My Top Ten Posts of 2012

I’ve put up literally hundreds of posts over the past year, so I thought I’d take a moment to look back at the ten posts that got the most traffic. Unfortunately, something got reset when I moved my blog to Patheos this past March, so this list is actually the top ten posts of the last ten months. I’ll add a moment of commentary after each.

1o. So you say you don’t hate gay people, Part IV

This post was the one where I introduced the sexual ethics graph I later highlighted in my post A Tale of Two Boxes. My attempt to explain contrasting sexual ethics grabbed so much attention at the time that I’m not surprised this post made the top ten list.

9. When It Really Is about Controlling Women

In this post I talked about the way “responsibility” is invoked in discussions of abortion, pointing out that when the focus is on “responsibility” rather than on the argument that zygotes, embryos, and fetuses are people, there’s no way whatsoever to hide the reality that being anti-abortion is about trying to control women. This idea became important enough that I followed with another post offering further explanation and detail.

8. Marital Rape? Doug Wilson on Dominance and Submission in the Marriage Bed

This post was my contribution to the blogosphere discussion of a quote from one of conservative theologian Doug Wilson’s past books that resurfaced this past summer. Namely, Wilson argued that every part of marriage, including sex, ought to be characterized by dominance and submission.

7. Emotional Incest, Part 1: Definitions

This post was the first in my four-part series on emotional incest. In a nutshell, emotional incest occurs when a parent creates an unhealthy and much too spouse-like emotional relationship with one of his or her children. This series is probably one of the most painful things I have written.

6. The Real World Damage of the Purity Culture

Honestly, the amount of attention this post got surprised me. All I did was post excerpts from several emails I have gotten from women whose marriages have been damaged by the teachings of the purity culture, including ideas about emotional and sexual purity.

5. The Hypocrisy Burns: Voice of the Martyrs’ Tom White

I posted this piece immediately after Voice of the Martyrs’ director, Tom White, committed suicide. I think it became popular in part because it became a top hit for those searching “Tom White” or “Voice of the Martyrs” in the wake of the scandal, and also because its comment thread became a veritable goldmine of excuse making for religious child molesters.

4. A Response to Objections on My Pro-Life Movement Post

I don’t really have anything to add here, except that I put up this post in an attempt to address some of the counter arguments and points of confusion I was seeing in the wake of my post on losing faith in the pro-life movement.

3. Carefully scripted lives: My concerns about the Duggars

I actually posted this one last February, which means the page view total doesn’t actually count those who read it immediately after I posted it. In other words, it’s only on this list because it has staying power, and that, I think, is simply because a lot of people find the Duggars interesting enough to search the internet for information about them.

2. “This is the most important election of all time!” (again)

This is the first post I ever had that went viral. The reason this happened is that I brought Focus on the Family’s Letter from 2012, which they wrote in 2008, to the attention of not only readers but also other bloggers, who then blogged about it with links back to my post. And being shared over 6,000 times on facebook didn’t hurt either.

Next comes my number one most viewed post of all time, and anyone who has been following my blog for the past several months shouldn’t have any questions as to its identity. And so, without further ado, I give you:

1. How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

I knew when I posted this piece that it would be well-read. I anticipated it being shared on facebook and perhaps linked back to by other bloggers. Yet even with these expectations, I was completely overwhelmed by what actually happened. This post was shared on facebook over 148,000 times and received 1,655 comments. As of today, it has received over 350,000 page views. To put that in perspective, that means that this one single post received over twice as many page views as I was used to getting in an entire month. I was expecting this post to be read, but not that read.

So there you have it: my top ten posts of 2012. I’ll finish by simply asking this: Which other of my posts or ideas did you find especially striking or interesting in 2012?

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Paula G V aka Yukimi

    You have too many good posts to really choose (and I’m not trying to suck up to you XP). I remember the post who had most views before your moves was the one talking about sexual dysfunction and it was around that time I joined because it was a bit viral in twitter but obviously that wasn’t this year’s (Although this year’s post on sexual incompatibility was pretty awesome too). I will try to think about my fave post later becuase I’ve gotta go now.

  • Tracey

    #2 is why I’m a reader here. A friend recommended it verbally while we were talking about religious hyperbole in politics. Then I just stuck around. You write very sensibly and clearly. Another ‘best of’ in my mind would be your posts on zygote death. Wonderfully thorough and informative.

    • Laurie Schiller

      same here!

  • Bix

    Good posts, all. Another one I found very illuminating was the conservative versus progressive sexual ethics post (what God allows and forbids versus consent between involved parties). That was really useful.

  • jose

    Good year for the blog! I hope 2013 is even better.

    They didn’t make the list but I enjoy your posts on positive parenting. I try to co-opt them for positive uncleing ^_^

  • Lana

    The ones on socialization of homeschoolers. Made me realize, hey, I’m not the only one!

  • Beth C.

    All of them, really. I don’t remember what specific post brought me to your blog, but since then I have spent quite a bit of time going back through different posts and reading different things. Oh, and Happy New Year! :)

  • Monika

    I like your parenting blog posts best of all because Sally is about the same age as my little girl. Navigating feminist and atheist parenting is an interesting challenge and your learnings are interesting and useful.

    I also like your religious and political posts. I was especially struck back in 2012 by your statement that you would rather work with a christian feminist than a misogynistic atheist. That articulated something I had been feeling but could not put my finger on. And it was fascinating to discuss with my husband because he would go the other way. The misogynistic atheist he argues already has a foundation of rationalism so he thinks you could argue them logically out of misogyny since it is not a logical position. I don’t really care so much about a rational foundation (although that is where I come from) as much as I care about your actions in the world. If your god commands you to social justice and you work towards those goals I am happy to work along side you. My fear is you will push your religion on my but that is my prejudice talking so I’ll try and give you the benefit of the doubt!