Compassionate Bigotry and the Future of Anti-Gay Rhetoric


In recent weeks, a article from June 2014 has resurfaced. I read the article based on its title---5 Truths You're Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America---and have decided to give it a once-over here on the blog. While the article is now twenty months old, many of the themes it covers are very much at the forefront of current debates over LGBTQ rights. Further, the article's entire approach seems to me emblematic of hew rhetorics opponents of gay rights have used in recent years. … [Read more...]

Why Hillary Clinton’s Gender Matters


As the Democratic Party's presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heats up, I've noticed an increasing tendency among some to argue that Clinton's gender should be irrelevant to the decisions people make at the polls---or even that any consideration of Clinton's gender at all is anti-feminist. I couldn't disagree with this assessment more strongly.Let me be clear: I am not telling you that you should vote for Clinton. I am not even telling you that I am voting for … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 51: 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...]

Saturday Link Love: Domestic Abuse, David Barton, Scurvy, and Interrupting Children


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.Beyond Abuse He Never Hit Me, on HuffPost Women Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini — Two Kinds of Violence, Both Still a Prison, on Spiritual Sounding Board Millennials and Abuse: What We Can Learn from This Hopeful Generation, on Religion News Service Politics David Barton: Thomas Jeff … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: The Lefty Judge


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 199-200This week is full of procedural detail, and I initially thought it was mostly filler. But as I looked more closely, I realized that it is actually extremely important to what is going on here---perhaps even the heart of the message Farris is trying to offer his readers.It's Monday morning now, and Peter has nearly finished his civil rights complaint. Joe suggests some changes, Sally types up a cover sheet, and it's good to … [Read more...]

Time for This Millennial Mom to Buy Some Barbies!


Okay, okay, so the title of this post is slightly over the top. This past Christmas was a bit more heavy on consumerism than I'd planned and I've sworn off getting my children new toys until their birthdays, but I have to say, I am pleasantly impressed with the new direction Mattel is taking Barbie. The toy company has just announced  a move away from its classic look toward a greater embrace of diversity in body shape. The dolls in the image below are only some of the 33 new Barbies the company … [Read more...]

Bill Gothard’s Disturbing Slavery Apology


Bill Gothard has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by literally dozens of women, most of whom were teens under his care at the time the incidents occurred, but while these accusations have forced him to step down from his position with the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), they haven't prevented him from starting a new ministry, Life Purpose Power Teams. What exactly is this new ministry? The website talks a lot about rhemas, prayer, and accountability partners. According to … [Read more...]