Bad Catholic’s Grating Paternalism

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I want to take a moment to address one more thing from Marc's recent post on chastity and contraception, written as a rebuttal to one of my own posts: I can think of quite a few other reasons contraception could be, at the very least, a contributing factor to marital dissolution, though I don’t have the studies to back me up. For instance, consider that the weight of contraception falls unfairly on women. Men have to wear a free condom. Women have to suppress their menstrual cycles with hu … [Read more...]

Bad Logic from Bad Catholic

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Marc of Bad Catholic has offered a "rebuttal" of my post of last week criticizing that simplistic dandelion rose illustration supposedly showing the bad fruits of contraception and the good fruits of chastity. I'm not going to bother with most of his rebuttal---feel free to go over and read and critique it yourself---but I do want to point out what horrid logic Catholics like Marc are reduced to in insisting that there's this huge gulf of a divide between "unnatural" contraception like the pill o … [Read more...]

Solving the “Problem” of Stay at Home Moms

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Early on in graduate school I met a woman who identifies as a second wave feminist (personally, I'm third wave all the way). She told me that she's opposed to stay at home moms, because every time a woman drops out of the workforce, or declines to enter it, she stands in the way of gender equality and makes things harder for women as a whole. How? Well, the greater the number of women who drop out of the workforce, the more likely employers will be to view women as a risky investment---and the … [Read more...]

When a Gospel of Servanthood and Suffering Stands in the Way of Equality and Justice

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Transcription:Question: What if the wife is the victim of the husband's hostility?Answer: There is no "victim" if we understand that we are called to suffer for righteousness. "For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21 Christ was not a victim! He willingly gave His life for us. "By whose stripes you were healed . . . likewise you wives . . . " I Peter 2:24; 3:1 Christ's life teaches us h … [Read more...]

The Real Message of the Kermit Gosnell Story

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The conservative media is having a field day with the Kermit Gosnell trial. If you read their coverage, you would think that pro-choice activists and journalists want everyone to ignore the Gosnell clinic and forget what happened there, and that saying the name "Kermit Gosnell" is some sort of winning pro-life argument. But here's what I don't understand: Why do conservatives think that pro-choice activists or journalists should be afraid of covering the Kermit Gosnell story? Do conservatives … [Read more...]

Street Harassment Is Not Flattery

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I was sitting outside a store eating ice cream with a friend when a car pulled up to a light on the street in front of us. The windows were rolled down, and there were two twenty something guys inside. They looked at us and started yelling at us."Hey ladies! Come get in the car with us! Lets go get a beer!"Mortified, my friend and I refused to look in their way and tried to continue our conversation. We'd done nothing to invited these men's attention beyond sitting outside while female. … [Read more...]

“So What Do You Do?”

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Several weeks ago I introduced myself to the mother of one of the children at Sally’s preschool. “So what do you do?” I asked her after we exchanged names. We went on to talk about our respective careers, but this exchange brought my mind back to an exchange I had years ago when my mother tried to explain why retirement was being so hard for my grandfather.“The first question men ask after they meet each other is ‘what do you do?’” she told me. “And once they’ve retired, that’s gone.” For women … [Read more...]


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