Trump Agriculture Nominee Credits Serial Sexual Predator as His Spiritual Mentor

Over the years, many have compared IBLP to a cult, and Gothard to a cult leader. He had that affect on people—he could command unswerving loyalty and unadulterated devotion, and render people willing to ignore the warning signs. And Perdue, it seems, is one of those who fell under his spell. I realize that none of this has anything to do with agriculture. It has a lot more to do with judgement, though—and a white old boys’ club willing to ignore those trampled underfoot.

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Feminism, Abortion, and Coalition-Building

The organization New Wave Feminism isn’t simply anti-abortion. It’s a group that spreads medical misinformation, slut-shames women, and shares gross propaganda. But there’s a bigger issue at play here. Can you be anti-abortion and a feminist? Obviously, this isn’t a question I can answer. It’s something many people have argued over in recent decades; there is no gatekeeper for the label “feminist” and no one can stop anyone else from using it. I would offer a few thoughts, though.

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Could Women with IUDs Be Charged with Murder?

The problem with Foreman’s legislation, for Wilson, is not that it could involve charging women who have IUDs with first degree murder. That appears to be a-okay for him. The problem, for Wilson, is with making the charge stick in cases where intent to kill (i.e. first degree murder) is difficult to prove—something he says “the language of the bill” should take into account.

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The Pinkification of Girls’ Toys

What happened, exactly? The pinkification of toys geared toward girls today is impossible not to notice. Walk down any toy aisles at any box store—the “girls” toys are thoroughly pink and purple. It wasn’t always this way. There was a time when “girls” toys, while still geared toward girls, were a variety of colors. The extreme color-coded world children live in today is new, and not inevitable.

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DeVos on Accountability and the Right to an Education

DeVos’s confirmation hearings are this week. DeVos, Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, has come in for a lot of criticism given her lack of experience with public schools (she has never attended, sent a child to, or worked at a public school) and her commitment to public charter schools and voucher programs.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Shape-Shifter

I hate to sound like I’m picking on Kasich. He was the only Republican presidential candidate who refused to fall in line behind Trump, and based on my reading, he wasn’t appealing to King in an effort to silence people. Still, he followed a pattern set by all too many white people—he used King’s memory in an ahistorical way to make a point unconnected from King’s lived actions.

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What Spiritual Warfare Has in Common with New Ageism

I grew up in an evangelical household. I have been on prayer walks. Growing up, I was taught that the world around us is full of angels and demons locked in conflict, a conflict we (usually) cannot see. The prayers of believers have the power to banish demons. When we would go on a prayer walk around a neighborhood, that is what we would do—pray away the evil forces and pray down God’s protection.

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This Is How It Happens

The ‘pro-family’ lobby frequently uses the language of the ‘traditional family’ to combat efforts to define the family more broadly, including both gay and lesbian couples and other family forms. When I point out that the ‘traditional family’ was one in which things like domestic violence were tolerated and accepted, individuals who engage in this rhetoric are frequently askance—that’s not what they mean, they insist. They mean the family form—man, woman, children—not wife-beating.

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Abortion in the Public Imagination

It’s absurd that an anti-abortion writer would feel the image of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy would be a relevant accompanying image. It’s not. The vast majority of abortions happen before a woman starts to show; even late-term abortions tend to occur during the second trimester. An image of a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy is relevant to things like maternity leave or childcare costs, not abortion.

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Lesbian Duplex 103: 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.

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