Sierra’s Religion and Sexuality Project

Just as a reminder, Sierra of the Phoenix and the Olive Branch has started her Religion and Sexuality Project. For an introduction and list of questions, read here. For all of the installments so far, read here. … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: On Politics, Religion, and Libertarianism

After the two posts I wrote yesterday, I thought I'd offer some on related themes from a couple blogs I read: Libertarianism, Patriotism, and Starting Points: How I Apparently Became a Pinko Commie, by Sierra “You’ve been brainwashed by those bleeding heart liberal college professors of yours.” I stared at him. I hadn’t changed my position on issues of poverty and structural inequality at all. I had simply learned to talk about them using the appropriate terms. “You’re a … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Patriarchy is all the same

Patriarchal marriage and “responsibility” on A Sober Second Look But most of the interpretations of the Qur’an and of Islamic law that we encountered when we first converted did not (and would never have) used the word “patriarchal” to describe their vision of the “ideal” Muslim marriage. Nor did they put much stress on the duty of the wife to obey the husband. Instead, they focused on the idea that the family (supposedly, like every other social institution) needs a leader, or … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Generation Wars

This is a little late, but... Old vs. Young, on The New York Times In a partisan country locked in a polarizing campaign, there is no shortage of much discussed divisions: religious and secular, the 99 percent and the 1 percent, red America and blue America. But you can make a strong case that one dividing line has actually received too little attention. It’s the line between young and old. Open Letter from a Millennial: Quit Telling Us We're Not Special, by Sierra Dear Baby Boomers … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Parenting Articles

Latebloomer offers a list of "Parenting Articles Worth Sharing," and one of my own articles made her list! Anger Is Not a Sin, on Rachel Held Evans During the early years, however, Jose and I practiced a parenting style consistent with what we were learning in church—negative emotions were "bad" and somehow needed to be avoided or at least taken care of quick. For our kids, this looked like being mad at them for being mad (yes, I get the irony).  Things like "Go to your room if you are … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: The Duggars, Modesty, and the Beach

The Duggar Family Doesn’t Go to the Beach, and Why That’s Bad for Their Kids, by Sierra' This kind of article infuriates me. It does. I start chugging smoke out of my nostrils and seeing the world with an extra shiny pink tint, like a greasy undercooked steak. Is it because the idea of broadcasting your modesty to the world via a platform given to you by your televangelism (oh, excuse me, “reality show”) is stunningly hypocritical? Is it because of the obvious doublespeak pouring out … [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Having It All Is Not a “Woman’s Issue”

Having It All: Not a "Woman's Issue" As an aside, I have a secret fantasy of gathering a team of men to go to every male-dominated discussion (on specific issues in the law or a certain genre of film or investigative journalism or whatever) and when it’s Q& A time, earnestly ask the male panelists how they balance work and family. As a not-aside, the harder question is what to do here. I think there are a few solutions, at least for the heteros among us: First, don’t marry or … [Read more...]


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