Guest Post: I Don’t Care if You Call Yourself a Feminist, pt. 2

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A Guest Post by Sarah MoonOriginally posted on Sarah Over the MoonIn my last post, I started talking about the trend, particularly in privileged feminism, to pressure people into identifying as feminists. They will say things like “if you think women are human beings, then you ARE a feminist! End of story.” or “You don’t identify as a feminist? Don’t you think women are human? What’s wrong with you?”Yesterday, I told you that I’m not comfortable with this rhetoric because feminism isn … [Read more...]

Guest Post: I Don’t Care if You Call Yourself a Feminist, pt. 1


A guest post by Sarah MoonOriginally posted at Sarah Over the MoonIn my time on the feminist internets, I often hear arguments for why EVERYONE should identify as a feminist. “If you think women are people, congrats, you’re a feminist!” “Quit saying ‘I’m not a feminist, but….’ You are a feminist!” Etc., etc., etc. There was a time, when I first became a feminist, when I would have shared quotes saying something similar.But lately, when I see these arguments trying to shame people into … [Read more...]

And Bobby Wore Heels

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I was getting ready to check out at the second-hand children's clothing shop when I realized I had a problem. When we had first arrived at the store Bobby had brought me a pair of white heeled girls' dress shoes just his size and had asked me to put them on him (he doesn't really have words yet, but that doesn't mean he can't communicate!). So I had, and he'd been running around in them with smiling from ear to ear ever since. And now that it was time to go, well, now he wouldn't let me take … [Read more...]

One Year Ago Today: My Viral Moment


One year ago today I woke up and checked my blog's stats. I had known when I had written it that the previous day's post---How I Lost Faith in the Pro-Life Movement---would be well-read, and was curious to see what the total number of page views had been. The answer: 19,179. I was thrilled. Only one post---This Is the Most Important Election of All Time! (Again)---had ever gotten more page views. I then checked how many page views I'd had so far the current day, thinking that the number would be … [Read more...]

Anti-Rape Messaging and Anti-Rape PSAs


I recently shared an excerpt from an article encouraging parents to talk to their sons about rape. I thought a couple of the comments on that post were worth pulling out, and they reminded me of some of the various anti-rape PSAs I've seen recently.  First the comments, then the videos, and then a challenge for you all. If you like, you can simply scroll down the the videos.To start with, Brennan pointed out that we shouldn't assume rapists don't know what they're doing, or that rape is some … [Read more...]

Talking to Our Sons—and Daughters—about Rape


I just read an article by Carina Kolodny called The Conversations You Must Have with Your Sons. I found it so good that I wanted to excerpt it here and then open the floor. None of the ideas presented here are particularly new to me, but I thought Kolodny pulled them together quite well. To the Parents of U.S. Teenagers,(An open letter.)Remember that intimate conversation you had with your son? The one where you said, "I love you and I need you to know that no matter how a woman dresses … [Read more...]

Patrick Henry College’s Faith & Reason Lecture: Rape, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse Denialism

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[Trigger warning for rape, assault, and sexual harassment denialism]This past Friday, Stephen Baskerville delivered Patrick Henry College's annual (and mandatory) Faith & Reason lecture (you can read the full text here). Baskerville has been a professor of government at Patrick Henry College since 2007. Patrick Henry College, as you may remember if you are a regular reader, was founded by Michael Farris (founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association). Farris' desire was to educate a … [Read more...]