Housekeeping and Ongoing Projects

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I just spent the better part of my morning doing some organizing here on the blog---namely, organizing some of the ongoing projects I feature here at Love, Joy, Feminism. I'd encourage you to take a look at them and also to consider participating in them. Each project has a main page that I've put some work into and is hopefully both inviting and easy to navigate. I'm going to take a moment to give a quick rundown: Raised Quiverfull consists of both a panel and a project. The panel involves … [Read more...]

Raised Evangelical: Isaac’s Story

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A post in the Raised Evangelical series. Section 1: Introduction Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started, providing a brief snapshot of your background an overview of your beliefs today. My name is Isaac. I am a nineteen-year-old male living in the buckle of the Bible belt. I grew up in various states but was exposed to the same culture and beliefs regardless of where I went. My experience with faith and faith culture is a little different from that of most … [Read more...]

Creating Spaces for Collective Mourning

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Last week Dan Fincke introduced this prompt for Forward Thinking: If it were up to you to design one or more basic models for messaging and for ritual through which people were to regularly mark deaths together, what would such ceremonies be like?  This isn't a topic I've thought very much about, or had much experience with, but I'll try to pull together a few tentative thoughts nonetheless. Funerals, even more than weddings, can be complicated when there are people of a variety of … [Read more...]

A Reader Asks: How Can I Free My Daughter from Fundamentalist Fears?

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I recently received a question from a reader, and I thought I would put it to all of you to help answer it: What resources are there for me to share with my thirteen year old daughter about coming out of the darkness of the culture you write about? I grew up in an independent fundamentalist baptist church.  My parents were completely into it.  I didn't want to be, but got sucked into it.  The whole "you're going to hell" stuff, and "God will punish you" is so powerful psychologically.  … [Read more...]

Christian Bloggers Pushing Back on Virginity

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I am loving what is going on this week in the Christian blogosphere. There is a conversation on virginity going on the likes of which I never expected to see. I think this is one thing that is so very powerful about the internet: it allows otherwise ordinary people to speak up and make a difference, one person's words igniting another person's words in a groundswell of change. There was a time when the power to influence people's minds and shape their theology lay almost entirely in the hands of … [Read more...]

CTBHHM: Disappointed Old Failures

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Created To Be His Help Meet, pp. 58-59 The title of this section is "Disappointed Old Failures," and it follows last week's section in threatening women with disaster and shipwreck if they fail to follow Debi's advice. Or, God's advice. Debi clearly thinks they're they same thing. Debi has three themes here. First, if a woman fails to be a proper help meet to your husband (or - God forbid! - fail to have a husband), she is failing in her purpose for existence, and she can never be … [Read more...]

More Chores for Men = Less Sex?

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Honestly, I really think reading how the media reports academic studies is generally a bad idea. This is how you get headlines like this: It may be the 21st century, but a new study suggests sticking to old values may reap benefits — that is, if you like sex. (source) Want to have more sex? Men, stop helping with the chores. (source) Couples wanting to improve their sex lives may want to look at how they divide household chores, because men and women who follow traditional roles have … [Read more...]


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