Weeds, Birth Control, Trees, and Temperance

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Do you remember that image of the weed and flower I posted some time back? It compared a weed, "Sexual Chaos," with a rose, "Strong Family Life," and made birth control the root of the contrast (aka birth control leads to sexual chaos and not using birth control leads to a strong family life, which is just flat out weird, but okay). Here it is as a reminder:I bring this up because I recently came upon a pair of images that were strikingly similar. And yet, they're not from the present but … [Read more...]

Michael Pearl and a Victorian Poem

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I recently came upon a poem by J. E. Pollock. It was published in 1883 and was called "Woman's Influence." It's very Victorian, and it helps show just how many of Michael and Debi's ideas come straight from that era rather than from the Bible. Here's the poem (and here's the Michael post that most directly relates): WOMAN'S INFLUENCEBy J. E. PollockWHAT bliss that private life attains, How happy is that earthly lot, How blest to man that sacred spot Where woman's genial influence … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Only Men Have Dreams

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A Guest Post by AlethaOriginally Posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 53---54 I Need Her to Support My VisionEvery man has a vision, and visions are tenuous and iffy by nature.  A man with a vision hopes to surmount difficult circumstances, doing what others think is impossible.  A vision will waver like a mirage, sometimes promising cool water and other times looking like shifting sand.  Most men lose hope of fulfilling their dreams and settle for a TV series.  If … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 2: Waiting and Hoping

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A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here.  Now that I had given up on being anything but what my parents wanted from me, I began to gain some sort of … [Read more...]

Dear Sister: On Your Thirteenth Birthday

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I can't believe you are almost thirteen. I remember holding you in my arms when you were a baby. I remember rocking you, smiling at you, cooing to you. I remember your tiny fingers and your dark, soft hair. I remember dressing you, bathing you, cuddling you close. I was always the first to jump up and volunteer to get you up when that sweet plaintive wail came from your cradle.Thirteen. Wow. You've grown so big, so tall and clever. I know what thirteen means. Dad will take you out to dinner a … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Courtship Story, Part 1: Listen for the Singing

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A Guest Post by MelissaOriginally posted on Permission to LiveNote: I'm reposting Melissa's series, originally written in February 2011, with her permission. Why now? Put simply, because it was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard about Jessa Duggar courting. This is something I wish she could read. This is for Jessa. For all the posts in this series, click here.  I begged my Mom to let me go to high school when I was 14. She was shocked by my request. How cou … [Read more...]

The Lesbian Duplex 2: An Open Thread

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This space is for conversation between commenters.* 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. My comment policy lays out the house rules. Enjoy!* You're probably wondering about the name. Reader Jolie made the suggestion that I change the thread's name from "chatter" to "the lesbian duplex." The lesbian duplex has beco … [Read more...]


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