One of the Bravest People I Know

Melissa of Permission to Live is quite literally and without exaggeration one of the bravest people I know. I’ve linked to her work before, but if you haven’t spent time on her site, you really should. She’s starting an important new series. Head over and read her introduction and then stick around as she posts the [Read More...]

Picking Your Healthcare Provider

In the past, I’ve never before thought about whether my healthcare provider was anti-abortion or pro-choice. When I was newly pregnant and looking for a doctor, it’s not something I really considered. That is, until I was laying back on the bed in my doctor’s office with my shirt up and the ultrasound stick on [Read More...]

Documentaries: The Education of Shelby Knox

In putting together my blog’s tabs, I’ve been trying to incorporate documentaries I’ve found useful or informative or interesting. This one, The Education of Shelby Knox, is fascinating. It’s about a high school aged evangelical girl who realizes that abstinence only sex education isn’t working in her school and works to enact a change. Little [Read More...]

On Raising Progressive Children

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The other day my daughter asked me why I wear a ring. I told her it’s because I’m married, and I called my husband over and showed her his ring, too. I told her that when two people get married they wear rings. But of course this meant I had to explain what “getting married” [Read More...]

Documentaries: For the Bible Tells Me So

In putting together my blog’s tabs, I’ve been trying to incorporate documentaries I’ve found useful or informative or interesting. This one, For the Bible Tells Me So, looks at how four evangelical and fundamentalist families have dealt with having gay children. The parents’ responses differ – some take it amazingly well and find themselves changed [Read More...]

“I don’t like those loud voices”: Children and Demons

“Mommy, I don’t like those loud voices.” I turned to my daughter, sitting in her car-seat behind me. “What loud voices?” “Those loud voices.” She was pointing behind her, toward the rear windshield. There were no loud voices. I had the radio on quietly, but there is no rear speaker. [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Abortion and Infanticide

Here are a couple articles to make you think: After Birth Abortion: The Pro-Choice Case for Infanticide, on Slate Abortion, Infanticide, Humanity, Free Speech, on Pandaemonium [Read more...]

Worthwhile Reads: Homeschool Research

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Back when I was working on putting together the homeschooling section of my blog, I found some really interesting tidbits. I though I’d share a few here: Why Homeschooling Should Be Regulated Why Are So Many Homeschoolers Fundamentalists? The methodological problems with research done by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) The connections between [Read More...]

As Anti-Abortion Activists Make Headway, Shock Abounds

I’ve heard from so many people, especially women, who are utterly shocked at the progress anti-abortion forces have made in the last year and a half. Left and right bills are being passed that limit women’s ability to obtain abortions. The latest one in Georgia outlaws abortion after 20 weeks, with exception only given for [Read More...]

Q&A with Leah of Unequally Yoked

One of my fellow bloggers in Patheos’ atheist portal – Leah of Unequally Yoked – suggested a little while ago that we do side-by-side Q&A posts. I took her up on the offer, and even let her write the questions (two blog-related, two personal, and two wacky)! Her answers are running here on Love, Joy, Feminism [Read More...]

Emotional Incest, Part 4: The Pain

In Part 1 I discussed the definition of emotional incest, in Part 2 I discussed its relationship with the stay-at-home daughter dynamic of the Christian Patriarchy movement, and in Part 3 I discussed other ways emotional incest can occur as well. I am now going to turn to the problems and pain emotional incest causes. [Read More...]

Documentaries: Jesus Camp

In putting together my blog’s tabs, I’ve been trying to incorporate documentaries I’ve found useful or informative or interesting. This one, Jesus Camp, encapsulates my upbringing if you subtract the speaking in tongues and add in some Quiverfull and Christian Patriarchy. And growing up, I attended events much like the camp shown in the documentary. [Read More...]