Wanted Pregnancies and Unwanted Abortions


I have a lot of respect for Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN who runs a popular blog about childbirth, abortion, and reproductive health. But something she wrote in a recent post struck me as off, and I feel the need to address it. Access to child care doesn't reduce abortion.Really, how little do you think of women to say such drivel?Ben Carson tried to say the same thing. It’s insulting to women. Feminists don’t insult women.“I’m 22 weeks but just can’t bear the burden of finding affordable c … [Read more...]

Lesbian Duplex 51: 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. I’ve added a “chatter” tab under my blog banner that will direct readers to these discussion threads, so no one will have to wo … [Read more...]

Saturday Link Love: Bible Verse Blunders, Rotating Bishops, and Missing Action Figures


Saturday Link Love is a new 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. Blame Shifting Carly Fiorina Accused Of Crashing Kids’ Field Trip And Ushering Them To Anti-Abortion Rally, on Think Progress Donald Trump Acknowledges Bible Verse Blunder, Then Blames it on Christian Right Leader, on Friendly Atheist Sarah Palin Blames President Obama for Her S … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: In Which Gwen Gets Saved


A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 195-198I am beyond frustrated with this section. Just beyond frustrated. Peter waited anxiously in the church parking lot for Gwen, Casey, and the Mansfields. He had barely slept all night, even though he left Gwen's by ten-thirty. His hear and his spirit did battle as he replayed over and over Aaron's counsel from Friday morning. He knew it was right for Gwen to come to church, but, nonetheless, he was worried about what Aaron … [Read more...]

Demons and the Consequences of Feeding Children’s Fears


So, demons. I've written on this topic before, but it's been a while, and when I last wrote on this topic my children were too small to be scared of the dark. When I was a girl, I was taught that demons were real. My dad used to pray a "hedge of protection" around our house, to keep the demons out. My parents told me that there's an invisible world all around us, in which angels and demons are at war, constantly.At one point when I was girl, another woman in my parents' Bible study group … [Read more...]

Hitting the Reset Button


I did not begin blogging expecting to create a community. When I first started writing on blogspot five years ago, I never expected to even have regular commenters. Over the years, however, my commentariat has grown, and I've learned that running a popular blog comes with its own responsibilities, many of which I am ill prepared for. I've tried, very hard, to create a space that facilitates discussion, but I haven't always been successful.I've written numerous posts about my comment policy … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Complicated Legacy of Our White Past


Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. day. Yesterday was also the day I told my six-year-old daughter that her great-great-grandfather was a member of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s. Once she got it---I had to explain what the KKK was, after all---her response was one of utter horror. Or rather, one of horror mixed with bewilderment. "Why?" she asked. "Why?!" When I told her that her great-great-great grandmother used to boast that black people weren't allowed in her county after sundown, her … [Read more...]