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: Guns, Sex, and Gender

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. What the Media Gets Wrong about Children Dying of Gunshots, on Skepchick---"The problem with portraying all these gun deaths as accidentally happening to small children means that people will get the wrong idea of how we might go about combatting it." I Had 4 Boys---Until One of Them Tol … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Bitten at Both Ends

Voice in the Wind, pp. 241-244There has been a lot of wrong in this book, but for some reason these short paragraphs hit me harder than much of what has come before. Julia has just arrived home, dragged there by Marcus, and upon arrival they find Phoebe waiting. Julia launched into her story about worshipping Hera, then added that she went to the marketplace afterward to look for a healing amulet for Father. Surprising Marcus, she produced a carnelian pendant from a leather pouch. "The m … [Read more...]


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No, Complaints Do Not Typically Get Officers Fired

Earlier this week, a Minnesota police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, a 40-year-old white woman who was about to be married. Damond had met the police in the alley outside of her home after placing a 911 call to report a personal assault. While she was standing at the driver's side door, the officer in the passenger seat shot her. Black Lives Matter activists quickly identified this case as an example of police brutality and the troubling policing tactics that have turned the police into … [Read more...]


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The Creationist Giraffe

On my journey away from young earth creationism, several memories stick out. Today, I want to address three of them. The first has to do with giraffes.Growing up, my father held up that giraffe necks as evidence against evolution. "You can't just grow another neck vertebra," he would say. "No amount of trying to reach higher leaves would result in another vertebra." Now yes, this argument was flawed. A giraffe could in theory obtain an additional vertebra if a portion of its genetic code was … [Read more...]


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What Is Doug Wilson’s Problem with Male Ballet Dancers?

A recent blog post by Doug Wilson has me musing on the lack of foundation undergirding much of the evangelical culture wars. In many cases, the way the world is is portrayed as though it is natural and obvious, when in fact evangelicals are often encoding ideas or practices specific to the U.S. several generations ago as though they are gospel truth.This time, Wilson is upset about a ballet number performed during an offertory at a church in Manhattan. Because, you see, men doing ballet is, … [Read more...]


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Why I’m Concerned about Josh Harris’ New Documentary

As a teen, I practically worshiped Josh Harris. Raised in a prominent homeschool family---his father was Greg Harris, a popular convention speaker---Harris was homeschool royalty, and at 21, he penned a book that would make him, too, a household name in homeschool families like mine. Harris' book, cleverly titled I Kissed Dating Goodbye, was published in 1997.In recent years, Harris has come in for harsh criticism from those of my generation. He has apologized---sort of---and has now embar … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 129: 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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