“You can’t be pro-life, but then refuse to support the girl that keeps her baby”

Those who advocate against abortion rights refer to themselves as pro-life, but, as Runkles’ situation makes clear, their opposition to premarital sex places limits in their ability to celebrate life. We can imagine a group that opposes abortion on the grounds that life is always better than not-life, but why would such a group limit or stigmatize the act that creates such life? For abortion opponents, it’s frequently not so much about life as it is about rules—and the consequences of not following them.

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What Do Atheists Do All Day?

Many people who don’t believe in God also don’t give a whit about atheist figureheads. Atheism is not a church, with members and theology and an authority structure. It’s not a belief system, and it has no dogma. There are conservative atheists and progressive atheists, anti-abortion atheists and pro-choice atheists, feminist atheists and misogynist atheists—the list goes on and on.

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Evangelicals’ Sexual Double Bind

In some sense, evangelicals’ approach to sex is caught in a double bind. If they must forbid sex before marriage, evangelicals are stuck either arguing that marital sex will be (or should be) mind-blowingly amazing (and denying the existence of sexual incompatibility) or acknowledging that marital sex may suck (while contending that sexual fulfillment within marriage is not actually important).

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Lesbian Duplex 121: An Open Thread

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! 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 also. Every so often, as the number of comments on a given Lesbian Duplex post becomes unmanageable, I put up a fresh post.

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Saturday Link Love: Anne and Trauma, Death in Childbirth, and the Radium Girls

Saturday Link Love is a feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier.

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Voice in the Wind: A Tale of Two Rapes

I could imagine a novel set in this same period that explores the reactions of rape victims like Julia in ways that are believable, nuanced, and interesting rather than judgmental. Such a story would be complicated and at times extremely difficult to read, but it would capture more realistically the realities within which people had to live and the mechanisms they used to navigate and cope with circumstances we can only imagine. This is not that novel.

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Where Do We Direct Our Criticism?

I’ve noticed a pattern of affirming African American activists’ goals—i.e. the wrongness of the oppression and barriers they face—while at the same time questioning their methods and the actions they take. We see this today, in opposition to Black Lives Matter. We saw this in the 1960s, in opposition to the civil rights movement. But this pattern wasn’t new even then.

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Rich School, Poor School, Black School, White School

Chicago Public Schools is working out a plan to merge two of the city’s neighborhood elementary schools. Ogden International Elementary School serves the posh Gold Coast and its surroundings while Jenner Academy of the Arts serves the poorer Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Those in favor of the merger note that Ogden is overcrowded while Jenner is underutilized, and argue that combining the [Read More…]

Confederate Monuments and “Historical Vandalism”

This weekend torch-wielding protesters chanted Nazi slogans as they rallied in defense of a statue of Robert E. Lee which the Charlottesville City Council recently voted to remove. What may be less known is that Corey Stewart, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, has also spoken out in defense of the statue.

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Hispanic Christians and Evangelical Persecution Narratives

Do publications like Christianity Today have a chance at convincing evangelicals to see undocumented immigrants as part of their in-group? I suspect not, and here’s why: Those who support Trump’s hardline on immigration, including many evangelicals, typically center the problem as one of laws being broken.

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