If We Can’t Come to Grips with the Past, How Are We to Grapple with the Present?

I can’t be the only one who noticed this article this past week: Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History An Oklahoma legislative committee overwhelmingly voted to ban Advanced Placement U.S. History class, persuaded by the argument that it only teaches students “what is bad about America.” Other lawmakers are seeking a court ruling that would effectively prohibit the teaching of all AP courses in public schools. . . . Efforts by conservative school board members in… Read more

Evangelical Christianity’s Patriarchal Alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey

Old Fashioned is a Christian movie alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey, released the same day last week. In the above video, the producers of Old Fashioned compare the hero of Old Fashioned, Clay, with Christian Grey, and frankly, it’s not flattering—to either of them Read more

Anonymous Tip: Gwen Gets Served

This is perhaps the most confusing thing of all about this book for me. We are repeatedly told that Donna is a star social worker, that she knows her stuff, that she’s driven and motivated and leaves no stone unturned. And yet, she’s willing to perjure herself to get back at an ordinary woman for calling her a witch and a nazi. Read more

Pepper Potts in an Iron Man Suit

Pepper Potts was in an Iron Man suit. The suit was keeping her alive. She couldn’t just take it off whenever she wanted to, because to do so before she was in a place to receive proper and necessary medical care would be her death. As it was, the condition that lead her to live in an Iron Man suit was complicated and treatment wasn’t easy, not even for someone close to Mr. Stark. So Pepper Potts wore an Iron Man suit. She wore it every day and every night. She wore it to parties and running errands, work, and taking out the trash. Read more

Fifty Shades of Evangelical Justifications for Patriarchy

While researching my previous blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey, I came upon an article by evangelical blogger Owen Strachan titled How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them. I’m going to deconstruct this blog post piece by piece to really dig into the problems with its logic. I should note that Strachan is not a nobody. He’s a professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Read more

On Being a Prodigal

My parents are the ones who set out with a very specific end goal in mind when approaching childrearing—i.e., that the children turn out to share their beliefs and lifestyle choices. I didn’t chose that. They did. But children are wild cards, and don’t always conform to parental expectations—especially when those expectations are rigid or constrictive. In communities like mine, children who don’t conform are too often cast aside, and a prodigal is born. Read more

Fifty Shades of Disagreement: Evangelicals and Feminists on Fifty Shades of Grey

In general, the thing that has evangelicals up in arms over Fifty Shades of Grey is its endorsement of premarital relationships and kinky sex, while the thing that has feminists up in arms is its glorification of abuse and its perversion of kinky sex. These differences are, of course, rooted in a huge divergence in the two groups’ underlying sexual ethics. Read more

What I Love about My Feminist Husband

When I was a teen, my father told me it would take a special kind of man to make me submit. I was headstrong, you see. I was opinionated and bossy. I sometimes envied those quiet, demure girls to whom submission came naturally. That wasn’t me. My father couldn’t know, then, that the man I would ultimately marry wouldn’t expect me to submit to him. I didn’t know, then, that I would reject the entire idea of wifely submission before I walked down the aisle. Read more

Pope Tries to Have It Both Ways on Family Size

Having no children is “selfish” . . . but having too many children is “irresponsible.” It doesn’t help that the pope praises his mother for having five children but condemned a Filipino woman for having eight children. Where’s the line, then? Six kids? Seven? When does it move from “the joy of children” to being “like rabbits”? Read more

The Pennington Point on Adult Children, Maturity, and Drivers Licenses

I wan’t to be clear that this isn’t an isolated thing. When a parent home births and homeschools, they have total control over their children’s documents (including control over the very existence of those documents). I grew up knowing several homeschooling families that didn’t obtain social security numbers for their children. Read more

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