But my takeaway here—the main thing I’ve realized—is that gender identity and gender performance really are two different things. When we say that “gender is a social construct” we are primarily talking about gender performance. But gender identity? Is that a social construct too? I’m not sure. But let me ask the question a different way—Does gender identity cause harm? Should I be telling Sally that she is wrong to identify as a girl? Clearly not. Trans and nonbinary identities are breaking down some of the traditional rigidity of gender identity, and increasing acceptance of more varied gender performances is removing some of the traditional constraints of gender identity. Read more

Several months ago, Josh Duggar found himself surrounded in scandal when it came out that he had sexually molested five young girls, of whom four were his younger sisters, as a teenager. At the time, Josh posted an apology in which he was open about what he did, about the (inadequate) steps taken to address his crime, and about his repentance. “In my life today, I am so very thankful for God’s grace, mercy and redemption,” he wrote at the end of his statement. At the time he posted that, Josh Duggar had a paid Ashley Madison account. Read more

As for the bit about God creating each boy for himself, the way he wanted them, well, that sounds a bit like restricting and confining to me, for all Grant’s talk of flourishing. It also sounds a bit selfish. Some may imagine a God who cares more about letting individuals flourish individually than about pushing them into specific gender roles, but that’s clearly not the God Grant worships. Instead, he worships a God who cares very much about whether girls play with nerf guns or barbies. Read more

Via a link at Ladies Against Feminism, I came upon an article titled An Infertile Couple Experiences the Planned Parenthood Videos. Curious, I clicked through and read. The article by was a woman named Katie. Read more

Yesterday we looked at Gothard’s advice for young women in how to repel a “moral” attack (i.e., what to do if you are sexually assaulted). I want to take another look, for two reasons. First, Gothard actually misquotes the Bible, mashing verses together in such a way as to make the Bible say things it directly doesn’t. I do not understand how he can do this and yet be so revered by so many as a man who loves and… Read more

Do you remember when that Saudi historian said that western women drive because they don’t mind getting raped? He used the danger that occurs when a woman’s car breaks down, leaving her open to sexual assault by any passerby, as a rationale for maintaining the Saudi ban on women driving. Well. Watch as this road road safety module produced by Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute (a program for fundamentalist homeschoolers) takes a weird turn. Read more

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

Suzanne Venker is at it again, this time with a column titled Why Men Won’t Marry You. Is it just me, or do people touting marriage manage to make it seem incredibly unattractive? Venker notes that marriage rates are low, and asks why men aren’t marrying as frequently as they once were. Read more

Remember Sheriff’s Deputy Wally Elrod, who delivered court papers to Gwen before Tuesday’s hearing way back when? Well, he’s back, and this time Peter sent him subpoenas to serve! Read more

We need to have a chat. You see, I’ve been reading the gospels and I have been struck by how angry you constantly were. Have you paused to read through your sermons before delivering them there to read for tone? This sort of anger is really unbecoming. I understand that there are injustices in the world and that you want to fight them, but this is not the proper way to go about things. Read more

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