The Female Body, a Source of Contamination


I recently came upon a blog post titled "How the Modesty Police Are Hurting My Son," in which blogger Ami writes about trying to teach her son that he is responsible for his own actions even as those around her tell him that girls are responsible for covering up so as to "protect" him. As I looked through the mostly positive comments on her post, I was struck by this one: I think it’s great that you teach your child all these things---and I think it’s great that parents teach their children mod … [Read more...]

The Other Stories


Have you ever read a books where each chapter is written from the perspective of a single character? Some of the ones that are most well written are such that you start to notice inconsistencies, things that don't quite fit, because what you are hearing is that character's spin. Gradually you start to get the hang of which characters are most trustworthy, and which characters you should suspect of spin from the first sentence.I was reminded of this genre when thinking once again over the … [Read more...]

Tilting at Straw Feminists

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about seeing an offensive sexist shirt at my local YMCA, and then speaking with the staff about developing a policy on sexist, etc., messaging on clothing. As I read through the comments left by the variety of self-ascribed Men's Rights Activists and their supporters that descended on that post, I was struck by how thoroughly they misunderstand feminists like myself. It's almost like they're too busy creating a straw-feminist effigy of me to actually read what I … [Read more...]

What’s More Terrifying than Left Behind?

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I remember the movie very clearly. We watched it some church event or other, which I can't remember. But the movie---the movie I remember.It began when an angel appeared to a woman and told her the date and time she was going to die. The woman was a worldly woman who did not know Jesus, and the angel's announcement of her time of death was meant to bring her to her knees and lead her to salvation. It didn't. Instead of accepting the inevitable and coming to Jesus, the woman determined to do … [Read more...]

CTNAHM: Women Are Cursed—Twice!


By AlethaOriginally posted on Yllom MormonCreated To Need A Help Meet, pp. 175---177Hello, all. Thank you for your patience and support while I sorted out my personal life.To recap the last few sections, Michael is talking about women obeying men. He shies away from the word "obey", and instead uses subjugation, servitude, and under authority. But he means the same thing.Today's section is all about the two-fold curse on women, thanks to Eve. Yes, ladies, you read that right. … [Read more...]

That’s Not Good Enough, Christianity Today—Updated!


In the face of increasingly vocal calls to pull the rapist's article (you can read my prior coverage here), the editors of Christianity Today's Leadership Journal have stood firm and refused to take the post down. Instead, they have added an editorial note to the beginning of the article. It's not enough---not nearly enough---and that the editors think it is shows just how deep the problem is. Editorial Note: Since publishing the following piece on Monday, there has been a tremendous backlash f … [Read more...]

Evangelical Narratives, Sexual Predators, and Safe Places


I have written time and again about the evangelical narratives used to excuse rape and child molestations, especially when committed by pastors. I came upon quite a few of these when reading through the comments on the recent article by a convicted rapist and child molester that was published by Christianity Today's Leadership Journal. (If you haven't read about the article yet, please do.) I want to take a moment to look at a few of the excuses I am seeing made, and to reflect on what these … [Read more...]