I Was Ugly (and I Knew It): Evangelical Beauty Standards

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I was ugly, and I knew it. I was chubby, I had dark hair growing on my upper lip and between my eyebrows, and my breasts were too big. I was only fifteen years old, but already I knew that I did not look pretty and feminine like Good Christian Women are supposed to look. I was told that outward appearances did not matter, that it was what was inside that mattered, but then the women who gave testimonials at church or were otherwise held up as examples of Good Christian Women all exuded a sort of … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: How Michael Turns Debi On

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 55---57Alrighty!  We are finally at the section we have all been waiting for.  I hope you guys are ready for this. I Need My Wife to Meet My Erotic DesiresI am not a sex therapist and don't want to be. So I'm not going to say all that needs to be said, not here and not in response to any letters you write.  But we are going to view the subject through a window of light and hope.  Read the scri … [Read more...]

Thank God I’m Not an Asshole

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The title of this post---"thank God I'm not an asshole"---was the first thing that came to my mind upon seeing this image:Ken Ham believes that atheists will face eternal torture after they die. When I read his words---"thank God you're wrong"---what I hear is "thank God you're destined for eternal torture! Haha, SUCKER!"Here is how Ken Ham explained the new billboards: We decided on this billboard campaign that will last a month, with a cordial and engaging message: “To All Our A … [Read more...]

Be Still My Heart: Crushes and Guy-Girl Friendships

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By some quirk, the families we spent the most time with all had girls my age, and no boys my age whatsoever. I don't know why this was the case, because it wasn't like my mom was intentionally avoiding befriending people who had sons my age. Yes, there were a few families with boys my age in our homeschool community, and occasionally we were in the same co-ops with them. But in my family, it was difficult to form friendships with kids if their parents weren't friends of my parents, so I never … [Read more...]

TTUAC: Short-Circuiting Children’s Natural Development

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To Train Up A Child, pp. We now start chapter 2, "Childish Nature: Understanding a child's natural development." To be perfectly honest, I'm finding this chapter confusing and unclear, but I'll do my best here to untangle it. "BEHOLD, THE SECOND WOE"! Just last night while sitting in a meeting, I looked over to see a young mother struggling with her small child. He seemed determined to make her life as miserable as possible---and destroy her reputation in the process. She had the "Why m … [Read more...]

The Botkins: Don’t Let Children Roll Their Eyes

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Ahab of the Republic of Gilead has begun reviewing the Botkins' Ready for Life webinar. I suggest you read his first installment in its entirety. Ahab's analysis is really quite good, and he includes numerous direct quotes. I wanted to highlight this quote, and add a little commentary: Discipline is not an option in your home. You have to bring discipline and order to your home. Disobedience is not an option in your home. Children cannot disobey parents, ever, either outwardly or passively. … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 4: The Singing Again

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A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here.  We had a good time talking and getting more comfortable being around each other that first day of … [Read more...]


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