Voice in the Wind: Into a Feminist Cult

Voice in the Wind, 235-241This week we meet Calabah, who becomes a critical figure throughout the rest of this book and into the next. I couldn't get a grip on Calabah's motivations in this section, and I couldn't remember her motivations from the last time I read this book, as a teen a dozen years ago. So this week I took the time to read through the rest of the book, and---it didn't help. Calabah's motivations are as much a mystery to me now as they were before the full reread.Rivers … [Read more...]


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Toby Willis’ Conviction Is the Latest in a String of Scandals to Hit the Christian Homeschool Community

I grew up believing that my community was immune from problems like sexual abuse, which, I believed, affected "the world" but not good evangelical homeschool families like my own. It's not surprising that I ended up with this idea---evangelical leaders often centered homeschooling on protecting children, both from negative peer influences and from other forms of harm. These leaders painted a pretty picture of wholesome families and godly children, but the reality is far from simple.This we … [Read more...]


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Answers in Genesis: Islam Leaves Muslims “Hopeless”

I grew up in an evangelical home. From an early age, I was taught to evangelize. I didn't have many people to practice on, because I was socialized only with "likeminded" families in our church and homeschool community. When it came time for college, I chose a secular university in part because I wanted the chance to evangelize my peers. This evangelism did not go as planned.After entering college, I found that what I had been taught about the unsaved---that they are miserable and lost in dar … [Read more...]


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Shades of Sexual Deviance: Doug Wilson and the Tale of Two Boxes

At a recent meeting of the Association of Classical Christian Schools, controversial pastor, blogger, and religious leader Doug Wilson said the following: When it comes to the LGBT/QRS foolishness, you must have titanium spines. The world will come to you and demand that you muddle up your binary bathroom situation. In vain you will explain to them that you can only have two bathroom signs—XX and XY—because your bathrooms are at the far end of the science wing.The reporter will come right ba … [Read more...]


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Reader to Michael Pearl: My Husband Bought a Pipe

In a recent issue of their magazine, Michael and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy printed a letter from a reader worried about her two-year-old son. This paragraph struck me: I can spank him for ten minutes and he is still screaming angrily at me to stop. Today my HAND has a broken blood vessel. I know you suggest a plumber’s pipe, but my husband bought one that was way too big so I hate to use it, and end up using my hand most of the time. Plumber's. Pipe. Let that sit with you for a moment. The u … [Read more...]


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Lesbian Duplex 128: 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: Opioids, Reversed Gaze, and Social Insurance

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. Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye. on Mother Jones---"The scourge of addiction to painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl sweeping the country has produced a flood of bewildered children who, having lost their parents to drug use or overd … [Read more...]


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