As a society, we recognize that bruising a child is abuse. But unfortunately we do not, as a society, have much awareness of the sad reality that parents can severely abuse their children without ever laying a hand to them. Something is broken here and is in dire need of fixing, especially when it comes to teens. Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! Read more

I live in one of the bluest areas of my red state, but there are still churches on every corner. I barely have to leave town to see billboards urging me to repent to avoid hell. The idea that Christians are persecuted is surreal. Read more

And now we have arrived at lawyer Peter Barron’s much awaited meeting with his Christian mentor/accountability partner, Aaron. Aaron, as you will remember, is a regional computer expert and the father of four homeschooled children. Read more

The biggest argument in both videos seems to be that masturbation is selfish. Indeed, this is very much the argument Josh Harris made in his 2005 book, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is). In that book, he argued that masturbation within marriage is wrong because sexual pleasure within marriage should always be mutual. As someone who is married and masturbates, I have to disagree. Sometimes it is masturbation that is unselfish. Read more

I’m not sure I’m the best person to give advice on dealing with controlling, manipulative, abusive parents. If this is your situation, what you do will be determined by your desires and the details of your specific situation. I’ve learned some tricks—for example, responding to attempts to begin a conversation you don’t want to have with “I disagree, mom, I disagree” and then refusing to say more can be very effective—but that’s about it. The biggest advice I can give you is to set boundaries with your parents. And if they can’t respect those boundaries? Well, what you do then is up to you. How much are you willing to put up with to keep them in your life? Read more

In the end, arguing that creationists are withholding information from children to keep them from understanding reality isn’t going to get you very far, in large part because creationists are arguing in favor of presenting children with more information (i.e. information about creationism alongside information about evolution), but also because creationists believe they are teaching children about reality (i.e. they truly believe the earth was created in six days six thousand years ago). We need to find other (and more effective) ways to combat misinformation and promote good science. Read more

As a young woman with a good Christian upbringing rich in Bible reading and memorization, Farris’s comment leaves me confused. More than that, it leaves me wondering if Farris reads the Bible he claims to adhere to so closely. Surely I am not the only product of a devout evangelical upbringing to note the close resemblance between Price’s situation and a certain parable told by Jesus in the Bible. Read more

It’s time for another lesbian duplex thread! Read more

School approaches, and in my Facebook feed I’ve seen many posts by moms sending their children off to kindergarten for the first time. They’re worried. They’re scared. They talk about crying over their impending separation, and about wondering if maybe they should keep their children home a few more years—homeschooling is better known, now, especially among the more progressive hippie types who grace my friend list. Read more

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