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.

Saturday Link Love: Headless Women, Admissions Policies, and Child Poverty

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.Note: Inclusion does not imply full agreement. New Favorite Tumbler: Headless Women of Hollywood, on Feministing---"“By decapitating the woman, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze,” the Tumblr’s creator, comedian Marcia Belsky, explains."This Is Wha … [Read more...]

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Anonymous Tip: Donna Gets a Lawyer (and Her Boyfriend Back)

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 299-306Several readers of this series have mentioned that Farris head hops quite a bit, writing from the perspective of a wide variety of characters and giving little warning when switching between them. There are also scenes that are ambiguous, like the one we're about to cover today. In this section, we spend most of the time not in any one's head at all---instead, it's straight dialogue---but this does mean we don't actually know … [Read more...]

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The Business of LGBT Rights

I recently came upon a Feministing article by Reina Gattuso. In her article, Gattuso critiques the capitalist exploitation of queer identities: Today in capitalism, I’m feeling meh about the commodification of queer identity. Most recent object of analysis: This Mic article about Levi’s 2016 Pride Line.The line, which does at least give a portion of profits to Harvey Milk Foundation, goes for queer dude denim looks and comes accessorized with colored bandanas a la queer and kink signaling sy … [Read more...]

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Courtship doesn’t save you heartache. It amplifies it.

I recently came upon a link to an article on a conservative Christian website comparing courtship with dating. Skimming the piece, I noticed one bit in particular that I found troubling, having grown up in a courtship culture myself. Benefits?So what are the benefits of pursuing the possibility of marriage without becoming boyfriend/girlfriend?You will be able to avoid having to:-- Experience the broken oneness and pain of one minute being someone’s partner and the next minute being … [Read more...]

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Samaritan’s Purse and the Borders of Belonging

I've long been fascinated by the idea that evangelicalism has "borders" that it enforces---beliefs that are considered required for membership. Every religion or belief system has such borders, they just define and defend them differently. What I find fascinating about watching the borders evangelicals draw is how drastically these borders have changed over time, and how very specific they can get. Fred Clark of the Slacktivist uses the term "tribal gatekeepers" to describe this phenomenon.I … [Read more...]

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The Family Research Council and the Politics of Exclusion

Guess what I noticed on the Family Research Council Facebook page?Image description: A Family Research Council Facebook post featuring a picture of three girls in swimsuits in a locker room with the text "Protect Their Rights" emblazoned on it, the words "because they should not be silenced for feeling uncomfortable with a male student in their locker room" above it, and the words "urge Congress to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration's radical overreach" … [Read more...]

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Lesbian Duplex 69: 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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