If Women Won’t Vote My Way . . . They Shouldn’t Vote


One argument against women voting that I didn't mention in my recent post on the subject is that women lean left. The blog post I responded to mentioned that here: Based on the Bible, it is wrong for women to exercise authority over men. However, women voting can lead to a passing of laws that the majority of men would oppose. One example of this is abortion – more than 50% of men are against it, but more than 50% of women are for it, which is why it is legal. Interestingly enough, abortion is … [Read more...]

Hey Ladies, Rock the Vote—by Not Voting


When I was sixteen, I was at a camp located in the fusion between "biblical" Christianity and capitalist patriotism. There was a man there with his children, and he was vetting me as a potential bride for one of his five strapping lads. Oh, this wasn't explicit---but in retrospect it was pretty obvious. Anyway, one question he asked me was what I thought about whether I thought women should vote. He explained that his wife did not. I think this may have been how I disqualified myself from being … [Read more...]

“Ghost” Rapes in Mennonite Bolivia


Any time someone says "oh, but they're such good Christians, they could never do XYZ," I just want to bang my head against a wall. This is especially true with groups like the Amish and the Mennonites, and also in how I've seen people react to the Duggars' TLC show. "Look at them, raising big families, praying together, going back to the solid way things were in the good old days, not dependent on anyone---aren't they quaint and sweet and wholesome?" Look, no one is immune to doing terrible … [Read more...]

Under Her Father’s Authority

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In many ways, my upbringing and background isn't that weird. Yes, I had twice as many siblings as most people have cousins, but in general my upbringing was very normal---for the evangelical subculture, that is. But when I tell people about my background, the thing that always trips them up is the part about unmarried adult daughters being under their fathers' authority, to the point of requiring complete submission and obedience. This is . . . weird, even for the evangelical world. But in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: “You Are Not Your Own”: Unmarried Women Belong To Their Parents?


A Guest Post by Sarah MoonOriginally posted on Sarah over the Moon, an awesome blog full of feminist analysis of evangelical culture***Trigger Warning for rape, sexual assault***In case you haven’t been following my You Are Not Your Own series (you can catch up here), I analyzed four Christian dating books (Real Marriage, When God Writes Your Love Story, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and Dateable) and I came up with four significant findings related to the area of rape and sexual a … [Read more...]

Contraception, Exploitation, and Perversion


As you may know, my How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement post last November went viral. Well, it's still being read, and people are still commenting. There's one response I've gotten lots more than once that has really set me back, scratching my head. Here's an example: Contraception also perverts sex. What, woman are free to be used by men? Men can now satisfy their lust without any fears of taking responsibility. I wish woman and men were more respected. You are made for more. The thing … [Read more...]

Kings, Queens, Spheres, and Kingdoms


I remember being over at a friend's house when her dad called to say he was on his way home. My friend's mom immediately went into motion: "The king is coming, the king is coming! Quick guys, clean up, make everything ready, the king is coming!" I also have memories of my mother saying that my father was the king, but she was the queen. Even Debi Pearl herself has used the king/queen husband/wife motif inCreated To Be His Help Meet.But a recent commenter drew attention to something … [Read more...]