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.

Relationship Parenting

I want to preface this post by saying that every child is different. My child---the child this post is about---is an individual, and nothing I say here is a formula. Parenting my eight-year-old daughter without punitive parenting has been---and still is---revolutionary. Growing up, my siblings and I were expected to obey, immediately and completely and without question or complaint, and if we didn't, we were walloped with a paddle. Spare the rod and spoil the child, my parents believed.It's … [Read more...]


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Wives and Daughters: On Ivanka Trump

As quoted in a recent news article, Ivanka Trump said this of her father: “He encouraged me and enabled me to thrive,” Trump said. “I grew up in a house where there was no barrier to what I could accomplish beyond my own perseverance and my own tenacity.”There was, she stressed, “no difference between me and my brothers. And I think as a business leader you saw that, and as a president you will absolutely see that.” But in 1994 Donald Trump said this of his divorce from Ivanka's mother, Iva … [Read more...]


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On Solving Racial Inequalities

A recent article assessing the state of South African racial inequalities more than two decades after apartheid provides an opportunity to think about the current state of inequalities in our own country. The article begins as follows: Despite claims to the contrary, a study of black ownership on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange shows clearly that black South Africans remain small time players. According to a recent study, only 23% of the shares traded on the exchange are held – directly and indi … [Read more...]


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Local Media Punts on White Supremacism

Have a look at this social media post by ABC7 Sarasota:The post features a picture of a flier featuring a young blond girl and this text: The greatest con-job of the 20th century was allowing America's enemies to convince whites that it's morally wrong to love and support their own race. #whitelivesmatter These fliers are similar to other "alt right" white supremacist literature that has been found in many areas of the country since Donald Trump moved the Overton window on race last y … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 117: 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. 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...]


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Saturday Link Love: Teenage Martyrdom, Legal Mischief, and Silicon Valley Domestic Abuse

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. After Columbine, martyrdom became a powerful fantasy for Christian teenagers, on Vox---"But if you were a Christian teenager in 1999, the word “Columbine” doesn’t just make you remember feeling suddenly unsafe in places you thought were okay. It’s synonymous with both a whole cottage indu … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Pheobe’s Checklist

Voice in the Wind, pp. 111-120Let's see, where were we? Oh, right! Marcus just took Julia to the games. I read Mary Beard's book on the Colosseum last weekend, by the way. At the time Rivers' book is set, the games took place in temporary wooden structures, or in the Forum, with wooden seating set up. Looking aback at Rivers' chapter on the games, she appears to know this---she speaks of spectators "crowding into the theater" and of "three circular walls" with "four superimposed sections." … [Read more...]


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