Anonymous Tip: Sir Peter the Handsome


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 79-82When we left off last week, Peter had just met with Gordon and obtained the reports from Gail, all in the space of one busy afternoon. Peter called Gwen to talk to her about Gordon, but she said she was at work and didn't have a break until 7:00. Because his office's phones would automatically switch to an answering service by then (um . . . doesn't he have a car phone?), Gordon decided to go to Sacred Heart hospital, where Gwen … [Read more...]

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s Interview with Megyn Kelly: Minimize, Deny, Obfuscate

The Kelly File

This evening I listened to Megyn Kelly's interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. I've written a number of posts about the Duggar situation over the past two weeks, including What You Need to Know about the Josh Duggar Police Report, What Did Josh's Counseling Look Like?, and Why Josh Duggar's "Teenage Mistakes" Matter. As longtime critic of the Duggars and as someone who had a similar upbringing, and this entire situation has weighed heavily on me. Today Jim Bob and Michelle spoke publicly ab … [Read more...]

There’s This Thing You Have to Understand about Jana


There are rumors going around, and have been for a few months now, that Jana Duggar is pushing for more independence. I don't know whether these rumors are true, though I hope they are. But as someone raised in a similar family and home environment, I want to talk for a moment about the context that is Jana's reality. There's this thing you have to understand about Jana. Those children she cares for? Those may be her siblings, but they are also her children. Think about the way parents … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 18: An Open Thread


It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Dashing Peter’s Busy Afternoon


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 72-79You may be wondering why I didn't post my regular Friday installment of my review of Michael Farris's book, Anonymous Tip, last week. The answer, of course, is that the Duggar story broke just as the week ended, and I found I didn't have the time or energy to put into following Peter Barron through some of his initial investigative legal work. Instead, I watched in surprise as my Josh Duggar police report post garnered over two m … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar’s Lies, Damn Lies, and Half Truths


Over and over this week I have heard bloggers and commenters and people on facebook commend Josh for apologizing and accepting responsibility for his actions. He didn't try to deny it, they say! He was forthright! He was honest!Well, no, he wasn't.Josh Duggar's apology is full of twisted half truths and blatant lies. Josh centers himself and his own life and needs and relegates his victims to the sidelines. He also lies, numerous times. Josh's apology is neither honest nor … [Read more...]

Chris Hayes and Dan Savage Cover the Duggar Scandal


I share this video because it's some of the best news coverage of the Duggar situation I've seen outside of survivor circles. In other words, while Chris Hayes and Dan Savage do not have a background in the quiverfull homeschool world, they hit on some very important dynamics and make some truly excellent points.It's also a good summary of the situation. … [Read more...]