Puncturing Declension Narratives

History is complicated, and fascinating, and profoundly messy. The narrative Reb Bradley tells in his graph above could hardly be more ahistorical. The same is true about just about every declension narrative I hear today. Did you know that one study of marriage and birth records in the colonial Americans found that one in three women who married was pregnant at the altar? Listening to conservatives, you’d think having sex before marriage was just invented yesterday. For their part, narratives about increasing crime rates after removing prayer from school ignore the reality that crime rates today are at a historical low. I am extremely skeptical of declension narratives as a genre, because history isn’t this simple, one-dimensional story just waiting to be plugged into your talking point. This shit’s complicated. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 54: 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… Read more

Saturday Link Love: Grease, Breast Milk, and Broken Hearts

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. Politics Roe’s End? on The Austin Chronicle Why “Family Values” Defined Conservative Christianity (and Why “Religious Liberty” Has Replaced It), on Religion Dispatches Gender Four Reasons Why Grease is a Feminist Musical, on The Mary Sue A Colleague Drank My Breast Milk and… Read more

Who Is Outside the Circle?

The people who formed that prayer circle in the image above had every right to do so, but it is only natural that their actions would make people like me feel like outsiders. When we look at controversies over public prayers at city councils or school board meetings, we need to ask who we leave standing on the outside looking in. Read more

Anonymous Tip: Chinese Worry Balls

Today shit starts getting freaky at the CPS headquarters. But first we have to endure Wally Elrod delivering legal documents again. It’s Monday afternoon, if you remember, and Wally had just finished delivering summonses and complaints for the day when he noticed some new documents had come in, including one for Rita. Even though Farris tells us Wally never went out for a second round of deliveries and even though it was nearly four o’clock. Wally decided to make the delivery so he could have a chance to make another jab at Rita. Read more

Why Empower Girls If You Can Just Protect Them?

It is Hemingway who promotes a paternalistic view of women and it is Hemingway that seeks to disempower them by making them dependent on the men in their lives. That she looks at a feminist message intended to empower women and girls and only sees her own paternalism reflected back at her is profoundly sad. Read more

Naghmeh Abedini, Franklin Graham, and the Silencing of Evangelical Abuse Victims

Finally, I made the mistake of reading comments on Facebook and you know what? A whole bunch of people are upset with Naghmeh for making her husband look bad. That’s just lovely—and it’s something I imagine pastors’ wives feel more keenly than other evangelical women. Coming forward about your abuse will damage your husband’s ministry. Why can’t you just keep quiet and let the Lord do his work? I can’t even imagine the pressure these women must feel. Frankly, the wonder is not that Naghmeh kept quiet for so long but rather that she had the courage to come forward about her abuse at all. Read more

Compassionate Bigotry and the Future of Anti-Gay Rhetoric

In recent weeks, a Townhill.com article from June 2014 has resurfaced. I read the article based on its title—5 Truths You’re Not Allowed To Say About Gays In America—and have decided to give it a once-over here on the blog. While the article is now twenty months old, many of the themes it covers are very much at the forefront of current debates over LGBTQ rights. Further, the article’s entire approach seems to me emblematic of hew rhetorics opponents of gay rights have used in recent years. These rhetorics are an attempt at a “softer, gentler” approach to opposing gay rights—an approach that fails miserably but must be addressed if only to be thoroughly refuted. Read more

Why Hillary Clinton’s Gender Matters

As the Democratic Party’s presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders heats up, I’ve noticed an increasing tendency among some to argue that Clinton’s gender should be irrelevant to the decisions people make at the polls—or even that any consideration of Clinton’s gender at all is anti-feminist. I couldn’t disagree with this assessment more strongly. Let me be clear: I am not telling you that you should vote for Clinton. I am not even telling you that I am voting for Clinton. I am simply getting tired of people saying that Clinton’s gender shouldn’t matter, because it does. Read more

Lesbian Duplex 53: An Open Thread

It’s time for another chatter thread! Read more

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