How Do You Explain the Rapture to a Secular First Grader?

I doubt I’ll ever quite get used to the way my daughter Sally responds to learning about some of the beliefs I held as an evangelical child and young adult. I wonder, sometimes, how I so easily accepted beliefs like the rapture when I was her age myself.

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You’ve Got to be Kidding Me, Cleveland Edition

On Monday, the city of Cleveland agreed to pay Tamir Rice’s family $6 million. As you may remember, Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in the park, gunned down in 2014 by police less than two seconds after exiting their car. Even with the offer of $6 million, the city has refused to accept any fault, and the officer who shot Tamir was not indicted. But it’s a statement from the police union that really takes the cake.

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Women on Currency and Why Diverse Representations Matter to Our Children

I, for one, look forward to seeing Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. on our paper currency in future years. I am happy for my daughter and other children today who will grow up seeing a greater diversity of individuals represented in our nation’s imagery. [Read more…]

Why Breitbart’s Anti-Trans Top Twenty-Five Bathroom Predator Stories Are Bunk

The recent spate of laws barring trans bathroom access has hit home hard. As the anti-trans panic has ratcheted up, I’ve become increasingly worried for my friends, and for other trans people like them. What few people seem to realize is that it’s not the trans bathroom access bills that are changing the status quo, but rather those blocking this access. [Read more…]

The Sexual Predators in Evangelicals’ Backyard

I’m not worried about my first grade daughter using the bathroom at the same time as a trans woman. I’m worried about my teenage sisters living in an evangelical community with a demonstrated willingness to turn on victims and make excuses for predators.

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When Hollywood Featured Spankings of Adult Women

It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come, or that there was a time in living memory when spanking women was considered appropriate and even entertaining. In some of the clips in the compilation above, female child actors looked on as a woman was publicly spanked. What did these girls, and the girls watching in the audience, learn from what they saw? What did these scenes communicate about the relative power between men and women, and about women’s place in the world? [Read more…]

Lesbian Duplex 65: 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. Enjoy! [Read more…]

Saturday Link Love: Statutes of Limitations, Autistic Writers, and Using the Bathroom While Trans

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. Click through to read! [Read more…]

The Historical Context of Cruz’s Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Ad

This week Donald Trump came out against the recent spate of anti-trans bathroom bills. Ted Cruz sensed an opportunity, and ran an incredibly offensive ad repeating the lie that allowing trans women to use the women’s bathroom is a threat to women and children. It’s interesting to note, though, who the ad is directed toward. Click through to read more about the historical context and gendered dimension of Cruz’s ad. [Read more…]

Anonymous Tip: The Endless Deposition

We start out in Peter’s conference room, which we’re told was “rather small” but still “large enough for the deposition of Donna Corliss, scheduled for Wednesday, July 27, at 9:00 in the morning.” Basically, Peter is going to ask Donna questions. Farris tells us that Peter spent three hours the previous day going over everything to make sure he was ready, and that he was trying not to let the “glamour” of the discovery of tampering “distract” him from the remainder of the case. [Read more…]