All-Options PRC: The New Pro-Choice Center on the Block


You've probably heard of "pregnancy resource centers." The term itself is the rebranding of the older "crisis pregnancy center" label. These centers tend to be run by pro-life groups intent on dissuading women from having abortions. When I was young, my mother spent time as a volunteer at one of these centers, counseling pregnant women and urging them against abortion. These centers have often been accused of using misleading advertising or coercive tactics to bring women in and convince them to … [Read more...]

The Problem with Gendering Kids’ Halloween Costumes Is Othering, Not Sexualizing


I recently came upon a Huffington Post article titled "Halloween Costumes Are Sexualizing Our Youngest Trick-Or-Treaters." In the article, blogger Raina Dellisle wrote about going shopping for Halloween costumes with her preschool daughter and coming upon these gendered police and firefighter costumes:As Dellisle explains: Halloween costumes that put a sexy spin on uniformed occupations (or anything for that matter) have been popular among women for years, but for little girls? I would b … [Read more...]

Dress Codes and Preteen Girls: A Reader Asks


I recently received this email from a reader: Hi Libby Anne,First of all I have to say I absolutely love your blog for several reasons. First of all, your experience closely parallels my own. Secondly, you are an excellent writer and I find your opinions filled with wisdom. And finally, even though you are quick to point out shortcomings in the Christian community you do so with respect and fairness. I am a Christian, but also have liberal, feminist political views and I feel perfectly … [Read more...]

When “Pro-Life” Means “Anti-Birth Control”


Through a link on Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled Planned Parenthood Targeting Morning Center Patients! I suspected that Morning Center must be some sort of crisis pregnancy center, but I found myself morbidly curious about what the author of the article meant by "targeting," so I clicked through.  As many of our supporters and friends know, Morning Center provides a prenatal clinic at Warren Apartments in Memphis. Warren Apartments is a particularly stark picture of the h … [Read more...]

What’s a Girl to Do?


One interesting thing about feed readers is the order you sometimes find yourself reading pieces. Take this morning, for instance.First I read an article titled Everybody in dresses: Why does gender neutral clothing always mean ‘boy’ clothes for girls? by Audra Williams. Williams discusses a commercial for a new line of clothes Ellen Degeneres created for GAP Kids. According to GAP, the line is “more than just a clothing collection. It is a social movement meant to empower young girls to be t … [Read more...]

We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

Kim Davis

By now you've probably all heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her religious beliefs prevent her from doing so. Critics are calling attention to the fact that Davis was married four times as evidence of hypocrisy. But what I want to call attention to is a slightly different issue.Earlier today, fellow blogger Matthew Facciani called attention to the ways some of Davis' detractors have … [Read more...]

What My Cisgender Children Have Taught Me About Gender Identity


As a parent, I am very passionate about breaking down the gendered rules society expects my children to play by. I decided early on that I would not push my children into gendered play, and indeed, that I would try not to gender play to begin with. In fact, I push the boundaries even in areas like clothing. When my son Bobby was born, I put his older sister's perfectly good outgrown pink baby clothes on him (I would have bought gender neutral baby clothes to start with, but we were given a … [Read more...]