“Lost” Masculinity and Privilege Distress

I’m thinking through the shows I watch and none of them actually “mock men and boys.” House of Cards has plenty of complex characters of both genders. Game of Thrones certainly doesn’t “mock men or boys.” Doctor Who, Orange Is the New Black, Bones—I’m not seeing it. The shows I like that are now off the air—Buffy, Gilmore Girls, Numbers—don’t “mock men and boys” either. Even the comedy Up All Night portrayed the stay-at-home father as competent. There are plenty of strong male characters worth emulating in these shows, men who aren’t boorish and sex obsessed or effeminate, odd, or outrageous. Maybe the author of this piece just needs to change the channel. Read more

CTBHHM: Beautiful Sarah, and Abraham’s Lie

And there it is again. Just obey—it doesn’t matter if your husband is right or wrong—just obey. And honestly, that seems to be the main message of this book—obey your husband, reverence your husband, praise your husband and never criticize him, and you will have a “heavenly marriage.” And if you’re concerned about going bankrupt or losing life or limb, no worries, God will save you. (And, presumably, if you do die you die the death of a martyr.) Read more

Kevin Swanson, Scott Brown, and the Jackson Brothers

Yes, the Jackson family’s story is horrifying. But it’s also somehow fascinating, with its involvement of two major conservative Christian homeschooling leaders and its cross-country flight and the heroic efforts of investigators in finally apprehending the family and moving the victim to safety. Scott Brown did right in determining that the abuse taking place in the Jackson family must be reported. As for Kevin Swanson, we know less, but we do know that he and his church are not as unfamiliar with these issues as his flippant radio broadcasts might make suggest. Read more

Blogger: Affirmative Consent Will End the Sexual Revolution

Today a post from the Patheos family channel, titled “Men: The Sexual Revolution Is Over,” came across my facebook feed. Curious, I clicked on it and found myself on a blog titled “Church for Men,” run by a man named David Murrow. The purpose of the blog appears to be finding ways to combat the feminized nature of American evangelical Christianity. But that was not the topic of this particular post. Not in the least. The topic of this post was far different. Let’s have a look, shall we? Read more

When Abortion Restrictions Mean Jail Time

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining so-called abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter to end her pregnancy. Yes, you read that right. Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, a single mother who works as a nursing home aide, pleaded guilty in August to obtaining the miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her daughter, 16, who did not want to have the child. Whalen was… Read more

“Daddy, Is the Devil Real?” A Response

A reader recently sent me a post from a blog on the progressive Christian channel that I find rather disturbing. It’s called Daddy, is the Devil Real? The author, Morgan Guyton, explains that the devil came up during scary story telling with his boys, and that his five-year-old asked if the devil was real, and that he said yes, much to his young son’s consternation. Read more

On Feminism and Embracing the Homemaker

I believe in working toward flexible work policies for mothers and legal policies that protect the financial rights of stay-at-home mothers. I support my friends who work and those who stay home with their children. It doesn’t have to be either/or. It can be both/and. Read more

Charisma News Publishes a Call for Genocide

Charisma News—a sort of charismatic version of the conservative evangelical publication Christianity Today—recently published a piece by Reverend Gary Cass titled “Why I Absolutely Am Islamaphobic.” I opened the link expecting something bad, but was in no way prepared for what I read. Cass calls for genocide against the world’s Muslims. In this post I will quote from Cass’s article and respond, generally with actual points but sometimes with simple shock. Read more

I am a Homeschool Alumna. I Care.

What I’m hearing in these comments from homeschool parents is that the only possible reason homeschool alumni could possibly want to protect homeschooled children from abuse and neglect is to “get back at” their parents. That sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? Of course, these homeschool parents claim—with absolutely zero evidence—that homeschool alumni like myself are not interested in protecting homeschooled children but rather in taking down homeschooling. I’m having troubles finding words for how angry this complete unwillingness to actually listen makes me. Read more

Pastor Mark Driscoll Called Women “Penis Homes”

Things have been getting worse and worse for Mark Driscoll in recent weeks. But what I want to point out for a moment is one of Driscoll’s posts from 2001, when he was posting to a church message board under the name William Wallace II. I have rarely seen an evangelical man be this direct. Read more

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