asking for genuine, honest feedback. It’s not about improving the president’s agenda or giving him an honest way to assess his performance. It’s a poll designed to feed an ego. Click through to read more! Read more

The Only Thing I’m Going to Say about Louis C.K.

This wasn’t about how admired he was. It was about how influential he was in the industry these women were trying to make a go in. Since reading Louis C.K.’s statement, I’ve also read several pieces about women whose careers were impacted, whether because they decided they couldn’t go on tour with him or because his manager blacklisted them. This wasn’t about admiration. It was about power. Click through to read more! Read more

What Alias Grace Tells Us about “Consequence-Free” Sex

Grace is chaste, yes. Time and again, she turns down men’s sexual advances. But her reasons for doing so are so far removed from my own reasons two decades ago, when my parents gave me a “purity ring” and I pledged to wait until marriage, that it scarcely seems the same world. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 145: 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

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