“Women’s Cultures” Reminds Us that the Catholic Church Is Still Out of Touch with Women

As of late, Catholic leaders have been showing their true colors regarding their attitudes toward women. For example, the 2014 Humanum conference was brimming with retrograde messages about gender complimentarity, marriage, and family. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke drew ire earlier this year when he decried the “feminized” atmosphere of the church. Now, the Catholic Church is being ridiculed for a misguided conference on women’s issues at the Vatican last week. Read more

The State Doesn’t Own Your Kids . . . and Neither Do You

Children have an interest in having adequate healthcare and not dying from preventable diseases. Parents are responsible for protecting that interest as best they can, but matters of public health are also something we delegate to the state. The state has a responsibility to protect the interests of not only children but all of its citizens. Preventing disease and stopping epidemics is part of this. Read more

The Lesbian Duplex 11: 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. And so on. 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 worry about digging for one. In any case, my comment policy lays out the house rules. Enjoy! Read more

Matt Walsh White Knights on Birth Control

I recently came upon a Matt Walsh article titled Birth Control Pills: Men Get Free Sex, Women Get Cancer. Frankly, I don’t want to get into Walsh’s discussion of the health risks associated with the pill. Walsh isn’t calling for improving the pill or extending the range of available birth control options, and he misses that there is an entire history of feminist activism dedicated to improving women’s health care and grappling with both male doctors and the medical establishment. Has Walsh ever heard of Our Bodies, Ourselves? We’re big girls, we got this. We don’t need Walsh waltzing in, tooting his horn, and telling us what to do. Read more

Yet More Tired Arguments against Marriage Equality

To me it appears that some evangelicals are realizing that religious objections to marriage equality aren’t going to cut it, and so are dressing up objections that are at heart religious as wholly secular. I’m curious to hear from children of lesbian or gay parents who don’t not have religious objections to homosexuality but still oppose marriage equality, but then, I have yet to meet any. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Doctoring the Timeline

In the context of Donna going through this much effort to get back at Gwen for being uncooperative, Donna’s claim that she has “such a workload” makes no sense, especially given her constant claim that she is in the social work business because of how much she cares about helping abused children. Read more

The Latest Threat to Homeschooling—a Citizenship Test

There was a time when I felt I could not say anything negative about homeschooling, that I had to protect its image against possible stigma. But today I care more about homeschooled children than I do about the image of homeschooling. Homeschooled children deserve better than this. Read more

Bill Gothard Was Brought Down by a Blog: Thoughts on the “Proper” Channels for Making Abuse Allegations

Is a blog an acceptable place for making allegations of abuse against a prominent religious leader? Some would say no. But if Gothard’s victims had not taken to a blog to tell their stories, Gothard would still be president of IBLP, leaving a slue of new victims in his wake. I for one am thankful that those at Recovering Grace chose to forgo the “proper” channels for reporting and discussing abuse allegations. Read more

There Are No Good People, Only Good Actions

What you do with Rachel Held Evans’ apology is up to you. But for me, if nothing else, I am appreciating the reminder that even people I have a lot of respect for can—and do—make mistakes. And sometimes they end up apologizing for them. Read more

Why We Need to Talk about Narcissism: Tony Jones Edition

I have grown increasingly uncomfortable with the Tony Jones situation over the last week, and I’m afraid I’m going to have to weigh in again. By word of background, Tony is a leader in the emergent church movement, a branch of evangelical Christianity strives to be less judgmental and more open, works to create space for women and LGBT individuals, makes use of new styles of worship, and focuses on personal connection with the divine. Recently, Tony’s ex-wife Julie has gone… Read more

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