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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The “Real Men” of Evangelical Christianity

I've run across a number of memes about what "real men" do. The most frequent seems to be that real men "protect" women rather than abusing them. This meme has bugged me because I'd rather have a man's respect than his protection. On a whim, I went to google, typed in "real men," and started scrolling through images. I found quite a number of these "real men" memes that were Christian-themed (most were probably created by evangelicals), and found myself cringing on a variety of levels.If … [Read more...]


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When Courtship Means Regret

Over and over and over again as a girl, I was taught that marrying through a parent-guided courtship would mean I wouldn't have any regrets. My mom used to talk about her past relationships, before she met my dad, with a great deal of regret. She wished she hadn't done things she did and dated the people she did. She regretted it, she would tell me, and she wanted to save me from having regrets of my own. And the magic relationship secret that would save a couple from having any regrets was … [Read more...]


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No, Modesty Does Not “Empower” Women

I recently came upon an article via Ladies Against Feminism titled 4 Reasons Modesty Empowers Women (And Porn Does Not). Let's start with the title. The title contrasts "modesty" and "porn," seemingly unaware that the two are not the only options, or that there is a huge difference between porn on the one hand, and an ordinary person wearing "revealing" clothing she just happens to like on the other.Now let's move on to the post itself:Modern women everywhere are taught that it’s pe … [Read more...]


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