What Did This Former 14-Year-Old Child Bride Actually Say?

A reader recently sent me a Dayton Daily News article about child marriage. The piece is titled ‘At 14, Ohio woman married 48-year-old man; says she would do it again.’ Bracketing research with the story of Tessi Siders, who was pregnant and 14 when she married the 48-year-old man she’d been dating, the piece is fairly negative toward child marriage overall. Click through to read more! Read more

Hurricane Harvey, and How Fundamentalist Groups Attract and Retain Members

Any help is welcome, when it comes to a disaster of this sort, and no help should be turned away. Still, it’s hard for me to watch an abusive organization whose teachings have lead to the deaths of at least three children use a disaster like this to promote their brand. Serving up meals in Houston, however genuine the impulse, does not make the Pearls’ teachings any less dangerous. Click through to read more! Read more

What These Homeschool Moms Get Wrong About Socialization

I was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and I was told exactly this. And guess what? I got on with adults great! I knew how to introduce myself and shake hands and sound intelligent and impress the pants off of the adults I met. In contrast, the teens I met anywhere but our homeschool group scared me. They felt foreign, and I didn’t know how to relate to them. But that was okay! I was about to be an adult anyway. Click through to read more! Read more

Lesbian Duplex 136: 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. Click through to read more! Read more

Saturday Link Love: Delta, School Lunches, and Rahm Emanuel’s Math

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. Click through to read more! Read more

Voice in the Wind: The Road to Destruction

In Rivers’ hands, this isn’t about Caius’ abuse. It’s about Julia’s hedonism. The problem, in other words, is Julia. It isn’t her father, for giving her none of the experience necessary to recognize a potential abuser and then tossing her to the wolves. It isn’t her brother’s fault, for making himself inaccessible in her time of need. It’s not Caius’ fault for abusing her both emotionally and physically. No, it’s Julia’s fault. She’s not in trouble. She’s on the road to destruction. Click through to read more! Read more

The Christian Hagiography of Robert E. Lee Endorsed by James Dobson and Tim LaHaye

I grew up in an evangelical home, but I must still be somewhat naive about evangelicals and race, because I must confess to being surprised when I came upon this book. Titled Gallant Christian Soldier Robert E. Lee, it was written by author Lee Roddy as part of a series of biographies on men and women of upstanding Christian character. Click through to read more! Read more

How a White Supremacist Book Found Its Way Into a Family’s Homeschool

I was recently asked to go through several boxes of books at the home of a woman who homeschooled for several years a decade ago. I was told that I could pick out what I wanted for my own kids, and that the rest were going to be donated to a library. I scrutinized the history books carefully, knowing the penchant for historical revisionism present in many books sold through homeschool publishers. Then I picked up a book that startled me so much that I reacted physically—I jumped, fumbled the book, and dropped it. Click through to read more! Read more

I’m Really Really REALLY Glad I Had Sex Before Marriage

Let me tell you where I started out. Back in college, I was so deep in purity culture, every time I had a crush I considered it a dangerous temptation that I would need to fight and pray about constantly. I believed God’s plan for me was that I never have any romantic or sexual experience at all with anyone other than the man that God had apparently destined to become my husband. Click through to read more! Read more

The Same Old, Same Old Nashville Statement

When we exist in a bubble (and this happens on all parts of the spectrum), we run the risk of not being as aware of the beliefs held in other circles as we should be. Could that be why the Nashville Statement seems to have taken some off guard? Has LGBT acceptance come so far that some have forgotten how entrenched the opposition continues to be? Click through to read more! Read more

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