I wasn’t going to write about convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner. I really wasn’t. Everyone else was writing about it it, I figured. Did I really need to write something too? There were enough voices out there, and the case was unfamiliar to me. But then I read about the letters. What letters, you ask? The letters Turner’s friends and family members wrote to the judge urging him to be lenient in his sentencing, of course. These letters. Click through to read more! Read more

Can we talk about free will, or at least the role the concept plays in conservative evangelical Christianity? As a child, teen, and young adult in the evangelical community and church, I was taught that God wants us to freely choose to worship and love him, and that he gives us free will so that we can do that. Of course, Calvinists hold that God chooses who will believe in him and who will not, and a related train of thought holds that those with sinful natures are incompatible with freely choosing God, and that God has to choose them. But I was not raised a Calvinist. I was raised an Arminian. Click through to read more! Read more

I have a good friend who was sent to a Christian home for troubled teens in Florida in the late 1990s. The stories she tells me are horrifying. The children were forced to work in the fields all day every day in the summer, and for long hours during the school year as well. But it was also worse than that. My friend tells stories of whippings, and of being forced to hold girls down and participate in brutal beatings. The home was run as a prison camp, the teens treated as slaves. Click through to read more. Read more

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. Enjoy! Read more

Hey guys! It’s Saturday, and that means you get my weekly collection of interesting links! You probably noticed that there was no Anonymous Tip post yesterday. I am extremely sorry about that. Life hit, and with it a series of unfortunate events that prevented me from writing the post. I was going to give it to you late today, but now the book has disappeared! I’m hopeful that I’ll find it, and if I find it while it is still this weekend, I’ll write up an installment and post it. Otherwise I’ll order a new (used) copy and you’ll get your next post this Friday, or the next if it takes longer to arrive. Read more

Those of you still watching Game of Thrones may have noticed that season 6 has been quite a change from season 5 in its treatment of the its female characters. There was much talk last year of the show’s frequent portrayals of rape, among other things, but this season the show’s female characters have come into their own in new ways, exercising their agency and retaking their narratives. I’ve even seen some suggest that the show should be called the battle of the five queens. Click through to read more! Read more

I don’t remember the first time I heard the word “transgender.” I do remember being taught that it was wrong, disordered, even perverted. I grew up in an evangelical home. I attended an evangelical megachurch and my family subscribed to quite a few evangelical magazines, including some that focused on politics and culture wars issues. I was homeschooled, which created a sort of bubble that filtered the information I had access to. Click through to read more! Read more

To every person who has ever had to claw their way past abusive or authoritarian parenting only to watch their parent credit that very parenting with their success, I believe in you. You matter. Your thoughts matter. Your opinions matter. Your parents do not define you. You define you. Our parents do not write our stories. We write our stories. Our parents may own their past, but they don’t own our past and they certainly don’t own our future. Click through to read more! Read more

Ryan Stollar of Homeschool Alumni Reaching Out (HARO) has been knocking it out of the park lately. I deeply appreciate his advocacy and his willingness to take on big names in his efforts to prevent child abuse. Today I want to take a moment to highlight his two latest pieces, one posted on the HARO website and one posted on HARO’s Homeschoolers Anonymous (HA) project website. Click through to read more! Read more

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. Enjoy! Read more

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