Kate Winslet on Body Image

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I just today came upon this image and wanted to share:"As a child, I never heard one woman say to me I love my body. Not my mother, my elder sister, my best friend. No one woman has ever said, I am so proud of my body. So I make sure to say it to Mia, because a positive physical outlook has to start at an early age." ~ Kate WinsletI love this sentiment. It's so true. Expect more blogging on this topic to come! Raising a daughter in our society today can be complicated. … [Read more...]

Being Civil Does Not Mean Selling Out the Underprivileged

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[Note: For an update, please see my followup post, Walking the Walk: In Which Tony Jones Makes Good.]I've written before about the importance of civil discussion, and about reservations I have about the widespread use of shame as a tactic for effecting change. But just as abusive name calling is a problem, so too is relativism, especially when the rights and lives of underprivileged groups are at stake.Let me give an example of what I'm talking about. Tony Jones is a progressive Ch … [Read more...]

Guest Posting Opportunities

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I'm interested in offering more guest posting opportunities. I've posted guest posts in the past for specific series - on evangelicalism, on homeschooling, on purity rings, etc. But I'm open to doing more than that.As my blog has grown, I've come to appreciate the power the blogosphere offers for creating and developing, spreading, and disseminating ideas and viewpoints. While reading the comments left by readers over the past month and a half I've also come to appreciate the untapped talent … [Read more...]

Christian Persecution Complex Much?

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Remember when, after the 2012 election, I pointed out that the Right operates in a self-imposed information deficit? Well, a reader named Betty just left a comment on a post from last summer about LGBTQ rights, and this is a pretty decent example of that phenomenon: As a matter of fact, it is [Christians'] rights that are being limited and we are becoming the minority in this nation. In many countries to even hint at being a Christian is the same as signing a death warrant. In our country they h … [Read more...]

Homeschool Reflection: Enjoying Flexibility

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A guest post by SkjaereI was home schooled full time in eighth grade, and part time in ninth and tenth. Up until that time, I had been enrolled in our local public schools, where my dad was a teacher. I’d been having problems with bullying at my middle school (both by my peers and by teachers, WTF?!), and when my mother asked me if I wanted to try home schooling, I jumped at the chance. It sounded almost too good to be true. I could choose my own reading lists and projects? Sign me up!We … [Read more...]

“Actually Sally, their family has two mommies”

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I was recently looking through my facebook feed when I came upon a picture of Haley, whose wife Melissa writes at Permission to Live."Ooo, she's pretty!" said Sally.I smiled. Haley is a transgender woman, and I was pleased that Sally immediately identified her as female. I started flipping through Haley's pictures, and Sally admired them and was excited to note whenever Haley's children appeared in the pictures with her. And then, finally, I came to a picture of Haley with Melissa, smiling … [Read more...]

Women’s Bodies Are Not Male Commodities

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Yesterday I came upon two interesting blog posts that discuss the way men's absolute fixation on women's bodies undermines their ability to see women as anything other than objects for their consumption, gets in the way of women being valued for their talents, interests, or achievements, and results in the policing of women's bodies and activities. One of these bloggers used The Modesty Survey to write about evangelical Christianity's modesty doctrine while the other used a the reception of a … [Read more...]


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