Why the Brock Turner Letters Feel So Familiar

I wasn't going to write about convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner. I really wasn't. Everyone else was writing about it it, I figured. Did I really need to write something too? There were enough voices out there, and the case was unfamiliar to me. But then I read about the letters. What letters, you ask? The letters Turner's friends and family members wrote to the judge urging him to be lenient in his sentencing, of course. These letters. One childhood friend wrote that Turner was “a mil … [Read more...]


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Courtship doesn’t save you heartache. It amplifies it.

I recently came upon a link to an article on a conservative Christian website comparing courtship with dating. Skimming the piece, I noticed one bit in particular that I found troubling, having grown up in a courtship culture myself. Benefits?So what are the benefits of pursuing the possibility of marriage without becoming boyfriend/girlfriend?You will be able to avoid having to:-- Experience the broken oneness and pain of one minute being someone’s partner and the next minute being … [Read more...]


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Josh Harris Apologizes

Last year Joshua Harris announced that he was leaving the ministry and going to seminary. He spoke of his life as being lived backwards, and his words resonated with me and with others who grew up in the Christian homeschool movement. Josh published his career-making book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, in 1997, when he was only 21. His book had a huge impact on not only the Christian homeschool movement but also evangelicalism more broadly, and frankly, messed a lot of things up for a lot of us g … [Read more...]


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Christian Homeschool Leader Announces Conference for Arranging Child Marriages

This November, in Wichita, Kansas, fundamentalist and conservative evangelical parents will gather at a conference to create betrothals for their marriageable children---with emphasis on the word children. This conference is called Let Them Marry and will be held by fundamentalist writer Vaughn Ohlman. I've avoided writing about Ohlman here for a while now, but this conference is so the last straw.Let me start with how a parent can know if their child is ready to be married off: 1) The … [Read more...]


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Catholics, Evangelicals, and Sexual “Purity”

Yesterday I posted an email from a reader about a speaker at her Catholic high school. I spent some time dissecting a number of the things this reader reported that the speaker said, and spoke briefly about the differences and similarities in evangelical and Catholic teachings about sex, purity, and marriage. Today I want to get into these differences in a bit more depth and look a bit further at this particular speaker---Jason Evert---and his organization.Jason Evert has an MA in theology … [Read more...]


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Catholic Sex Ed: “all a guy really wants from you is sex”

I recently received the following email: Dear Libby Anne,Hi I'm Kim, a student at a all-girls Catholic school (though I am from an Evangelical family), and recently we have had a very popular Catholic chastity/purity speaker come speak at our school by the name of Jason Evert. When I was younger, my older sister rejected a guy after reading Harris' book I Kissed Dating Goodbye, and I secretly read it and realized how wrong the purity culture of Evangelicals, even at that age. But until … [Read more...]


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The Word Is “Rape”

I recently read a rather horrific story about a teen girl held captive that brought up some serious concerns I have with the way the media covers rape. Take a look at this coverage from the Christian Science Monitor:A teenager held in captivity since early November was found Wednesday in the Missouri home of a 41-year-old man whom she had met online. The story is a chilling reminder to parents and teens that people encountered online are not always who they purport to be. Child safety … [Read more...]


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