August 30, 2016

School segregation did not disappear with the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision. In fact, by some measures American schools have become more segregated over the past few decades. As anyone who has looked at the problem knows, the root of this issue is residential segregation—as long as we have neighborhood schools, and as long as neighborhoods are highly segregated by race (and class, among other things), we will have segregated schools. Click through to read more! Read more

August 29, 2016

Purity culture threw some absolute shit at me, but in the end, I did turn out okay as an adult. I have a healthy relationship with a wonderful husband, two amazing young children, financial security, and a career that I love. We have a home and we’re putting down roots. We have friends and are building a community for ourselves. We are very, very happy. Oh, and did I mention that I have an amazing sex life? Click through to read more! Read more

August 28, 2016

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. Click through and enjoy! Read more

August 27, 2016

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. Note: Inclusion does not imply full agreement. Citing Catholic Rules, Doctor Turns Away Bleeding Woman With Dislodged IUD, on ReWire—“The doctor left Jones to confer with colleagues, before returning to confirm that her “hands [were] tied,” according to two complaints filed… Read more

August 26, 2016

Stan tells Peter to go back to the hotel separately, saying he’ll handle Gordon. He tells Gwen and June to wait inside the courthouse. The difficult thing here is that while Gordon is absolutely in the wrong—and scary, and dangerous—he’s absolutely right that what Peter has been doing is inappropriate. He also has reason to feel left out—no one even told him when Gwen was taken into foster care. But none of that makes his stalking and harassing at all okay. Click through and read more! Read more

August 25, 2016

First, “the historical position on sexual ethics” is not what Walker thinks it is. Second, Walker misunderstands comparisons between opposition to LGBT rights and racism, perhaps because he misunderstands racism (one does not have to have “the worst possible motivations” to be racist). And finally, I don’t think either Dreher or Walker understand where the racism comparison leaves us. Read more

August 24, 2016

The top picture, which dates from the early twentieth century, depicts a male official measuring women’s swimsuits to make sure they cover enough skin. The bottom picture, from Nice, France, this week, depicts a group of male police officers forcing a woman on a beach to strip, because she’s covering too much skin. Click through to read more! Read more

August 24, 2016

Yes, you read that right. The very first item blames the victim—the four-year-old boy—for not “crying out” when sexually abused by his teenage neighbor. IBLP materials tend to communicate a complete ignorance of the various dynamics involved in such abuse or the reasons victims often remain silent. Also? Note the square quotes around the word “victim” above, and remember that the child is four. Click through to read more! Read more

August 23, 2016

My parents believed their parenting would ensure that we children would learn to be truthful, obedient, and hard working, but in practice their focus on taking punitive action for any wrongdoing gave us incentive to do whatever we had to to get out punishment. Click through to read more! Read more

August 22, 2016

I recently came upon this headline: Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian. I immediately wondered—what does “misguided” mean? Many Christians believe that gay and lesbian identities and relationships are perverse, and I have a hard time imagining how a child with LGBT-inclusive Christian parents would not realize they would be accepting. I skimmed the article looking for answers. Click through to read more! Read more

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