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.

How Treating Sexual Thoughts as “Sin” Undermines Relationships

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As an evangelical child and adolescent, I grew up thinking that I would marry a man who would spend his entire life struggling with lustful thoughts---that he would need an accountability partner to help prevent him from cheating on me and that from time to time he would come to me and confess some "sexual sin," whether that be sexual thoughts or pornography use. I anticipated standing by my man as he spent his life battling with sexual desire. And then I grew up and married a guy who doesn't e … [Read more...]

How Being an Older Sibling in a Big Duggar-Like Family Is Like Being a Polygamous Sister Wife

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I was talking recently to a friend about inter-sibling relations in a large Duggar-like family. After listening, she said this: It sounds almost like sister wives or something. Wow. I had never thought of it that way before, but, yes.I grew up in a family very like the Duggars, except that we had half a dozen fewer children. We older children were expected to help raise the younger children. My parents followed the same parenting manuals as the Duggars, and those manuals advised placing … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 18: An Open Thread

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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...]

Sexual Purity and the Pool Battle Plan

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A recent article by Heath Lambert, executive director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, got me thinking about the way purity culture harms men. The article was titled Pursuing Purity at the Pool and aimed at preparing men for going to the beach or pool this summer. Take a look at this paragraph, for instance: During this time of year many show up to swim wearing very immodest swimming gear.  Such immodesty creates a struggle for many seeking sexual purity.  We may choose to de … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Dashing Peter’s Busy Afternoon

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A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 72-79You may be wondering why I didn't post my regular Friday installment of my review of Michael Farris's book, Anonymous Tip, last week. The answer, of course, is that the Duggar story broke just as the week ended, and I found I didn't have the time or energy to put into following Peter Barron through some of his initial investigative legal work. Instead, I watched in surprise as my Josh Duggar police report post garnered over two m … [Read more...]

It Took This for People to Listen?

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Last fall a petition was created calling on TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting after the Duggars deleted photos of gay and lesbian couples from their facebook page (they had called for happily married couples to post pictures of themselves, but apparently only meant heterosexual couples). At the time, I wrote a post I titled On the Duggars and the Locus of Outrage. My words then are still relevant today, in the wake of revelations that Josh Duggar sexually abused five girls in two families as a t … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar’s Lies, Damn Lies, and Half Truths

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Over and over this week I have heard bloggers and commenters and people on facebook commend Josh for apologizing and accepting responsibility for his actions. He didn't try to deny it, they say! He was forthright! He was honest!Well, no, he wasn't.Josh Duggar's apology is full of twisted half truths and blatant lies. Josh centers himself and his own life and needs and relegates his victims to the sidelines. He also lies, numerous times. Josh's apology is neither honest nor … [Read more...]


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