Fifty Shades of Evangelical Justifications for Patriarchy

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While researching my previous blog post on Fifty Shades of Grey, I came upon an article by evangelical blogger Owen Strachan titled How “50 Shades of Grey” Harms Women & Jesus Saves Them. I'm going to deconstruct this blog post piece by piece to really dig into the problems with its logic. I should note that Strachan is not a nobody. He's a professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood.Let's turn to Strachan's article:We commonly hear toda … [Read more...]

On Being a Prodigal

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Many of you have been following Alecia Faith Pennington's situation. You can read my other posts on her story here, but in sum, Alecia Faith released a youtube video explaining that she does not have a birth certificate and cannot prove her identity, and stating that her parents had refused to help her. Alecia Faith's mother, Lisa Pennington, a popular homeschooling blogger and speaker, responded by claiming that she and her husband have offered to help Alecia Faith. However, a perusal of Lisa's … [Read more...]

Fifty Shades of Disagreement: Evangelicals and Feminists on Fifty Shades of Grey

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I've avoided discussing Fifty Shades of Grey, but I do feel the need to touch on a specific aspect of the controversy that surrounds the book (and now, the film). Namely, I'm fascinated that feminists and evangelical Christians have been the book's most vocal critics. The two would seem unlikely allies! But then, while both groups have tended to condemn Fifty Shades of Grey as toxic, they aren't truly allies in this, because they oppose the books for completely different reasons. Feminists speak … [Read more...]

What I Love about My Feminist Husband

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When I was a teen, my father told me it would take a special kind of man to make me submit. I was headstrong, you see. I was opinionated and bossy. I sometimes envied those quiet, demure girls to whom submission came naturally. That wasn't me.My father couldn't know, then, that the man I would ultimately marry wouldn't expect me to submit to him. I didn't know, then, that I would reject the entire idea of wifely submission before I walked down the aisle. My life changed a lot in the four … [Read more...]

Pope Tries to Have It Both Ways on Family Size

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In a recent statement, Pope Francis took on couples who choose not to have children: Pope Francis has chided couples who choose not to have children, saying the decision is a “selfish” act. The statement, made in his general audience in St Peter’s Square, will be seen as especially controversial in Italy, which has recorded a steady drop in its birth rate for decades.“A society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that considers them above all worriso … [Read more...]

The Pennington Point on Adult Children, Maturity, and Drivers Licenses

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It appears Lisa of the Pennington Point has now taken her entire site down. As you may remember, Lisa began deleting posts on Wednesday after her daughter, Alecia Faith, went public with the message that her parents were preventing her from proving her identity. It seems Lisa has realized that her posts---especially those on parenting adult children---seem rather to corroborate Alecia Faith's story. Fortunately, we have urls and the wayback machine. To quote a friend of mine, "don't they know th … [Read more...]

Anonymous Tip: Donna Makes Her Case

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Anonymous Tip: A Review SeriesGail tells Donna to talk to her as though she were the judge, and to make the case, and so Donna does. Remember that this is the case Donna is presenting in order to have Casey removed, and it is intentionally false on several points. So when Donna claims to be concerned about Casey's wellbeing, we have to doubt that. Donna was not pleased to learn that Gwen spanks Casey, but spanking is legal, and spanking is not the reason Donna is trying to take Casey away. S … [Read more...]


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