Mike Pence’s Dinner Rule Is Only the Beginning

Last week the media went bananas over news that Vice President Mike Pence refuses to dine alone with any woman who is not his wife. But this information wasn't new (it had been reported before), and it wasn't the least bit surprising. I grew up in a conservative evangelical home and church community, and contact between men and women was often approached with a great deal of concern.Many evangelicals hold a particularly low view of men's ability to control their sexual drives. Women are instr … [Read more...]


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“I’m not saying they deserve to be raped, but…”

Conservative evangelical provocateur Doug Wilson recently posted an article titled On the Moral Necessity of Judging Books by the Cover on his blog. It was ... interesting, to say the least. In his post, Wilson argues that we should judge people by their appearances, in contrast to what anti-racism or feminist groups might argue. A black male wearing a hoodie and low-slung jeans should be assumed to be dangerous, and that women who dress a certain way are selling something.Check out this … [Read more...]


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Princess or Scientist: It’s Not an Either/Or

This image was recently posted on a Neil DeGrasse Tyson fan Facebook page. It shows a little girl wearing dark sunglasses and an adorable "I'm on it" expression, pointing to her shirt, which sports pictures of planets and the words "Forget Princess I Want to be an Astrophysicist" emblazoned across the top.I assisted a first grader while volunteering at a book sale at my daughter's school a few days ago; she wanted a language book with pictures and French words like her friend had found, … [Read more...]


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Christianity Today Goes Full Pick-Up Artist

You know you've been there---you're sitting on the train or in an airplane (or perhaps in a waiting room or at a park) and you find yourself briefly in conversation with a stranger nearby. So you make smalltalk. Jerry Root, an evangelical professor, wants his readers to turn this smalltalk into evangelization.Root's call to everyday evangelism is in itself is perhaps not surprising---after all, evangelicals have long placed significant emphasis on evangelism---but his detailed discussion of t … [Read more...]


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Maybe We Need More Women in Health Insurance?

This morning Donald Trump sent out this tweet:Description of tweet: Text reads "Great meeting with CEOs of leading U.S. health insurance companies who provide great healthcare to the American people." Image shows Donald Trump sitting at a desk surrounded by 12 predominantly older businessmen (11 are white and 1 is black). I look at that image and I feel invisible. There are more white women in this country than there are white men, and still we get images like this. Yes, there is one  … [Read more...]


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University of Chicago Professor Compares Milo Yiannopoulos to Jesus

In this day and age, it is not unusual for a professor to have a blog. In some cases these blogs involve a further exploration of the professor's area of academic interest, and in other cases they involve a wider breadth of personal interests. Sometimes these blogs allow professors to make their work research by explaining modern happenings in light of the insight provided by their area of expertise. These blogs do not, however, typically include the un-ironic use of the c-word. And so the bull … [Read more...]


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An Evangelical-TERF Alliance Shouldn’t Surprise Anyone

The conservative evangelical magazine, WORLD, is ecstatic. "Christians, feminists unite to fight transgender restroom policies," a headline declared last week. The debate about transgender restroom access has forged unlikely allies. Last month, the conservative Family Policy Alliance (FPA) and the self-described “radical feminist” Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), co-filed a brief with the Supreme Court opposing efforts to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their perceived gen … [Read more...]


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